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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Jun 7

Written by: Sandra Dooley
6/7/2011 11:53 AM  RssIcon


This past week, our diocese held a number of readings sessions of new Mass settings. The sessions were intended primarily for music directors and choir directors and were held in different geographical areas of the diocese. The purpose of the sessions was twofold: to give music/liturgy leaders of the parishes some idea of what is available musically in the new translation and to also give the diocesan leaders a sense of what will work well in our parishes. (The diocesan music director and music committee are planning to choose a small number of Mass settings to recommend to parishes and also to choose a bilingual setting for diocesan celebrations.)
There were about 25 of us at the session I attended, and we sang through the Gloria; the Holy, Holy, Holy; and one or two Memorial Acclamations of a variety of Masses from four publishers.
I hope that this is also happening (or has already happened) in your diocese. It is a good way to familiarize yourself with the available new and revised Mass settings as we prepare to implement the new translation of The Roman Missal. Even if you are not a musician, these sessions would provide you with an idea of what we will be singing months from now.
We were also referred to the Web sites of the various publishers, where we can listen to some of the new music, at least in part. I spent some time looking and listening to what is offered by Oregon Catholic Press, GIA, World Library Publications, and Liturgical Press. One interesting observation I noted, in both the reading session and listening online: most of the settings of the Gloria offered by GIA have refrains. Most of the settings of the Gloria offered by other publishers are through-composed.
The OCP and GIA Web sites are easy to navigate and I quickly found the audio samples of the new Masses. World Library is a little more complicated, but certainly worth the effort. They have some very good settings to consider. I was not able to listen to any of the Mass settings thatLiturgical Press is offering. I don’t think they have that option on their site, which is unfortunate. But, again, their new settings are worth the effort of procuring and trying them out on your own or in a diocesan/group setting. 
Every parish will need to decide what is best for the people and what works best with the musical, liturgical, and cultural resources of the parish.

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