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 18

Written by: Sandra Dooley
10/18/2010 12:29 PM  RssIcon

I was in a different part of the country this past week and, of course, I was curious about what parishes in that area are doing about the revised translation of The Roman Missal. I had a brief conversation with the pastor of a parish that has about 2,000 families. As it turned out, the parish liturgy committee was meeting that very evening to discuss the revised translation and what they would do to prepare for the change. (I did not attend the meeting. I was in town for my father’s funeral and time with family was my first priority.) The pastor did not seem particularly concerned or worried about the changes. I don’t know if that’s because he’s not aware of the extent of the changes or because he’s the type of person who is good at “going with the flow.” I suspect, however, that the process of change will go fairly smoothly in that parish. The staff was extremely gracious and welcoming to my family when we arrived to prepare my father’s funeral, even though Dad had been a parishioner at another parish in another diocese. (We chose the church closest to where Dad and my sister were living at the time of his death.) The pastor seemed to have a positive attitude about the upcoming changes and my impression of the small ministry staff was of a collegial group that works well together. The pastor mentioned that there had not been much information or assistance from the diocese thus far. Perhaps, like my own diocese, there are plans for workshops and other catechetical helps, but most of the information has not yet reached people in the parishes. Most significantly to me, though, is the fact that the pastor sees the upcoming changes in a positive light and plans to work with his staff in making as smooth a transition as possible.


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