Training & Formation

Diocesan Webinars

Source & Summit is proud to offer this diocesan webinar series to help inspire and equip the parishes of your diocese with the knowledge and resources they need. Begin with a basic introduction to the role of music in the life and mission of the Church, or jump right into practical resources to help support parish liturgy and music programs. When your diocese is ready, follow up with a webinar dedicated to exploring Source & Summit resources, and place the riches of the Liturgy at the fingertips of the parishes in your diocese.

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DIocesan webinar benefits

How will a Source & Summit webinar benefit your diocese?

Life and Mission of the Church

The Liturgy is the source and summit of the Catholic life and mission. The realms of devotion, evangelization, and of the culture at large flow from this source, and lead the faithful back to that summit to give worship to God and to be formed in his image.

Pastors & Sacred Music

As a pastor, what practical steps can you take to renew the music program in your parish? How can you empower your liturgical musicians to draw upon the riches of the Liturgy in their ministry?

Source & Summit Missal

Help the parishes of your diocese to elevate the liturgy with a new annual Catholic missal created specifically to foster authentic liturgical renewal in every parish. Learn what sets this missal apart from other parish resources. Learn more.

Music in the Liturgy

An overview of the role of music in the Liturgy, the purpose and nature of the music which comes from the liturgy itself, and the role of hymns in liturgical worship.

Music Leadership Formation

Source & Summit has been collaborating with SEEK, a conference series established by FOCUS, for several years. Learn the practical skills that FOCUS and other leaders in liturgical music have been bringing home to their parishes from the training and formation provided by Source & Summit.

Source & Summit Digital Platform

Everything you need combined into one cutting edge, best-in-class platform, at a lower cost than purchasing several different tools, subscriptions, and licenses. Source & Summit combines licensing, music planning, music library, score customization and liturgical content delivery in a single platform. Learn more.

Diocesan Webinar Topics

Choose from these three webinar topics.

This webinar series is meant to support the parishes of your diocese wherever they are at in their journey of liturgical renewal. If there has not yet been a Source & Summit webinar in your diocese, we suggest beginning with a webinar focused on training & formation or practical resources, and then following up at a later time with a webinar dedicated to a full demonstration of the resources Source & Summit has to offer.

The Art of Worship. The Heart of Mission: Introduction formation and training

1: Introductory formation and training

The Art of Worship.
The Heart of Mission.

What is the role of music in the life and mission of the Church?

In this hour-long session we will unpack the important role of music in the realms of culture at large, evangelization, devotion, and liturgy. We will explore the Church’s vision for the Liturgy as well as our role as liturgical musicians.

The meaning and theology of the liturgy in relation to other parts of the Church’s life

Singing the Mass, not singing at Mass

Styles of music and their different purposes in the Church's life and mission

Sacrosanctum Concilium, Musicum Sacrum, and other documents on the Liturgy

A period of Q&A

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Elevate the Liturgy: Practical Resources for Authentic Liturgical Renewal

2: Practical resources for authentic renewal

Elevate the Liturgy

What is our role as pastors and music leaders in drawing our parishes into a deeper participation in the Liturgy?

This hour-long session will provide practical information and resources to help parishes elevate the liturgy. Wherever a parish is at, we will help them take the next step on the path to authentic liturgical renewal.

An overview of the role of sacred music in the liturgy

A brief walk through of the Source & Summit Digital Platform for liturgy preparation, and glance at the Source & Summit Missal

A period of Q&A

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The Riches of the Liturgy at Your Fingertips: Explore Source & Summit Resources

3: Explore Source & Summit Resources

The Riches of the Liturgy at Your Fingertips

We are ready to elevate the Liturgy, but where do we start?

Explore the Source & Summit Missal and Digital Platform in this hour-long session. Source & Summit is your partner in elevating the liturgy through faithful and theologically sound liturgical music resources.

A demonstration of the Source & Summit Digital Platform for liturgy preparation.

A walk through of the Source & Summit Missal

A period of Q&A

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Questions & Answers

What is the Source & Summit vision for Authentic Liturgical Renewal?

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The earliest definitions of liturgy given in the Catholic Encyclopedia include “public duty”, “public service” (public worship), and of the official rites and sacraments of the Church ("Divine Liturgy" in the Eastern Rites). The Source & Summit vision for authentic liturgical renewal connects this public prayer of the Church with its impact on the whole of the Church's life and mission.

The dictionary definitions of the word liturgy literally means the performance of a "public work" or "public service". Laos in Green means "public" and ergo means "to do", and so the Liturgy (laos + ergo) is a public duty or service done for the public. The Liturgy of the Church is a form of public worship comprised of prescribed forms that reach back as early as the fourth century. The Christian Liturgy includes not only the sacrament of the Eucharist, but also the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours), and other sacramental rites (such as Baptism, Confirmation, Matrimony, Exorcism, and others). The Eastern Churches, and other non-Roman branches of the earliest Christian Churches, while sharing the same profession of faith with valid sacraments, do not participate in the same rite or body of rites as those in the West. They do still celebrate the same Christian liturgy, however. The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and the Liturgy of St. Basil are valid celebrations of the holy Eucharist even though they have different forms of the eucharistic prayer than the Roman Rite. A particular richness of the Eastern rites is found in its emphasis on the Holy Spirit in relation to Jesus Christ’s perfect act of worship to the Father. And so, there is no single fixed liturgy in the Church. The various rites in different times and places are handed down faithfully through tradition from one generation to the next, and may possess different forms, but they all participate in the same reality and divine action that is carried out by Jesus Christ, which serves as both the source and the summit of the Church’s life and mission.

