Regarding the choosing of Godparents-
the Catholic Church insists that parish priests be sure:
a) That they have received the Mysteries (Sacraments) of Baptism, Chrism and Holy Communion;
b) That they are practicing Catholics. This means that they must meet the criteria set for parents in #7 above;
c) That if Godparents are not members of the parish where the Baptism is being celebrated, they must present a letter of good standing signed by a parish priest of the church where they are members. (A member of an Orthodox Church may also serve as one of the Godparents, but a letter from their priest is needed as well). Letters of good standing must be presented at least one week before the Baptism;
d) That a Godparent cannot be the father or mother of the child;
e) That both Godparents must be at least 18 years old, according to the norms established by the Maronite Church.
The following is a check-list for the parents of a child to be baptized to help summarize the above:
____I want my child to receive the Mystery (Sacrament) of Baptism and realize it is my responsibility to raise him/her in the Faith by word and example.
____I am a registered member of my parish church.
____I attend the Divine Liturgy at my parish church regularly.
____I use my offering envelopes to contribute to the financial need of the parish.
____The Godparents of my child are practicing Catholics (one may be Orthodox).
____If the Godparents are not practicing members of my parish, I have received letters of good standing from their parish priests.
____Both Godparents are at least 18 years of age.
____I understand that the Mystery of Chrism (Sacrament of Confirmation) will also be celebrated at the time of the Baptism and will be sure that my child will not be Confirmed again when he/she is older.
Remember to schedule your appointment with the priest at least 2-3 weeks in advance.