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Confirmation Sponsor

Just as a Godparent for baptism takes upon himself/herself the responsibility of helping the newly baptized person mature in living a Christian life and offers his or her own life and practice of the faith as an example of faith, prayer and service within the Catholic Church, the sponsor for confirmation continues that work for the person who is to be confirmed.

The sponsor for a confirmation candidate is meant to provide spiritual help to the candidate (Catechism 1311). He or she should be willing to serve as a strong and lasting Christian influence on the candidate. The sponsor enters into a spiritual relationship with the candidate and acts as a spiritual parent and mentor. Therefore, it is both a great blessing and a responsibility to commit to the role of a sponsor.

To serve as a Sponsor for Confirmation within the Catholic Church: 

 

  • The individual must be at least 16 years old.

  • He or she must have received the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation in the Catholic Church. 

  • If he or she is married, the marriage should have taken place in the Catholic Church.

  • The person must have the intention, the ability, and adequate time to be a Sponsor.

  • The Sponsor should live according to the Catholic Faith: attend Mass every weekend and holy days of obligation and receive the Sacraments of the Church regularly, especially Reconciliation and the Eucharist. (A Catholic is required to receive Reconciliation and Eucharist once each year.)

  • The Sponsor should practice the Faith within a Catholic parish community, and live a moral life.

Suggested Ways to Support a Candidate:

  • Help the Candidate become aware of his or her reasons for receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.

  • Help the Candidate understand and appreciate the sacrament of Confirmation, and have the right intention for receiving it.

  • Help the Candidate prepare for Confirmation by encouraging him or her to pray, to participate in the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation, and to become actively involved in the life of their parish. 

  • Support the Candidate and their family, and be a good example of Catholic Christian living.

  • Meet with the Candidate on a regular basis for Mass, prayer, faith-sharing, reading Scripture, and discussions about the Christian life.

  • Help the Candidate understand what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

  • Present the Candidate to the bishop for Confirmation.

  • Ensure that the confirmed person behaves as a true witness of Christ and faithfully fulfills the obligations inherent in this sacrament.

  • Continue to encourage the confirmed person to live a Catholic Christian life through: - prayer and the celebration of the sacraments - living the Gospel of Jesus Christ - turning to other Catholics for support and guidance - studying the Catholic Faith.

Class dates when the Sponsor must attend. If the Sponsor lives out of town or cannot attend, a parent must attend in his/her place. The confirmation candidate will be expected to call the sponsor and go over the topics discussed in class by phone during that week.  

May 2: Class #4 (Sponsor or Parent must attend with Candidate)

May 9th - No CLASS, Mother's Day

May 16: Class #5 (Sponsor or Parent must attend with Candidate)

May 23: Class #6 & Rehearsal (Sponsor or Parent must attend with Candidate)

May 30: Confirmation Mass with Bishop Peter - 5 pm at the Cathedral