Congratulations on being chosen as a Sponsor for Baptism or Confirmation!

Please carefully read the following:

Sponsor Certificates at Saint Augustine Church may be obtained only by those who are
registered members of our parish community.

Being asked to serve as a Sponsor is an opportunity to renew one’s own faith and assume responsibility for becoming a witness and role model in the living out of that faith to the candidate for Baptism or Confirmation.

Please know that the canonical requirements to serve as a Sponsor are not determined by our parish, our pastor or our staff. These requirements are enumerated in the Code of
Canon Law.

  1. A sponsor must have completed the sixteenth year of age.
  2. Be a Baptized Catholic who has been Confirmed and a practicing Catholic.
  3. If married must be married in the Catholic Church. Please understand that it is not within our power to modify or make exceptions to these requirements.

If you do not fulfill the canonical requirements for Sponsor, please do not interpret your ineligibility as a judgment on your character or your own personal lived experience of faith. In fact, in choosing you as a Sponsor, someone saw qualities in you which are admirable and imitable. You may need to explain to the one who requested that you serve in this role that while you are unable to do so, you still wish to be an integral part of the candidate’s life, but in some other way.

If you wish to discuss your eligibility, understanding that Saint Augustine’s has no authority to dispense from these requirements—which are governed by the universal law of the Church—feel free to reach out directly to Father Mahar.

 

To obtain your certificate contact the parish office at (401) 831-3503.