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 9/26/2011 10:26 AM
 

Last week we had Fr. Paul Colloton, from NPM, preach at all the Masses at our parish. The topic: the upcoming changes in The Roman Missal. Fr. Paul did a masterful job of connecting the Scripture readings of the day to the words we will be soon praying every Sunday. He had a captive audience in multiple ways:  he preaching at a time when most people are attentive, and  his preaching was so interesting and effective that people gladly gave him their rapt attention.

 

No matter how hard we try to catechize people about the new Roman Missal (or anything else for that matter) the most effective time to reach the greatest number of people is during the celebration of weekend liturgies. As I mentioned several weeks ago, even people who come to Mass regularly have missed or somehow not heard the commentaries we have been giving at our parish before weekend Masses during much of the past year.

 

Next week I will gather some of the daily morning Mass-goers to read and listen to the new texts with one of our priests. I am offering this opportunity on two different days for anyone who wants to participate. (People would come to one day or the other. We will do the same thing both days.)  I got the idea from Fr. Paul Turner who has done this in his parish and found it to be not only helpful but also enlightening to learn how people respond and react to the next texts.   We will have worship aids available for the peoples’ parts and everyone will be invited to listen to the Eucharistic Prayer.

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By Sandra Dooley on 9/26/2011 10:25 AM
 

We recently had a “Roman Missal weekend” at our parish. Friday night was for liturgical ministers – a thank-you social with a brief talk by Fr. Paul Colloton from NPM (National Pastoral Musicians Association) in Washington, DC. Then Saturday morning Fr. Paul and I offered a 3-hour workshop for catechists, liturgical ministers and any parishioners who wanted to attend. The event was heavily advertised in the bulletin for several weeks beforehand and we had about 130 people in attendance. Finally, Fr. Paul preached at all the weekend Masses, making a wonderful connection between the readings of the day and the upcoming changes in the text of The Roman Missal.

Both of us emphasized at every event that the Mass is not changing. We helped people understand the reasons behind the changes, explained the process of revising the translation and discussed the major changes in the people’s parts of the Order of the Mass along with some of the text changes in the Eucharistic Prayers. On Saturday morning, Fr. Paul also facilitated some mystagogical reflection on some of the new texts.

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By Sandra Dooley on 9/26/2011 10:24 AM
 

I started a new job this week, as the director of liturgy at my parish. Actually it’s an “old” job. I was the director of liturgy at St. Margaret Mary in Winter Park, FL for 10 years before my husband’s job took us to Los Angeles in 1999. Two years ago we returned to Florida and rejoined our former parish. Since then I have been involved in the parish as a lector and in other ministries, including being an active participant on the committee for the implementation of the new Roman Missal. I am replacing the person who has been liturgy director at the parish since I left 12 years ago. Fortunately, for me and for the parish, we are well on the way in the transition process. A lot of groundwork has been laid by the previous director and I am a beneficiary of that. We have been catechizing about the Mass in pre-Mass commentaries and in bulletin articles for almost a year. Our musicians have chosen a new Mass setting, which we began hearing in various ways (played on the organ or piano, sung by cantors before...