A sponsor is a man or woman who is an intentional disciple of Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church and who mentors a candidate seeking to become Catholic. One cannot be a sponsor in the Catholic Church unless the follow baseline conditions are met:
- Must be a fully initiated Catholic (received their baptism, eucharist, and confirmation in the Catholic Church)
- Must be at least 16 years of age
- Is not the parent or guardian of the one entering the Church
- Must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and is living a life that is consistent with their baptismal vows
This means that the person you want to be your sponsor must be a practicing Catholic, cannot be engaging in notorious sin, and cannot have taken public positions in opposition to Catholic faith and morals. If married, the sponsor must be married within the Catholic Church. A person who is not Catholic, or who is not living in a way consistent with the faith obviously cannot provide the example that is essential to being a witness and sponsor.
Thank you for deciding to be a sponsor. The responsibilities are few, but crucial, to the RCIA process.
- Email, phone call, or invite out for coffee your candidate a few times a month to "check in" on their process of discernment
- Attend the liturgical rites. If you cannot attend, we will enlist a proxy to stand in for you.
- Always invited, but not required, to attend Thursday evening class (7-9PM)
- Invite them to parish events, like Fish Frys or the October Fall Festival, so they experience the community life of the parish, not just the sacramental