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A Parish Resource

Welcome to the Music Suggestions portal of the Music Ministry website. This portal has been established to provide parish music ministers (and others who choose to visit) with a comprehensive list of music suitable for the feasts and seasons. The links above will help you navigate your way around the site, which continues to be a work in progress.

Although these lists are quite comprehensive, they are by no means able to take the place of thoughtful and contemplative preparation. We urge all music ministers to pray and reflect on the scriputures and rituals of that particular celebration before consulting these lists. OLMC music ministers should also consider the Liturgy Notes, if they have been prepared for that feast or season.

The United States Document, Music in Catholic Worship suggests that music ministers, when choosing music, make their choices based on the following judgements. Below each are some guidelines about how these judgements may apply to using this portal's music suggestions:

The Musical Judgement
When using these suggestions, ask yourself; is this quality music? Is is part of a repertoire of a variety of music styles?

The Liturgical Judgement
Does this song support the scripture of the day and/or the ritual action taking place at this time? Can the music ministers who serve at this Mass lead this song well? Would this song's level of difficultly prevent the assembly from participating in its own sung prayer?

The Pastoral Judgement
Do this community that gathers know this song? Does it give them the opportunity to express and challenge their faith? Do the words and style of this song reflect the characteristics of this celebrating community?

Music Sources

As this site has been primarily designed as a parish resource, it lists music that is:
  1. Held within our parish music collection
  2. Can be legally copied under the terms of our Word of Life International Copyright Licences.

The large collection of resources in Wentworthville from which these suggestions are drawn includes:

Collection TitleComposerPublisher
As One Voice Volumes 1 & 2 Various Willow Publishing 
As Water to the Thirsty David Haas GIA 
Before I Was Born David Haas GIA 
Biblical Hymns and Psalms Volumes 1 & 2 Lucien Deiss World Library Publications 
Choose Christ Various OCP 
Christ, Be Our Light Bernadette Farrell OCP 
Come to Me Michael Joncas GIA 
Gather Australia Various NLMC Publications with GIA 
Gift of God Marty Haugen GIA 
Glory and Praise Volumes 1-3 Various NALR (OCP) 
Glory in the Cross Dan Schutte OCP 
Go Before Us Bernadette Farrell OCP 
God, Beyond All Names Bernadette Farrell OCP 
God of Life and of the Living Michael Joncas GIA 
Gonna Sing, My Lord Joe Wise World Library Publications 
ICEL Resource Collection Various GIA 
Kindly Light Frank Andersen Spectrum Publications 
Living Parish Hymn Book Various Living Parish Series 
Lord of Light St. Louis Jesuits NALR (OCP) 
Mass Hallel Colin Smith Willow Publishing 
Mass of Glory and Praise Paul Mason Willow Publishing 
Mass Shalom Colin Smith Willow Publishing 
New Catholic Hymnal Various Faber Music 
No Longer Strangers David Haas GIA 
Psalms for Feasts and Seasons Christopher Willcock OCP 
Psalms for the Revised Common Lectionary Michel Guimont GIA 
Restless is the Heart Bernadette Farrell OCP 
RitualSong Various GIA 
Scripture in Song Frank Andersen Chevalier Press 
Shepherd Me, O God Marty Haugen GIA 
Sing Christian! Various  
Sing! People of God, Sing! Sebastian Temple World Library Publications 
Sing Spirit - Sing Life Michael Herry Marist Music 
Spirit and Song 2 Various OCP 
Throughout All Time David Haas GIA 
Who Calls You By Name Volumes 1 & 2 David Haas GIA 
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Some other collections not listed here (e.g. Catholic Worship Book) would contain songs that are also listed in the suggestions, as a number of the titles overlap between the hymnals.

We hope you find these suggestions useful and good luck in your music ministry.