Music Repertoire Suggestions

The following music suggestions for Sunday Masses are based on their relevance to the readings and antiphons for the particular celebration. They are drawn from a Common Core Repertoire of 1,500 songs recommended and regularly used in the Diocese.

 

Other useful sources for music suggestions are:

Living Liturgy

National Pastoral Musicians (USA)

 

 

Liturgy Office

liturgy@dow.org.au

 

Year A

(2013-2014)

Year B

(2014-2015)

Year C

(2015-2016)

Common Core
Repertoire

Guidelines

for Use

Date

 

December 1

December 8

December 15

December 22

December 24

December 25

December 25

December 25

December 29

 

2014

January 5

 

February 16

February 23

March 2

March 5

March 9

March 16

March 23

March 30

 

April 6

April 13

April 16

April 17

April 18

April 19

April 20

April 25

April 27

 

May 4

May 11

May 18

May 25

 

June 1

June 8

June 15

June 22

June 24

June 27

June 29

 

July 6

July 13

July 20

July 27

 

August 3

August 6

August 8

August 10

August 15

August 17

August 24

August 31

 

September 7

September 14

September 21

September 28

 

October 5

October 12

October 19

October 26

 

November 2

November 9

November 16

November 23

 

Repertoire for Year A (2013-2014)

 

Music recommendations from the Diocesan repertoire are provided for the Year A Sundays and Feast Days listed below. They are cross-referenced to the calendar date for easy access. Simply click on the name of the Sunday or Feast.

Lectionary #

 

1

4

7

10

13

14

15

16

17

 

 

20

 

76

79

82

219

22

25

28

31

 

34

37A-38A

260

39

40

41

42

 

43

 

46

49

52

55

 

58

63

164

167

587

170

591

 

100

103

106

109

 

112

614

 

115

621

118

121

124

 

127

638

133

136

 

139

142

145

148

 

668

671

157

160

 

 

Date

 

November 30

December 7

December 14

December 21

December 24

December 25

December 25

December 25

December 28

 

2015

January 4

January 11

January 18

January 25

February 1

February 8

February 15

February 18

February 22

March 1

March 8

March 15

March 22

March 29

April 2

April 3

April 4

April 5

April 12

April 19

April 26

May 3

May 10

May 17

May 24

May 31

June 7

June 14

June 21

June 28

July 5

July 12

July 19

July 26

August 2

August 8

August 9

August 15

August 16

August 23

August 30

September 6

September 13

September 20

September 27

October 4

October 11

October 18

October 25

November 1

November 8

November 15

November 22

Repertoire for Year B (2014-2015)

Music recommendations from the Diocesan repertoire are provided for the Year B Sundays and Feast Days listed below. They are cross-referenced to the calendar date for easy access. Simply click on the name of the Sunday or Feast.

Lectionary #

 

2

5

8

11

13

14

15

16

17

 

 

20

21B

65

68

71

74

77

219

23

26

29

32

35

37B, 38B

39

40

41

42

44

47

50

53

56

58B

63B

165

168

92

95

98

101

104

107

110

113

 

116

622

119

122

125

128

131

134

137

140

143

146

149

667

155

158

161

 

Date

 

November 29

December 6

December 13

December 20

December 24

December 25

December 25

December 25

December 27

 

2016

January 3

January 10

January 17

January 24

January 31

February 7

February 10

February 14

February 21

February 28

March 6

March 13

March 20

March 23

March 24

March 25

March 26

March 27

April 3

April 10

April 17

April 24

May 1

May 8

May 15

May 22

May 29

June 5

June 12

June 19

June 26

July 3

July 10

July 17

July 24

July 31

August 7

August 8

August 14

August 15

August 21

August 28

September 4

September 11

September 18

September 25

October 2

October 9

October 16

October 23

October 30

November 6

November 13

November 20

Repertoire for Year C (2015-2016)

 

Music recommendations from the Diocesan repertoire are provided for the Year C Sundays and Feast Days listed below. They are cross-referenced to the calendar date for easy access. Simply click on the name of the Sunday or Feast.

Sunday / Feast

 

1st Sunday of Advent

2nd Sunday of Advent

3rd Sunday of Advent

4th Sunday of Advent

Christmas Vigil

Christmas Midnight

Christmas Dawn

Christmas Day

Holy Family

 

 

Epiphany

Baptism of the Lord

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ash Wednesday

1st Sunday of Lent

2nd Sunday of Lent

3rd Sunday of Lent

4th Sunday of Lent

5th Sunday of Lent

Palm Sunday Passion

Chrism Mass

Mass of the Lord's Supper

Good Friday Passion

Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday

2nd Sunday of Easter

3rd Sunday of Easter

4th Sunday of Easter

5th Sunday of Easter

6th Sunday of Easter

Ascension

Pentecost

Most Holy Trinity

Corpus Christi

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mary of the Cross MacKillop

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Assumption

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Christ the King

Lectionary #

 

3

6

9

12

13

14

15

16

17C

 

 

20

21C

66

69

72

75

219

24

27

30

33

36

37C-38C

260

39

40

41

42

45

48

51

54

57

58

63

166

169

90

93

96

99

102

105

108

111

114

117

 

120

622

123

126

129

132

135

138

141

144

147

150

153

156

159

162

A Common Core Repertoire for Parishes and Schools

The Australian Bishops have in recent times recommended a national Core Repertoire of hymns and songs from the commonly used hymnals in Australia - As One Voice (volumes 1 and 2), Catholic Worship Book, Gather Australia, New Living Parish Hymnal, and Together In Song.

