Sponsor Names are Due March 3rd, 2019
Dan needs the full name (First, Middle and Last Names) of your sponsor either emailed to him (firstname.lastname@example.org) or handed to him on a piece of paper.
Who can be a Sponsor? These are critical.
- The sponsor must be
- A practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church.
- The sponsor must be Confirmed in the Catholic Church already.
- The person can not be the confirmand’s parent (according to canon 893 §1-2, Code of Canon Law).
I also suggest that the sponsor be someone you have a relationship with, or will have a relationship with in the future. Your sponsor is a model and resource for your own spiritual growth- make sure it’s someone you look up to and can talk to.
A great idea for a sponsor is your Godparent.
What is required of the sponsor?
Prior to the sacrament there aren’t any meetings we require the sponsors to attend. The sponsor is very simply encouraged to pray for and mentor the Confirmand.
After Confirmation a sponsor fulfills their role to the extent they model the faith for their Confirmand.
More important than any gift a sponsor might give the Confirmand is the gift of their time, their witness of faith, and their availability and guidance when questions of faith arise. By virtue of our baptism and confirmation we are called to the service of the Church through leading others in faith – this is the task of the sponsor and we thank you for your role in the lives of our teens.
Please pray for your confirmand daily, and if not daily then as often as the Holy Spirit calls them to mind!
What does the Sponsor do during the Confirmation Mass?
During the Confirmation Mass the sponsor will sit beside their Confirmand.
Participate in the Mass, lead by example in singing, responding verbally to the prayers and entering into the liturgy to the best of your ability.
When going to receive the sacrament the sponsor will approach the Bishop behind the Confirmand (as if going up to receive Communion), place their right hand on the Confirmand’s right shoulder and will state the first name (or chosen saint name) of the Confirmand to the Bishop. The full script can be found here:
What to do/say during Confirmation.
What if the sponsor can’t make it to the Mass?
No problem! If the sponsor can’t make it to the Mass, we can designate a proxy to stand in their place to present the Candidate to the Bishop.
The proxy can be anyone who is also already confirmed and in good standing with the Church. Please let Dan know if this is your situation.
What are some good gifts to give for Confirmation?
Frankly, the best gift is your time and witness of faith.
But if you’re interested in a few gift ideas, click on this Amazon wishlist created with Confirmation Teens in mind.
If you have questions feel free to contact Dan Harms at SBVAYouth@gmail.com.