Each candidate should choose a Confirmation Sponsor. A Confirmation Sponsor is someone you can look up to spiritually, and someone to guide you in a time of need.
WHO CAN BE ADMITTED AS A SPONSOR
There are guides for choosing a Confirmation Sponsor. Please note these are rules set forth by Canon Law (874) and cannot be changed. Please read the following carefully before choosing a sponsor:
In accord with Canon 874 of the Code of Canon Law, the Church can admit a person to the role of sponsor if:
- he or she must be sixteen years of age or older; and
- he or she must be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on, and
- not be the father or the mother of the candidate.
Note that the Catholic seeking to be admitted as a sponsor “lives a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken.” this phraseology means that the candidate for sponsor:
a) sincerely believes and strives to put into practice the Word of God as taught by the Catholic Church;
b) regularly takes part in the Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and
c) if married, was married in accordance with the requirements of the Catholic Church.