The other day I was at a parent meeting for parents of First Communion candidates, and we were told that we would have a sponsor for our children to receive the Sacrament. I’ve heard of baptismal sponsors (aka godparents) and Confirmation sponsors, but never First Communion sponsor. I asked for clarification to make sure that the requirement wasn’t intended only for those kids who hadn’t received Baptism yet and might be receiving baptism as well, but the lady leading the meeting insisted that we must have a sponsor, and get the necessary documentation to show that the sponsor is in good standing with the Church.
Is having a First Communion sponsor a new requirement, as far as anyone knows? If not, can a parish just decide to add its own additional requirements for the Sacrament? I’ve e-mailed my pastor to make sure that there isn’t some misunderstanding, but he has yet to respond.
It probably wouldn’t be TOO difficult, since our son’s Godmother is a close friend of ours and would probably do it, but I just found the whole thing very strange.