Celebration of Baptism
Parents who wish to have their children baptized. The baptism of babies depends, not on the faith of the baby, but rather on the faith of the parents. It is presumed therefore that the parents (or at least one of them) are practicing members of the Catholic community and that the child will be brought up in the practice of the faith. In fact, the parents solemnly promise to do this during the baptismal ceremony.
They have a two-fold responsibility:
• To assist the parents in discharging their duties as Christian parents
• To be a model of Christian living to the child in question
Hence some people may not be suitable as godparents.
A sponsor must be:
• Not less than 16 years of age
• Be a catholic who has been confirmed and has received the blessed Eucharist, and who lives a life of faith
A baptised person who belongs to a non-catholic ecclesial community may be admitted but only in company with a catholic sponsor and simply as a witness to the baptism.