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 27

Written by: Sandra Dooley
5/27/2011 1:27 PM  RssIcon


The latest issue of the Newsletter from the Committee on Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a list of publishers who are “putting forward a variety of ritual editions of The Roman Missal for use in the United States.” There are seven publishers (LTP among them), all with different editions, artwork, and prices. As parishes prepare for and make decisions about which books to purchase, the question arises about what to do with the old Sacramentariesthat have been in use in our churches and that will soon be obsolete.
Since The Sacramentary has been used as a ritual book and it contains the prayers that have been used at Mass, it is appropriate to treat it with care and respect—similar to what is done with sacred vessels that are no longer usable or appropriate for use. I must confess that when I was younger I did not have the respect for such things as I do now. (I don’t remember what I did with the old Lectionaries of my parish when we started using the new ones in 1997.) Today I realize how important it is to save and preserve at least one copy of these sacred books as part of the history of the parish. I recall when I visited the missions in California that displays of old vestments and ritual books are always of interest to people, and they help preserve the history of the Church. My husband actually has a treasured copy of the Liber Usualis he used when he sang in the boys’ choir of his parish church many years ago! If a parish has multiple copies of old ritual books that are no longer to be used in liturgies, the Newsletter recommends burying the extra books (similar to what we do with the blessed oils when they are replaced with new oils blessed at the Chrism Mass in Holy Week) or burning them and placing the ashes in the ground.
It would also be a good idea to think ahead and plan to bless the new ritual books before their first use on November 27 of this year. The Book of Blessings, chapter 39, contains the Order for the Blessing of Articles for Liturgical Use.
Now is the time to begin thinking about what will be done with the current ritual books in your sacristy that will soon be replaced with the new Missal. Orders for the new books are being taken by publishers now, with the books to be distributed on October 1.

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