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 26

Written by: Sandra Dooley
7/26/2010 11:21 AM  RssIcon

When the revised translation of the Roman Missal is implemented, a big issue will be what to do about musical settings of the ordinary parts of the Mass (Gloria, Holy, Holy, Holy, etc.) Most parishes have a limited number of Mass settings that are used on a regular basis, and some of those settings are dearly loved by musicians and parishioners alike.

At the recent NPM convention in July, the three major Catholic music publishers presented a wide variety of Mass settings for our review. NPM also hosted a competition and invited all of us present to sing through sample parts of the four finalists over the course of the convention, using the three judgments from Sing to the Lord as our criteria: musical, pastoral, and liturgical.

I was somewhat surprised at the number and variety of new settings, along with revisions of familiar settings that we have been singing for years. Parish musicians are going to need to make some serious choices. Listen to the CDs or Web site samples and find one musical setting that you think will wear well in your parish, and then start teaching it a few months before the actual implementation date. I have heard it said numerous times (and I agree) that the best way to teach people the new responses and texts is through music. It will be important to find music that is not too difficult to learn, but also has staying power and the ability to bear the weight of the mystery we celebrate at every Mass. Prepare to expose people to those melodies even before the actual rehearsals begin, perhaps by including them in prelude music on the organ or piano, or quietly playing them during those transition times between Communion songs, or even during the Preparation of the Gifts. Even with the many choices already available, it will be important to give the assembly time to get used to one new Mass setting for several months before introducing another.

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