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 



  • 29 Sep

    Gifts from other cultures can enrich our traditions

    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.”

  • 25 Aug

    Door of faith opened as teachers ready young for Mass

    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?

  • 2 Aug

    Saints’ titles: a challenge to consider how

    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.

  • 5 Jul

    Mass: It’s where the New Evangelization starts

    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?

  • 7 Jun

    Defining terms: ‘In the spirit of Vatican II’

    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?