The following is what
I found in the 1983 Code of Canon Law (law of the Church) regarding sponsors for
Can. 872 Insofar
as possible, a person to be baptized is to be given a sponsor who assists an
adult in Christian initiation or together with the parents presents an infant
for baptism. A sponsor also helps the baptized person to lead a Christian life
in keeping with baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations inherent in
Can. 873 There is
to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each.
Can. 874 §1. To
be permitted to take on the function of sponsor a person must:
1/ be designated
by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the person who takes their place,
or in their absence by the pastor or minister and have the aptitude and
intention of fulfilling this function;
2/ have completed
the sixteenth year of age, unless the diocesan bishop has established another
age, or the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause;
3/ be a Catholic
who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the
Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken
4/ not be bound
by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;
5/ not be the
father or mother of the one to be baptized.
§2. A baptized
person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community [a false church] is not
to participate except together with a Catholic sponsor and then only as a
witness of the baptism.
Had you met the above and as well as any other applicable requirements,
you should be allowed to perform this role. Perhaps in your case there is an issue
with #3 – "leads a life of faith" – if you have been missing Mass. However, if
there was a grave cause for missing Mass, you can explain this to the pastor. If
the only issue is that you are not registered at a parish, I would think this
matter could be cleared up fairly quickly by registering. This does, of course,
assume there are no other serious issues (e.g. 'remarriage', excommunicated due
to an abortion, etc.). Of course if the matter was more severe than not being
registered, it does seem like it could take longer to resolve as well as to show
that you were "leading a life of faith". Certainly, it is a grave obligation to
fulfill the Third Commandment, including attendance at Mass on Sunday unless you
have a serious reason not to. Hopefully your missing Mass was for a grave reason.
If so, this should be explained to the pastor.
Best wishes to you for
a holy resolution to this matter.
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