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 12:13 PM  RssIcon

Last week I began a series of workshops on The Roman Missal to be offered at various parishes around the diocese. The diocesan liturgy office has asked me to give these workshops in place of the mornings of reflection required for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to renew their mandate (something which must be done every two years). The workshop took place at a parish on the east coast of Florida. In addition to Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, other ministers and members of the parish were also invited, and there was also a fair representation of people from other parishes.

One of the things I try to do early on in these workshops is to get a sense of what people know and how they are feeling about the upcoming changes. It seemed that most of the people in attendance had heard about the changes, although they didn’t know too many details, and they came to the workshop wanting to learn more. No one was really angry about the changes (I asked!) but some very valid concerns were expressed—about why the most familiar and most-used memorial acclamation is being eliminated, the financial burden of purchasing new books during these difficult economic times, etc.
Generally speaking, though, the participants were eager to learn the reasons for the changes and were obviously engaged as I gave a (very) brief summary of changes in the liturgy through the years and explained the process of how our liturgical texts are translated. I gave an overview of the role of ICEL and the involvement of so many countries and Bishops’ conferences in the process.
Some of the comments I received from those in attendance reinforced my belief that people will be accepting of the changes if the reasons why and how are explained to them – and if they are given some time to adjust to the idea that these changes will be taking place. One elderly gentleman admitted that he does not like change, but hearing the reasons for the upcoming changes in the texts and having it put in perspective in the history of the Church will help him. He also expressed the hope that this doesn’t happen again in his lifetime!
I don’t expect all the workshops to go this smoothly, but this was certainly a good start for what will be a busy season of workshops in the coming months. I will let you know what happens in future sessions.

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