Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about choosing a Confirmation sponsor. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact Lois Mersmann at email@example.com.
You can download this information, along with a form to fill out your Confirmation sponsor’s contact information (please return to Lois once completed) here:
Your Confirmation sponsor should be a confirmed adult in the Catholic Church. This person should be someone that you look up to and someone that you go to for help in guiding you through the everyday trials of life. Sometimes your sponsor is your Godparent, but many times sponsors can be aunts, uncles, family friends, etc. Parents are not eligible to be sponsors, as they your primary catechists; the point of a sponsor is to have another individual walk alongside you as you prepare.
Your sponsor is responsible for helping you walk through your preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation. You should plan to meet with/talk to this person at least monthly throughout the next eight months. They should also plan to attend the Day of Reflection in November as well as the Confirmation rehearsal the night prior to the ceremony. They should serve as a mentor, a guide, and a support to you as you grow in your Catholic faith. At the first Reservoir Adoration, sponsors will be able to pick up a curriculum guide which will enable them to walk with the students through the eight months of preparation for Confirmation. Packets will also be available for parents to pick up as well. Sponsors unable to attend adoration (i.e. those that live more than one hour away) can email Lois to request the packet electronically.
Sponsors can perform their duties from long-distance, but you’ll want to be sure to set up a monthly meeting with them in order to chat about your progress in preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation. Again, this person should be able to serve as a resource and a sounding board as you grow to love Jesus and understand God’s will for your life. If you can do this via the phone/Skype/etc., then your sponsor can certainly be from out-of-town.
No. You sponsor needs to be a Confirmed member of the Catholic Church. We certainly invite your friend and faith supporters to share your special day with us, but only confirmed practicing Catholics will be able to serve as your sponsor.
In some cases, we are able to arrange for a proxy to stand in for your sponsor if it’s necessary for him/her to be absent.