An Introduction to Sponsors
- For baptism, sponsors are typically called “Godparents.”
- For infant baptism, one sponsor is required and two are acceptable. If one has two sponsors, one must be male and the other female.
- For adult baptism (through RCIA) and for both teen confirmation and adult confirmation (through RCIA or not), one typically has one sponsor, though two are acceptable.
Sponsor Requirements: Sponsors must:
- be asked to be a sponsor:
- by the person receiving the sacrament.
- by the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the person receiving the sacrament, if the person receiving the sacrament is below the age of seven.
- be at least 16 years of age.
- have received baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist in the Catholic Church.
- be either
- unmarried, or
- in a marriage that was witnessed or blessed in the Catholic Church.
- attend Mass and receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Penance regularly.
- intend to attend the Mass at which the person you are sponsoring is to receive their sacrament(s).
- not be a parent of the person receiving the sacrament.
Duties of Sponsors for Teens/Adults:
- pay special attention to the candidate during his/her time of sacramental preparation
- assist where needed in his/her effort to live a Christian life that reflects the spirit and teaching of the Catholic Church
- provide a good Christian example
- pray for the candidate
- share and discuss what living a Catholic life means to the two of you
- provide emotional support