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. Missa Cantata
St Mary's Church, Bishophill Junior, York. YO1 6EN

Other Masses as advertised, usually at 6.30pm.

7.30pm Every Thursday. Low Mass.
University of Hull Catholic Chaplaincy
115 Cottingham Road, Hull. HU15 2DH

9am every Saturday. Low Mass
Sacred Heart Church, Park Road,
Middlesbrough TS5 6LD


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

Every Friday
Compline at 9pm
(see link to the Rudgate Singers Calendar below)
St Mary's Church, Bishophill Junior. YO1 6EN

26 January 2021

Sister Adorers Gain Five New Postulants


The Sister Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus have gained five new postulants. The five, who come from the United States, Venezuela, Mexico, Sp[ain and Germany,received the blue cape from the hands of Monsignor Giles Wach, the Prior General of the Order, on the Feast of the Holy Innocents.

Four of the postulants are seen here with Mgr Wach at the Noviciate of the Order in Naples.  Generally, postulants take the habit after a year, and spend three years as novices before becoming fully professed nuns.

The Sister Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus are contemplative nuns who are only partially enclosed.  Their principal work is providing support for the priests of the Institute of Christ the King Supreme Priest. They edo this in many ways including singing at Mass and the Office, making and repairing vestments and teaching in schools.  The Sisters have convents in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the USA and Preston in England.

05 January 2021

Masses to Continue During Lockdown


I have copied the following from the website of the York Oratory:

During the lockdown, public worship is still permitted. The rules for the national lockdown state,

"You can leave home to attend or visit a place of worship for communal worship."

There will be sung first Vespers for the Epiphany on Tuesday at 6pm

Epiphany Masses: 8.15am (EF Latin), 9.15am at St Joseph's, 12.10pm English Mass, 6pm EF Sung Latin Mass.

Our church will be open for Masses and services only as follows:

Sunday: Mass at 8.30am, 10.30am & 12 noon; Vespers & Benediction at 4pm.

(St Joseph's Saturday evening Mass at 5pm and Sunday morning at 9.30am)

Monday-Friday: EF Latin Mass at 8.15am; Exposition and Confession from 11.30am-12 noon; Mass at 12.10pm.

Saturday: EF Latin Mass at 9.15am; Exposition and Confession from 11.30am-12 noon; Mass at 12.10pm.

Holy Communion is given after Mass.

So opportunities to attend Mass will continue durinfg lockdown.  Please observe the rules and the directions of ushers.

06 December 2020

Midnight Mass in Hull

Midnight  Mass will be offered in the Extraordinary Form this Christmas at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Peter Chanel in Hull.  However, you will only be able to attend if you PREBOOK.  This can be done by telephoning 07591 582168 and stating the number in your family group (bubble) or the number who will be attending with social distancing.  You will also need to provide a telephone number.

03 December 2020

Masses at Catterick Barracks

Father David Smith has sent me the following information about the resumption of Masses at Catterick Barracks:

Thursdays 12noon Low Mass restarts on 3rd December (weekly).
Immaculate Conception (8th December) 12noon Low Mass.
Christmas Day (25 December) Low Mass (of the Dawn) 8am
St Stephen’s Day (26 December) Low Mass 10.30am
New Year’s Day (1st January) Low Mass 12noon

I understand that no particular formalities are required to gain access to the church which is in Hipswell Road West  The postcode is DL9 3DP.

27 November 2020

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Tuesday 8th December is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and there will be a Solemn Mass at 6pm at St Wilfrid's Church in York.  It will be preceded at 6pm on Monday 7th December by Solemn Vespers and Benediction. 

Resumption of Masses

 As from Thursday 3rd December, churches will reopen for public worship.  Here is a reminder of the Latin Masses available in the Diocese of Middlesbrough.

           Thursdays       7.30pm       Our Lady & St Peter Chanel, Hull.

           Mon to Fri       8.15am        St Wilfrid, York.      Low Mass

           Saturdays         9.15am        St Wilfrid, York       Low Mass

           Sundays           12noon        St Wilfrid, York.      Missa Cantata

16 November 2020

Where Our Readers Reside

 Here are some figures for then readership of this blog during the last 12 months.  You will see that the United States is way out at the top of the list.  What is perhaps more surprising is that Russia comes in at third place.

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Mass Suspended Because it is Too Popular

The Winter issue of Mass of Ages has been published, and it includes a good number of news items.  One that caught my eye concerns Prinknash Abbey in the Diocese of Clifton.  For some years, a Latin Mass has been offered at Prinknash Abbey on Saturdays and due to demand, this became a Sunday Mass.

Of course, this Mass was suspended during the first lockdown, but resumed when the restrictions were eased.  However, the Mass proved so popular that the numbers wishing to attend could not be accommodated, especially with social distancing.  Consequently, the Mass had to be suspended again, this time because it was too popular!

10 November 2020

Female Religious Vocations in America

 I found this bit of information by chance.

It would be interesting to know the equivalent figures for England.

07 November 2020

Gregorius Magnus


Readers may remember that some months ago, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sent a questionaire to all the bishops of the world seeking information on the implementation of Summorum Pontificum in their dioceses.  There is no official news on the outcome of this survey, although the rumour is that the level of hostility amongst the bishops of the world  has turned out to be less than many people expected.  

Although the questionaire was intended to be sectet, the text of it was leaked, and the International Federation, Una Voce, decided to conduct its own survey via its members throughout the world.  Reports were gathered from 368 dioceses in 56 countries and consolidated into a single document.  This document has now been published in the magazine Gregorius Magnus, which can be read over the internet.  It makes interesting reading.