Baptism is the one sacrament that all Christian denominations share in common. In the Catholic Church, infants are baptized usually take place on Sundays, during the parish Mass or after all the Masses are over. In most cases, the parish priest administers the sacrament, anointing the person being baptized with oils, and pouring blessed water over the child’s head not just once but three times.
Every child being baptized must have a sponsor, traditionally called a godparent. At least must have one sponsor, but usually infants get one of each gender and often from each side of the family. The role of godparents has a very practical history. Godparents took over rearing children orphaned when their parents died prematurely. Today, being a godparent carries with it no legal right or ecclesiastical authority to the custody of children. Being a godparent, besides giving Christmas and birthday gifts every year, really means actively giving good Christian witness and example and being a role model and support by regularly and faithfully practicing the religion.