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 13

Written by: Sandra Dooley
9/13/2010 10:48 AM  RssIcon

Now that the recognitio has been granted from Rome and we have the final version of the new texts, what should we be doing to prepare for the implementation a little over a year from now?

First of all, I hope diocesan offices are getting the word out to people in the parishes. Using whatever means of communication they have available, diocesan offices of worship need to inform priests and other parish personnel of the coming changes. There are so many resources available, most of them online, that it would be a good idea for dioceses to provide links on their Web sites, or perhaps to e-mail information to parish liturgy and music directors as well as priests and deacons.

On the parish level, any number of approaches can be taken. In the parish where I work, I have been distributing copies of Father Paul Turner’s pamphlets, Understanding the Revised Mass Texts, to members of the liturgy committee. Each month a new pamphlet is distributed and everyone is asked to read it for the next meeting, along with related paragraphs in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. (Please note that this resource is no longer available in pamphlet form; however, it is available in booklet form, with all eight topics included in one publication. A second edition will soon be available.) We spend about 10 to 20 minutes of each monthly meeting discussing what we have read and how that particular part of the Mass is celebrated in the parish. Father Turner’s new book, At the Supper of the Lamb: A Pastoral and Theological Commentary on the Mass will be another valuable resource for parish liturgical leaders. It has a good variety of questions at the end of each section that can be used for brief discussions at meetings of liturgy committees and other parish groups.

Next week I will list some additional ideas.


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