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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Apr 13

Written by: Sandra Dooley
4/13/2011 1:53 PM  RssIcon

A few weeks ago, shortly after the Second Sunday of Lent, on which we heard the story of the Transfiguration, a friend told me about the homily she had heard at Mass that particular Sunday. Knowing I have a particular interest in catechesis about the new translation of The Roman Missal, she told me that the priest had mentioned the new translation in his homily and connected our reception of the new translation with what the apostles might have felt and undergone as a result of their experience with Jesus on the mountain. The priest briefly mentioned the coming changes and suggested that they might be an opportunity for all of us to participate in some type of transformation in our own lives and in our liturgies. He went on to say that more information about the new edition of The Roman Missal would be coming in future months, but he just wanted to mention it now and let people know that changes are coming.

I thought this was a good approach. I have always been an advocate of letting people know what is to come--not in a heavy, academic way, but just to let the people in the pews know that changes are coming and allow them the opportunity to ask questions now and to get more information as time goes on.
A couple days after this conversation with my friend, I found in my mailbox a copy of Preparing Your Parish for the Revised Roman Missal, Part II, newly published by LTP. Within this publication is an excellent article by Jim Wickman, including suggested topics related to The Roman Missal for various Sundays of the coming year, beginning with the Second Sunday of Lent, 2011! I don’t know if the priest mentioned above happened to see this article, but in it there is a similar approach to tying in the Gospel reading to what is about to take place later this year. If you are looking for some very good ways to incorporate catechesis about The Roman Missal into Sunday homilies during this time of preparation, this article is very helpful. According to Jim Wickman, “Sunday is the day people experience the liturgy, with its words, prayers, actions and songs, and it is the best time to help the assembly reflect on their experience.” He goes on to give concrete suggestions on how to do this.
What is your plan? No matter where you are in the process, this article, and others in the same publication, can be of help.

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