What are Sponsors/Godparents?
Sponsors/Godparents are an important part of Christian Initiation. Whether it be for babies being baptized, to teens being confirmed, or adults entering the Church, Sponsors ideally play a crucial role in the life of every Christian. Many of us don't see our godparents and for many of us, we don't know what they are supposed to do apart from being at the Baptism or Confirmation ceremony. Through our RCIA/RCIC, we will provide guidance as to what their roles are, and give them some tools to help accompany you through this process.
What is the difference between Godparents and Sponsors?
At the end of the day, they are just about the same thing. In Church law, the requirements are exactly the same (see below). They have to be fully initiated (Baptized, Confirmed, 1st Communion.)
When in the RCIA process do we need a godparent/sponsor?
Ideally, when you start. It is good to have someone to accompany you. Someone who is a faithful Catholic who can explain things, bring you to events, pray with you, and help you make sense of the life of the Church and the mystery of Christ. If you don't have someone right away, that's alright. We'll help you out. You can still start any time you're ready.
Roles and Responsibilities of Sponsors/Godparents
ROLES OF THE GODPARENT/Sponsor: