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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Feb 17

Written by: Sandra Dooley
2/17/2011 11:38 AM  RssIcon

I attended a colloquium sponsored by the National Pastoral Musicians (NPM) last week. It was a gathering of about 150 pastoral musicians and liturgists. We listened to presentations about The Roman Missal and the music of The Roman Missal. We also spent a good bit of time discussing the information we had been given as well as what it means for implementation in our parishes and other institutions.

The presentation by Father Richard Hilgartner, who is now the executive director of the United States Secretariat on Divine Worship, was very informative. Two ideas that he mentioned were especially significant to me. First, our preparation needs to be for the long term. It should not stop on the date of implementation. There will be a good bit of catechesis to be done after we begin using the new translation. We all know that, in spite of our best intentions and efforts, there will be people in the parish who will come to church on the First Sunday of Advent and wonder what is going on! Perhaps, you will want to start thinking now about how you will address this in your own parish. What formation and catechesis will be offered during Advent and in the year 2012 as we get accustomed to the new words?

A second idea that struck me was the mention of the need to focus on more than just the words. The liturgy is an encounter with Christ. It is so much more than the words that are spoken. If we focus just on the words and the gestures of the Mass, we make an idol of those aspects of the liturgy and impede our ability to meet the Risen Lord in our eucharistic celebrations. This is a good reason for including preparation for the new translation within the broader scope of catechesis on our celebration of the Eucharist.

Good food for thought as we continue our preparations for the changes that are coming at the beginning of the next liturgical year.


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