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 Missa Cantata
Church of St Wilfrid, Duncombe Place, York. YO1 7EF

Feast Days (as advertised) usually at 6pm.

5pm. 1st Saturdays. Sung Mass.
St Mary's Church, Bishophill Junior, York. YO1 6EN

Other Masses as advertised, usually at 6.30pm.


4pm. Every Sunday
Church of St Wilfrid, Duncombe Place, York. YO1 7EF

Vespers & Compline as advertised (see link to the Rudgate Singers Calendar below)
St Mary's Church, Bishophill Junior. YO1 6EN

16 October 2019

Latin Masses in Hull

There is some excellent news from Hull.  The following extract is taken from the newsletter of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Peter Chanel, where Fr Massie is the Parish Priest.

After Pope Benedict confirmed that every priest had permission to celebrate Mass using the pre-1969 Rite, often called the ‘Tridentine Rite’ now the ‘Extraordinary Form’, Bishop Drainey arranged for it to be available in the main areas of the Diocese. It is now celebrated weekly at the University Chaplaincy every Thursday evening at 7.30pm. It will seem very unfamiliar in some aspects to anyone under the age of 65. There is plenty of information available on line and a brief explanation will be given before each Mass.

Fr Massie has recently been joined by the newly ordained Fr Peter Taylor who is now the Chaplain to Hull University.  It is particularly gratifying that this newly introduced Thursday Mass takes place in the University Chaplaincy, which is next door to the church. Although I understand that it is Fr Massie who will be saying the Mass, the fact that the Mass is in the Chaplaincy surely indicates that it is being provided for the benefit of University students as much as the parish.

I have been campaigning for years to get Latin Masses into our University Chaplaincies, with little success until now.  So I am delighted to hear this news.  So far as I know, Cambridge and Bristol are the only other Universities where the Latin Mass is offered in University Chaplaincies.

We do know for sure that the traditional form of the Mass is popular with young people.  There are several students from York University who attend the Latin Mass at St Wilfrid's in York, and these include most of the serving team.

30 September 2019

Pontifical Low Mass in Gateshead

It has been announced that Bishop Robert Byrne Cong Orat will be celebrating a Pontifical Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the Church of St Joseph in Gateshead.  This is the church where Fr Michael Brown is the Parish Priest.

Bishop Byrne, the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, will be celebrating the Mass at 12 noon on Sunday 8th December.  Although a Low Mass, it will include motets sung by the Westland Singers.

19 September 2019

Fr Drew's Last Mass in Hedon

Fr Drew will be leaving Hedon shortly to return to Liverpool and his last Latin Mass at the Church of St Mary and St Joseph in Hedon will be on Saturday 21st September at 4pm.

Fr Drew has not been enjoying good health recently, and I understand that he is due to have an operation.  I am sure that all who have attended Fr Drew's Mass will want to wish him a speedy recovery.

10 September 2019

Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered according to the Usus Antiquior in honour of The Most Holy Name of Mary, Thursday the 12th of September at 6.30 pm in St Mary's Church, Bishophill Junior, York. This will be a Sung Mass. Confessions from 6.00 pm.

21 August 2019

Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered in honour of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the Usus Antiquior at 6.30 pm on Thursday 22nd of August at St Mary's Church, Bishophill Junior. Confessions from 6.00 pm.

19 August 2019


Next Sunday, I will be in Walsingham with the Latin Mass Society's annual walking pilgrimage.  Although I will not be walking the 57 miles from Ely to Walsingham, which takes three days, I do hope to join the pilgrims on the final stretch.

There will be a Solemn Mass in the Basilica at Horton St Giles at 2pm on Sunday 25th August, followed by a procession along the Holy Mile when the Rosary will be sung.  There will be further devotions at the site of the holy house within the Abbey grounds which will conclude before 4pm.

I have made this annual pilgrimage for about 15 years, and it is, in my view, the finest pilgrimage on offer.  I strongly recommend it.

Paul Waddington.

Fr Mark Drew

Please pray for Fr Mark Drew.  He was unable to say the Latin Mass at Hedon on Sunday 11th August due to his being unwell, and he does not know whether he will recover enough to say The September Mass.  After that, he is due to move to Liverpool.

10 August 2019

St Margaret Clitherow Pilgrimage, York

This year's pilgrimage in honour of St Margaret Clitherow will take place in York on Saturday 31st August.  There will be a procession setting off from the Bar Convent at 10.45am.  It will pause at various places for prayers including Ouse Bridge (the place of St Margaret's execution) and The Shambles (her former home and now shrine).

There will be a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form, followed by Benediction at 12noon in St Wilfrid's Church.

Feast of Our Lady of York.

Thursday 22nd August is the Feast of Our Lady of York.  There will be a Latin Mass at 8am in the Lady Chapel of St Wilfrid's Church in York.

05 August 2019

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

There will be a Mass according to the Usus Antiquior at 6.30 pm. on Tuesday the 6th of August at St Mary's Church, Bishophill Junior. Confessions at 6.00 pm and after Mass, the usual refreshments.