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 11:53 AM  RssIcon

As we move forward with the implementation of the revised translation of the Roman Missal, I want to tell you about a resource that will be published as soon as the final texts of the missal have been received. This resource has the potential to be of great help to many of us, especially those of us working in parish liturgical ministry. Father Paul Turner, a respected and admired friend whose writings I have used in a variety of diocesan and parish settings, has written a guide to the Roman Missal titled: At the Supper of the Lamb: A Pastoral and Theological Commentary on the Mass.

I have been reviewing the pre-publication copy and, believe me, this is a valuable resource! In some ways, the book is similar to The Mystery of Faith, structured according to the Order of Mass in the Roman Missal. Father Turner clearly sets the tone and purpose in the introduction: “This book will help you understand the parts of the Mass so that you may enter them more intentionally and prepare for them with wisdom.” Each chapter contains paragraphs from the Roman Missal, pertinent citations from the GIRM, substantial background information and reflections, and Questions for Discussion and Reflection.

The background information is well-documented and pastoral in tone, providing food for thought for liturgy committees and others involved in liturgical ministry. The questions for discussion take the background information a step further and allow for fruitful reflection and discussion. For example, in the background section following the text of the Creed, Turner begins by explaining that “the Creed unifies the voices of the assembly into the common faith it professes. It is the first statement following the dismissal of catechumens, who are still preparing to profess their faith on the day of their Baptism.” In the following section, one of the questions posed is “How is the Creed made known to catechumens? To Confirmation candidates? To parents of children to be baptized?” I can see myself using these questions and many others to generate fruitful discussions with our parish staff and liturgy committee. The background information and questions based on the text of the Eucharistic Prayer alone could be utilized in an extended study by a liturgy committee or perhaps in an adult formation series.

I hope you will watch for the publication of this book and include it in your resource budget. You will not be disappointed!

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