I became Catholic at Easter Vigil 2007. As a Protestant, I was accustomed to baptisms being part of a Sunday service. I have always been pro-life. It seems that with a fairly large percentage of Catholics claiming their right to be “pro-choice,” perhaps, including baptism in weekend Masses might serve as a reminder of the value of the lives of babies.
In Protestant baptisms, the child is presented to the entire congregation, who also promises to play their part in the Christian upbringing of the child. It would also serve as another reminder of our own baptisms. Can parents request that the baptism of their baby be done during a Sunday Mass? I miss seeing baptisms and feel like I might be intruding, though I did stay in the back after Mass Mother’s Day this year to watch a baptism. Twenty-one years ago, I had my baby baptized on Mother’s Day. Baptisms are usually noted in our bulletin the week after they’ve been done.