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
Thursday, 29th June is the Feast of St Peter and St Paul, and a Holyday of Obligation. There will be a sung Mass at 6pm in the Church of St Wilfrid in York. Since it is the end of the University term, the choral scholars have officially dispersed for the summer. However, the Tenor and the Bass will be around to sing a Mass for two voices.
The Latin Mass Society will be holding its annual Walsingham Pilgrimage over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. For the more energetic, it will start on the Thursday evening (24th August) in Ely. The following morning after an early Mass, the pilgrims will start the 56 mile walk to Walsingham, arriving around mid day on the Sunday.For those walking, accommodation is in halls (for women) or camping (for men). BOOKINGS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN. SEE MAIN LMS WEBSITE.
Those not wishing to undertake the long walk can travel to Walsingham independently for Solemn Mass at the shrine basilica in on Sunday at 2pm. This will be followed by walking the Holy Mile and devotions at the Abbey ruins. FULL DETAILS ON THE LMS WEBSITE.
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon will be ordaining two members of the Priestly Society of St Peter to the Priesthood on Saturday 17th June at St Mary's Church in Warrington. They are Deacons Alex Stewart, FSSP and Krzysztof Sanetra, FSSP. The programme for the day is as follows:
11am Priestly ordination of Deacons Alex Stewart, FSSP and Krzysztof Sanetra, FSSP by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool (no booking needed)
·1:30pm Refreshments in Priory Garden – while First Blessings are given by the new priests
·2pm Buffet Lunch at nearby venue (no booking needed)
·5pm Solemn Vespers
These will be the first ordinations in the Extraordinary Form to take place in England or Wales for about 50 years, so it is a significant occasion for all interested in the traditional movement. Everybody is welcome, although early arrival is recommended to be assured of a seat in the church.
Thursday 15th June is the Feast of Corpus Christi. There will be a Sung Latin Mass at St Wilfrid's Church in York at 6pm. This will be one of the last opportunities before the summer recess to hear the choral scholars in action.
The pilgrimage is on Saturday (29th April), starting at 1.30pm with Solemn Mass at St Wilfrid's Church, York . The Music will be Haydn's Little Organ Mass provided by the Music Scholars and Schola of St Wilfrid's Church. The Procession will set off at approx 3pm and return to St Wilfris's for Benediction at about 3.45pm,
Tea will be provided after Benediction. Contributions of cakes or biscuits would be appreciated,
I have been informed of of this day of Eucharistic Adoration and Prayer for York at St Wilfrid's Church in York on Friday 23rd June. The church will be open from 8am until 10pm with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament throughout. There will be Novus Ordo Mass at 12.10pm and a Sung Extraordinary Form Mass at 6pm followed by Musical Oratory, candlelit adoration and procession. The day will end with Benediction,
The Catholic Herald gives some figures for Receptions into the Catholic Church in the USA. It lists the numbers received during 2017 Easter Vigils in six US dioceses or archdioceses as follows:
Los Angeles 2694
Galveston- Houston 2375
It is not clear whether these are the top six dioceses for Receptions, or whether they are the dioceses for which figures are readily available. The total for the six dioceses is 8990, and when one considers that there are about 200 dioceses in the USA, the figure for the nation as a whole must surely exceed 100,000.
I understand that the equivalent figure for England and Wales is in the region of 3,000, so the six listed US dioceses has about three times as many Receptions as the whole of England and Wales. To make a proper comparison, one would need to know the Catholic population of these dioceses, but , at first sight, it would seem that the USA is rather better at attracting converts.
This year's pilgrimage in honour of St Margaret Clitherow and the Martyrs of York will take place on Saturday 29th April. It will commence with a Solemn Mass at 1.30pm in the Church of St Wilfrid in York. This will be followed by a procession through the streets of York carrying a statue of Margaret Clitherow. It will pass through The Shambles, the place where she lived, and visit Ouse Bridge, the place of her execution, returning to St Wilfrid's Church for Benediction at around 4pm.
The well respected Choral Scholars of the York Oratory (in formation) will be singing at both the Mass and at Benediction.
This pilgrimage has become one of the major events in the world of traditional Catholicism in England and Wales, and attracts large numbers of pilgrims. It also makes a considerable impact in the City of York. Please make a note of the date and support the event.
Due to the unavailability of Mgr Heslin, the Sunday Masses at Redcar are suspended until further notice, Please pray for the speedy recovery of Mgr Heslin who has undergone an operation fo the removal of a cancer.
Ash Wednesday falls this year on the first Wednesday of March and so there will be a an Ash Wednesday Mass in Hull. Ashes will be distributed at this Mass, which is at 6.30pm on Wednesday 1st March at St Charles' Church in Hull. The celebrant will be Fr Drew.
Last week, I attended a talk given by Fr James Mawdsley FSSP at the Church of St Mary in Warrington. Before training for the priesthood at Wigratzbad in Germany, Fr Mawdsley was a preominent human rights activist, with a special interest in the oppressed ethnic minority communities in Burma (or Myanmar). As a result of his campaign of protests, he had spent the best part of two years in prison in Burma in the 1990s.
Fr Mawdsley has just returned from a fortnight in Burma, when he travelled extensively in the country visiting Catholic shrines schools, orphanages and churches. He was also able to distribute some money to good causes. The talk gave an insight into Catholic life in Burma, and I was surprised to discover that there were so many Catholics in the country.
The Catholic population is estimated as being between 500.000 and 800,000, and is growing steadily. Fr Mawdsley thought the latter figure to be the more accurate. That is around one and a half percent of the total population. Most Burmese are Buddhists, with the next largest group being Animists.
There are some large and impressive churches and cathedrals, although many of the churches are very small and sometimes very basic buildings. Apparently there is a good supply of priests, although the number of young men entering seminaries has declined in recent years. Fr Mawdsley was able to celebrate the traditional Mass every day, and said that he was warmly welcomed everywhere that he went. He said that the Burmese were very impressed that he, and the seminarian who was his travelling companion, wore the cassock. That practice has almost completely died out in Burma. He also found that many of the young priests were interested in the Latin Mass, and would be keen to learn to say it if they had the opportunity. I immediately thought that the decline in priestly vocations might be reversed by the introduction of one ofthetraditional orders into the country.
My hope is that it may be possible for the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter to establish an appostolate in Burma before too long. From what Fr Mawdsley had to say, it would seem that the Catholic community out there would welcome such a move.