 

With the recent introduction of the new Missal translation, the Australian Bishops have also recommended seven Mass settings - the Chant Mass (arr. Geoffrey Cox), Mass of Christ the Redeemer (Bernard Kirkpatrick), Mass of Our Lady Help of Christians (Richard Connolly), Mass of St Francis (Paul Taylor), Mass Shalom (Colin Smith and Paul Mason), Mass of Glory and Praise (Paul Mason), and Missa Magis (Christopher Willcock). These settings were introduced to the Diocese at the Sing the Mass Workshop in April 2012, with handouts providing a Guide to the Settings and a recommended roster of settings through the liturgical year.

 

This  national core repertoire forms the basis of the Wollongong Diocesan Common Core Repertoire.

 

In addition to these recommendations by the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference, the Wollongong Diocesan Liturgical Commission has recommended the Glendalough Mass (Liam Lawton) as the Diocesan Mass setting for regular use in parish and school Masses in the Diocese of Wollongong.

 

There are also a small number of widely used resources for the Australian Lectionary Psalms (Grail translation) and a growing number of resources for the Revised Grail Psalms, which were recently approved by the Australian Bishops Conference for use in liturgy in Australia. The resources included in the Diocesan Repertoire are selected psalms from Gather Australia and Catholic Worship Book, as well as Psalms for All Time (Paul Mason), Psalms for  Feasts and Seasons (Christopher Willcock), Responsorial Psalms for the Year (Colin Smith), and Psalms for the Sundays of the Year (Jenny O'Brien).

 

Since the compilation of the Core Repertoire there have been new hymnals released. Of particular note is As One Voice: Next Generation and more recently the new Spirit and Song hymnal. A number of hymns and songs from these resources have also been included in the Diocesan Music Repertoire.

 

Together these provide the basis for the establishment of a Common Core Repertoire for our Diocese. Other songs of particular relevance to our Diocese, our parishes and our schools can be added in the future as required.

 

Revised Grail Psalter Approved for Australian Liturgical Use

During the November 2012 plenary meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in Sydney, the Bishops approved the Revised Grail Psalter for liturgical use in Australia. At present, this translation is published as The Revised Grail Psalms: A Liturgical Psalter (Chicago: GIA, 2010), and copies can be ordered from GIA or from local suppliers here in Australia. This recent approval means that publications containing the Revised Grail Psalter translation for Responsorial Psalms can be used in Australia.

Guidelines for Using the Music Recommendations

The Music Recommendations are presented as a resource to help Parish and School Music Ministry Teams select repertoire for each Sunday Mass that is appropriate to the day, feast or season. It is also hoped these Music Recommendations may help develop over time a common Core Repertoire of music across the Diocese. Your feedback, including suggested additions and deletions to the common Core Repertoire, would be most appreciated. Please email your suggestions to liturgy@dow.org.au.

 

For each Sunday or Feast there is a summary of the texts of the day and a table of suggested songs, settings of the Mass parts and recommended common seasonal Responsorial Psalms.

 

The table provides the recommended song titles with references to hymnal numbers or other resources in which the song is found. The table includes columns for the major parts of the Mass – Entrance, Penitential Act, Glory to God, Responsorial Psalm, Gospel Acclamation, Offertory, Holy Holy Holy, Memorial Acclamation, Amen, Our Father, Lamb of God, Communion, Song of Praise after Communion, and Sending Forth (Recessional). These columns contain check-boxes indicating which particular songs are recommended for each of these parts.

 

The recommendations are based on the appropriateness of the song to the texts of the day, feast or season, as well as the appropriateness to the part of the Mass. Significant citations or references to the day's texts are indicated by an asterisk (*). Where songs have particular relevance to one or more the day's texts, these are indicated in the Relevance column.

 

The summary of the texts includes the Entrance and Communion antiphons, the Scripture references, the Psalm response and the Gospel acclamation for the particular day.

 

The Need for a Common Repertoire

Today there is a superabundance of hymns and songs in various hymnals and resources.  Despite this, for very practical reasons, any given community is likely to only use a fairly small subset of repertoire in a year - two to four Mass settings, one or two psalm resources and a hundred or so hymns and other songs. These tend to be used repeatedly in order that the community may learn and know the repertoire and sing strongly with one voice.

 

A potential problem arising from this practice is that different communities may know very few songs in common with each other. This situation can cause great difficulties when multiple communities come together to celebrate. The best way to avoid this situation is to reduce the scope of the superabundance, so that selections are made by the various communities from a more restricted common Core Repertoire.

 

This is not to say that all music used in a particular Mass should be selected from the common Core Repertoire. The music selections must be suited to the particular assembly while providing each person in the assembly with the opportunity to participate fully in the Mass. For example, If the assembly includes a choir, then the choir may sing alone at appropriate times (e.g. a choral anthem during the offertory or other processions). But the people should not be prevented from participating in singing the Mass parts, the response to the psalm, and the song after communion when that option is chosen.