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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May 9

Written by: Sandra Dooley
5/9/2011 2:43 PM  RssIcon

In preparing for the new edition of The Roman Missal, we tend to focus on the words that are changing in our day-to-day or week-to-week celebrations of the Eucharist. For priests, this is especially significant. All of the prayers that the priests pray in our name have been revised in some way. In the acclamations and responses of those of us in the pews, the changes are significant but less extensive. However, there are other reasons for the revision of The Roman Missal, and the beatification of John Paul II illustrates one of those reasons. He is one of many saints and blesseds who have been added to the Roman calendar since the last edition of The Sacramentary was published in the 1980s. The new edition of The Roman Missal has been updated to include texts of the Mass prayers for all the saints canonized by John Paul II as well as Benedict XVI. There are also additional Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary and additional Masses for Various Needs and Occasions. Updated rubrics for Hoy Week are included, as well as new Prefaces and the Eucharistic Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions (which have been available in a separate supplement). We have new votive Masses and new vigil Masses for Epiphany and Ascension, as well as a number of restored Solemn Blessings and Prayers over the People.


Recently, I came across the family Bible that my husband and I were given when our first child was born 32 years ago. At the time, we had carefully entered our family information and added the names of our other children when they were born. But it has been a long time since I have made any entries into the front pages of the Bible, and much has changed in the last 25 years or so. It is time to update those pages. Similarly, much has changed in the “family pages” of our Church since we last had a new Missal. Along with the new texts, we will be privileged to have a comprehensive book with new and restored prayers. They will be gathered in one book of prayer and, hopefully will serve us well―until it is time for the next revision.

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