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Requirements to be a godparent/sponsor: 1. Be at least sixteen (16) years of age; 2. Be a fully initiated Catholic (must have received all three sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist); 3. Be a practicing Catholic and a Catholic in good standing who leads a life of faith necessary to fulfill the responsibility of being a sponsor; 4. Be a registered member of a parish in the area where he or she lives; 5. Attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation; 6. Support the parish both financially and through service to the best of their ability; 7. If married, the sponsor must be in a valid Catholic marriage. Married according to the laws and regulations of the Catholic Church, which means that they were married by a Catholic priest or obtained an official permission for getting married outside of the Catholic Church.
Marriage: Couples are to contact the parish priest of their intended marriage prior to setting the date for that celebration. The Catholic Church requires formation of engaged couples which does require time and energy on the couples part to complete.
Confirmation: At St Mary Magdalen parish, preparation for the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation for our youth is a two-year process, typically students begin their first-year study in their 8th grade year and begin their second-year study in their 9th grade year.
Confirmation for Adults: Contact Fr. Augustine at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin completing your sacraments of initiation.
Christian Initiation of Adults: In becoming a Roman Catholic Christian, one is embracing a way of life, for the rest of their life. Some persons are Catholics all their lives, baptized as children, received the sacraments of Penance and Eucharist at an elementary school age and were fully initiated into the Church with the celebration of Confirmation in middle or high school.
For the unbaptized adults, the Holy Spirit may call them to a new way of living, a life of service and communion with purpose and drive to live a life as a Roman Catholic.
If you are one such person and you begin to feel the tug of the Holy Spirit in your life, to live as a Christian in the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, we invite you to inquire how you can learn to study, to pray, and to live in our faith tradition.
Quinceañera: contact parish office for more information.