How to Celebrate the Scrutinies without Scaring the Catechumens

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  1. I was asked to sponsor someone I do not know, to become Catholic. She has met with me once, but I still not know her, and she never has time to meet ,even though I have given her several opportunities to meet with me for the purpose of clarifying anything she may not fully understand and to pray together.

    As a former Director of Faith Formation, I am uncomfortable sponsoring someone I do not know. What do you recommend?

    1. Hi Dee. I know it can be uncomfortable to sponsor someone you don’t know, especially if the inquirer is reluctant to meet with you. However, in most cases, it would or should be the norm that the inquirer and sponsor do not know each other at first. When we let inquirers choose their own sponsor, they often choose someone who is not really qualified for the job. Ideally, the parish is providing active members of the community to act as sponsors for inquirers.

      If your inquirer is not making time to meet with you, it may be an indication she is not yet ready to begin a formation process. She may need more evangelization and more time. I recommend you keep reaching out to her and wait for her to respond when she is ready.

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