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Sacred Heart Church Volunteer Opportunities

RCIA Sponsor

RCIA Sponsor

Sponsors and supports the individuals who are participating in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) process preparing to become a Catholic. 

A sponsor is the companion and support person for a catechumen, candidate or Baptized Catholic who is completing the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist).  The sponsor must have made all Sacraments of Initiation and be an active, practicing Catholic in full communion with the Catholic Church.

Our Church is a church of community.  We are all members of the Body of Christ and belong to the Communion of Saints.  So the candidates are not expected to walk this journey alone.  Becoming a Catholic is an exciting journey.  And acting as a sponsor is an opportunity to enrich, reaffirm, and deepen your own faith.  A sponsor is someone who will share their faith and to whom the candidate can ask questions and discuss doubts.   The sponsor acts as a representative for the Sacred Heart parish community.

The RCIA process usually is scheduled each season from the end of September until Pentecost.  We meet on Thursday evenings at 6:45pm until 8:30pm.


1.    Share your faith

2.    Participate at all the official rites for catechumens and candidates:
       a.    Rite of Acceptance and Welcome – November
       b.    Rite of Sending – 11am Mass  before the beginning of Lent
       c.    Rite of Election – usually the Saturday before the first Sunday of Lent
       d.    Easter Vigil – Saturday evening before Easter.
       e.    Rite of the Sacrament of Confirmation (for baptized Catholics only)

3.    Accompany your candidate weekly evening meetings as often as possible.

For more information please contact the Parish Office 760 346-6502.