THE ROLE OF THE SPONSOR
A sponsor for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process is a companion for someone walking the journey to initiation. They are not a catechist, so do not worry if you “don’t know a ton” about the Catholic Faith.
Sponsors represent the parish community to the catechumen/candidate as well as stand on behalf of the catechumen/candidate to the parish. The sponsor should be someone who really strives to live out their Catholic faith in a rich, joyful, and dedicated way.
From the Rites of Acceptance and Welcome their role is:
- To be a bridge between the catechumen or candidate and the parish community
- To share with the catechumen or candidate the practices, traditions, and prayers of our Catholic Faith
- To assist the parish initiation team in the formation process
WHO CAN BE A SPONSOR
- Must be a fully initiated Catholic (Baptism, Confirmation, 1st Holy Communion)
- A sponsor must lead a life in harmony with the nature of the ministry of a sponsor (regular attendance of Mass, reception of the Eucharist)
- A sponsor must attend the few required sessions to the best of his/her ability
A NOTE ON SPOUSES
Spouses can be sponsors, but it is not encouraged. The sponsor must be objective in discerning the individual’s desire and readiness to be fully initiated into the Church. Spouses may not be able to provide this objectivity, though exceptions can be made.
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 (dates listed below). If you cannot attend, we will enlist a proxy to stand in for you.
- Always invited, but not required, to attend Thursday evening class (6:30-8 PM)
- Attend Mass with RCIA student at the 11:30 AM Mass once a month
- Invite them to parish events, like Fish Fries or the Fall Festival, so they experience the community life of the parish, not just the sacramental