"Talk to God about Man
before talking to Man about God."
The sponsor should know the candidate at
least one year prior to sponsoring them on a weekend.
To sponsor a candidate you must be in reunion group.
The sponsor is to obtain and submit the application.
Applications for married couples are submitted at the same time; one
will not be processed without the other.
A married woman cannot attend a weekend before her husband has made his
weekend, except with Secretariat approval (which is rarely given).
The candidate's pastor must sign the application.
It is important for the integrity of Via de Cristo that new cursillistas
wait one (1) year from making their weekend before sponsoring a candidate.
It is highly recommended that you keep the number of candidates you
sponsor, for any given weekend, to three (3).
Getting the candidate to/from the weekend.
Being available throughout the weekend for any special needs the
candidate or their family may have.
Be available to serve meals so the candidate sees their sponsor's
support throughout the weekend.
If the candidate has a special diet need/food allergy etc., the
sponsor is to provide those special foods and prepare or make
arrangements for the preparing of the meals/snacks for the candidate.
Praying in the Palanca Chapel throughout the weekend or whenever
Being available to the candidate's family should any need arise.
Bringing wives to the wives'
Monitoring the candidate for one year after their weekend, making
sure they get into a reunion group and/or reunion with the
candidate until they do find a reunion group. This is another
reason for men to sponsor men and women to sponsor women.
Bring the candidate to future weekends to help them get involved and
familiarize them with the behind the scenes activity in putting on a Via
de Cristo weekend (set-up, tear down, kitchen, Palanca chapel).
Making sure the candidate knows about/attends Ultreyas and assist in
getting them to the Ultreya.
Make sure the candidate gets to the post meeting after their weekend.
Solicit Palanca letters from family and friends.
Deliver Palanca Letters to the weekend from family members,
well as friends. Letters are to be delivered before 11:00 AM on Sunday
of the weekend. If married, the spouse's
letter MUST be delivered.
Explain the weekend cost that someone before them paid for them and
it is requested that they pay for those coming behind them. If as a
sponsor one feels lead to pay for the candidate's weekend as a blessing
to that candidate, then by all means do so; however it is not necessary
unless you know of a candidate's hardship to pay.