The Latin Mass Society RC Diocese of Middlesbrough
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.
REGULAR TRADITIONAL MASSES IN THE DIOCESE OF MIDDLESBROUGH
12 Noon. Every Sunday Church of St Wilfrid, Duncombe Place, York. YO1 7EF
11:30am Every Sunday Church of the Sacred Heart, Lobster Road, Redcar. TS10 1SH
A reminder that there will be a Latin Mass at 6.30pm at the church of St Charles in Hull on Wednesday 3rd June. Last month, there was a congregation of about 30, which was pretty good. let's see whether we can beet that. The celebrant will be Fr Peter Mulholland.
I heard on the radio that the Bank of England is seeking suggestions as to whose image to put on the new £20 note. They ate looking for someone representing the visual arts. I immediately thought of the Catholic architect, Augustus Welby Pugin. Later I noticed that on Fr Henry's blog, the same suggestion has been made. There could be quite a head of steam behind a Pugin nomination. If you think this is a good idea, go to the Bank of England website and vote for Pugin. Fr Henry has a link that takes you straight there.
Last Wednesday's Low Mass at St Charles' church in Hull was attended by a congregation of about 30. We were able to use the High Altar because the sacristan had arranged for the forward altar to be lifted out of the way before Mass, and for a platform to be placed in front of the original High altar to replace the top step which has been removed at some point. Members of the congregation helped to lift the forward altar back to its place on the steps after Mass. This arrangement worked well, and was far better than the alternative of using one of the side chapels, which have no benches in front of them.
The celebrant was Fr Peter Mulholland, and his next Latin Mass will be on Wednesday 3rd June at 6.30pm in St Charles Church.
On Sunday 17th May, Bishop Drainey will be present at all Masses in St Wilfrid's Church in York, as part of his visitation of the parish. I am sure that he will be taking note of the numbers present in the congregation at each Mass.
The congregation at the Sunday mid-day Latin Mass has been growing slowly in recent months. It is to be hoped that there will be an impressive number for the bishop's visitation.
The pilgrimage in honour of St Margaret Clitherow and the Martyrs of York will take place on Saturday 9th May at St Wilfrid's Church in York. It will start with Solemn Mass at 1.30pm which will be followed by a procession through the streets of York and will end with Benediction back at St Wilfrid's Church.
Starting on Wednesday 6th May, there will be a regular monthly Latin Mass at 6.30pm in the Church of St Charles in Hull. The usual celebrant will be Fr Peter Mulholland. Please spread the word about this Mass, which will be on the First Wednesday of each month.
I have recently returned from the priest and server training conference held at Prior Park College in Bath. Regrettably there were not many priests from England and Wales at the conference, but the numbers were made up with priests from Scotland, Poland and even one from St Lucia in the Caribbean. There were, however, two English seminarians, one of whom is a deacon and will shortly be ordained a priest. He worked particularly hard at learning the older form of the Mass, because he wants to be proficient by the time of his ordination this summer. So long as we have young men like him passing through the seminaries, we can take encouragement that the Latin Mass will be around for another generation.
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.
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.