Religious Education Program 2016-2017
Sponsor/ Godparents Expectations
Submit the Sponsors/Godparents form for Confirmation or Baptism preparation.
Sponsor Role and Responsibilities
As a Sponsor, you have the honor of being chosen as a witness to the confirmandi's initiation into the full Christian life. Through this sacrament, the confirmandi is strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit, made a true witness of Christ in word and deed, and invited more deeply into the life of the Church. Your most significant role about him/her is to be a role model of such witness and unifying love.
- The Church requires that the sponsor be an active, practicing Catholic, over the age of 16, who has already celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation. The Church recognizes that a person cannot transmit what the person does not have.
- The Church recommends having godparents act as sponsors to stress the continuity between their role at Baptism and their role at Confirmation. Parents cannot serve as their children's sponsors. However, any active Catholic, who is mature and has established a relationship of trust with the candidate, can represent the Christian community in bringing the candidate into full membership in the Body of Christ.
- Sponsors bring candidates to receive the sacrament. They present them to the minister for anointing. They help the young person fulfill their baptismal promises.
- The sponsor is one who is willing to share his/her faith with the candidate.
- The sponsor is an assistant to the parents as the prime transmitters of the faith.
- The sponsor needs to be an open, honest, caring committed and encouraging the person who will help the candidate grow in his/her understanding of the faith as the candidate comes to a deeper appreciation of God in his/her life.
Who can be a Sponsor?
The responsibility of a Sponsor is to help the person who is going to receive Confirmation to lead a good Catholic life. The Sponsor promise to be an example in their life and lead a Christian life that reflects the spirit and teachings of our Catholic Religion.
- The sponsor is at least 16 years old.
- He/she has received the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation. Proof may be asked in the form of sacramental certificates.
- If married, has to be not only civil married but also married by the Catholic Church.
- The sponsor has to lead a life of faith. Regularly attend Sunday Mass and receive Holy Communion and Confession frequently.
- The Sponsor must not be bound by any canonical or church penalty.
- There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each.
- Any Sponsor, who is unable to attend the baptism, should have a proxy represent them at the celebration in their place. The name of the Sponsor will appear on the child's baptismal certificate. Proxies MUST meet the same requirements as the sponsor.
Who cannot be a Sponsor? Church’s Canon Law
- A non-baptized person may not act as a Sponsor.
- A single person who is not married, but cohabitating with someone is not permitted to serve as a sponsor.
- Cannot be the father or mother of the one to be baptized.
- A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community is not to participate except together with a Catholic sponsor and then only as a witness to the baptism.
Godparent/ Sponsor Eligibility Letter (ONLY FOR BAPTISM OR CONFIRMATION)
All Confirmation students must choose a sponsor. A sponsor may be any relative or the responsible adult other than a parent or guardian. A sponsor must be a Confirmed Catholic in good standing with the Church. All sponsors must obtain a Sponsor Certificate from his/her church.
Godparent/Sponsor Eligibility Statement:
Baptism is a sacrament of initiation that brings a person into union with Christ as a member of the Catholic Church. Confirmation is also a sacrament of initiation that strengthens and perfects our union with Christ and His Church. A Godparent represents the Catholic Church at Baptism, and a Sponsor represents the Catholic Church at Confirmation. Both serve as role models by living a fully Christian life.