Catechism of the Catholic Church

1213 Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission.

In order to receive the Sacrament of Baptism at Good Shepherd Mission you must be a registered parishioner and a practicing Catholic.

The Church requires that a family choose Godparents whose primary role is to support the parents in bringing up the child in the faith. The Church prefers that both Godparents be practicing Catholics. However, if they are not both Catholic, then one must be a practicing Catholic, and the second must be a baptized non-Catholic who serves as a Christian Witness. If choosing only one Godparent, that person must be a practicing Catholic.

Also, if choosing two Godparents, one must be male and the other female. A Catholic Godparent is required to obtain a Sponsor Letter from their parish. This letter (sometimes referred to as a Sponsor Form or Certificate of Eligibility) affirms that the Godparent is a practicing Catholic.

Please have the letter (form or certificate) sent directly to the church office prior to the Baptism. If both Godparents are Catholic, then both are required to obtain the Sponsor Letter.

A baptized non-Catholic who is invited to participate in the celebration of a Baptism serves as a Christian Witness. While not needing a Sponsor Letter, a Christian Witness is a baptized Christian and follower of Jesus Christ.

The Godparent Sponsor Form is available for a Godparent to take to their own parish church and have it signed and stamped with the church seal. A Sponsor Letter (form or certificate) issued directly by the Godparent’s church may also be used. Members of Good Shepherd Mission may print out the above form and bring it to the parish office. It MUST be witnessed and signed in the presence of Good Shepherd’s priest or parish delegate. If you have questions about this, please call the Parish office.

To register your child (infant – 6yrs of age) for baptism, contact Deacon David Boissey at