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 22

Written by: Sandra Dooley
12/22/2010 3:18 PM  RssIcon

A little over a week ago, I attended a workshop in our diocese presented by my colleague Jerry Galipeau. The workshop was intended for diocesan musicians but, unfortunately, was poorly attended. I suppose a Friday night two weeks before Christmas isn’t the best time to ask musicians to come to a workshop!

One of the things that struck me in Jerry’s presentation pertained to the use of chant. In the course of the evening we sang through a simple chant setting of the new text of the Gloria and the Holy, Holy, Holy. I found it lovely and very easy to sing. Unfortunately, the musicians at the parish where I work have a real aversion to chant. My efforts to encourage this type of singing occasionally at parish celebrations have been largely rejected as not being in touch with what the people want. I hope that musicians who have avoided using chant will at least consider using one of the new chant settings becoming available with the new translation. In the USCCB/FDLC workshops that were offered around the country during the past six months, priests were encouraged to sing (chant) the dialogues of the Mass. From what I have heard, many of the priests came away from the workshops with a new appreciation and enthusiasm for singing/chanting the dialogues. I hope that this enthusiasm will spread to more of our musicians and give them a new appreciation of this form of singing from the ancient tradition of our Church. I am not advocating the exclusive use of chant, but would certainly like to see it included among other forms of music used in our parishes and dioceses. It can be pretty easy to teach when the musical phrases are repeated, and it helps make the transition to the new translation a bit easier. Think about it—and consider it as an option if you are responsible for or have some say in the music chosen in your parish or institution.

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