Resources and Links

Contemporary hymnals and song collections

As One Voice
Breaking Bread 2017
Catholic Community
Choose Christ 2017
Community of Christ Sings
Companion Missal 2017
Cross Generation
Flor y Canto Tercera Edición
Gather Comprehensive
Gather Comprehensive 2
Gather Second Edition
Gather Third Edition
GIA Edition
Glory & Praise, Third Edition
Heritage Missal 2017
Hymns for the Gospels
Journeysongs Third Edition
Lead Me, Guide Me 2nd Edition
Misal del Día 2017
Music Issue 2017
One in Faith Hymnal
Oramos Cantando/We Pray In Song
Respond & Acclaim 2017
Ritual Song
Singing Our Faith 2nd Edition
Spirit & Song Hymnal
Today's Missal 2017: Advent-Lent
Today's Missal 2017: Holy Week-Pentecost
Today's Missal 2017: Ordinary Time
Unidos en Cristo/United in Christ 2017: Advent-Lent
Unidos en Cristo/United in Christ 2017: Holy Week-Pentecost
Unidos en Cristo/United in Christ 2017: Ordinary Time
Unidos en Cristo/United in Christ: Music Resource 2015-2017
V Encuentro: Discípulos Misioneros
V Encuentro: Iglesia en Misión
We Celebrate Hymnal 2014
We Celebrate Hymnal 2017
Word & Song 2017
Word & Song 2018
Worship & Rejoice
Worship 4th Edition

Catholic song planning guides and indices of Christian songs

Music planning links by publisher – A helpful summary of music planning guides from major liturgical publishers. Ritual music planning suggestions – weekly and and by church seasons.

Publisher Link Fee
Liturgical Press Quarterly planner/weekly suggestions. Free Downloadable Music Planner. The Celebrating the Eucharist Music Planner is available for you to download for free as an Adobe PDF file. The Music Planner is updated quarterly. It also includes suggested music for both Sacred Song 2011 and Sacred Song 2016 as well as for our classic hymn resource book, The Collegeville Hymnal. free

GIAPlanner Plus. Sunday-by-Sunday music suggestions from the most popular and highly respected GIA hymnals representing a wide range of publishers. Need help teaching your cantors the psalm of the week? Want to familiarize your choir with a new anthem? How about encourage practice outside of rehearsals? Note pricing options at right. Only the Gold plan allows you to listen to audio samples. 

Bronze: free.
Silver: $39/yr
Gold: $129/yr
Seasonal planning options - scroll to "Quicklinks" in left sidebar. Example:–OT-24-A.pdf free
Choral music weekly suggestions free - comprehensive liturgical planning site. LiturgyHelp is an internet subscription service, fully authorised by the Catholic Church to publish official liturgical texts online. They provide easy access for parishes, schools and other Catholic communities to the wealth of the Church’s liturgical texts; making it faster and easier to prepare materials for liturgy and prayer. Includes psalm and hymn suggestions. Based in Australia (Creative Ministry Resources Pty Ltd) and in the United States (GIA Publications, Inc.). see site for details
GIA Quarterly - planning magazine see site for details
OCP Support materials for your missal program
Accompaniment books, resources for music and prayer, quarterly planning tools and more
see site for details
Today's Liturgy - planning magazine (paper and electronic) see site for details - comprehensive liturgical planning site
Free online planning guide: Planner
WLP AIM - planning magazine (paper or electronic) see site for details

Practice-Track License

The Practice-Track License enables Music Ministers to create practice CDs or MP3s for their choir or ensemble members. With this license, you are able to:
  • Copy demonstration recordings provided by a Member Publisher,
  • Copy commercial CDs or MP3s purchased from a Member Publisher or record company,
  • Record your own versions of covered songs for your ensemble (that difficult tenor part, for example, or an accompaniment track), 
  • Burn CDs and email MP3s. 
  • Store recordings on a secure intranet.

For a complete list of Member Publishers who participate, click here.

  • Once tracks are recorded, our convenient technology allows you to easily report your usage.
  • Users will purchase Practice-Track Licenses based on their average weekly attendance.

Please visit our Options & Prices page for more information.

Note: The Practice-Track License is for practice and rehearsal purposes only and is not intended to cover recordings for use within a live worship service.

see site for pricing options - A comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals. Includes texts, tunes, composers, composer biographies and credits. - Categorized by theme, includes classic hymns, contemporary songs, children's songs and songs based on scripture. Includes lyrics, melody-only notation (for piano and guitar) and audio files (MIDI and MP3).

Please feel free to suggest additional song finders by sending a note to


Independent Catholic songwriter resources and collaboration/support groups

Musica Sacra: Church Music Association of America and Musica Sacra Forum – The Church Music Association of America (founded in 1874) is an association of Catholic musicians and others who have a special interest in music and liturgy, active in advancing Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, and other forms of sacred music, including new composition, for liturgical use. The CMAA’s purpose is the advancement of musica sacra in keeping with the norms established by competent ecclesiastical authority.


PROs: performing rights organizations

  • ASCAP A membership association of more than 470,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers of every kind of music.
  • BMI BMI is the bridge between songwriters and the businesses and organizations that want to play their music publicly.
  • TAXI World’s leading independent A&R company


Catholic liturgical music publishers, licensing and resources

American Catholic Press – American Catholic Press (ACP) is a publisher of hymnals, missals, books, and other materials for the liturgy, both in celebration and education.

CanticaNOVA Publications (CNP) Publishers of traditional liturgical music (choral, cantor, organ, instrumental), providing free liturgy planning assistance and articles online.

GIA – GIA Publications is a major publisher of sacred choral music, hymnals, sacred music recordings, music education materials, and other related products.

Ignatius Press – Ignatius Press publishers and distributors of Catholic books, magazines, videos and music; primary publisher in U.S. of Pope Benedict XVI's books.

Liturgical Press – "Resources for a Worshiping World." Liturgical Press was founded by Saint John's Abbey (Collegeville, MN) in 1926.

OCP (Oregon Catholic Press) – Much more than a missal publisher, OCP offers an impressive range of products and services — more than 650 — from music for worship to CDs for listening, from inspirational books to online tools, from hymnals to magazines.

WLP – World Library Publications – World Library Publications is a division of J.S. Paluch Company, Inc., providing Catholic music, liturgy and worship resources, Mass Settings, Mass Music and more.

One License – Obtain copyright permission to reprint, podcast, and record hymns and songs for your congregation. Search and download high resolution music image files to use in your worship aid, bulletin, or projection.