Is God calling you???
Our Commission as Catholics: "Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. " Matthew 28:19-20
To be a sponsor means to be a faith companion for a candidate on his/her faith journey. A sponsor is a member of the parish who represents the faith community of Holy Spirit Parish.
The short term committment is for the duration of the participant's presence in the RCIA process (usually 8-9 months); attendance at weekly RCIA sessions; attendance at RCIA Retreats; attendance at scheduled Masses with the participant; participation in all relevant Liturgical Rites and regular personal contact with the participant.
The long-term committment involves regular contact, especially during the new Catholic's first year and periodically thereafter.
Qualities of a Good Sponsor:
An ordinary Catholic who is a fully initiated and active parishioner in good standing; a person who is in touch with his/her own faith story; one who has a love for Christ and His Church; one who has a basic understanding of the Church's teachings; evidence of a lived faith in one's personal life; a mature understanding of the meaning of "servant" and "service"; punctual and flexible; good communication and listening skills; ability to keep confidentiality
What the Church asks of a Sponsor:
Commit to daily prayer for the person you are serving; become familiar with the stages of RCIA; attend weekly RCIA sessions; maintain personal contact between gatherings; attend RCIA retreats, relevant liturgical rites and rehersals as needed; assist pastor and other RCIA leaders with discernment of a participant's readiness; offer spititual support and work to draw the person into the life of the parish; follow-up if the person misses a RCIA session and/or take copies of materials discussed to them; attend Sunday Mass with the participant and stand with them before the altar of God; and strive to love them as Jesus would.
"It has been a truly wonderful spiritual walk this past year! Participating in someone else's own faith walk, listening to their questions, finding the answers together, sharing your beliefs, and watching the candidate grow in their own faith has been a refreshing and rewarding experience. I found that it strengthened and renewed my own beliefs" Anonymous Sponsor
" I believe that I gained more from the experience than I ever gave to it" Bud Birtchet
"God is great...the more you give, the more He gives to you!" Frank Cherry
IF TODAY YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEART!
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