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 28

Written by: Sandra Dooley
9/28/2010 12:03 PM  RssIcon

I have been doing some research on organizational change and how it relates to the situation we are in with the changing texts of The Roman Missal.

One author (William Bridges, Managing Transitions) makes a clear—and important—distinction between change and transition. Change is situational, and it will happen whether there is a process of transition or not. What is important for us, I think, is that we plan and go through a process of transition in our parishes and institutions. That process includes informing people of the changes, and then allowing time, first, for people to internalize the idea of the changes and, second, the actual changes in the texts. There will be some who grieve the loss of the words we have been saying at Mass for the last 40 years. That’s longer than a lifetime for many of the people in our pews. There will also be some who eagerly welcome the new text—people of all ages, I suspect. And, of course, there will be many other reactions and responses in between those two “bookends.”

This same author speaks of a three-stage process of transition: 1) letting go of the old, 2) navigating the neutral zone or in-between time, and 3) experiencing a new beginning.  Some places are about to enter the neutral zone as they begin learning the revised texts and prepare to start using them next year. Others may just be beginning the first stage, that of letting go of familiar, perhaps beloved, texts. Still others, probably most parishes, are experiencing a combination of those first two phases. The third stage, the new beginning, will not happen on November 27, 2011, but at a later time when we have accepted the new texts and become comfortable with them.

We have a long way to go! Blessings on our journeys!


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