Welcome to the Catholic Parish of St. John the Baptist website. Our intention is to make visiting our site both physically and virtually a friendly and informative experience for you. If you would like additional information not found on the site or have a question, please contact us by way of email or phone. We look forward to hearing from you.
Our Mission Statement
We are a Catholic Christian community, called to be faithful, caring, enthusiastic Disciples. We build up the Kingdom of God by worshiping and praising Him, proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ in word and witness, giving loving service to our neighbor, and strengthening our Parish community.
Our History - Oklahoma's First Church
President Benjamin Harrison designated April 22, 1889, as the day of the Homestead Run. Three million acres of western land were opened for settlement, thus marking the birth of what is now known as “Oklahoma.” Although Catholic and Protestant churches existed in the territory before this event, the Catholic Parish of St. John the Baptist was the first church of any denomination built after the famous land run, thereby claiming the distinction as “Oklahoma’s” first church.
St. John the Baptist Church, which was a one room building with a bell tower with a capacity of 150 people, was located at First and Boulevard. It was completed on the feast day of St. John the Baptist, June 24th, 1889. The Catholic population at that time was four families.
St. John the Baptist always welcomes newcomers whether visiting, looking for a new parish, registering for membership, relocating to the Edmond area, curious about the Catholic Faith or considering becoming catholic, returning to the Catholic faith after some time away, in need of prayer or food and shelter, stopping by for a publicized event, or recently enrolling your child in the school or religious education classes. Stop by the Hospitality desk when at a weekend Mass or call the office if you have questions.
How may we help you?
Please consider the following resources that may help you with your need:
Relax! God put the wiggle in children, don't feel you have to suppress it in God's house.
Sit toward the front where it's easier to hear and quietly explain the parts of the Mass.
Sing the songs, pray and say the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.
Feel free to leave Mass with your child if you need to, but please come back! The way we welcome children in Church directly affects the way they respond to the Church, to God, and to Jesus. Let children know that they are at home in this liturgical gathering.
Suggestions for Everyone:
A smile of encouragement and a kind word are always helpful to parents with small, active children.
The Communications Committee is proud to share our newly designed logo for the Parish. This Committee felt it was the perfect time to transition from the 125th Parish Anniversary logo to something that reflects our new pillar structure, still keeping the iconic cross tower as part of the design.
This logo was shared with Fr. Ray and the staff resource leaders and we will slowly start incorporating this logo into various communications and our website. The committee is currently working on having these electronically available for use, as well as developing stationary, business cards, etc....
A special thank you to Mariana Hernandez who developed the design and Heather Cain for explaining the below symbolism behind it.
The Circle—a never-ending ring, represents the eternal life we have through Christ and how God’s love encircles us as we strive as individuals and as a Parish to be more Christ-like in our words, actions, and thoughts.
At the heart of the logo is the iconic Parish Cross Tower—it represents the people of the Parish, as together, we are the Church. The gold layers behind the cross tower image symbolize our Parish Pillars: Worship, Formation, Outreach, Stewardship & Community Life, Administration, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. These pillars form the foundation for all that our Parish is.
The Shell—a traditional symbol of baptism, is a tribute to our Parish patron saint, St. John the Baptist. The shell’s placement in the logo signifies how the sacrament of baptism is the light, like the sun, that guides our hearts to God and nourishes our souls.
The Water—signifies life. The life of the Parish as it flows through the community. The life of each Parishioner, whose faith and energy flow though the Church; sharing our gifts and talents as stewards of God’s love, creating our vibrant and thriving Parish.