Planning Your Music, worship and lithurgical Calendar- by ArchBishop Uwe AE.Rosenkranz

NPM Music Planning Calendar

Music suggestions for Sundays and most major feasts in this planning calendar have been prepared and provided by Dr. J. Michael McMahon.

To locate the music suggestions for the Sunday or feast you are preparing, click on one of the following: the Sunday’s or feast’s calendar date, the liturgical name (e.g., Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time C), or the Lectionary reference number.

To locate the suggestions for other Sundays and feasts, click on one of the same options for that Sunday or feast.

References for the Saturday vigil Mass are the same as those for the Sunday (with exceptions for Christmas and Easter).

2013 – 2014



If you have a palm and wish to add this month click here!

Choir Directors: Be sure to check the suggestions in the Choral Anthem Project for choral anthems appropriate to the seasons, Sundays, and feasts. This material was prepared by NPM’s Director of Music Ministries Division as a service to the churches.

Key to Music


Quotes or makes direct reference to one of the scripture readings


Related to first reading


Related to responsorial psalm


Related to second reading


Related to gospel


Related to Communion antiphon


Related to entrance antiphon

These recommendations are based on suggestions by Dr. J. Michael McMahon that appeared originally in CelebrationAn Ecumenical Worship Resource.
Many parishes use worship aids that are replaced seasonally or annually, such as the Paluch/World Library Missalette, Liturgical Press’s Celebrating the Mass, or OCP’s Today’s Missal, Breaking Bread and the supplementary Music Issue, or similar Spanish aids. Since the content of these changes from issue to issue, and the reference numbers for music change accordingly, we cannot include specific number references for those publications in this list. However, we have retained those code references here, but without a number, as an indication that the particular selection has appeared in at least one past issue of these resources. If you see a piece of music that is so referenced, check out the current issue to see if it is there; if not, check the list to see if it is contained in one of the hymnals published by the companies that produce these seasonal worship aids.

Publishers and Codes  

Here is an alphabetical list of references used in these suggestions. For further information about these publications and their publishers, see below.

BB Breaking Bread (annual music resource, OCP)
BFW By Flowing Waters (1999, The Liturgical Press) 
CBW Catholic Book of Worship III (1994, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops) 
CCS Cantor/Congregation Series (GIA) 
CH The Collegeville Hymnal (1990, The Liturgical Press) 
CPC2 Choral Praise Comprehensive, Second Edition (2004, OCP)
CPD Cantos del Pueblo de Dios, second edition (2001, WLP) 
FYC Flor y Canto, Segunda Edición (2001, OCP)
GC Gather Comprehensive (1994, GIA) 
GC2 Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition (2004)
GP Glory & Praise, Second Edition (1997, OCP)
G3 Gather, Third Edition GIA, 2011
 Hymns for the Gospels (2001, GIA) 
IH Introit Hymns for the Church Year (2005, WLP)
JS2 Journeysongs, Second Edition OCP, 2003 
LMGM Lead Me, Guide Me (1987, GIA)
LP A Lectionary Psalter: John Schiavone (2003, OCP)
LPGC Lectionary Psalms: Grail/Gelineau (1998, GIA)
LPMG Lectionary Psalms: Michel Guimont (1998, GIA) 
MI Music Issue (annual music supplement to Today’s Missal, OCP)
NTY Never Too Young (middle school hymnal; 2007, OCP)
One Faith, Una Voz (bilingual hymnal; 2005, OCP)
PC Psalms for the Cantor (1985-87, WLP) 
PCY Psalms for the Church Year (1983, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, GIA) 
PFS Psalms for Feasts and Seasons (1990, The Liturgical Press)
PJ Psalms for the Journey (1991, The Liturgical Press) 
PMB Peoples Mass Book (2003, WLP)
PRM Psalms and Ritual Music (various years, WLP) 
PSL Psallité (2005,2006,2007, The Liturgical Press)
 Psaltery (1990, GIA) 
RA Respond & Acclaim (annual psalmody resource, OCP)
 RitualSong (1996, GIA) 
RUAS Rise Up and Sing, Second Edition (children’s hymnal; 2000, OCP)
Responde y Aclama (Spanish annual psalmody resource, OCP)
Songs of Israel (1971, 1983, GIA) 
SMM Service Music for the Mass (1987-89, WLP) 
SO Sing Out! (1994, WLP) 
SP Singing the Psalms (1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, OCP) 
Spirit and Song OCP, 2013 
 Sacred Song (seasonal resource, The Liturgical Press) 
SS1 Spirit & Song 1 (1999, OCP)
Spirit & Song 2 (2005, OCP)
 We Celebrate  (2011, WLP)
WS Word and Song (annual resource, WLP) 
WOR Worship, Third Edition (1986, GIA) 
WOR4 Worship, Fourth Edition (GIA, 2011)

