Fr. Michael's Liturgy Q&A
This question-and-answer column has appeared in The Visitor, the newspaper of the Diocese of Saint Cloud, since January, 2009. While I no longer teach courses in liturgy, this column invites me to share my reflections with a classroom as wide as the readership of this newspaper. I am grateful for this opportunity to write about what I have learned as a teacher and student of the liturgical "craft."
Fr. Michael Kwatera, OSB
Q. One fellow member of my parish liturgy committee is pushing hard for using more Latin hymns and even Mass settings in our Sunday Masses, but others on the committee disagree with this. What about the use of Latin in our liturgies?
Q. I read in The Visitor that there is a weekly Mass at the “Grasshopper Chapel” during the summer months. Can you tell me more about this?
Q. This year Memorial Day is on Monday, May 26. It’s a day to remember the dead, especially those who died defending our country. But it seems to me that we Catholics also do this on All Souls’ Day, Nov. 2. Isn't Memorial Day a bit redundant for us?
Q. Every year my pastor tries to get people to walk in the Palm Sunday procession from the school to the church but many are reluctant to do so. Can you say something to encourage more people to participate in the procession?
Q. Last year St. Joseph was added to some of the Eucharistic prayers of the Mass. Can you please explain why?
Q. I prepare the Sunday and holy day prayers of the faithful for my parish Masses. I use several published resources for this, including your own “Collegeville Prayer of the Faithful” for years A, B and C, but I would like to know more about the history and theology of these prayers. Thank you.