Confirmation is the Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment to the faith. It invites a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics, and is most often associated with the Holy Spirit. Typically students are in middle school or high school when they receive their confirmation.
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*In consideration of the continuity between the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, as well as the life-long nature of the support and prayer which the relationship entails, the Diocese has requested that all parishes speak not about “Sponsors” in reference to Confirmation, but rather “Godparents.” They also ask that we now use this new form for all Godparents who will be accompanying our Confirmandi on their journey towards the Sacrament—so we will not be able to accept any old versions of “Sponsor Forms” from past years, only this form!
I know that the terminology change might be confusing, so to try to clarify: Canon law states that the Godparents of a child (determined at Baptism) should be the sponsor for their Godchild at Confirmation “in so far as possible” (cf. Can. 875). If it is not possible that the Godparents accompany their Godchild in Confirmation, another Catholic adult in good standing with the Church can be designated (our classic understanding of a “Sponsor”).
So: whenever possible, it is strongly encouraged that a Godparent serve as the Confirmandi’s “Sponsor;” the forms (and language we use in the Confirmation program) will now reflect that. However, if it is NOT possible that a Godparent be there, another practicing Catholic, 16 or over, who has received all their Sacraments of Initiation and is not the parent of the child, can serve in the role. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please just let me know!