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You Report: Triduum in Australia


Summorum Pontificum Wangaratta hosted the Sacred Triduum at the Glenrowan Catholic Church this past holy week. Attracting people from all over the country, the Mass was beautifully sung by members of the Sacred music Choir, Prima Luce and other local singers with the serving provided also by young men from across Australia. 

'SPWang' president, Ignatius Corboy, 22, was overjoyed with the smoothness in which the Triduum was conducted and hoped that SPWang's example could lead to similar organisations being formed in the often depleted and spiritually starved regions of Australia. Mr. Corboy also thanked all those who made an effort, both big and small and a special recognition to the parents of the many children who were especially taken in by the splendor of the liturgy. "It's so important to expose even the youngest of children to this incredible gift that the Church provides for us at this time of year. I hope we have had a positive impact on them. 

Founded in 2006, Summorum Pontificum Wangaratta is a lay-led organisation operating with the blessing of St. Patrick's Catholic Parish, Wangaratta and the Sandhurst Diocese. SPWang aims to provide the classical liturgy of the Catholic Church to all those living in the North East of Victoria who desire it and actively embrace the Motu Propio of Benedict XVI, Summorum Pontificum, and the instructional document of Ecclesia Dei, Universae Ecclesiae. 

4 comments:

Matt said...

How awesome for those worshipers. If only other parishes were able to set up the same thing what great changes would occur, which, given the various diocesan regimes we live under, a snowball in Hell would have a better chance than we would and that is probably why not. It would give the Faithful real Religion.

Mary Lou said...

Matt,
I have benefited from the grace of living in this rural region of Victoria Australia.
Seven years ago a young father, living some 300km from the nearest city based Latin Mass community, along with an energetic support group behind him, decided that the Traditional Latin Mass should be available for his family and all those who desire it in HIS parish.
A 'Latin Mass' society was established. Over the past seven years it has grown and developed from a Mass once a month, graciously granted by the local Parish Priest and and the availability of an elderly priest driving over two hours to say the Mass, to what we all basked in this past Easter.
It has been a true joy to witness this outpouring of Grace from the actions, sacrifices and determination of one layman who decided to make a difference, supported by holy priests and enthusiastic servers and singers.
We are all capable of this effort in our own corners of the world and could I venture to add, I believe, in the 'spirit' of Summorum Pontificum, we have a duty to.

Matt said...

Mary Lou, thank you very much for sharing your story. It was a very courageous and determined effort which paid off handsomely.

We also have a Latin Mass Society here in Los Angeles but diocesan priests are not allowed to say the Tridentine Mass, plain and simple. We thought things would be different with Archbishop Gomez but that turned out to be a wet match. Those priests who are are from Religious communities (not touched by diocesan sanction) and there are only so many who are willing and/or able to say the Tridentine Mass, so in a diocese the size we are, it's become compartmentalized. Add to that pastors and not willing to allow the church to be used no matter how much one presents a pious and defferential request, and thus the Tridentine Mass remains inaccessible.

Mary Lou said...

Matt,

"We also have a Latin Mass Society here in Los Angeles but diocesan priests are not allowed to say the Tridentine Mass, plain and simple. We thought things would be different with Archbishop Gomez but that turned out to be a wet match. "

I presume Ecclesia Dei know about this ?