To listen to a presentation on both the RCIA process and what it means to be a Sponsor click HERE.
This presentation was given in October 2015 by the Director of Faith Formation at St. Martin's, Curtis Keddy and one of our former sponsors, Kathy Donovan.
The community of St. Martins promises prayerful support for, and to walk with, each prospective new member of the Catholic Church. The role of RCIA Sponsor is the fulfillment of that promise.
There are two ways that you can be part of the Sponsor Ministry at St. Martins:
- As a Prayer Partner.
- You can make a commitment to pray one hour per week in front of the Blessed Sacrament for the intentions of those in the RCIA process. The RCIA Team will regularly be in contact with you regarding specific requests.
- As a Community Sponsor.
- As the need arises, you may be invited to walk with an individual Candidate (baptized adult) or Catechumen (unbaptized adult) through the RCIA process. This requires more commitment, but can be a deeply rewarding experience. Being a Community Sponsor is like being a trusted friend. You share what you can about your own faith journey. You offer counsel and support as you are able and to the extent that it is needed or desired. You serve as a bridge to the larger St. Martins community. You listen and you pray. Each relationship between a Sponsor and a Candidate or Catechumen is unique. As a Sponsor, you walk with a Candidate or Catechumen through a formation process that culminates with initiation into the Catholic Church.
Many prospective Sponsors ask themselves whether they are worthy or qualified. The role of Sponsor is not that of catechist. You are not expected to know every aspect of the Church’s teaching, but rather simply to be a guide, an example of a Catholic living your faith as best as you can. A Sponsor who can admit his or her limitations and who continually tries to grow is an excellent faith model. Sponsors are supported by the parish’s RCIA Team, members of whom can be called upon to help answer a Candidate’s or Catechumen’s questions.
A Sponsor participates in the RCIA process by accompanying the Candidate or Catechumen to the Sunday 8:45 Mass, followed by a class from 10:00-11:30am in the St. Elizabeth Room of the Parish Center. These sessions are facilitated by the Clergy and RCIA Team and involve an exploration of the Church’s teachings within the context of prayer and scripture.
Sponsors participate in other brief Rites that recognize important steps in the participant’s faith formation. These Rites usually take place at Mass and occur infrequently throughout the RCIA process. Finally, a Sponsor assumes an active role at the mass when the Candidate or Catechumen receives the sacraments of initiation.
The RCIA Team provides Sponsor training and support, and welcomes inquiries into being a Sponsor at any time. Sponsors should be practicing, fully initiated Catholic members of St. Martins. If you are interested in this ministry or have questions about it, please contact us below!