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 10:25 AM  RssIcon


We recently had a “Roman Missal weekend” at our parish. Friday night was for liturgical ministers – a thank-you social with a brief talk by Fr. Paul Colloton from NPM (National Pastoral Musicians Association) in Washington, DC. Then Saturday morning Fr. Paul and I offered a 3-hour workshop for catechists, liturgical ministers and any parishioners who wanted to attend. The event was heavily advertised in the bulletin for several weeks beforehand and we had about 130 people in attendance. Finally, Fr. Paul preached at all the weekend Masses, making a wonderful connection between the readings of the day and the upcoming changes in the text of The Roman Missal.
Both of us emphasized at every event that the Mass is not changing. We helped people understand the reasons behind the changes, explained the process of revising the translation and discussed the major changes in the people’s parts of the Order of the Mass along with some of the text changes in the Eucharistic Prayers. On Saturday morning, Fr. Paul also facilitated some mystagogical reflection on some of the new texts.
The most negative comment I heard all weekend was from a young woman concerned that some of the new words are “moving us further from reverence for the Blessed Sacrament.” I was surprised at her comment and the context of it: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof…” She felt that “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you” is more reverent and reminds us of the nearness of God. I must admit I was not able to fully understand her concern and our conversation ended with her saying this was just going to be one of those things she does not like about the new translation.
I think our parish is well-prepared to receive the new translation, and, in fact, we have already begun singing a new musical setting of the Mass, in line with the permission of the US Bishops and the encouragement of our own Bishop. Of course, we know that on November 27 there will be those who come to Mass and are blindsided by the new words, in spite of all our preparations. That is why we have already planned a few question and answer sessions to be held after all weekend Masses in January, in addition to the pre-Mass commentaries we will offer in December as everyone gets accustomed to the new texts. The catechesis and reflection need to continue beyond November 27.

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