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 MissaCantata at Church of St Wilfrid, Duncombe Place, York. YO1 7EF

11:30am. (Winter months) 6pm. (Summer months) Every Sunday Church of the Sacred Heart, Lobster Road, Redcar. TS10 1SH

6.30pm First Wednesday of each month at Church of St Charles, Jarratt St. Hull. HU1 3HB


6pm. Every Sunday Church of St Wilfrid.
Duncombe Place, York. YO1 7EF

21 May 2016

News from the USA

Rorate Caeli reports that the Bishop of Manchester in New Hampshire, Rt Rev Peter A Libasci, has handed over the church of St Stanislaus in Nashua to the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter to become a personal parish for those who adhere to the traditional form of the Mass.  Originally built to serve the Polish community, the church was incorporated into another parish several years ago, since when it has been little used, with the prospect of closure and demolition never far away.

A diocesan press release states:

 'Since coming here in 2011, I have heard from many Catholics who have a deep affection for the traditional liturgical forms of the pre-Vatican II era,' said Bishop Libasci. 'Consistent with that desire I am happy to announce the opening of this parish, dedicated to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, as suggested by Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, issued Motu Proprio in 2007.'

It should be noted that Bishop Libasci has actually created a personal parish, in contrast to the developments in England, where churches have been handed over to traditional orders in New Brighton, Preston and Warrington to become shrine churches.  In fact, the FSSP have charge of more than 30 parishes in the USA.

Whilst we must be very grateful to the bishops in England and Wales who have established shrine churches for the use of the traditional orders, matters have progressed a lot further in America, where the traditional orders have been put in charge of personal parishes in many dioceses.

Congratulations are due to Bishop Libasci and all the other bishops of the USA who have been so welcoming to the to the traditional orders.

19 May 2016

Corpus Christi

Thursday 26th May is the feast of Corpus Christi.  There will be a sung Mass at 6pm in the church of St Wilfrid in York.

There will also be a Mass at 7pm at the Church of the Holy Sacrament at Marton.

Pilgrimage to Holywell

The annual pilgrimage pilgrimage to Holywell organised by the Latin Mass Society will take place this year on Sunday 3rd July.  Solemn Mass will be celebrated by Canon Scott Tanner ICKSP at 2.30pm in the Church of St Winefride in Holywell, and that will be followed be a procession down the hill to the holy well, where there will be veneration of the relic.  The day concludes with Benediction.

This is a very long established pilgrimage in the Latin Mass Society, and has in the past attracted large crowds.

18 May 2016

On Line Baptism

According to the Daily Telegraph, the General Synod of the Church of Scotland will be holding a meeting next week, at which a proposal that baptisms might in future be conducted on line.  That is without any need for the candidate to attend a church.  Is it any surprise that the Church of Scotland is declining rapidly?

09 May 2016

And Now Bournmouth to get Oratory

Hard on the heels of the Cardiff Oratory announcement is news that there is also to be an Oratory at Bournmouth.  Bishop Egan will be making the very fine church of the Sacred Heart in the centre of Bournmouth available for yet another Oratory project.

This brings to four the number of new Oratories that have that have been announced in the last few years.  These Oratories in formation  are at Manchester, York, Cardiff and Bournmouth.  There are also fully formed Oratories in Birmingham, London and Oxford.

It seems that Oratories are in the vanguard when it comes to the re-evangelisation of England and Wales.

07 May 2016

Cardiff to get Oratory

Fr Michael Brown of Gateshead Revisited, has posted information about the formation of yet another Oratory in Cardiff.  It seems as if it is to based around the University Chaplaincy.

This story has taken a little while to come to the surface,  According to Fr Brown, Archbishop Stack gave permission for the formation of an Oratory in the Archdiocese back on 11th February, and a formal decree was granted by the Confederation of Oratories on 22nd March.  On 29th April the two founding members of the community were clothed, and it seems that it was at this point that the venture was made public.

The community consists of Fr Sebastian Jones and Br Ambrose Jackson.   Fr Sebastian is better known to many of us as Fr Gareth Jones who has been a strong supporter of the Latin Mass.

As at York, the new venture will be an "Oratory in Formation" until such time as as the community grows in size and can demonstrate its stability.

03 May 2016


No Mass at Marton this week.

The next Mass at the church of the Most Holy Sacrament at Marton will be on the feast of Corpus Christi.

01 May 2016

Masses This Week

There will be the usual monthly Latin Mass at St Charles Church in Hull at 6.30pm this Wednesday, 4th May.

On Thursday, being the Feast of the Ascension, there will be Latin Masses at 6pm in St Wilfrid's Church in York and 7.30pm at the Church of the Most Holy Sacrament at Marton.

27 April 2016

Margaret Clitherow Pilgrimage

A reminder that the pilgrimage in honour of St Margaret Clitherow and the Martyrs of York will take place next Saturday 30th April.

Solemn Mass will be at 1.30pm at St Wilfrid's Church followed by the procession at 3pm and Benediction at 4pm.

22 April 2016

Walsingham Pilgrimage

Every year, the Latin Mass Society organises a Pilgrimage to Walsingham.  In recent years it has taken place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, and has been extended to become a walking pilgrimage starting at Ely and progressing to Walsingham over three days. This year, pilgrims will gather at Ely on the evening of Thursday 25th August and arrive at the Walsingham shrine at lunchtime on the Sunday in time for Mass at 2pm.  The Latin Mass Society is now taking bookings for the 2016 pilgrimage. Bookings can be made on line at the LMS website.

Those wishing just to attend the Solemn Mass and procession on the Sunday can do so by travelling direct to Walsingham.  Since parking near the Slipper Chapel can be difficult on a Bank Holiday weekend, plenty of time should be allowed.