The post on the liturgy below generated a lot of comments, so it's a topic people are concerned about. Over the weekend I was at a First Communion Mass on Sunday. The priest was very good with the people and seemed quite pastoral. But he gave the most awful homily I have ever heard on such an occasion. I don't want to be negative and criticize, but just to bring up a point that the homily is an important part of the Mass and it needs to be done well. In this case--at a First Communion--the homily was mostly on the role of the bishop, in particular to how it relates to closing parishes. (This was not in Boston; the particular diocese is not facing major issues around this now). The priest seemed to be mostly rambling, instead of taking advantage of a great catechetical opportunity to focus on the Mass and the Eucharist. It just didn't make sense to me, and I wonder what it meant to the people.
Liturgical reform needs to begin with better training for the priests, especially how they preach the Word of God. In discussing the priesthood, Vatican II emphasized more the aspect of preaching. Prior to the Council, the major emphasis was on the priest's role at Mass. So the Council balanced it off more by considering both aspects and even giving a certain priority to the task of preaching the Word.