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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Sep 9

Written by: Sandra Dooley
9/9/2010 9:14 AM  RssIcon

Many of us have (understandably) been focusing the changes that are taking place in the responses, acclamations, and other words that we speak every time we participate in the Mass. However, there are other very positive aspects to the revision of The Roman Missal, such as the addition of a number of saints to the universal calendar.

Seventeen saints have been added to the Roman calendar in recent years and these will all be included in the new Missal, most of them as optional memorials. The saints come from all over the world, including Saint Josephine Bakhita from Darfur (February 8); Saint Christopher Magallanes and companions from Mexico (May 21); Saint Augustine Zhao Rong from China (July 9); Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) who died in Auschwitz (August 9); and Saint Andrew Dung Lac and companions from Vietnam (November 24), among others.

Also new on the universal calendar are the optional memorials of the Most Holy Name of Jesus on January 3, Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, and the Most Holy Name of Mary on September 12.

Other positive aspects of the revision include the addition of vigil Masses for the solemnities of the Epiphany and the Ascension of the Lord, some changes in Holy Week rubrics, and some restructuring of the Masses for Various Needs and Occasions.

These are changes that would not necessarily be noticed by most people in our assemblies, yet they are important aspects of the new Missal that will serve to enhance and improve upon our worship experiences.

When catechizing about the new edition of The Roman Missal, it would be good to make mention of these additions.

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