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.


Blog Posts
By Sandra Dooley on 5/27/2011 1:27 PM

The latest issue of the Newsletter from the Committee on Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a list of publishers who are “putting forward a variety of ritual editions of The Roman Missal for use in the United States.” There are seven publishers (LTP among them), all with different editions, artwork, and prices. As parishes prepare for and make decisions about which books to purchase, the question arises about what to do with the old Sacramentariesthat have been in use in our churches and that will soon be obsolete.

Since The Sacramentary has been used as a ritual book and it contains the prayers that have been used at Mass, it is appropriate to treat it with care and respect—similar to what is done with sacred vessels that are no longer usable or appropriate for use. I must confess that when I was younger I did not have the respect for such things as I do now. (I don’t remember what I did with the old Lectionaries of my parish when we started using the new ones...
By Sandra Dooley on 5/12/2011 10:40 AM
About a year ago, I had a conversation with a priest friend about the upcoming changes to the texts of the Mass. Like many priests who have been in ministry for 25 to 30 years or more, he was skeptical about the changes and wondered why we are being asked to do this at this particular time. While he would not be one to refuse to make the changes, he certainly had no enthusiasm about it!

Recently, I was at a meeting with this same priest (a meeting about the implementation of The Roman Missal in a parish) and was a little surprised but glad to hear what he had to say. He had listened to some of the recorded Eucharistic Prayers (published by World Library Publications, Prepare and Pray: Eucharistic Prayers I, II, III, IV; narrated by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain) and found the recording to be very helpful in getting a sense of the language and rhythm of the new translation. He also affirmed something that I have believed for a long time—that the new words will provide an opportunity for priests to recite...
By Sandra Dooley on 5/9/2011 2:43 PM
In preparing for the new edition of The Roman Missal, we tend to focus on the words that are changing in our day-to-day or week-to-week celebrations of the Eucharist. For priests, this is especially significant. All of the prayers that the priests pray in our name have been revised in some way. In the acclamations and responses of those of us in the pews, the changes are significant but less extensive. However, there are other reasons for the revision of The Roman Missal, and the beatification of John Paul II illustrates one of those reasons. He is one of many saints and blesseds who have been added to the Roman calendar since the last edition of The Sacramentary was published in the 1980s. The new edition of The Roman Missal has been updated to include texts of the Mass prayers for all the saints canonized by John Paul II as well as Benedict XVI. There are also additional Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary and additional Masses for Various Needs and Occasions. Updated rubrics for Hoy Week are included, as well...
By Sandra Dooley on 5/2/2011 9:54 AM

"I would like once again to express my gratitude to the Holy Spirit for the great gift of the Second Vatican Council, to which, together with the whole Church—and especially with the whole episcopate—I feel indebted. I am convinced that it will long be granted to the new generations to draw from the treasures that this Council of the twentieth century has lavished upon us. As a Bishop who took part in the Council from the first to the last day, I desire to entrust this great patrimony to all who are and will be called in the future to put it into practice.”

These words of Blessed John Paul II, spoken on the occasion of his election to the papacy, gave me pause this past week—to reflect a bit on the many changes that took place in the Church during his reign as Pope, particularly in regard to the new translation of The Roman Missal which we will be implementing in little more than six months from now.

We have been drawing from the treasures of the Second Vatican Council for many years, and...