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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Aug 5

Written by: Sandra Dooley
8/5/2011 12:09 PM  RssIcon

A friend of mine sent me a copy of an article he wrote several years ago about liturgical renewal. In the article, he spoke of the changes that took place after the Second Vatican Council and how, for many priests and others involved in liturgy, the time of renewal after the Council was a time of transfiguration. The analogy seemed fitting when you remember the difficult journey of the disciples from resurrection to transfiguration.  Significantly; however, was the conclusion of the article, in which he reminded the reader that, in all cases, “good liturgy fosters and nourishes faith and poor liturgy destroys it.” He went on to say: “Changes will occur, so catechesis about liturgical changes must be a top priority.”

I think this is something we need to remember as we approach the actual implementation of the revision of The Roman Missal. Catechizing about the changes in the words we pray at Mass is so important. Without catechesis we run the risk of damaging the faith of the people we serve. How many people left the Church after the Second Vatican Council because they did not like the changes in the liturgy? How would they have received those changes differently if there had been appropriate and proper catechesis about those changes? I was privileged to be a part of a community that did receive a certain amount of formation and catechesis about the “new Mass” when it was first introduced after the Council. Perhaps that kept me connected and helped ease the transition for me.
We are faced with a golden opportunity in our Church today. Even though we may not  be happy about every detail of the changes in the texts, we have yet another opportunity to help people come to a deeper understanding of the Mass: the rituals, the gestures and the words that are such an important part of our faith.
(Thanks to Bruce Croteau for sharing his article: “Liturgical Renewal as Transfiguration,” in the Winter 2004 edition of Aim.)

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