Church Documents


Here we provide easy access to the main Church documents on music and liturgy and other documents relevant to pastoral musicians.


Lay Pastoral Ministry: Faithful Stewards of God's Grace: Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (July, 2018).

The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium): Pope Francis (November, 2013). This Apostolic Exhortation has much to say about the joy and beauty of our liturgical celebrations.

General Instruction of the Roman Missal (3rd Typical Edition): Congregation of Divine Worship, Instruction (April, 2011). This is THE foundational document for the reformed liturgy of the Mass, recently updated and approved for use in Australia.

On Sacred Music: John Paul II, Chirograph, on the centenary of the Motu Proprio "Tra Le Sollecitudini" (November 22, 2003). This is THE most recent Papal direction on sacred music and liturgical song.

To Artists: John Paul II, Letter (April 4, 1999). A critically important document in understanding the Church's call to musicians in service of the liturgy.

Lectionary for Mass: Introduction (2nd Edition): Instruction on how to conduct the Liturgy of the Word in the Mass (1981). THE foundational lectionary guide.

Directory for Masses with Children: Congregation for Divine Worship, Directory (November 1, 1973). This is THE foundational document for adaptions for children.

Musicam Sacram: Sacred Congregation of Rites, Instruction on Music in the Liturgy (March 5, 1967). This is THE foundational document for music in post-Vatican II liturgy.

Sacrosanctum Concilium: Vatican II, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (December 4, 1963). This is THE foundational document for the reform of the liturgy.


APMN Documents


Below are links to resources produced locally and made available to the public at large.


Copyright Quick FAQ version 2.1

Guidelines - Copyright in Parish and School Liturgy version 2.1

These documents were produced by the Diocese of Wollongong and are provided here with permission. They were originally published in the September 2012 edition of their Faith and Life e-newsletter ( The Diocese of Wollongong updated these documents in 2018 to reflect significant changes in the Copyright landscape over recent years.

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