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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Aug 16

Written by: Sandra Dooley
8/16/2010 9:25 AM  RssIcon

In our parish, we have begun the “remote” preparation for the upcoming changes in the text of the Roman Missal. This coming week, I will be speaking with the catechists of the faith formation program. I suspect that some of them have read the information that was in the bulletin recently, some may have heard about the changes from the diocesan newspaper or other news sources, and some will have not heard or read anything at all. So—we will most likely have a wide range of awareness of what is to come.

First, I will try to determine that level of awareness among the participants, get a sense of what they are feeling about these changes, and respond to both the positive and negative feedback I receive. Then I plan to provide a brief overview of the development of the liturgy, explaining how changes have taken place throughout the 2000 year history of our Church. At this gathering, I want to focus mainly on the questions of why and how the Mass texts are being revised, using material from the resource authored by Paul Turner and Kathy Coffey, Understanding the Revised Mass Texts. Another resource that I have found particularly helpful is Keith Pecklers’ book, The Genius of the Roman Rite, published by Liturgical Press. It gives a good historical perspective, along with information about the process of revising the texts.

Finally, I have a few ideas about conveying this information to children, but I also want to give the catechists the opportunity to share their ideas for familiarizing the children with the new texts—and how and when that can best be done. Their ideas and suggestions will shape the rest of the evening. As usually happens, I will probably leave the meeting having gained much more than I have to give, thanks to the collective wisdom of this group of dedicated ministers.

I hope to be invited back to continue the process at future gatherings with the catechists in the coming year, and, since I know they do not meet often, I also hope to involve them in sessions which will be open to other parishioners.


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