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 20

Written by: Sandra Dooley
8/20/2010 3:20 PM  RssIcon

“The use of the third edition of the Roman Missal enters into use in the dioceses of the United States of America as of the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011. From that date forward, no other edition of the Roman Missal may be used in the dioceses of the United States of America.

This news from Cardinal George, president of the USCCB, came Friday, August 20. The news is a relief to some and dreaded by others, but at last we have confirmation of the date of implementation that most of us have been anticipating.

Now what?

For those of us who have begun preparations in our dioceses and parishes, we can now finalize our timelines and continue along the path we have begun, knowing for sure when the use of the new missal will begin.

For those of us who have not yet begun preparing our people, now is the time to go to the many resources and create a plan of action. On this very Web site you will find lots of good resources, some at no charge, and others at very reasonable cost. You can also go to the USCCB Web site for additional information and resources.

My own plan of action in the parish where I work will now have more “teeth,” and more urgency, now that the date of implementation is definite. It’s a lot easier to say that we will begin using the revised missal on November 27, 2011, than it has been saying we think we will begin using the revised missal on that date.

I am still of the firm belief that people need time to adjust to the idea of the revised texts, so if you haven’t yet begun putting out some minimal introductory information, start doing so now. And please be sure to look at the broader picture. In the presentation I gave to a group of parish catechists last week, I focused on the developments that have taken place in the liturgy over the years and placed this latest revision of texts in that context. People in the group seemed appreciative and more open to the changes than if we had just reviewed the texts themselves. The important message is that the Mass is not changing, nor are the scriptures proclaimed at Mass changing at this time. The revised texts are intended to help us come to a deeper understanding of the Mass and our faith, as expressed in the words of our liturgical prayers.

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