“Christian initiation during the catechumenate is not the concern of catechists or priests alone, but of the whole community of believers and especially of godparents, so that from the outset the catchumens will have a sense of being part of the people of God.” (Ad gentes, no. 14)
It is an ancient of custom of the Church that those who seek to join the Catholic Church be accompanied on their journey by a member or members of the Church.
If you are interested in being a godparent or sponsor, let Sabrina know!
If you are planning to sponsor a candidate, please complete and submit the diocesan sponsor eligibility form. You can submit a hard copy or scan the completed form and
e-mail it to Sabrina.
No degree in religious education or pastoral ministry is required. The only requirements to be a sponsor are the following:- Be at least 16 years old.
Otherwise, sponsors are men and women who attend church regularly, who exemplify a life of Faith, Hope and Love, and who are eager to share the teachings of the Church and their experiences with God. They take the Gospel seriously in their lives and are willing to be present all along the candidate's journey toward the sacraments of initiation, and to continue to pray for the candidate for the rest of their lives.
The bulk of the time commitment includes:
(1) coming to the sessions and events
(2) meeting with your candidate regularly (ideally, once a week, at your mutual convenience).
Since you would already come to Mass on Sunday, the sessions represent only an additional two hours per week. The regular one-on-one meetings would probably be an hour or less. That would put the time commitment at two to three hours per week.
RCIA usually meets on Sundays. If you were to sponsor for someone in the Spanish RCIA, we would all go to Mass together at 1:30, then have the session after cafecito, from 4:00 - 5:15. If you were sponsor someone in the English RCIA, we would have a session at 5:30 and go to the 7:30 mass together.
Adult Confirmation Preparation will meet on Wednesdays from 6:15 -7:30 pm in Hurley Hall. The time commitment for a confirmation sponsor would generally be around two hours per week.