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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Nov 1

Written by: Sandra Dooley
11/1/2010 3:03 PM  RssIcon

This past week we had a discussion at our parish staff meeting about the revisions of The Roman Missal. I gave a 30-minute presentation on the revised translation, and as part of the discussion I asked for suggestions from staff members as to how we can best catechize the parish community about the Mass and the coming changes.

Here are some highlights of our discussion:
• Someone pointed out how important it is to let people know that the Mass is not changing. The words we use are changing, not the Mass itself. We will celebrate the same Mystery, with deeper meaning.
• Another significant suggestion was that the changes will need to be addressed at Sunday Masses, because no matter how much we do at various parish meetings and no matter how many adult education sessions we offer, there will still be many parishioners who will not hear anything about the changes unless they are addressed at Sunday Mass.
• One person suggested strongly, and all agreed, that we need not add meetings or events. We can catechize among the various parish groups within the structures already in place: Knights of Columbus meetings, catechist meetings, Catholic school in-service days, liturgy meetings, Parent sessions for sacramental preparation, etc.
• We all felt that some type of pew card will be necessary to have, beginning a few weeks before the date of implementation, to allow time to practice the new texts beforehand and to help everyone once the new texts are implemented.
• A positive attitude is also important. Those of us in leadership in the parish need to be positive about the changes and present them to people as part of the natural development process of the Church. I am happy to say that this is the case in the parish where I work.

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