Are all saints Catholic — or even Christian?

Saints come from every nation, race, people and tongue. They are who we are — children of God Q. It seems to me that some of the “All Saints” whom we celebrate on Nov. 1 are not necessarily Catholics or even Christians. Am I correct?  A. When I was a child, way back in the…

Mary, God’s most beautiful rose, is example of faith for all to follow

Attendance at this summer’s Mass of Thanksgiving at ‘Grasshopper Chapel’ was testament to the important place it holds in the spiritual heritage and Marian devotion of Catholics in Stearns County Sadly, no one asked me a liturgical question via my mailbox or inbox this past month, so I offer you my homily at the Mass…

What does the Catholic Church teach about work?

It’s good to dedicate the Labor Day holiday to celebrating the work that helps us to accomplish God’s plan for our own well-being, and that of our family, of our church, and of our world Q. Can you please say something about us Catholics celebrating Labor Day? Thank you. A. Our celebration of Labor Day…

What does it mean that Mary is queen of heaven?

We celebrate the Queenship of Mary on Aug. 22 to highlight its relationship to the solemnity of the Assumption By Father Michael Kwatera Q. We celebrate the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Aug. 22, one week after we celebrate her Assumption into heaven. Don’t these feasts celebrate the same thing? A. No, these…

Is there a place for Latin in liturgy today?

While it is certainly legal to include the language that was so much a par t of Mass in days gone by, the questions to ask are, would it be beneficial, and, if so, how much is the right amount? July 4, 2014, edition 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…

Annual novena at Grasshopper Chapel marks 25 years

Gatherings in which people come together from many parishes and communities to worship as one refresh the soul June 6, 2014, edition By Father Michael Kwatera 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? A. Just…

Is observing Memorial Day important for Catholics?

Easter season and Mary’s month both give us reason to remember in prayer those who have died May 9, 2014, edition By Father Michael Kwatera 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…

Palm Sunday procession always moves at ‘just the right pace’

April 11, 2014, edition 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? A. When the liturgy of Holy Week was reformed…

Jesus’ earthly father deserves recently given spot at Mass

Ask Father Michael March 14, 2014, edition by Father Michael Kwatera There are several reasons St. Joseph was added to eucharistic prayers Q. Last year St. Joseph was added to some of the eucharistic prayers of the Mass. Can you please explain why? Thank you. A. In November 1962, Pope John XXIII included the name…

What is the history & theology behind the prayers of the faithful?

The faith that leads us at Mass to ask God to fill our needs must lead us to alleviate human need outside of Mass February 14, 2014, edition By Father Michael Kwatera Q. I prepare the Sunday and holy day prayers of the faithful for my parish Masses. I use several published resources for this,…