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 12

Written by: Sandra Dooley
8/12/2011 1:30 PM  RssIcon

The musicians at my parish have already begun introducing people to some of the new music we will be singing in the coming months. Now that our diocesan Bishop has given permission (encouraged us, actually) to begin singing new Mass parts in September, our musicians have developed a very comprehensive plan that began a couple weeks ago and continues through the next year and beyond.

The first new Mass setting has been chosen (Steve Janco’s Mass of Wisdom) and we will be singing it for most of the coming year, beginning in September.
Two weeks ago I heard the small group of cantors at the 9:30 Mass singing a Communion Antiphon that had a very familiar text. I realized that it is the text of one of the new Memorial Acclamations. Last weekend, those of us in the assembly learned the text and the music and we sang it as an antiphon to the Psalm that was chanted during the Communion Procession. This coming weekend we will begin hearing the Sanctus and the new great Amen. These will be taught to the assembly the following two weeks and we will begin using them during the Mass the weekend of September 10/11.
The idea of singing the pieces before Mass and/or during the Communion Procession is a very good way to introduce some of the new music we will be singing in the coming year. That way, people hear it before it is actually taught, and when it is taught, they will (hopefully) have some memory of it and it will come a little easier.
I hope you, too, have a comprehensive plan that will enable the full participation of your worshipping community as we transition into the new words of the Mass.

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