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 19

Written by: Sandra Dooley
8/19/2011 1:08 PM  RssIcon

I have mentioned previously that at my parish, St. Margaret Mary, we have been observing a Year of the Eucharist. The observance started on the First Sunday of Advent last year and will end on this year’s Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, November 20. One of the purposes of this observance has been to catechize people on the Mass as well as provide a systematic preparation for the implementation of the new translation of The Roman Missal.

This past week I had an interesting and somewhat discouraging conversation with a woman in my water aerobics class at the YMCA. She mentioned that she comes to Saturday water classes and I commented that I was not able to do so because I am presenting workshops on The Roman Missal most of the Saturdays between now and Thanksgiving. She went on to say she wished she could find out more about the Mass and would like to help her grandson learn about the Mass also, but there is nothing provided for them in terms of books or information. As we talked, I learned that she is a parishioner of St. Margaret Mary and she attends the 12:00 Noon Mass on Sundays. I almost couldn’t believe my ears! We have had individuals give brief commentaries on the Mass before all the weekend Masses through most of the year, and we have included prominent articles in the bulletin every week. These commentaries and bulletin articles have provided catechesis on the various rituals, prayers, gestures and postures of the Mass and have made mention of the upcoming changes. Those of us on the committee have spent hours writing faithfully delivering the 2-3 minute commentaries just before the beginning of Mass.
My point is that no matter how hard you work and how much you think you are reaching people; there will still be those who have not heard—perhaps because they are just not attuned to what you have to say or for a myriad of other reasons. In these next few months, I don’t think it is possible to give people too much information about the changes in The Roman Missal. A friend used to tell me I was like Chinese water torture: drip, drip, drip. I persistently kept at it, little by little, when I wanted to make a point or make a change in the way things were done. Perhaps we all need to be patient and persistent in the months ahead as we try to reach as many people as possible about the changes going into effect on November 27.

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