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 19

Written by: Todd Williamson
7/19/2010 1:38 PM  RssIcon

The date for the implementation of the revised Roman Missal will most likely be November 27, 2011, the First Sunday of Advent.The current newsletter of the Bishops' Committee on Divine Worship (BCDW) reports that the English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal will be sent to the English-speaking Bishops Conferences by the end of summer. This seems to be what many have expected.

Probably, when the English translation is received, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will then formally determine the date of implementation. With a release of the English translation by the end of this summer, that still points to the probable date of implementation being the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011. This, as well, is what has been expected all along.

So, undoubtedly, the Year of Our Lord 2011 will be “The Year of the Missal.” In the Archdiocese of Chicago, we plan to make use of that whole calendar year to help the parishes and their leaders prepare for the implementation. As has been noted here, the whole first six months of 2011 will focus on vicariate and regional workshops for various groups of ministers: priests and other parish leaders, liturgical musicians, catechists/teachers, DREs/principals and youth ministers, deacons, etc. The aim of these gatherings is twofold: first, to help participants understand the context of the third edition of the Roman Missal; second, to put them in direct contact with the English translation.

The second half of the 2011 calendar year will be to assist the general faithful of the Archdiocese. In each vicariate, there will be a four-part series on the Mass, with a focus on using the texts of the English translation. The approach will be a mystagogical method of reflection and application: using the texts and exploring their images, phrases, and biblical allusions as a means of coming to a deeper understanding of the Church’s liturgy.

In all of this, the timing is obviously aimed at the expected date of implementation: November 27, 2011. However, if we really believe what we have been saying all along in this process of preparation for implementing the third edition of the Roman Missal—that this is more than just about “new words”—then this kind of catechesis, this kind of formation, must extend well past the date of implementation. If, indeed, the third edition of the Roman Missal is an occasion for deepening the liturgical life of the People of God (and not just an opportunity to point out “what’s new” and “what’s not new” in the translation), then, of course, formation and information needs to continue well into the calendar year 2012.

If we end catechesis and formation with Advent, then we will have missed a most unique opportunity for continuing to help all Catholics deepen their awareness and appreciation for the liturgy—the very heart of their Christian lives!


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