Roman Catholic Mass Planning Template - standard version

This is a planning form for anyone who is organizing a regular Roman Catholic Mass for a parish, school or organization. 

It is in English, and based on the official (ICEL) English translation of Novus Ordo, ie the Mass format introduced after Vatican II.

It can be adapted for special liturgies which have extra features:  this has been done so far for weddings and funerals

Download the form by clicking on the format you want(MS Word or PDF), and saving the file that opens onto your computer.    (Do not ask to Share the original - you need to make a copy of your own.)


What does the template look like

How to use the template

Download a copy (right-click it, and choose "Save Link as"), or open it directly (click, and save or print the file that opens.

Fill in the background details that you want to include, eg:
  • Date and time
  • Liturgical focus (usually based on the readings of the day and the feast or season)
  • Pastoral focus (any local or personal events that are relevant to the people who will be attending, and which you want to acknowledge in your planning)
  • The names of the priest(s), reader(s) and musicians and/or singers

The "music note" column shows how important it is to sing each item on the Mass, based on various church documents:  You need to work with the celebrant decide which items are to be sung in this particular Mass, based on the situation and the resources and time available. 

Choose appropriate Mass-parts and hymns, and write their names into the "item" column.

Enter the key that each song will be played in, and any notes about it (eg the introduction, number of verses, arrangement, soloist-only, etc)

If something on the form doesn't apply, then either leave it blank, or delete it.
If you need something extra - just add it.

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All templates on are is covered by a Creative Commons license:  you can change them, and make as many copies as you want, for non-commercial purposes:  so long as you don't remove the copyright notice.

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  1. Thank you so much for designing these templates. I'm a pianist/organist for liturgy and this really helps my organization during masses. God bless.

    1. Glad you find them helpful, Mike. I did these firstly for my own use - and then realised that other people might like them too.


  2. Very helpful ,makes life easier for the lector.thanks


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