“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20.
Catholic Church’s Requirements for Parents and Godparents
The Church asks that the parents make a serious promise to raise the child Catholic. This starts with choosing godparents who are practicing Catholics who vow to guide the child in the faith.
Godparents must be confirmed, practicing members of the Church, and living a life in accord with their faith. For someone to serve as a godparent or sponsor in the Catholic Church, he or she must have received all 3 Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation). These are the Sacraments that equip us to live as true Christian disciples and adults in the faith, being able to give to others what we ourselves have received and live out. Those who are married outside the Church or who are living together with their partner may not be godparents.
The Code of Canon Law states: “A Sponsor … must be a Catholic who has been confirmed, has already received the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist, and who leads a life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken. (Can. 893)”.
Christians from another Church, or Catholics who do no qualify, may act as Christian witnesses to baptism; however, there must be at least one Catholic godparent who does qualify. You are able to have up to 2 official godparents, one male and one female.
Baptism for older children and adults involves further preparation. Please contact the appropriate office for details:
- for Infants (newborn to 6 years old), contact the Parish Rectory Office at (408) 988-4585
- for Children (7 to 17 years old), contact the Catechism Office at (408) 988-7543
- for Adults, contact the Adult Religious Education Office at (408) 988-7543 Ext. 1113
English baptisms are celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at 3:30 pm. Spanish baptisms are celebrated on the second Saturday of each month at 3:30pm.
To prepare your infant for baptism:
- First, contact the parish and come to the office! There are a number of steps involved to prepare for baptism, and the parish can assist you in preparing the papers early, which will greatly benefit you.
- Second, Godparents must complete a godparent eligibility form with their own home parish (you must come pick up the form from the office) and submit it to the Our Lady of Peace Parish Office. This form attests that the person meets all the requirements to be a godparent:
- They should be at least 16 years of age.
- They must be practicing Catholics who have received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation.
- They must lead a life in harmony with the Catholic faith (e.g. not living in an immoral situation). Fallen away Catholics may not serve as godparents or Christian witnesses.
- Must be practicing Catholics who attend Mass on Sundays (or Saturday Vigil), Holy Days of Obligation, and regularly receive Holy Communion.
- If they are married, they must be married in the Catholic Church.
- Third – Both the Parents and Godparents are then required to take complete the Baptism Seminar. The Seminar consists of two sessions: one on “Christian Living” and one on the “Ceremony of Baptism.” A Certificate of Completion will be given at the end of the second seminar, and a copy of this certificate for each person must be turned in as part of baptism registration.
- If the parents are not married in the Catholic Church, a meeting with the pastor or associate pastor is necessary.
- Lastly, please bring your child’s birth certificate, $50 donation to the parish office, and all the above mentioned paperwork at least 2 weeks prior to your intended date. Once all the paperwork has been filled, then you will be able to choose a date for your infant’s baptism.
You may pick up a Baptism Seminar schedule in the parish office or you may download information about baptism here: