Frequently Asked Questions
Who can be Godparents?
Any practicing Catholic who is at least 16 years of age who is confirmed and is willing to assume the responsibilities for the child’s spiritual growth if parents are not able to do so. You may be asked to provide a letter from the prospective godparent’s pastor to confirm that he or she is a participating member of a Catholic community.
Can a non-Catholic be a Godparent?
A non-Catholic who is baptized in another Christian faith community in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit can be a Christian witness along with a Catholic Godparent. Non baptized persons can not be a Godparent or a Christian Witness.
Do the godparents need to be present?
A proxy can stand in for a godparent if they are not able to attend the ceremony. For example, a military godparent who is on deployment can have a proxy. All other guidelines apply.
Can a non-parishioner request baptism at St. Gregory?
Non-parishioners may request baptism at Saint Gregory the Great if a family member is a registered parishioner but, must provide a letter from the pastor of the parish where they regularly attend Mass.
What should the baby wear?
The child’s garment should be a white garment.
Is there a fee for baptism?
There is no fee. A stipend (offering) for the Church is usually made to help offset the costs. The suggested stipend for baptism is $50.00.
Can we request immersion?
Your child can be baptized by pouring of water while the child is fully dressed or full immersion without clothing into the baptismal font of warm water. This is the parents’ decision.
Do the parents need to be married in the Church?
It is suggested that you make an appointment to talk to a priest or deacon before the baptism if you are not married in the Church. One parent must be a practicing Catholic to support the child’s spiritual growth in the Church.
Do the parents need to be married?
It is suggested that you make an appointment to talk to a priest or deacon before the baptism if you are not married. One parent must be a practicing Catholic to support the child’s spiritual growth in the Church.