Hi, Brian —
Thanks for your question.
I'm not sure if he needs to be confirmed,
but if he does, he needs to go through
an RCIA program. Typically they start
in September and he would be confirmed
in the Spring.
All that said, I would ask you to consider:
- Why you would want someone that young
who is not properly catechized or
confirmed to take on the responsibility
of bringing up your child as a Catholic,
should something happen to you?
Picking a Godparent is not about
making a relative feel good or about
picking a close friend.
It's about picking someone who:
- is well
versed in the faith
- is living the faith
- is interested in sharing the
is capable of :
- transmitting the
faith to a child in the absence
of parents, and
- helping the parents
to do so in their presence.
Baptism and Confirmation are sacraments;
they aren't just ceremonies. Spiritual
things actually happen. Those who
participate in them should do so
knowing what they are getting themselves
into. By asking the Church to baptize
your child, you are making a commitment
to bring the child up as a practicing
Catholic. That includes picking a
godfather who also:
- knows what is happening at the
- believes what is happening, and
- is capable of bringing up
a child in the faith.
Typically a 17-year-old is not capable of doing this,
let alone, one who has not been confirmed.