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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Sep 26

Written by: Sandra Dooley
9/26/2011 10:24 AM  RssIcon


I started a new job this week, as the director of liturgy at my parish. Actually it’s an “old” job. I was the director of liturgy at St. Margaret Mary in Winter Park, FL for 10 years before my husband’s job took us to Los Angeles in 1999. Two years ago we returned to Florida and rejoined our former parish. Since then I have been involved in the parish as a lector and in other ministries, including being an active participant on the committee for the implementation of the new Roman Missal. I am replacing the person who has been liturgy director at the parish since I left 12 years ago. Fortunately, for me and for the parish, we are well on the way in the transition process. A lot of groundwork has been laid by the previous director and I am a beneficiary of that. We have been catechizing about the Mass in pre-Mass commentaries and in bulletin articles for almost a year. Our musicians have chosen a new Mass setting, which we began hearing in various ways (played on the organ or piano, sung by cantors before Mass, etc) over a month ago. We are ready to sing the new Holy, Holy, Memorial Acclamation and great Amen at all the masses this weekend. Next weekend we will start hearing the new Gloria sung before Mass by a choir or a group of cantors. In the following weeks we will practice the Gloria with everyone before Mass for a few weeks then we will sing it at mass in mid-October. One weekend in October and one weekend in November we will read through the Creed with everyone before each Mass. On another November weekend we will go over the dialogues with everyone. On the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, November 20, the last weekend before implementation date, we will have a 2-3 minute commentary before all the Masses reminding everyone of the changes that will take place the next week and giving, once again, a brief explanation.
This week Fr. Paul Colloton and I are doing a Saturday morning workshop for liturgical ministers, catechists and any interested parishioners. Interest in this event seems to be high.  Our pastor, who was initially very skeptical about the changes in the texts, has also been preparing for the changes by reviewing, studying and listening to the texts on a CD provided by the diocese. He sees a lot of good in the new texts and is now taking a positive approach to the changes. He intends to capitalize on this opportunity to renew and refresh his own celebration of the Mass as well as help our parishioners to deepen their experience of prayer at Mass.
I feel confident about the work we have done and I expect a generally positive reception of the new texts.  There will surely be some complaints and negative reactions from some of our parishioners, but I think that our efforts of the past year will bear fruit and will help ease the transition.

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