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

19 October 2017

Priestly Ordinations in France

I have recently come across some statistics about priestly ordinations in France.  These figures are for diocesan ordinations only, and exclude all traditional and religious orders.

What I was not aware of, is the increasing practice in France of diocesan priests being ordained according to Extraordinary Form rites.  The following figures cover the years 2010 to 2015, and so are not fully up to date.

Year           OF                   EF                   Total

2010          96   (86%)       16   (14%)        112
2011        109   (88%)       18   (14%)        127
2012          97   (83%)       20   (17%)        117
2013          92   (88%)       12   (12%)        104
2014          88   (83%)       18   (17%)        106
2015          68   (77%)       20   (23%)          88

Taking the six years together, about 16% of diocesan ordinations have been in the extraordinary Form.  The most noticeable feature of these figures is the downward trend in the numbers being ordained in the Ordinary Form.  Although there is no marked trend in the numbers being ordained in the Extraordinary Form, the trend in this percentage of EF ordinations is definitely upward.

As far as I am aware, there is no example in England and Wales of any diocesan priest having been ordained in the EF in recent times, although Archbishop McMahon has ordained two FSSP priests, using the old liturgy.

A relatively new phenomenon in France is the bi-ritually trained diocesan priest.  I presume that most of these opt for ordination in the EF, and represent most of the EF ordinations enumerated above.

When one adds the ordinations of Frenchmen belonging to the FSSP, ICKSP and IBP into the mix, and also takes into account the traditional Benedictine and Augustinian monasteries in France, which are prospering, the proportion of ordinations in the Extraordinary Form is quite impressive, probably 40% at the present time.

16 October 2017

Mass in Hull - November

There will be no Latin Mass at St Charles Church in Hull on Wednesday 1st November.  This is because there will be a Solemn Mass at St Charles Church at 12.10pm on Saturday 4th November to mark the Feast of St Charles Borromeo.    There will be more about this in a future post.

13 October 2017

Traditional Convent to Open in Preston

It has recently been reported that the Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus Sovereign Priest, who form the female branch of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, are to open a convent in Preston, Lancashire.  They are to take over the former presbytery of the now demolished Church of St Augustine.  Here is a picture of the former presbytery, with the remains of St Augustine's Church in the background.

It was a large presbytery, and there is a sizable garden behind the wall in the foreground.  

St Augustine's was one of several large Catholic Churches built in the central area of Preston in the nineteenth century.  The foundation stone of this classically designed church was laid in 1838, and it remained in use until 1984, when dry rot was discovered.  

By this time, much of Preston's population had moved to new housing estates in the suburbs, with the result that the central churches were heavily underused.  The discovery of dry rot was given as the reason for the immediate closure of the church, although it remained standing until 2004, when it was demolished, although its classical facade and the presbytery were preserved.    The site of the church is now part of Newman College, into which the classical facade has been incorporated.  The presbytery remained in occupation until 2015.  

Facade grafted to Newman College

It is now to have a new life as the home of the Sister Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus.  They are a non-cloistered order of contemplative nuns who will give support to the two churches in Preston served by the Institute of Christ the King.

Some of the Sisters with Mgr Wach

12 October 2017

Vocations in East Timor.

I have recently read that East Timor, which has a population of 1.3million people, is 97% Catholic.  There are currently 220 priests, which amounts to one priest to serve around 6,000 Catholics.   In the past East Timor has relied heavily on missionary priests supplemented by a few priests born in East Timor but educated elsewhere.  Things are beginning to change.

In the year 2000 a seminary was opened in Dili, and this has been supported by a junior seminary.  The junior seminary has been accepting 90 students each year, but has to turn away most of the 300 or so that apply.

This year a second junior seminary has opened that is able to accept 22 students.  Although a welcome development, further junior and major seminaries will be needed to satisfy the demand.  There is the potential for the number of priests to increase dramatically in the years to come.

02 October 2017

Mass in Hull

There will be a Low Mass in the extraordinary form at St Charles Church in Hull  at 6.30pm on Wednesday 4th October.  The celebrant will be Fr Peter Mulholland.

25 September 2017


Bishop Stock will be conferring the sacrament of Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form on Wednesday 23rd November at 7pm in the Church of St Joseph in Bradford.  Opportunities for Confirmation in the EF rarely occur in the northern dioceses, so this is an occasion not to be overlooked.

I suggest that candidates who have been properly prepared (or their parents) should contact St Joseph's Church (01274 720299).

22 September 2017

Church of St Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs, Preston

I shall be travelling to Preston on Sunday to attend a Pontifical Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael Campbell of the Diocese of Lancaster to mark the transfer of the Church of St Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs to the care of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.  It will become a shrine of the English Martyrs.

The Mass will be at 11.30, and the church is situated just to the north of the city centre on the Garstang Road.  The church was built and later extended by Edward Welby Pugin, son of the great AWN Pugin, and remains very much unchanged.

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I look forward to seeing the inside.

21 September 2017

Summorum Pontificum

I have recently returned from the Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage to Rome.  Although I travelled by myself, I was able to join about 2000 other pilgrims from all parts of the world for Mass in St Peter's Basilica last Saturday.

For me the pilgrimage started on the Thursday evening with Mass in the church of Santa Maria supra Minerva where Mgr Wach of the Institute of Christ the King was the celebrant and preacher.  I was not able to attend the the Way of the Cross on the Friday as it would have involved too much walking, so instead, I took the Metro to the basilica of San Giovanni and was able to join a guided tour.

I did, however, join the procession on the Saturday from the Chiesa Nuova to St Peter's.  In the afternoon, I visited the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.  On Sunday, I was able to attend Mass at the church belonging to the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter.  This was a Solemn Mass in the Dominican Rite, which was a new experience for me.

07 September 2017

The Future of the Anglicanism in Britain.

Every year since 1983, an organisation called the National Centre for Social Research has conducted its British Social Attitudes Survey.  In almost every year, it has included a question asking respondents about their religious affiliation.    The most conspicuous trend over the years has been the growth in the proportion of people who say that they do not associate themselves with any religious denomination.  They have grown from 31 percent in 1983 to 53 percent in 2016.

The proportion of the population who describe themselves as being Catholic has remained remarkably constant over the years, at around 9% -  the minor fluctuations being within the margins of statistical error.   Affiliation to the Church of England and other Anglican Churches (ie Scottish Episcopal Church and Church in Wales) has declined fairly consistently from 40% in 1983 to 15% in 2016.  Here are some sample figures:

          Year          Anglican/C of E           Catholic
          1983                  40                             10
          1987                  37                             10
          1991                  36                             10
          1995                  32                              9
          1999                  27                              9
          2003                  27                              9
          2007                  21                              9
          2011                  21                              9
          2015                  17                              9
          2016                  15                              9

I have projected these figures forward a few years.  Although making such predictions is a risky business, the trends are so clear that I am fairly confident about making them.  The figures look like this:

          2017                 14                              8
          2018                 13                              8
          2019                 12                              8
          2020                 11                              8
          2021                 10                              8
          2022                  9                               8
          2023                  8                               8

This would indicate that the Catholic Church will overtake the Anglican Churches as the largest denomination around the year 2023.

Unfortunately, I cannot reproduce the graphical representation here, but I can assure you that it is very convincing.

05 September 2017

Our Lady of Fatima

The national pilgrimage statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be visiting St Wilfrid's Church in York between 11th and 13th September.

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As part of the programme of events, there will be an Extraordinary Form Mass at 6pm on Tuesday 12th September.  Relics of the visionaries, St Jacinta and St Francesco, will be present for veneration.