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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Jan 10

Written by: Sandra Dooley
1/10/2011 2:17 PM  RssIcon

We are now less than a year away from the official implementation date set by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for the revised edition of The Roman Missal. Do you have a timeline in place at your parish or institution? The materials and resources offered by LTP, the USCCB/FDLC, and others have suggested timelines, most of them starting about a year from the date of implementation—and here we are!

If you have not yet begun any preparations in your parish, I suggest you contact your diocese to find out what is being offered on the diocesan level, then be sure to get some of the available resource material into your hands and into the hands of other key people in your parish so that you can begin making preparations for the coming changes. (Check out the materials available through this Web site!)

Priests, deacons, liturgists, and liturgical musicians should be the top tier of people in the parish to begin catechesis and preparation. The information and formation needs to then move to other groups such as catechists, Catholic school teachers, and other liturgical ministers in the parish. Parents of school children and religious education students and members of other parish groups should be provided with opportunities to learn more about the changes—mainly with the aim of helping everyone understand the reasons for the changes and the process that has been used in making these changes. Hopefully, all this can be done in the context of helping everyone gain a better understanding of the Mass itself.

I do not advocate working with children on the revised translation until the fall of this year. Children are resilient and will easily adapt to the changes in the texts. September through November will be plenty of time for preparing them. It is their parents and teachers who need time to adjust to the ideas.

I hope you are well on the way to preparing your parish for the first day of the next liturgical year!


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