Confirmation, officially known as Crismation, is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 1302 to 1303, the Sacrament of Crismation deepens the baptismal grace, "unites us more firmly to Christ," perfects the bond with the Church, "increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us" and provides "a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action." It is a great honor to become a Confirmation sponsor for a young man or woman.
Meet the Requirements to Serve as the Confirmation Sponsor
Commit yourself to the Catholic faith. To become a Confirmation sponsor, you must be baptized in the Catholic church, participate in the Eucharist and have taken part in your own Confirmation. The sponsor should attend Mass on a regular basis.
Meet the minimum age requirement of 16. Some dioceses have set an alternative minimum age. Check with your local parish if the Confirmation sponsor is near the age of 16.
Brush up on the fundamental truths of the Catholic Church and be able to explain these truths to the confirmand.
Live as a member in good standing at a local Catholic parish and be "canonically free to carry out this office," according to Cannon 874 of the Code of Cannon Law.
Show a maturity, desire and ability to undertake the responsibilities of a sponsor.
Learn the Responsibilities of a Confirmation Sponsor
Assist the confirmand in the Christian initiation as a spiritual parent. The Confirmation sponsor commits to a lifelong relationship with the confirmand.
Pray for the confirmand on a regular basis before and after the Confirmation.
Become a confidante for the confirmand by listening closely to him on all occasions and providing spiritual wisdom for life's journey.
Present the candidate for Confirmation to the church along with the parents.
- Many priests recommend the godparents presented at baptism as the confirmation sponsors. Confirmation is another step in the young person's spiritual life that started at baptism, and using the same people shows this connection. Additionally, the godparents have already shown their willingness to meet the requirements of the Confirmation sponsor.
- Involve the confirmand in the decision of who should become the Confirmation sponsor. Usually, a person who is admired by and has an established relationship with the confirmand makes a good sponsor.
- The Confirmation sponsor cannot be the father or mother of the child.
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