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

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