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 11/28/2011 2:17 PM
 

We made it through the first weekend at our parish with the new translation, and I must say that it was pretty uneventful. Many people indicated to me in the last several weeks that we have done so much to prepare people in the parish that they are comfortable with the changes. A few things helped: Before every weekend Mass, our pastor spoke for a minute or so just reminding everyone to pick up the supplement books that contain all the new texts and the music we are using at the parish. He delivered the message with a bit of humor, assuring people that the priests will probably make more mistakes than those of us in the pews. (“It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks!”)

Also helping, I think, were the reminders given at various times in the Mass by the celebrant. I placed post-it notes at strategic places in The Roman Missal for the priest to ask everyone to pick up their supplements so they could pray the new words. I noticed many people keeping their supplement books open throughout the Mass....
By Sandra Dooley on 11/7/2011 9:12 AM
In the parish where I serve as liturgy director (which is also my home parish), we are “coming down the home stretch.” We are singing a new Gloria (by Robert LeBlanc) and we have been singing a new Holy, Holy, Holy and Memorial Acclamation (Steve Janco’s Mass of Wisdom) since early September. The music for these new settings has been inserted into the hymnal supplements that are in the pews of the church. (We have hard-back hymnals in the pews plus hymnal supplements that are in small binders the same size as the hymnals.) When we first sang the Gloria during Mass a couple weeks ago, participation was poor at best. Almost no one was looking at the book with the music! After discussing this with our musicians, we decided to try announcing the page number of the Gloria just before it is sung. We were concerned about interrupting the flow of the Mass at that point, but decided to try it this past weekend. The difference was dramatic! When the page number for the Gloria was announced, nearly everyone in the church...