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 25

Written by: Sandra Dooley
10/25/2010 1:11 PM  RssIcon

When my children were young and avid watchers of Sesame Street, I remember one of the alphabet skits in which a Muppet walked into a saloon and said, “I wanna know ‘Y’!” That became one of our family jokes: “I wanna know ‘Y’!” whenever our kids needed to explain themselves for whatever reason.

I was reminded of that phrase recently when speaking with the parish liturgy committee about the upcoming revisions of the translation of The Roman Missal. In the course of the presentation, I asked for recommendations from the group as to how best go about educating and preparing the parish community regarding the changes. One of the committee members spoke of the importance of telling people why these changes are taking place and he stated that people are much more likely to take ownership of something if they know why it is being done. His comment confirmed the wisdom of addressing this question before going into details about the changes themselves.

The first chapter of the booklet by Paul Turner, Understanding the Revised Mass Texts, Second Edition, addresses the questions of why and how the Mass texts have been revised. It’s a fundamental question that needs to be answered for most people before they can move on to learning and understanding the texts themselves.

Years ago when we first moved to the Los Angeles area, I remember visiting a parish and hearing this announcement at the end of Mass: “Beginning next Sunday we will make the following changes outlined in Cardinal Mahony’s pastoral letter, Gather Faithfully Together.” The statement was followed by a list of five or six things that would be changing. I was familiar with the letter and happy about its content, but I was horrified to hear a community being told that the new changes would take effect “next week” with no other explanation or preparation. I was just a visitor that week, so I don’t know how well the changes were accepted or carried out (and hopefully there had been earlier catechesis in the parish), but I will never forget my surprise at the lack of preparation for the community. Let’s do better with The Roman Missal!


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