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 

 

   

  • 27 Jun

    Should the Eucharist be Part of Our Fourth of July Celebration?

    Q. I enjoy taking part in the novena of Masses on Thursday evenings at the Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring, which is one of the designated pilgrimage sites in our diocese for the Holy Year of Mercy. Some years ago you celebrated the Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary there. Can you please write something about the feast of her Immaculate Heart?

  • 2 Jun

    What does the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary teach us?

    Q. I enjoy taking part in the novena of Masses on Thursday evenings at the Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring, which is one of the designated pilgrimage sites in our diocese for the Holy Year of Mercy. Some years ago you celebrated the Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary there. Can you please write something about the feast of her Immaculate Heart?

  • 12 May

    ‘Mother of Mercy’ is fitting title for Virgin Mary

    Q. In the “Salve Regina,” the “Hail, Holy Queen,” that concludes the church’s night prayer, we address the Blessed Virgin Mary as “Mother of Mercy.” Please comment on this title of hers.

  • 5 Apr

    Faith in risen Christ renewed at every Eucharist

    I didn’t receive any questions for this month’s column, so I offer you one of my Easter time homilies

  • 16 Mar

    Should the feast of St. Joseph be moved out of Lent?

    Q: Some people think that celebrating saints’ days during Lent draws our attention away from the Great Forty Days of preparation for Easter. Do you think that the feast of St. Joseph should be moved out of Lent?

  • 11 Feb

    What ingredients make for a good mealtime prayer?

    Q: In my family, as I grew up, we prayed before and after meals. Before eating, without fail, we prayed, “Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.” Afterward, again without fail, we prayed, “We give thee thanks, Almighty God, for all thy benefits which we have received from thy bounty through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.” We are still using these prayers, but some people are praying extemporaneously at mealtime. We have tried this but it hasn’t worked out very well. How can we get started in praying this way? What are the characteristics of good extemporaneous meal prayers? Finally, the people who pray extemporaneously at meals never seem to pray afterward, as we are accustomed to doing. Why?