The Sacrament of Baptism
"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission..." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213)
In Church law, for the purposes of reception of baptism, every child under the age of seven is considered an infant and is therefore eligible for baptism without special catechesis. Please call the Pastor or Deacon at (918) 744-0023 to schedule a baptism for your infant. Once a child reaches the age of seven, which is the presumed age of reason, he or she must first take part in a special program before receiving the sacrament. If your child has reached seven years of age, please call our Director of Youth Formation, Becky Holder at (918) 744-0023 ext. 18 for more information or to enroll in this class.
A one hour baptism class is required of all new parents and godparents prior to your child’s baptism. Classes are scheduled as needed with Anne Edwards, in the Pastoral Care office. Please call (918) 744-9417 for registration.
Requirements for Parents
At least one parent must be a practicing Catholic and a member of the Church of the Madalene. There are some exceptions for special circumstances. Please contact the Pastor at the parish office at (918) 744-0023 for more information.
A child may have two godparents, but one is sufficient. A prospective godparent (also called a “sponsor”) must be of sufficient maturity both in age and in the practice of the Catholic faith. Therefore, he or she must be:
- a Catholic in good standing—that is, a practicing Catholic
- Confirmed in the Catholic Church; and
- at least 16 years of age. .
To request a copy of your baptismal certificate, or that of your child, please contact June Benton in the parish office at (918) 744-0023 ext. 10.
In Case of Emergency
In the danger of death, any person, whether clergy or laity, may baptize another person. For validity, the person to be baptized must either be immersed in water or have water poured over his/her head while the following is said: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” This is a valid baptism and therefore must be recorded in the parish register of the place of the baptism. Should the newly baptized recover, a ceremony should be celebrated in the person’s own parish, which will include the other elements of the rite of baptism (for example, the clothing in the baptismal garment and the reception of the baptismal candle). Please call the parish office at (918) 744-0023 to make arrangements.