Often times people who are registered, and those who are not registered at Incarnation will come into the Parish Office asking for a Letter of Eligibility to stand as a god parent at Baptism or as a sponsor for Confirmation.
The requirement to stand as a god parent or a sponsor is three-fold:
Be at least 16 years of age.
Have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist &Confirmation.
If married, married in a Catholic Church- not on a beach, not in a magic forest or on a mountain top, unless of course, a Catholic Church was located there and you were married in it by a validly ordained Catholic priest or deacon.
Far too often, we are placed in delicate situations where the person asking for the letter has not received Confirmation or they need to have their marriage convalidated (blessed) in the Catholic Church and we cannot issue the Letter of Eligibility. These are not “Incarnation Parish Rules”; it’s Universal Church Law.
If you should know of people who find themselves in these situations, you can be a means of evangelization to them! Please pass on this information that a new class of the Rite of Christian of Initiation for Adults (RCIA) will be starting up in the fall. Just ask them to call the Parish Office (856-468-1314) and leave their name and phone number and mention that they are interested in the RCIA and one of the Deacons will be in touch with them.
The RCIA is also available for any non-Baptized or non-Catholic who might be interested in exploring the Catholic Faith. And for anyone who might want a little “brushing-up” on the Faith, the door is always open to you also!