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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Jul 6

Written by: Sandra Dooley
7/6/2010 9:31 AM  RssIcon

When a parish goes through the process of renovating a church building or planning and building a new worship space, the project often becomes a lightning rod for all kinds of criticism. Disgruntled people come out of the woodwork and try to sabotage the project or bring others into the circle of their discontent. Questions are raised about why this must be done, what is wrong with the old worship space, why such expense, etc. One successful strategy for dealing with such negativism is to involve the critics in various decision-making aspects of the process. Even when they do not always agree with the final decisions, those most critical know that their voice has been heard, and they may understand better how and why certain decisions are made.

Decisions regarding the implementation of the revised translation of the Roman Missal have already been made for us, and that, in itself, may make implementation more of a challenge for many (most?) parishes. So what can we do?

One thing I have learned is that it takes some time to get used to the idea of the revised translation. Several years ago, when I first learned of the upcoming changes, I was among those critics asking why the Church is doing this now. Don’t we have more important issues facing us than to put so much energy and resources into changing the words used in our liturgical prayer, words with which we have become comfortable and familiar? Over the last several years, I have come to understand the need for the changes and also to accept them as a natural part of the organic growth of the Church. But what do we say to people who now express skepticism about the new translation, or even reject it outright?

Many people will need time to adjust to not only the changes themselves, but the whole idea of making those changes. Now that the implementation date is on the horizon, we can begin (if we haven’t already) putting out the word through bulletin notes, inserts, Web site links, preaching from the ambo and in other ways. This will give parishioners time to not only learn about the changes, but also to accept them.

More next week….

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