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Discerning a Confirmation Sponsor

Discerning a Confirmation Sponsor

 Discerning a Confirmation Sponsor

You must first enter into prayer to discern and choose a sponsor who will guide and share their faith experiences with you. Ideally, your Sponsor should be one of your Baptismal godparents, as long as they are still actively practicing their Catholic faith, and are good role models for you. You will need to find someone you trust, whose faith you admire, and who will be supportive of your Catholic faith.

Your sponsor must be a living example of Christ in your life—a witness and mentor who represents the values, beliefs, behaviors, etc. of the Church to the candidate.

If you do not choose one of your Baptismal godparents, then the main requirements for choosing a Sponsor are:
• a Confirmed Catholic who lives a life of active faith
• someone other than your parents
• at least 18 years old
• be available to share some of their life experiences, to support candidate through this faith journey.
• received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
• registered member of a Church Parish who fulfills his/her obligation to his/her parish to the best of his/her ability
• has a Sacramental Marriage

Ask yourself the following: Is this person mature? Is (s)he an example of a good and holy life? Do you hope to be like him/her and follow in their footsteps? Is (s)he easy to talk to? Does s(he) understand you? Is (s)he an active part of your life?

It is important that you can interact with your sponsor on a consistent basis and that sponsors are informed and available for the Rite of Commitment, rehearsal, and the Rite of Confirmation.

My selected sponsor meets all of the following criteria:

  • has a Sacramental Marriage

  • a Confirmed Catholic who lives a life of active faith

  • someone other than your parents

  • at least 18 years old

  • be available to share some of their life experiences, to support candidate through this faith journey.

  • received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist

  • registered member of a Church Parish who fulfills his/her obligation to his/her parish to the best of his/her ability