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 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
I recently read on the website of the Diocese of East Anglia that they currently have 8 seminarians training for the priesthood. In addition, one new student is due to start training later this year, and another next year. In addition to these, there are said to be 10 "nibblers" (expressions of interest).
Considering that East Anglia is a relatively small diocese, these numbers look impressive, especially when compared with similarly sized dioceses, such as our own Middlesbrough.
Looking at the website in a little more detail reveals that by the time that these 10 are ordained, about 20 of the existing clergy will have reached the age of 75, so the number of priests will continue to decline. Nevertheless, I suspect that East Anglia is doing better with vocations than any other diocese.
There was a good turnout last night for the Sung Mass at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Marton. There were about 20 in the congregation, which I thought was good for such a remotely located church. In addition, there were two servers, a chorister and a priest in choir, as well as the celebrant, Fr Mark Drew.
I was particularly pleased to see Fr Simon Leworthy, who had traveled from Bridlington to be in choir; and we are indebted to Mike Forbester who sang the propers of the feast. At the end, he sang the York version of the Salve Regina, which is considerably longer and more complicated than anything I am used to.