Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism, we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” (CCC 1213)
Parents of infants and young children who are to be baptized at St. Mary should be registered in the parish, attend Mass regularly and contribute their time, talent and resources for the continued growth of the parish.
Please contact the parish office at 405-282-4239 and schedule your child’s Baptism as early as possible.
All parents wishing their child to be Baptized are required to attend a Baptismal Seminar. Parents who have attended the Seminar previously are invited but not required to attend again. Both parents should plan to attend the Seminar.
Guide to Choosing a Godparent
Godparents should be people of conviction who practice their faith. The General Introduction to the Rite of Baptism for Children sets down the following qualifications for Godparents:
- Be sixteen years of age or older
- Be mature enough to undertake this responsibility
- Be confirmed
- Be a member of the Catholic Church, canonically free to carry out this office
- Be in full communion with the Church
- Attends Mass faithfully
- A Baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may act as a Christian witness along with a Catholic Godparent.
Normally each child has a Godfather and a Godmother, however one Catholic sponsor would be sufficient. The Godparents help the parents bring the child up in the Faith and serve as a link between the children and the wider Christian community. It is desirable that this sponsor be the same when the child is subsequently Confirmed.
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