The Association for Catechumenal Ministry

Fostering the Full Implementation of the Order of Christian Initiation

RCIA Godparent and Sponsor Handbook

RCIA Godparent and Sponsor Handbook Association for Catechumenal Ministry Barbara A. Morgan and William J. Keimig, Editors
ISBN: 978-1-933374-04-8

Price: $9.95 ea. - Purchase Online

This inexpensive and succinct booklet provides a straightforward and practical aide to those serving as sponsors or godparents in the Christian Initiation processes in their parish. It is pragmatic, spiritual, down-to-earth, and easy to read. It enables parish RCIA leaders to provide a high-quality means of effectively communicating the Church’s intentions for this crucial ministry of companionship and conversion in the catechumenate.

Each section in this beautiful small booklet is preceded by a full-color photograph and a quotation from one of the saints. For example, "What is RCIA?" is preceded by the quotation: "How sweet is the way of love. True, one can fall or commit infidelities, but, knowing how to draw profit from everything, love quickly consumes everything that can be displeasing to Jesus; it leaves nothing but a humble and profound peace in the depths of the heart" (St. Therese of Lisieux, Story of a Soul, Ch. VIII).

Unique terms to the RCIA process are given definitions, pithy suggestions worth their weight in gold are solicited, and a Home Retreat coupled with Lectio Divina provide food for the soul. It is recommended to give one of these handbooks to every Godparent/Sponsor within your parish RCIA process.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: You Have Been Chosen


What is "RCIA?"

Why an RCIA Process?

What is a Godparent? What is a Sponsor?

What are My Responsibilities?

What If the Person I'm Serving...?
Frequently Asked Questions

What are Some Common Pitfalls I Should Avoid?


Home Retreat for Godparents and Sponsors

  • Prayer
  • Sin and Its Effects
  • Knowledge of Scripture and Doctrine
  • The Virtue of Faith
  • The Virtue of Hope
  • The Virtue of Christian Love
  • The Virtue of Obedience
  • The Virtue of Humility
  • The Virtue of Detachment
  • Redemptive Suffering

A Few Helpful Suggestions for those New to Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina: Praying Daily with Scripture