We are often called in the office to issue sponsor certificates for Godparents for the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. Unfortunately there are times when they must be denied because of sacraments not received by the potential sponsor, or because of the potential sponsor’s non-attendance at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days.
If you are asked to be a sponsor, can you say YES to the following qualifications?
If you are asking someone to be a sponsor, can they say YES to the following qualifications?
- Baptized and Confirmed in the Catholic Church?
- If you are married - is your marriage blessed by the church?
- If you have been divorced, has your marriage been granted an annulment by the church? Note: A civil marriage simply requires what we call a “Lack of Canonical Form”. A marriage that has been blessed by the church requires a full annulment process. If separated or divorced, and not remarried, no action is needed.
- Are you registered in a parish community as an adult? (If you are, you would be receiving mailings unless you otherwise requested not to.)
- Do you attend Mass regularly on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation?
If there is a situation with sacraments that are needed such as Confirmation, or if there is a marriage situation, please feel free to approach Fr. Jim to resolve these issues so you can say YES to being a sponsor.
For adults needing Confirmation only, classes for adults are provided by the diocese in the spring and fall and the dates are published in the bulletin.
For Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, otherwise known as RCIA, class dates during the Lenten season are noted in the bulletin. Sacraments are given at Easter or during the Easter Season.