Mass in the Extraordinary form 5pm every Sunday. St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Ford St. Wangaratta.

Who are we?

Providing the North East of Victoria with the traditional liturgy of the Catholic Church since 2006

WHO ARE WE? Summorum Pontificum Wangaratta aims to provide the Classic Liturgy of the Roman Rite of the most Holy Sacrifice of Mass and the Sacraments that have accompanied the Church and her followers in its 2000 year history, to those of Wangaratta and surrounding districts who desire it.  

Summorum Pontificum Wangaratta is a lay led organisation operating with the blessing of the Parish of St. Patrick's Wangaratta and the Sandhurst Diocese.

'SPWang' aims to provide the traditional liturgy of the Church to those who desire it under the provisions of Pope Benedict XVI's Motu Propio,
Summorum Pontificum and the instructional document, Universae Ecclesiae.
Members of SPWang are supporters of the Oriens Foundation, the International Federation Una Voce and the Christus Rex Society of Australia and are submissive to his Lordship, Bishop L. Tomlinson, Bishop of Sandhurst and to the Supreme Authority of the Holy Father, Pope Francis.
The Missal of use in this society will be that of the 1962 Roman Missal promulgated By Pope Bl. John XXIII.

WHAT IS THE LATIN MASS? History of the Latin Mass. Mass was originally said in Aramaic or Hebrew. The words amen, alleluia, hosanna and Sabboth are Aramaic words which were retained and are still found in the Latin Mass of today. By the year 250 AD, the Mass was being said in Latin throughout most of the Roman world. The Church in the western empire adopted Latin for the Mass by 380 AD. The Latin Canon as we know it was completed by 399 AD. Latin ceased to be a vernacular language between the 7th and 9th centuries; however, the Mass continued to be offered in Latin because much of the liturgy had been established and considered unchangeable.
Although believed to be 'dead', Latin served as a common means of communication throughout the Church, down through the ages, and Latin remains the official language of the Catholic Church to this day.

Isn't the Latin Mass unsuitable for modern man and his needs? Some people object that they don't get much out of the traditional Latin Mass, that it is "boring" because they don't understand the Latin, that the priest doesn't make the service interesting by getting the people involved - that he even has his back turned to them most of the time, or they would prefer more "upbeat," modern music. But, people sometimes forget that the Mass is not just for them but for God. It is an acknowledgement of God's sovereignty and His infinite perfections, and an expression of our submission to Him as creatures to their Creator and Lord. The Mass is the supreme act of worship of God, Who is above time, language, and culture.
The focus and end of the Latin Mass is to give to God the honour and reverence due to Him.

Quoted from the Motu Proprio
Summorum Pontificum 07/07/2007
"It is, therefore, permissible to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass following the typical edition of the Roman Missal promulgated by Bl. John XXIII in 1962 and never abrogated, as an extraordinary form of the 
Liturgy of the Church. "

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (
His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
) writing in “‘Salt of the Earth” stated “I am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it.

Through the wishes His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI 'SPWang' endeavour to continue the most Sacred Traditions of the Holy Mother Church for those of Wangaratta and district who desire it
The WLMS is placed under the patronage of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Patroness of the Sandhurst Diocese, and also of St. Francis Xavier, patron of Australia.
Our Lady of Good Counsel and St. Francis Xavier Pray for us.

CONTACT US Please send all correspondence toSummorum Pontificum Wangaratta

Twitter: @SPWangaratta