God has been stirring something in your heart. We are so thankful that you are open to seeking out more information as you discern your next steps on your faith journey.
- Has something sparked your interest to discover or re-discover more about the Catholic faith?
- Has it been many years since you spent time in Faith Formation?
- Were you Baptized as a child, but would now like to prepare to receive the Sacraments of Confession, Eucharist and Confirmation?
Adult Sacramental Formation is designed for Baptized Adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help, they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the Sacraments fruitful.
What does this process typically entail?
We are all at different stages in our faith journey, the formation process will be determined by your individual needs. We encourage you to contact the Parish Office and speak with the Coordinator to a face to face meeting to determine your specific needs.
What if I was Baptized in another Protestant faith tradition?
You are invited to come to the Catholic Faith community, to study and understand the differences between Protestantism and Catholicism as well as obtain a clear understanding of the Catholic Sacraments. You will be invited into gaining a fuller sense of the Catholic teachings and experience of what living withing the Catholic faith entails. Part of your process will be to select a Sponsor, a person who is a fully initiated Catholic, who can journey with you through the faith. See more information below.
What if I am a Baptized Catholic who has not yet received First Communion, gone to Confession or received Confirmation?
We would love to sit and talk with you so we can determine how to best serve you. Your formation needs may look a bit differently. Part of your process will be to select a Sponsor, someone with whom you can share the journey of deepening your faith. Please read about the role of the Sponsor below.
If you are ready to begin the process of learning more about becoming Catholic please come to our initial “Becoming Catholic Inquiry Gathering” on Sunday August 26th at 12:00 p.m. Or you may contact our Adult Faith Formation who will meet with you to determine the next steps for you. Since everyone’s situation is different, the individual circumstances and sacramental needs of each person will be assessed. This is what determines the process to be followed, and can affect the time frame involved.
Why is the Formation so long? What does it consist of?
From the time of the apostles, becoming a Christian has been accomplished by a journey and initiation in several stages.
This journey can be covered rapidly or slowly, but certain essential elements will always have to be present: proclamation of the Word, acceptance of the Gospel entailing conversion, profession of faith, Baptism itself, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and admission to Eucharistic communion.
What if I have questions outside of the “normal” scheduled sessions or come later in the year?
We encourage those with questions to call year round to find out more about the formation process. The formation process is geared toward each person’s individual point on the journey of faith, and for some this may take years or months. It is important to call so we can determine your unique needs.
A Sponsor to walk with you throughout your journey of faith
You will be asked to find a special person called a Sponsor. Jesus taught his disciples the importance of community. It is meaningful that we walk this faith journey with companions. A Sponsor is a practicing Catholic who will serve as a companion, listener, and mentor. Ideally, a Sponsor is someone with whom you can freely share questions and concerns and who will be present along the journey.
Your Sponsor will play an integral role and be present alongside of you throughout the formation process and will stand with you during important moments such as the Rites and at your Initiation into the Church.
The Role of the Sponsor:
The responsibility of the sponsor is to help you live the Catholic Christian lifestyle. Their goal is to be a guide, a mentor and encouragement on your journey of faith. A Sponsor is one who is an active and practicing Catholic, someone with whom you can share with comfortably.
Some suggested questions to consider when selecting a Sponsor:
- Does this person live the Catholic faith in an exemplary way?
- Are they comfortable sharing their faith with me?
- Am I comfortable sharing with them?
- Is there founded hope that they will encourage me to walk the journey of faith through the years?
- Will they have interest in walking with me during the months of formation, study and learning in the Catholic Faith?\
- Is this a person who has the ability to stand up with me (literally) during various moments of this formation journey?
Qualifications of a Sponsor (Diocese Guidelines)
- Understand the qualifications and intention of being a sponsor.
- Attained the age of 16
- Is fully initiated Catholic– Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist (Parish will need a copy of Sponsor’s Confirmation Certificate)
- Has no canonical impediments such as
- divorced and remarried without an annulment
- Catholics married outside of the Church.
- Is not the father or mother of Confirmation Candidate.
- Leads a life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken.
Please be mindful of the following paperwork considerations for a Sponsor:
- Sponsor Paperwork
- Please provide copy of Sponsor(s) Confirmation Certificate
- Review “Qualifications of Sponsor” guidelines
Who do I contact?
Please call Sarah Nelson at 719-542-9248 x21 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to know more about you!
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