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Parents seeking to have a child baptized must call the Parish Office at 724-593-7479 at least four weeks prior to the desired date for their child's baptism. First time parents should contact the office even earlier because they must arrange to complete baptism preparation class.


Qualifications of baptism sponsors

 

  1. Be designated by the candidate, by the parents or guardians, or the pastor.
  2. Have the qualifications and intention of performing the role of sponsor.
  3. Be at least 16 years old.
  4. Be a fully initiated Catholic (received baptism, confirmation and Eucharist).
  5. Lead a life in harmony with the faith and role of a sponsor (i.e., be an active member of a parish, attend Mass on Sundays, participate in the sacraments and holy days, not be in an irregular marriage, etc.).
  6. Not be bound by a canonical penalty.
  7. Not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized.

 Our diocese continues the practice of requiring proof of eligibility for sponsorship (in accord with the qualifications above) from the parish in which the sponsor is registered.

 

The number of sponsors

 

  1. Only one sponsor is required for baptism.
  2. If, two sponsors are chosen one must be male and the other female.
  3. If necessary, the second sponsor may be a Christian witness (i.e., a non-Catholic Christian may fulfill this role).

 In the event that neither the candidate, nor the parents or guardians select a sponsor, pastors may appoint a member of the parish community to fill the role of sponsor. Many parents are often concerned that they cannot find a suitable sponsor for a variety of reasons (i.e., unavailability of family members, being new to the area or unfamiliar with parishioners, etc.).

It is one of the three initiation rites for Catholics, the other two being Baptism, and Holy Communion. According to Catholic doctrine, in the sacrament of Confirmation, the faithful are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and are strengthened in their Christian life. They often have a sponsor for this sacrament.


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Confirmation brings to completion the grace received through baptism. By this sacrament the baptized are more perfectly bound to the church and are enriched by the strength of the Holy Spirit. This gift conforms believers more fully to Christ and strengthens them to bear witness to Christ for the building up of his body in faith and love.

The Diocese of Greensburg has official qualifications of confirmation sponsors, as well as several guidelines and/or recommendations.

Qualifications of Confirmation Sponsors

  • Be designated by the candidate, by the parents or guardians, or the pastor.
  • Have the qualifications and intention of performing the role of sponsor.
  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Be a fully initiated Catholic (received baptism, confirmation and Eucharist).
  • Lead a life in harmony with the faith and role of a sponsor (i.e., be a member of a parish, attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days, not be in an irregular marriage, etc.).
  • Not be bound by a canonical penalty.
  • Not be the father or mother of the one to be confirmed.

Sponsors for the sacrament of confirmation must abide by the same qualifications as sponsors for the sacrament of baptism. In addition, please contact the Parish Office.