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 27

Written by: Sandra Dooley
6/27/2011 1:01 PM  RssIcon

I would like to talk a little more this week about the music settings that have been composed or revised for the new translation. Since the announcement last week that parishes may begin using the new settings in September, this has become an important consideration for all of us as we prepare for the new translation. A very helpful resource has been made available through the National Pastoral Musicians organization (NPM), and if you are not a musician, you might want to share this information with the musicians of your parish.

Michael Silhavy of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has compiled a directory of all the musical Mass settings available through publishers. It is a comprehensive list that includes information about each setting, such as title, composer, publisher, parts of the Mass included, voicing, instrumentation, language(s), etc. Only music from known publishing companies is included, so once you have found settings in the list that you think will work in your parish, you can go to the publishers’ Web sites and listen to samples and/or find sample pages of the scores. The list will continue to be updated and, in fact, readers are asked to submit requests for additional information they would like to see included in the listings. You can access the list at
Visitors to the site are encouraged to also consider the musical responses and acclamations that will be in The Roman Missal itself. The chants will be included in some of the new hymnals and disposable Missals. Again, you can check the Web sites of the publishers for that information.
In little more than two months, as long as the local Bishop approves, parishes may begin using the new Mass settings that have been composed or revised for the new edition of The Roman Missal. The gradual introduction of the musical settings during the last few months of Ordinary Time will help ease the transition to the use of the new edition of The Roman Missal on November 27. I hope that musicians and pastors will take advantage of this opportunity to better achieve the goal of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: “that full, conscious and active participation in liturgical celebrations called for by the very nature of the liturgy” (CSL, 14).

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