The people on the wonderful faith journey called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) need a partner, a fellow traveler, because sometimes the road is difficult, and it’s not always easy to see where it’s leading. They need a companion, a guide, a friend who knows the way!
Sponsors from the parish community act as spiritual companions, providing personal support, sharing their experience of Christian life and welcoming the catechumens and candidates to their newly found home.
Who should be an RCIA sponsor?
- Anyone with the desire to be a friend and companion during an important time in someone’s life.
- Anyone with an eagerness to offer companionship on the faith journey, sharing your faith story, Catholic practices and the appreciation of the St. John LaLande community with others.
- Anyone in full communion with the Catholic Church, committed to the Word and eager to walk the path to Christ with our new friends as they enter the Catholic community.
- Anyone called by God, with a commitment to attend:
- RCIA sessions (Sunday mornings, September – May)
- Rite of Welcome (at SJL)
- Rite of Sending (at SJL)
- Rite of Election (with Bishop Finn at the Cathedral)
- The Scrutinies (three Sundays in Lent at SJL)
- The RCIA retreat (one Saturday morning during Lent)
- The Easter Vigil
- Mystagogy (six Sunday sessions following the Vigil)
- Anyone willing to help a newcomer to learn about the Catholic faith and about St. John LaLande. You don’t have to be an expert on the Catholic faith, but you do have to be someone who values your Catholic faith and wants to share it with others.
What are the sponsors’ responsibilities?
- To maintain regular contact with the candidates to encourage them, and to listen to their faith stories and to their doubts,
- To share time and experiences in a friendly manner,
- To participate fully in the RCIA sessions and Rites,
- To pray with and for candidates,
- and to introduce the candidates to the other members of the community.
A Sponsor’s role is a privilege, and a responsibility in the parish community. Just as the apostles were vital to the building and growth of the Church, RCIA sponsors are vital to the process of forming a new Catholic. You are the face of the Church for your candidate or catechumen, and you represent the parish community in a very special way.
Should you have any questions concerning the RCIA process, or if you seek more insight into the responsibility, privileges, and joy of RCIA sponsorship, please contact Deacon Doug Myler, 229-3378 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to pray for our RCIA Sponsors, here is a RCIA Sponsors Prayer.