As Catholic parents you have an enormous responsibility in ensuring the faith life of your child. I am sure you want to give the best to your child. When it comes to choosing Godparents or Sponsors, the Church gives you the liberty to do so.
But, here at SJC and RCC we are concerned for you as to who you choose to become your child’s godparent. We want to ensure that the spiritual growth and faith life of our children are guided and formed according to the Sacred Magisterium of the Church.
Hence, we strongly urge that only practicing Catholic couples be appointed as godparents. If either one of them does not practice the faith by regularly attending or participating at Mass or is in an irregular marriage, this disqualifies the relevant persons from being godparents.
As enshrined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “godparents must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized on the road of Christian life” (CCC #1255). In infant baptism, the godparents together with parents, presents the child for baptism and helps the baptised to live the Christian life, and to fulfill duties arising from baptism. Technically, godparents, you are representing the Catholic Church, the community of faith, into which the child is being baptised.
Finally, godparents play an invaluable role in the life of the newly baptised. I hope and pray that parents when choosing godparents will not only consider the blood relationship or friendship, but rather, most importantly, the faith and witness giving life of the godparents who are to undertake this faith journey in leading the child to salvation. Godparents should also be persons of deep faith and prayer. They are to strife to become a role model with the grace of God to help the baptised to be close to the heart of Jesus, who is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE.