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 20

Written by: Sandra Dooley
6/20/2011 10:57 AM  RssIcon

We received a big surprise this past week from the Bishops’ meeting in Seattle. Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Divine Worship, announced that diocesan Bishops may permit the gradual introduction of the musical settings of the people’s parts of the Mass from the new edition of The Roman Missal beginning in September. Until last week, it had been very clear from the USCCB that there was to be no variation on the date of implementation. Everything was to happen on November 27, the First Sunday of Advent. This new development was made in response to numerous requests from Bishops, and also from musicians, who have argued that the acclamations and, especially the Gloria, could be more effectively introduced gradually over a period of time rather than all at once on the date of implementation. Of particular concern has been the Gloria, which is not sung during Advent.

This option will give parish musicians much more leeway in choosing how and when to introduce new Mass settings to their communities, and I hope that all Bishops will permit it in their dioceses. It may be a challenge for publishers to have materials available by September for parishes that need them. Publishers have already been on a tight schedule in preparing editions of the new edition of The Roman Missal as well as choral editions of the new Mass settings, new hymnals, and other worship aids. It will also be a challenge for parishes to figure out how they will make the music available to people in the pews, particularly if they are preparing to begin using new hymnals on November 27, and it may be a particular challenge to those parishes/musicians who have not yet decided what settings they will introduce with the new translation. But, in general, I think this news will be welcomed by most parish musicians.
In his announcement, Archbishop Aymond asked the Bishops “to encourage this as a means of preparing our people and helping them embrace the new translation.”  I am very glad to see the introduction of this option which can potentially ease the process of implementation in our parishes and other religious institutions. 

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