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 What is a Sponsor?

A sponsor is an active Catholic that is willing to be a companion to someone going through the RCIA process.  As they get acquainted they listen, answer questions, pray together, and connect them with the parish.  Sponsors find their role to be one that enriches and deepens their own faith as well.  It is a very rewarding experience.  As one sponsor said, "I am learning and growing at a better pace than if I had not sponsored someone.  It is very exciting to hear the questions they ask and to see them evolve through the process."  Sponsors are not meant to have all the answers ( in fact, it is better if they don't ).   Their main role is to be a friend and companion on the journey.

   What is the Commitment?

This year we recommend that Sponsors join their candidate/ cathechumen on Thursday nights, aside from the regularly scheduled monthly Sponsor meetings.  We also ask that they stay in touch with them weekly.

News Flash....for Catholics interested in being a sponsor, we will be having a meeting after Easter.  Please call now if you have an interest, as this will be the time to inquire about it.

   Send in your questions...

Please provide us with questions or comments that your candidates and cathechumens have asked about or mentioned.  You may have questions of your own as well.  We're sure others may have similar questions, and we would like to post the questions with the answers on the web site, so do send them in, by clicking on the mailbox below.  Thanks!

   Excerpts from ...

Notes from the book Walking Together in Faith by Thomas H. Morris

Conversion is a shift from one way of life to another.

Restructuring of life elicits various responses.  eg. doubt, fear,loss of control, elation, sorrow, excitement, anticipation.

The sponsor is one who works with the candidate without taking away the experience.

Basic pattern of conversion journey:

  • setting out  (starting to feel uncomfortable)
  • disruption  (no longer what they seem)
  • period of confusion and assessment
      (what is going on?)
  • restructuring  (no going back)
  • living it out
     

Sponsors are not there to save catechumens from there experiences, but rather to walk with them, perhaps shedding some light.

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  What's happening this week?

News as of Thursday, January 11, 2001

Last week we covered the Sacraments of initiation - Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation.  The prior week, we covered the Liturgical year.

Here is some background information / questions on these sacraments that may assist you in discussions with your candidate/catecumen:

BAPTISM -  we are each a member of a family.

  • What's involved in that?
  • What do I have to bring to my own family?
  • ... to my church family?
  • What do I feel I want to experience in this family called church?  (family of God)
  • What calls me into a deeper level of family?

EUCHARIST - Being fed.  The Eucharist connects us with the source of all life.  Share what Eucharist means to you and  how the meaning has grown for you.

  • How am I being fed?
  • How do I limit what happens ?
  • What draws me to continually come back and receive?

MANDATORY SPONSORS MEETING:   Reminder that NEXT Thursday, 1/18/01 at 7:15pm we will be having a mandatory sponsors meeting.  It will be in the Monsignor Wade Hall (in one of break-out meeting rooms).  The regular RCIA  meeting will be going on at the same time.

Please send us any concerns, questions, issues you would like to discuss so that we can include those in the meeting.  We do not anticipate it being a long meeting but again it is important that we get together as a group to see how the process is proceeding and to ensure we correct any problems that may be developing.  In general emails can only go so far.  Nothing like a meeting!

STAY IN TOUCH:  We are now beginning to really get into specific topics related to being a member or the Catholic Church.  Also the candidates are going to hopefully have more questions.   They need your support.  Attending the weekly meetings (Thursday) with your candidate / catecumen is a good way to keep in touch.

It is VERY important that you are in contact with your candidate / catecumen on a WEEKLY basis.  If this is posing a problem please contact anyone on the RCIA team. 

Take care everyone.  God bless.

Pat Kramer, Marie Egolf and Hans Bruhn

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To inquire about the RCIA, call MARIE EGOLF @ 925-687-6478 or PARISH HOUSE925-682-2486.

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