Christopher Carstens

In Encountering the Words of Christ in the Mass, Christopher Carstens reflects upon the third edition of the Roman Missal, giving particular attention to the changes in the Mass texts.

Christopher Carstens holds a B.A. from the Oratory of St. Philip in Toronto, and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas and a M.A. (Liturgical Studies) from The Liturgical Institute. He is currently the Director of the Office of Sacred Worship for the Diocese of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where he serves as Coordinator of Pontifical Liturgies, liturgical coordinator for the Permanent Deacon formation program, and diocesan Director of RCIA. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Liturgical Institute and a frequent presenter in liturgical conferences and parish education. He is a member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy and is married with four children. Mr. Carstens is one of the presenters of Mystical Body, Mystical Voice.

Todd WilliamsonIn this blog, Praying, Believing, and Living, D. Todd Williamson discusses the pastoral, spiritual, and ministerial ramifications of the revised English translation of the Roman Missal.  Todd's blog is updated every other week.

Todd Williamson is the current Director of the Office for Divine Worship of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He is the author of two editions of Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons, and Weekdays:The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy (2007 and 2008, LTP) and has contributed to subsequent editions. He is also co-author of Bringing Catechesis and Liturgy Together: Let the Mystery Lead You! (2002, TwentyThird Publications), and he has written for numerous periodicals (Rite, Pastoral Liturgy, Catechumenate, and Religion Teacher's Journal).

In addition to writing, he is a teacher and national speaker in the areas of liturgy and the sacraments. He is co-host of the monthly radio program, Focus on the Liturgy, which airs on the fourth Wednesday of every month on Relevant Radio 950 AM, in the Chicagoland area.

Todd has been the director of the Office for Divine Worship for eight years. As such, he has dealt with countless pastoral situations in regards to the liturgy. It is from this unique experience that he writes in this blog: breaking open the English texts and making connections to our spiritual and ministerial lives as people of faith.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Sandra Dooley moved to Los Angeles in 1999 after 18 years in Orlando, FL. where she spent 10 years as the liturgy director of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Winter Park. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master of Pastoral Studies degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, with emphasis in liturgy. She is an experienced church musician, religious educator and liturgist, and has been a committee member, coordinator and/or speaker at local and national conferences.

In June, 2001, Sandra joined the Office for Worship of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as Associate Director. She was Director of the Office from April, 2003 through July, 2009. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) from 2004 until her return to FL in 2009.

Sandy currently serves as the director of liturgy at St. Margaret Mary Church in Winter Park, FL, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate.


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By Sandra Dooley on 4/19/2011 10:52 AM

More and more resources are becoming available for those of us who want to help our parishioners learn about and adjust to the coming changes in The Roman Missal.


In addition to the recently added resources on this Web site, the USCCB frequently updates its list of resources.


Recently a friend told me that some of the musicians in her diocese were encouraging parishes to put some information in the Easter Sunday bulletins about the coming changes, because there will be people coming to Mass on Easter Sunday who will not appear in our churches again until Christmas, four weeks after the new changes are implemented. It may be too late for you to do anything about that in your parish, but what I recommended to my friend was that she put a brief notice in the bulletin that there will be changes to the words of the Mass, beginning November 27, the First Sunday of Advent, and that more information would be available in...
By Sandra Dooley on 4/13/2011 1:53 PM
A few weeks ago, shortly after the Second Sunday of Lent, on which we heard the story of the Transfiguration, a friend told me about the homily she had heard at Mass that particular Sunday. Knowing I have a particular interest in catechesis about the new translation of The Roman Missal, she told me that the priest had mentioned the new translation in his homily and connected our reception of the new translation with what the apostles might have felt and undergone as a result of their experience with Jesus on the mountain. The priest briefly mentioned the coming changes and suggested that they might be an opportunity for all of us to participate in some type of transformation in our own lives and in our liturgies. He went on to say that more information about the new edition of The Roman Missal would be coming in future months, but he just wanted to mention it now and let people know that changes are coming.

I thought this was a good approach. I have always been an advocate of letting people know what is...