Note: Even as this list is being compiled, in addition to the annual editions of worship aids such as the Music Issue, Breaking Bread, and Word and Song, there are two or more editions circulating of several major resources: Gather Comprehensive (1994 and 2005), We Celebrate (current edition 2011), Flor y Canto (1989 and 2001), Journeysongs (1994 and 2003), and Glory and Praise Comprehensive Edition (1987) and Glory and Praise second edition (1997). We have tried to reference the most recent edition of these resources in each year of the three-year cycle, but there may be some overlap with prior editions. So if you do not find a particular reference in one edition, check the index: It may be listed at another number or it may be in another edition of the resource you are using.
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Publications Service, 90 Parent Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B; web: 
CBW = Catholic Book of Worship III (1994). 
GIA Publications, Inc. (GIA), 7404 S. Mason Avenue, Chicago, IL 60638. 1 (800) GIA-1358; web:; e-mail: 
CCS = Cantor/Congregation Series; 
GC = Gather Comprehensive (1994);
GC2 = Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition (2004);
G3 = Gather, Third Edition, 2011
HG = Hymns for the Gospels (2001); 
IR = ICEL Resource Collection (1981); 
LMGM = Lead Me, Guide Me (1987);
LPGC = Lectionary Psalms: Grail/Gelineau (1998);
LPMG = Lectionary Psalms: Michel Guimont (1998); 
PCY = Psalms for the Church Year (1983, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995); 
PST = Psaltery (1990); 
RS = RitualSong (1996); 
SI = Songs of Israel (1971, 1983); 
WOR = Worship, Third Edition (1986) 
WOR4 = Worship, Fourth Edition (2011) 
Liturgical Press, St. John’s Abbey, PO Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321-7500. 
1 (800) 858-5450; web:; e-mail:
BFW = By Flowing Waters (1999);
CH = The Collegeville Hymnal (1990); 
PFS = Psalms for Feasts and Seasons (1990);
PJ = Psalms for the Journey (1991); 
PSL = Psallité (2005,2006,2007)
SS Sacred Song (seasonal resource)

OCP (Oregon Catholic Press), 5536 N.E. Hassalo, Portland, OR 97213. 1 (800) LITURGY; web:; e-mail:
BB = Breaking Bread (annual music resource);
FYC = Flor y Canto, Segunda Edición (2001);
GP = Glory & Praise, Second Edition (1997);
JS2 = Journeysongs, Second Edition, 2003 
MI = Music Issue (annual music supplement to Today’s Missal);
CPC2 = Choral Praise Comprehensive, Second Edition (2004);
SS1 = Spirit & Song 1 (1999);
SS2 = Spirit & Song 2 (2005);
SPS Spirit and Song, 2013 
UC = Unidos en Cristo/United in Christ (seasonal bilingual missal w/ 3-year music supplement);
OFUV = One Faith, Una Voz (bilingual hymnal; 2005);
NTY = Never Too Young (middle school hymnal; 2007);
RUAS = Rise Up and Sing, Second Edition (children’s hymnal; 2000);
RA = Respond & Acclaim (annual psalmody resource);
RYA = Responde y Aclama (Spanish annual psalmody resource);
LP = A Lectionary Psalter: John Schiavone (2003); 
SP = Singing the Psalms (1995, 1996, 1997, 1999)

World Library Publications/J.S. Paluch Company, Inc., 3708 River Road, Suite 400, Franklin Park, IL 60131 1 (800) 566-6150. Web:; e-Mail: 
CPD = Cantos del Pueblo de Dios, second edition (2001) 
IH = Introit Hymns for the Church Year (2005)
PMB = Peoples Mass Book (2003);
PRM = Psalms and Ritual Music (various years); 
SO = Sing Out! (1994); 
WC = We Celebrate  (2007)
WS = Word and Song (annual music resource)


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