• Pray for the child and parents.
  • Spend some time & keep in touch.
  • Plan to be around on those special days.
  • Share your faith.
  • Enjoy being a sponsor.

Some helpful tips:

  • It is recommended that your child’s godparent also be invited to be the sponsor thus linking the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.
  • If this is not possible then we suggest that you choose a member of the family or someone important to your child. A parent cannot be a sponsor to their own child.

  • This person is to be a practising Catholic who has received all the sacraments and is 16 years or over.
  • Together with the parents the sponsor is asked to guide the child and be a source of support as s/he continues the journey in faith.
  • The choice of a saint’s name is entirely up to the parents and child. It is not mandatory to choose the name of a saint, however this activity can help the  child to come to know more about some men and women who have shown their love & witness to God in a special way.
  • If your child prefers s/he can research their Christian name received at Baptism and so appreciate how their namesake lived as a true witness to God.