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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Aug 5

Written by: Sandra Dooley
8/5/2011 12:08 PM  RssIcon


I was on vacation last week in Alaska—traveling on a tour bus with about 50 other people. We saw some incredibly beautiful scenery! At one point during one of our bus rides I noticed the woman in the seat in front of me reading from a small devotional book by a Catholic publisher, so at our next stop I decided to strike up a conversation with her and ask what she knows about the revision of The Roman Missal. She and her husband are from a parish in Michigan. Their pastor left several months ago and only recently were they been assigned a new pastor, so a lot of things have been left hanging in the parish, including any preparation for the upcoming changes to the words we pray at Mass. She said people in the parish have been hearing from others that changes are coming, but they do not know what the changes are or when they will become effective. She expressed her concern that parishioners will be caught by surprise and many will be upset when the changes are sprung upon the parish without any advance notice or preparation.
I fear this is the case in too many parishes, not just in those who are in some kind of transition with pastors or other liturgical leaders. Most people sincerely want to follow the dictates and mandates of the Church, but they want to know what is happening and why. The revision of The Roman Missal is a change that is coming from the top down. It is not something that has been called for by the majority of Catholics. For that reason I think it is even more important that people of the Church be afforded the opportunity to learn about the changes and be prepared for them before they actually take place. Some of us (most of us?) do not like surprises, especially where our public prayer is concerned! I pray for the woman I met on the bus, the people of her parish, and others who find themselves in similar situations.

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