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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Dec 19

Written by: Sandra Dooley
12/19/2011 12:33 PM  RssIcon

If there ever was a good time to return to the Church for those who have been away for some time, this is it! We are all in the same situation—needing to rely on whatever worship aids are provided by our parishes. If you have prepared special worship aids for Christmas, whether you hand them to people as they arrive or place them in the pews ahead of time, be sure to have enough for everyone—to last through all the Christmas Eve and Christmas day Masses.

Most parishes have one or two ministries that are focused specifically on hospitality: ushers and/or greeters. If possible, it would be good to augment their presence at the Christmas Masses—to provide a welcome to all, parishioners and visitors alike, and also to assist in distributing any worship aids, bulletins or other materials you might be giving out either before or after Mass. Have ushers and greeters (and other liturgical ministers) been offered some catechesis on the new translation or given some resource material so that they will be better prepared for questions or concerns expressed by people coming to or leaving Mass?
I do think it is very important for the pastor or one of the priests to say something before all the Christmas Masses: to remind or inform everyone that the words of the prayers are different and to let them know where to find all the responses. I recommend the pastor or a priest because, if your parish is anything like ours, there is still a significant number of people who will pay a lot more attention to what “Father” says than to what we lay ministers have to say. I also think it is important for the celebrant to remind people periodically during the Mass to pick up their worship aids and use them. Even when the new prayers/responses are projected on a screen, it might be good to remind people to refer to the screens just before the dialogues between priest and people and before the Gloria and the Creed.
A note in the bulletin will also help—perhaps a brief explanation of the reasons for the change, highlighting the fact that the new translation is a more literal translation of the Latin Roman Missal of the universal Church and also pointing out that most of the prayers used at Mass are based on Scripture, e.g. “and with your spirit” and the response to the invitation to communion “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof . . . ” Also include in the bulletin some websites where people can go for more information (e.g. www.usccb.org/romanmissal and www.revisedromanmissal.org and, if you have any brochures left about the new translation, place them in the narthex of the church.
Finally, put on your best Christmas smile and remember that many people will be surprised by the new words, some pleasantly and some not! Practice the virtues of patience and hospitality, remembering that the Christmas Masses present an opportunity to welcome those who have been away for a while and a chance to provide an experience which will encourage them to return, hopefully before Easter Sunday, without having to explicitly say so.
 
Have a blessed, peaceful Christmas!


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