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Be a Sponsor
‘By virtue of their baptism, all Catholics are called to be missionaries,
sharing the good news of salvation in Jesus by their actions and their words’
- Pope Francis, Message for World Mission Day 2019
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples.
- Psalm 96:3
"We too must inspire faith and bring people to Jesus. But we leave the rest to the Holy Spirit to convict the person’s heart and bring Him to faith. What is required for the person is simply his humility and docility. "
Archbishop William Goh, 9 May 2019
One direct way of answering this call of our baptism is to be a sponsor.
A sponsor is a missionary disciple who accompanies others on a journey of openness to God.
If you feel called to SHARE your faith and journey with others, we need you!
A Sponsor is called to be...
- A Role Model: A Sponsor is responsible for “showing the catechumen/candidate how to practice the Gospel in personal and social life, to sustain the catechumen/candidate in moments of hesitancy and anxiety, to bear witness, and to guide the candidate’s progress in baptismal life”.
- A Companion on the journey: Sponsors are people who have journeyed with a catechumen or candidate and are willing “to stand as a witness to the catechumen’s moral character, faith and intention”. Your Sponsor needs to be willing to attend each catechetical session with you and meet individually with you after class to ensure ongoing communication and support.
- A Listening Ear: During this process of conversion, you may have doubts, fears, concerns, or feel hopeful, joyous, inspired, or perfectly content. Although the content can at times feel overwhelming, the Sponsor is meant to help you “unpack” what you’ve learned, assess your readiness for various stages of the RCIA.
- A Participant alongside the catechumen/candidate during liturgical rites: the Sponsor will stand with the catechumen for the Rite of Acceptance/Election and during the reception of the Sacraments during the Easter Vigil. However, a Sponsor is also encouraged to be present during the entire period of instruction (the catechumenate), the periods of enlightenment and purification, as well as the period of mystagogy (ongoing faith formation and instruction following reception of the Sacraments).
What it takes to be a sponsor
- are 19 years and above
- have received all the Sacraments of Initiation i.e. Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist
- are a practicing Catholic in communion with the Catholic Church, lifestyle should bear witness to teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church i.e. living a sacramental life and is not in an irregular marriage or living a life of habitual sin
- are ready to learn and share the Good News as well as the gift of faith
- enjoy working with adults
- to love Christ and His Church;
- to be a practicing Catholic in communion with the Catholic Church who participates fully in the communal worship and life of the Church;
- to present a prayerful, positive, Catholic role model for others;
- to have a basic understanding of the Catholic Church’s teachings; the RCIA Sessions are
- not a forum for personal beliefs not in conformity with these teachings;
- to complete diocesan requirements for those in the RCIA ministry;
- to comply with the Code of Conduct for Teachers of the Faith (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore);
- to continue his/her own faith formation through participation at workshops, courses, retreats, bible studies or other avenues;
- to work as a team with the Parish Priest, the Spiritual Director, the RCIA Coordinator, catechists, other members of the RCIA team, the pastoral staff and other clergy;
- to make a good faith commitment to have excellent attendance with an earnest effort at securing a substitute and timely notification of co-sponsors and RCIA Coordinator when an absence is necessary;
- to understand his/her obligation and responsibility to keep confidentiality;
- to be prudent, punctual, flexible, be open and a good listener;
- to never underestimate the power of prayer!
- to make a good faith commitment to know and follow the OFC Guidelines for Sponsors in the RCIA Ministry;
- to be able to relate well with others;