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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Mar 4

Written by: Sandra Dooley
3/4/2011 10:24 AM  RssIcon

Last week I spoke about developing a vision, goals, objectives, and an action plan for the implementation of the revised texts of The Roman Missal. The way the plan is carried out, and by whom, will have a significant impact on how the new texts are received in a parish.

As I’ve mentioned at other times, the catechesis and formation that we do in preparation for the reception of the new texts should really go beyond the words themselves. Our focus needs to be on the entire liturgy, and how the liturgy helps us to encounter the living Christ.
According to Father Richard Hilgartner, executive director of the Secretariat on Divine Worship of the USCCB, if we focus just on the words, they become an idol in themselves. There will be a phase, in the weeks immediately following the date of implementation, when we will be focusing on the new words of our prayer, but eventually the words will become comfortable and we will again be able to experience them in a balanced way in the context of the entire liturgy.
The ultimate goal of all catechesis and formation on the new texts of The Roman Missal is the full, active, and conscious participation of the people of God gathered for prayer. Priests, musicians and other liturgical leaders need to be familiar with the texts through study and reflection. The study can be personal or in groups, and it should include some review and evaluation of one’s own habits and practices when presiding, providing music, or participating in the Mass (ars celebrandi).
For celebrants, the new Missals will be available in October (although are available for pre-order now). Texts of the Advent prayers are available on the USCCB Web site.
For musicians, new Mass settings are now available, and many dioceses have already begun gathering musicians together to review the new Mass settings and start deciding which settings will work in various parish and diocesan settings.

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