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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Oct 8

Written by: Sandra Dooley
10/8/2010 6:38 PM  RssIcon

I have had numerous conversations with a friend about the forthcoming changes in The Roman Missal. My friend is someone who has been actively involved in Church ministry most of her adult life and is recently retired. Our conversations about this, though not heated, have shown that we have different opinions about the changes. Her view is more negative than mine about how people will react and respond to whatever catechesis and formation is offered. I know that I certainly felt that way a few years ago when news of the changes first came to us in the Office for Worship in Los Angeles. Having been exposed over the last eight or nine years to much information and formation regarding the changes, and also having observed how the Bishops of our country have debated and dealt with the proposed changes, I have come to understand and accept the changes, and I am glad to help lead others through the process of transition.

Nonetheless, my friend has agreed to help me do some research on how much people are aware of the coming changes (or not) and what their responses are. I asked for her help because most of the people with whom I have talked and taught in the last year or so seem to have a pretty accepting and almost blasé attitude about the changes—far less confrontational than what I had expected.

My friend had a conversation with a group of older women (all over the age of 70) to learn of their awareness of and feelings about the changes. She was surprised at the common attitude among the group: Yes, they have heard about the changes and they wonder why these changes will happen. But these women lived through the changes of Vatican II, and they think that the changes we will experience next year are just not that big a deal. In fact, they all told my friend that what is most important is their relationship with God—and these changes will not affect that relationship in the least. I think those women have some wisdom to offer all of us!

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