Sacrament of Baptism:
Catechesis for Baptism is directed primarily to adults who are the parents of infants and young children who are to be baptized. Our Lady of Victory Church offers Baptismal preparation for parents who wish to have their children (ages 7 and under) baptized. This preparation includes one session for parents who have not attended Baptismal preparation before. The sessions include presentations and discussions on the history, theology, rite and symbols of Baptism, and the role and responsibilities of parents. Infant baptisms can take place during Sunday Mass or at the end of Sunday Mass or according to the convenience of the Family and the celebrant (excluding the season of Lent).
Baptismal preparation classes are held by Debbie Clagg at your convenience. Baptisms are celebrated by our Priest or Deacon. For more information, call the Church Office (405) 527-3077.
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 and in the word." (From the Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Parents may choose godparents for their children from among family or friends qualified to serve in that capacity. Parents may choose a godfather and a godmother or just one godparent. Godparents not only serve as witnesses at the ceremony of baptism but also assist the baptized in leading a Christian life. Therefore, Church law requires that godparents be people who are living the Catholic faith and meet the following qualifications (canons 872-874).
1. They should ordinarily be at least 16 years of age.
2. They must be Catholics who have received Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion.
3. They must lead a life in harmony with the Catholic faith (e.g., not living in an immoral situation). Fallen away Catholics may not serve as godparents or Christian witnesses.
4. If they are married, they must be married in the Catholic Church. They may not be divorced and remarried outside the Catholic Church.
Parents of the child to be baptized may not serve as godparents. If only one godparent is chosen, parents may ask someone baptized in a non-Catholic community to serve as a Christian witness to the ceremony, along with the Catholic godparent.