Baptisim

Hello,

I am new to this website and I have a question if someone could help me please. I was baptised Catholic as a baby and have gone to church frequently throughout my life. I have 5yr old daughter whom I baptised Catholic. My brother is her god-father and my sister-in-law is her god-mother.
I now have another little girl whom I am Baptising Catholic in March. I have a god-mother whom has excepted the responsibility but I do not have a god-father. I take this task to choose gad-parents very seriously and we do not have any more males in the family to ask to be a god-father. My question is, can I have my brother be god-father again? or can I simply not have a god-father at all?

Thank you

[quote=elaina_h]Hello,

I am new to this website and I have a question if someone could help me please. I was baptised Catholic as a baby and have gone to church frequently throughout my life. I have 5yr old daughter whom I baptised Catholic. My brother is her god-father and my sister-in-law is her god-mother.
I now have another little girl whom I am Baptising Catholic in March. I have a god-mother whom has excepted the responsibility but I do not have a god-father. I take this task to choose gad-parents very seriously and we do not have any more males in the family to ask to be a god-father. My question is, can I have my brother be god-father again? or can I simply not have a god-father at all?

Thank you
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Yes and Yes (just make sure you feel the God-Mother would fulfill her responsibilities correctly)
Congratulations!!!

FYI, here is what Canon Law says:
Can. 872 In so far as possible, a person being baptized is to be assigned a sponsor. In the case of an adult baptism, the sponsor’s role is to assist the person in Christian initiation. **In the case of an infant baptism, the role is together with the parents to present the child for baptism, and to help it to live a Christian life befitting the baptized and faithfully to fulfill the duties inherent in baptism. **

Can. 873 **One sponsor, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be two, one of each sex. **

Can. 874 ß1 To be admitted to undertake the office of sponsor, a person must:

1ƒ be appointed by the candidate for baptism, or by the parents or whoever stands in their place, or failing these, by the parish priest or the minister; to be appointed the person must be suitable for this role and have the intention of fulfilling it;

2ƒ be not less than sixteen years of age, unless a different age has been stipulated by the diocesan Bishop, or unless the parish priest or the minister considers that there is a just reason for an exception to be made;

3ƒ be a catholic who has been confirmed and has received the blessed Eucharist, and who lives a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken;

4ƒ not labor under a canonical penalty, whether imposed or declared;

5ƒ not be either the father or the mother of the person to be baptized.

ß2 A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted only in company with a catholic sponsor, and then simply as a witness to the baptism.

The answer is “yes” to both of these questions.

Yes, your brother can be a god-father to any/all children of yours.
There is no restriction in Canon Law as to the number of times one can be a sponsor at baptism.

Yes, you can simply not have a god-father. Canon Law stipulates that a person to be baptized have one sponsor-- male or female. A second sponsor of the opposite sex is allowed but not required. So, you would be fine to have a god-mother only.

Thank you to all for your replies!

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