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 18

Written by: Sandra Dooley
8/18/2010 11:46 AM  RssIcon

As promised in July, I broadened the scope of my small, unscientific survey about the impact of the revised translation of the Roman Missal.

A few musicians with whom I spoke are mostly concerned (understandably) about beloved music settings of the Mass that they have been singing for years, one notable example being Mary Haugen’s Mass of Creation. What will happen to this music? Will there be a considerable time of transition in which new Mass settings can be introduced? How long can we keep singing the current music? I know this will be a particular challenge for musicians. Musicians know that teaching new music must take place over time and that you cannot teach and start using a new Gloria, Sanctus, Memorial Acclamation, Amen, and Lamb of God in one week or over a brief liturgical season such as Advent or even Lent.

There was also a concern about how people in the parish will embrace the new Mass settings and/or the revision of familiar settings. One perceptive comment was that “the children will be fine. They are always open to new things.” This comment supports the idea of reaching and catechizing the adults of the parish through children. If we can teach new music to the children in the school and in the religious education program, and perhaps also in the youth program, the young people can become invaluable assets when that same music is introduced to the Sunday assembly.

Finally, one parishioner, who has been a faithful churchgoer for many years and has lived through the major changes that took place after Vatican II, opined that the Church is becoming more like it was before Vatican II. He remembers (as do I) when the Mass was still in Latin and those of us in the assembly followed along with daily missals that had Latin on one page and the English translation on the facing page. Some of the revised translation sounds very much like what we read in those missals!

These comments indicate the variety of perceptions and responses in one parish, and likely point to a much broader variety of opinions we will all have to address in the coming months.

(Be aware that GIA, OCP, and WLP have posted to their Web sites information about the new and revised musical settings for the Order of Mass.)

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