For Confirmation Candidates:
Confirmation can be a great experience, and hopefully you’ve thought a lot about what this sacrament means, and how the Holy Spirit will affect your life. You’ll be required to have a sponsor—someone who will guide you and share the story of faith with you. A good sponsor will make this process a little easier and even more fun.
If all has gone as planned, the best person will be one of your baptismal godparents. The Catechism (#1311) and Canon Law (#892-893) both tell us that you need a sponsor. Having godparents helps us to see how Baptism and Confirmation are connected. In some cases, candidates no longer know their godparents. Maybe they just live too far away. You might need to choose a new sponsor.
Some advice to the candidates: You’re looking for someone you trust, whose faith you admire and who will be there for you. The requirements are:
- He/she must be a confirmed Catholic
- At least 16 years old
- Practicing members of the Church
- Not your parents
This means you can choose a relative, friend or someone from your parish as your sponsor.