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 11:39 AM  RssIcon

Have you worked out a plan for implementation in your parish? I would like to share with you some ideas that were put forth at the colloquium I attended a couple of weeks ago in Washington, DC.

If you have not yet formed a team to carry out the preparation and implementation of the new texts, now is the time to do so. Include a variety of people on that team, e.g., a member of the finance committee, someone from the religious education department, someone from the Catholic school, etc.

Everyone on the team should be familiar with “key documents,” such as the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, and, of course, the new texts of The Roman Missal. Team members should also have access to a good selection of resources that are being published as well as what is available on the Internet. This site, of course, offers a wealth of information and helpful materials to use in the parish, some of which are at no cost. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Web site is also a primary source of information:

The members of the team need to identify a vision for implementing the changes, in light of the parish mission. What does the parish mission statement have to offer in this time of changes? And how will that statement drive the catechesis and formation needed to prepare people and support them after the changes take place?

In light of the vision, decide on the goals and objectives that the team will work toward. There is actually a worksheet in The Parish Guide to Implementing the Roman Missal, Third Edition, published by the USCCB, as well as helpful materials in the publications from Liturgy Training Publications.

Develop an action plan for the parish, with a timeline and a list of who will be informed and catechized and when. Work down from the “top:” staff, catechists, school teachers, liturgy committee members, other liturgical ministers, etc., all the way to the people in the pews.

Finally, do what you have planned! (More about this next week.)

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