Every person being baptized, whether a child or an adult, must have a sponsor. The sponsors in Baptism have traditionally been called godparents. The minimum requirement is one sponsor, but usually when infants are baptized, they have two, one of each gender. Canon law permits only one godparent of each gender – a godmother and a godfather.
To be a sponsor, you must:
• Be at least 16 years or older
• Be fully initiated (received the Sacrament of Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation)
• Be an active Catholic and be registered at a Catholic parish
• Not be the parent of the one being baptized
• Show evidence of being a registered, active member of a parish, if needed
If you wish, along with the Catholic sponsor, one godparent can be a baptized Protestant Christian in good standing. They would be known as a Christian witness.