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 12

Written by: Todd Williamson
11/12/2010 3:01 PM  RssIcon

Last week I posted about the gathering of priests in the Archdiocese of Chicago that took place on Tuesday, October 19. The purpose of the gathering was to hear Father Michael Joncas in preparation to receive and implement the English translation of the third edition of The Roman Missal. As I noted then, it was quite an experience to be part of a gathering of almost 1,200 priests who celebrate the Eucharist in this Archdiocese (attendees were all priests who celebrate the Mass in the Archdiocese--diocesan, religious, externs, etc.). Many of the attendees noted that they’ve never been part of such a large gathering of priests. I think it was an extraordinary experience for them too. I have found myself reflecting on this aspect of that day, ever since.

It’s not like the priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago don’t gather. Every year there are two days offered for them, as priests of the Archdiocese, to come together, and every three years there is a three-day convocation. At these gatherings there are usually a good percentage of the priests that attend--for example, there are normally approximately 500 who come to the convocation.

The subject around which they gather varies. Often it will be on some aspect of their identity as priest, or on issues that they face as the presbyterate of Chicago. But the gathering this last October 19 was slightly different. Its sole subject had to do with the celebration of the Eucharist. I think this is what I find so powerful in my continued reflection. A few of the priests that day made mention of having this same reaction.

In the midst of preparing to implement the English translation of the third edition of The Roman Missal, one often hears the comment, “Isn’t there something more important that we should be focusing on? Doesn’t the Church have anything better to do than to worry about translations?” What struck me at this gathering of priests, the subject of which was the celebration of the liturgy, was--no! There is not anything else that is more important than this!

Yes, there is a lot that is happening in our world and in our Church that is worthy of our attention and our effort. There is much that occupies our minds and our hearts in this country, at this time in our history. But what the priests gathered around on October 19, what the efforts of me and the other staff members of the Office for Divine Worship are focused on these days, what this very website is concerned with, is the celebration of the Eucharist in our parishes and in the Church of this country. Quite frankly, there is nothing that is more important than that--at any time; whether we’re preparing for a revised translation of the texts of The Roman Missal, or not!

The Eucharist is the very heart and soul of who we are as Catholics. The weekly offering of the great prayer of praise and thanksgiving is that around which our lives of faith revolve. The very offering of ourselves, which we pray each week Christ will gather to his own self-offering is, in the end, what gives us life!



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