The purpose of this blog is to provide an open forum for discussion of the aims of the society; news from the wider Church and details of Masses and events of interest in the diocese. The Latin Mass Society in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough expresses its full filial devotion and loyalty to Holy Mother Church, Pope Francis and Bishop Drainey.


12 Noon. Every Sunday Church of St Wilfrid, Duncombe Place, York. YO1 7EF

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6pm. Every Sunday Church of St Wilfrid.
Duncombe Place, York

09 April 2015

Ordinations in the USA

It is reported that there are to be 595 ordinations to the priesthood in the USA this summer, an increase of 118 or about 25% over last years figure of 477. Compared with 2005, it is a 31% increase. Although this year's figure may be exceptional, scrutiny of the statistics, both of ordinations and seminarians, indicates that there is an upward trend of about 5% year on year. Although doing little to redress the fall in the number of priest over the last 50 years, it is pleasing that tide has turned, and that there is cause for modest optimism. It is interesting to note that the current crop of ordinations started their training in 2008 or 2009, early in the pontificate of Benedict XVI. Could this be evidence of a Benedict bounce? I have written before that what happens in America often happens a few years later this side of the Atlantic. It would be great if it did in this case.

30 March 2015

Future Masses in Hull

A reminder that, starting on 6th May, there will be a monthly Latin Mass on Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm at the Church of St Charles, Jarratt Street in Hull. The usual celebrant will be Fr Peter Mulholland.

Easter at St Wilfrid's Church, York

Yesterday, Palm Sunday, the noon Mass at St Wilfris's Church in York included the blessing of palms and the traditional Palm Sunday procession. The Passion was also sung in full, which made for a rather long Mass, but a great experience. It is the first time in my life that I have heard the Passion sung on Palm Sunday. Also, the Tract was sung in full to the tone of the Liber Usualis. The Mass was celebrated by Fr Stephen Brown who who was visiting. The liturgies of the Triduum will not be in the extraordinary form, so the next Latin Mass will be on Easter Sunday.

21 March 2015

New Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

It has been announced today that the new bishop of Arundel & Brighton is to be Bishop Richard Moth, currently Bishop for the Forces. He was appointed to that position in 2009 at the age of 50. Although this may seem young, it is recognised that this position requires fitness and is therefore suitable for a younger man. He was previously Chancellor and then Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Southwark. Now aged 56, he could still have 20 years ahead of him as a diocesan bishop. The post that he is taking on is likely to be particularly difficult, and it may be for this reason that a relatively young and fit man has been chosen. It may be for the same reason that the post has been filled within 6 months. The clergy of Arundel and Brighton often say that there has been a lack of leadership in the diocese in recent years, so Bishop Moth will have his work cut out for the next few months. I know nothing of Bishop Moth's attitude towards the traditional Mass. In fact, I know very little about Bishop Moth at all. There is very little about him on the internet. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as I can think of other episcopal appointments, where relatively unknown priests have turned out to be excellent bishops.

19 March 2015

Wednesday 25th March, Feast of the Annunciation

There will be a sung Mass in the forma extraordinaria at 6pm on the Feast of the Annunciation at St Wilfrid's Church in York.

03 March 2015

Saturday 14th March - A Day with Mary

A day of instruction, devotion and intercession, based on the message given at Fatima in 1917. From 9am to 5pm with a traditional High Mass at 10.45. See website of St Wilfrid's Church for full details.

Additional Masses in York

There will be Masses in the extraordinary form at St Wilfrid's Church in York on the following feast days. All will be at 6pm. ..................... Wednesday 25th March The Annunciation .......... Thursday 14th May: The Ascension .......... Thursday 4th June Corpus Christi .......... Monday 29th June Saints Peter & Paul

28 February 2015

Developments in Hull

I am pleased to announce that regular Latin Masses are to be established in Hull. Following discussions with Bishop Drainey, it has been decided that there will be a Low Mass on the first Wednesday of each month at 6.30pm in the Church of St Charles. This is the principal church in Hull and is in a central location. The celebrant will be Fr Peter Mulholland. This provision will start on Wednesday 6th May, so there is a little time to wait. Fr Mulholland has celebrated Mass in the usus antiquior on a few occasions at the Church of St Francis of Assisi, and many years ago I attended a Mass of his at Ugthorpe in the north of the diocese. Bishop Drainey has said that this Mass will be provided ad experimentum for a period of six months. By this I understand that he intends to review the provision later in the year, in the light of the reports he gets of how many people are attending. Thus it is essential that this Mass is well attended if it is to continue in the longer term. My ultimate objective is to achieve a regular Sunday Mass in Hull. At the moment this looks difficult, as the diocese is not able to supply a priest with time to say a Mass on Sundays. In all probability, the priest would have to travel from some distant location, and this could only be justified if there was a sizable congregation. On way to prove the demand for a Sunday Mass would be to have good numbers at the weekday Masses, so it is over to you.

18 February 2015

New Church in Libreville

I have been following the building of the Institute of Christ the King's new church in Libreville, Gabon. The following picture was taken in 2011, and it did not look as if it was going to be a very great piece of architecture.
I suppose that at such an early stage, it is not possible to tell what it is going to be like. In this later picture it has acquired a classical style of facade.
It is beginning to look like a church. The latest pictures show a further transformation.
I understand that the murals are composed of tiles made in Portugal. Here is a picture that shows a little more detail.
If the inside can be transformed in the same way, it will be a very impressive church.

16 February 2015

Ash Wednesday

There will be blessing and imposition of Ashes followed by Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 6pm on Wednesday 18th February at St Wiklfrid's Church in York.