Baptism/Confirmation Sponsor Certificate Request
St. Mary of the Bay (Warren, RI)
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Are you a registered parishioner at St. Mary of the Bay
How would you describe your involvement?
I am a registered and active member of SMB and attend church regularly.
I am registered but have not been active. I would like to get more involved now that I have been asked to serve as a Sponsor.
I am not registered at SMB yet, but would like to do so and become an active member of your community. (N.B. You can register for the parish through this website.)
None of the above.
I have been asked to serve as a sponsor for:
I need the sponsor certificate by this date:
Canonical Requirements for Sponsors at Baptism:
Can. 872 Insofar as possible, a person to be baptized is to be given a sponsor who assists an adult in Christian initiation or together with the parents presents an infant for baptism. A sponsor also helps the baptized person to lead a Christian life in keeping with baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations inherent in it.
Can. 873 There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each.
Can. 874 §1. To be permitted to take on the function of sponsor a person must: 1. be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence by the pastor or minister and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function; 2. have completed the sixteenth year of age, unless the diocesan bishop has established another age, or the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause; 3. be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on; 4. not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared; 5. not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized. §2. A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community is not to participate except together with a Catholic sponsor and then only as a witness of the baptism.
Canonical Requirements for Sponsors at Confirmation:
Can. 892 Insofar as possible, there is to be a sponsor for the person to be confirmed; the sponsor is to take care that the confirmed person behaves as a true witness of Christ and faithfully fulfills the obligations inherent in this sacrament.
Can. 893 §1. To perform the function of sponsor, a person must fulfill the conditions mentioned in can. 874 (see above). §2. It is desirable to choose as sponsor the one who undertook the same function in baptism.
I testify that I fulfill the canonical requirements to serve as a Sponsor:
I reaffirm my faith in Jesus Christ and, with God’s help, I intend to live that faith in the Roman Catholic Church.
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