The Source & Summit vision for authentic liturgical renewal, put simply, is that the Liturgy of the universal Church would be celebrated beautifully and faithfully as the source of Divine Life in all Christians and as the invigorating font of the Church’s mission. Positioned upon the heights of the Christian life, our vision is that missionary disciples would flow forth from the Liturgy into the world as from a font, into the farthest reaches of the culture, illuminating it with the Light of Christ and turning it toward the transfigured Christ who awaits them at the mountain summit. These missionary disciples make the arduous climb back to the mountain summit, to the Sacred Liturgy, accompanying those who they have evangelized, into a life of prayer and devotion and through a process of asceticism, and ultimately back to the Liturgy where they can once again give glory to God and be filled with the vision of his glory.

What is a liturgy planner?

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“Liturgy planner” is a misnomer for a resource that helps with the preparation of music for the Liturgy.

One does not plan the Liturgy. The Liturgy is fully planned by the Church. Legacy liturgical music publishers introduced the phrase “liturgy planning” some time ago and it has become common parlance for organizing the texts and music for the Liturgy into a single outline for various liturgical ministers to follow along with during the Liturgy.

What hymns are included in the Source & Summit Platform?

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Source & Summit has gathered an expansive hymn library above and beyond the familiar hymns of past decades including hymns from the Liturgy of the Hours.

In the Catholic Church, the Liturgy of the Hours is singular among the liturgical books in its inclusion of hymns as a component proper to the Liturgy. However, throughout the centuries many devotional hymns have been composed in English in the that have stood the test of time. Source & Summit includes an expansive hymn library of these hymns which go above and beyond the familiar hymns of past decades.

Click here to view a list of the hymns.

Are there extra licensing costs for creating booklets, projector presentations, live streaming, etc?

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No. With Source & Summit there is no need for costly licensing services on top of additional fees for liturgy preparation and digital music libraries.

The legacy model for music licensing was very restrictive, parishes were required to purchase a license for every use case. Do you want to make booklets? You need a license. Do you want to add music to a presentation? You need another license. Do you want to Livestream? You need an additional license. Do you want to make practice recordings for your ensemble? There is a license for that. Do you want to use your licensed music at a retreat or event off the parish grounds? That might not be covered without an event license. Do you want to print off music/content for your parishioners or choir members? You need to pay individually for every copy. And so on. 

At Source and Summit we’ve wrapped licensing all together into the single service that you actually use to organize and execute your ministry, at one affordable price, to support you in the stewardship of your parish finances. You no longer have to choose between faith formation and half a dozen liturgical subscriptions.

Can I use the Source & Summit platform if my parish isn’t in the United States?

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Unfortunately, not at this time.

Our platform and content is currently approved for use by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). We receive a plethora of inquiries from Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, etc, but unfortunately we haven’t yet gone through the approval process for these countries. If you’re from one of these countries, please feel free to let your local Bishops Conference know that you want to bring Source & Summit to your country:

Email the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and WalesEmail the Canadian Conference of Catholic BishopsEmail the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference 

What languages are supported?

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We support English, Spanish*, and Latin*.

English content is fully supported in the platform. This includes content for Holy Week, Ordinary time, or any liturgical season on the Church calendar with everything in the common lectionary, Missal, and music your ensembles & assemblies need to sing the Mass.

*Content for Spanish & Latin support includes liturgy content support for any Sunday or Solemnity and a core body of hymns. Content will be added and available throughout the fall to be finalized for the 2022 liturgical year beginning in November.  

How much does it cost?

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Source & Summit offers three product tiers each with a different relative price per the size of your parish.

Each of the relative product offerings (Essentials, Missal Support Materials, and Standard) have their own unique pricing tiers that then dependent upon the number of registered families at your parish. 

Digital Offerings

Standard

1-49 Families
$499.00
50-349 Families
$999.00
350-999 Families
$1,249.00
1000-2499 Families
$1,499.00
2500+ Families
$1,749.00

Essentials

1-49 Families
$199.00
50-349 Families
$399.00
350-999 Families
$499.00
1000-2499 Families
$599.00
2500+ Families
$699.00

Do you represent a Seminary, Student ministry, or event based ministry? Our education discount for the Standard Platform tier brings the subscription price to $499 no matter the size of your assembly with custom pricing options for event based ministries.

For details on the Missal Support prices click here.

What are the differences between the versions of the Source & Summit platform?
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There are currently three tiers of feature sets within the platform: Essentials, Missal Support Materials, and Standard.

The Missal Support Materials tier is specifically designed to support customers who have purchased the Source & Summit Missal - click here to learn more.

Essentials is a stripped back version of our Standard offering that includes 2000+ Antiphon Settings & 18 Mass Settings as well as liturgies for Sundays and Solemnities. It also enables you to dynamically prepare music, export PDF and image files for printing, booklet creation, or for use in your bulletin, as well as uploading all of your licensed, public domain, and original content for use in a single platform eliminating the need to jump around between different content sources to download and pull together the music each week, and a single user. 

Standard includes all of the content and features from the Essentials tier plus 450+ hymns (including Spanish and Latin), weekday liturgy content and preparation, votive and ritual mass support, Spanish & Latin support for Sundays and Solemnities, unlimited templates, and 5 seats.  

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