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 12:10 PM  RssIcon

Last week I attended the annual convention of the NPM (National Pastoral Musicians). It was a great event, held in Louisville, KY. The hospitality of the local committee was outstanding, and we had many opportunities during the week to learn about the new translation of the Roman Missal and to “Sing A New Song” (the theme of the convention) along with well over 3000 other pastoral musicians and liturgists.

Keynote speakers were Msgr. Ray East, Msgr. Kevin Irwin, Paul Ford, Dolly Sokol and Jerry Galipeau. Each keynote speaker had something valuable to offer, and I share with you now a few “gems” from my notes that may be of help to all of us preparing for the implementation. There is a countdown clock on the USCCB web site, but for those us whose bishops have authorized the teaching of new Mass settings beginning in September—the time of implementation begins even sooner!
From Monsignor East: Mary’s “yes” changed the world. Our “yes” to the changes in the words of the Mass will bring about a renewal of the liturgy. It’s not about rules and regulations – it’s about Jesus!
From Monsignor Irwin: The liturgy always celebrates the Paschal triumph in the midst of suffering and death. Liturgical texts tether our imaginations and invite us to penetrate more fully the Paschal Mystery.
From Paul Ford: Rather than singing at Mass, we should be singing the Mass. Our song helps the word make a home in our heart.
From Dolly Sokol: We participate in the Paschal Mystery by remaining open to change. Catholics are a people with a past steeped in change.
From Jerry Galipeau: We need to be shaken out of ritual stupor and allow the liturgy to touch us. Hopefully the new translation will help accomplish that.
All good food for thought during these hot summer days.

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