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. In your June column you wrote about some of your ideas about liturgy “in the spirit of Vatican II.” I would particularly like to hear your thoughts on being “open to cultural adaptation.”
Q. Some months ago you wrote about how the assembly’s worship expresses and strengthens faith. For many years I taught 6th grade in my parish religious education program, and I have thought that such classes help prepare children to do what you wrote about. Am I correct?
Q. I go to daily Mass and enjoy hearing about the saints on their feast days. I have noticed that their titles have changed in recent years, and I have wondered which month has the most saints’ days. Can you say something about this? Thank you.
Q. As I hear about the “New Evangelization” efforts taking place in the church today, I wonder what role the liturgy might play in them. What do you think about this?
Q. Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Dec. 4, 1963) is 50 years old this year. It seems that everyone has a different idea of what liturgy “in the spirit of Vatican II” is. What are some of your ideas about what “liturgy in the spirit of Vatican II” is?