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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Dec 14

Written by: Sandra Dooley
12/14/2010 4:30 PM  RssIcon

I am privileged to worship at a large and very active parish that takes seriously the celebration of the Eucharist. For over a year the parish has been engaged in a process of self-evaluation and renewal. A survey was conducted about a year ago, and subsequently, committees and subcommittees were formed to respond to the concerns expressed in the survey and to move the parish forward in its pursuit of its mission and goals.

One of the things we have chosen to do is celebrate a Year of the Eucharist in the parish. The purpose of the year, which began on the First Sunday of Advent as we began the new liturgical year, is to provide catechesis and formation on the Eucharist even as we prepare to receive the revised translation of The Roman Missal. This plan is a direct result of indications in the survey that there is a hunger and desire on the part of many parishioners to learn and understand more about what we do when we gather on Sundays.

I am on the committee that has developed the plan for the year and is now engaged in carrying out that plan. Our emphasis is on the celebration of the Eucharist and the role that everyone plays in that celebration. We are offering a series of three-minute talks before every weekend Mass during Advent and will continue with these and other methods of formation as the year unfolds. As we get closer to the implementation of the revised translation, the three-minute "spots" before Mass will focus on the new translation—practicing and learning the new words as well as new music. What I like about this plan is that it focuses on much more than just the words of the revised translation (though that will be the main focus in the fall). Throughout the year we will be (hopefully) helping people to understand why we do what we do when we gather for Sunday Mass. We are also emphasizing the fact that the Mass itself is not changing, just the words of our prayers.

This may be something to think about as you prepare your parish for the revised translation. What can you do to broaden the scope of your preparations to help people come to a better understanding of the Mass itself? There will be plenty of opportunity to continue catechesis after the date of implementation. Perhaps your parish can observe a year of the Eucharist or even a season of the Eucharist—and carry it into the next liturgical year. There is no requirement that catechesis and formation need to stop on the date of implementation of the new translation. In fact, it will be wise to continue whatever formation and education you plan into the next liturgical year as we work through the implementation of the revised translation. Work with your parish staff or liturgy committee to discern ways to do this in your parish. Check out the resources becoming available from liturgical publishers. It’s been fun to hear from my colleagues at LTP about all the details surrounding the publication of the ritual edition of The Roman Missal as well as the many catechetical and formational resources they have been planning! LTP will be publishing the ritual edition, and staff members have been evaluating durable materials for the pages, ribbons, tabs, and binding, as well as beautiful art for the cover and the interior. Keep checking this Web site as well as for more information!

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