Discover and rediscover Catholic songs both new and old. Share musical talents, tips, influences and personal stories. Our Top Catholic Songs lists are linked to iTunes. Be sure to visit our Discussion Forum. Your participation is important! Become a member for free. Include your reason for joining and upload a photo of yourself. You can also connect as a member using your Facebook account. Email address is required.

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Flor y Canto – Giving Voice to Your Hispanic Community

Flor y Canto, tercera edición is the newest edition of the best-selling Spanish Catholic hymnal in the U.S.!

Discover why thousands of Hispanic Catholics turn to Flor y Canto to lift their voices in song. Whether you are looking to unite the diverse cultures of your Hispanic community, searching for more music for Rites and celebrations or want a music resource—created with guidance from Church documents—with over 13 Mass settings, Flor y Canto, tercera edición will lift the hearts and voices of your assembly in praise!

Explore an expanded repertoire of over 740 titles from more than 15 Spanish-speaking regions around the world with PDF samples sent straight to your inbox! Flip through the virtual songbook to see photos, page previews and song samples, see what others are saying and find out what’s new, at-a-glance!

Find out what’s new… at-a-glance! Compare the previous edition Flor y Canto with the new Flor y Canto, tercera edición.

Giving Voice to Your Hispanic Community

Watch as renowned composer and Director of Hispanic Ministry, Pedro Rubalcava introduces
Flor y Canto, tercera edición!

GloryBe TV Mass videos at YouTube

I like this collection of Spanish and English Mass videos posted under the YouTube channel GloryBe TV:

https://www.youtube.com/user/GloryBeTV/videos

Here is a sample video – the sung Padre Nuestro (Our Father) from Misa Rosas del Tepayac. 

How I Discovered A Marian Pentecost Hymn

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An article by Nick Alexander

As a worship podcaster, I am constantly looking for “new” old songs and hymns, that can combine my love of music with my devotion.  This past month, I came across an extremely rare epic hymn by Frederick Faber, a 19th century convert best known for “Faith of Our Fathers.”
READ FULL STORY •••

Pentecost Worship podcast by Nick Alexander

This is a podcast by Nick Alexander. – Richard Schletty, TCS admin

The Prayer Meeting Podcast is a worship podcast where you are invited to sing, play along, or just listen. Music notation of these songs will be made available. This week’s episode is an extended worship jam based on the songs of Pentecost. Many of these songs were based upon a detailed survey that many of you answered. READ FULL STORY •••

How Great Thou Art

I sang "How Great Thou Art" at a funeral at Saint Matthew's Church. Watch this YouTube video recorded with my iPhone.  READ FULL STORY •••

I Dropped CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing Inc)

An article by Nick Alexander

For almost two decades, I have been a responsible itinerant church musician, worship leader, and songwriter.  Part of that equation has always been attaining a license to Christian Copyright Licensing Inc. (CCLI for short)... 

When I was first getting started playing for different groups, such as parishes, youth rallies, prayer groups, young adult groups, healing masses, etc., I always had my CCLI license to ensure that the songs I had covered had been legally protected. I would insist that if you are in this boat, you, too, must comply and be ensured that your status is active.

However, the last eighteen months I have been helming the Prayer Meeting Podcast, it was decided early on that I had to forgo the vast majority of worship songs in my repertoire. This is because CCLI does not offer an option to use their songs in a podcast format. (Except that they do: they require that the songs themselves be sung live in the context of an actual worship service). Due to the constraints of my setup (my studio can only fit one person, maybe two), that was simply not going to happen... READ FULL STORY •••

Music planning links by publisher

I found this helpful summary of music planning guides at the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana. I updated some outdated links.

Music planning links by publisher

Publisher Link Fee
Liturgical Press Quarterly planner/weekly suggestions free
GIA

GIAplanner.net - weekly suggestions
Note 3 options at right

$129/yr
$39/yr
free
Seasonal planning options - scroll to "Quicklinks" on site free
Choral music weekly suggestions free
Liturgyhelp.com - comprehensive liturgical planning site see site for details
GIA Quarterly - planning magazine see site for details
OCP Ritual music planning suggestions (wedding, funeral, etc.) free
Today's Liturgy - planning magazine (paper and electronic) see site for details
Liturgy.com - comprehensive liturgical planning site
Free online planning guide: Liturgy.com Planner
$129/year
free
WLP AIM - planning magazine (paper or electronic) see site for details
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