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
York Oratory (
Church of St Wilfrid)
Duncombe Place, York. YO1 7EF

8:15am Monday-Friday
9:15am Saturday

Feast Days (as advertised) usually at 6pm.

Church of St Andrew, Fabian Road, Teesville. TS6 9BA

3pm Sunday.

Church of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Peter Chanel
119 Cottingham Road, Hull. HU5 2DH
7.30pm Every Thursday. Low Mass.


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

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

29 May 2023

Feast of Corpus Christi

 Due to the unavailability of Fr Massie, there will be NO Latin Mass in Hull on the Feast of Corpus Christi.

There will, however, be a Sung Latin Mass at the York Oratory at 6pm.

25 May 2023

Feast of St Philip Neri


Pilgrimage in Honour of St Margaret Clitherow and the Martyrs of York

 This is advance notice of a major pilgrimage.

The annual pilgrimage in honour of St Margaret Clitherow and the Martyrs of York will take place on Monday 28th August (August Bank Holiday).

Pilgrims are invited to assemble at the Bar Convent in Blossom Street from 10am onwards.  Devotions will begin at 10.30am in the convent chapel, with the procession setting off from outside the convent at 10.45am.  The procession will visit Ouse Bridge (the place of Margaret Clitherow's execution) before moving on to the Shambles, where she lived.  There will be a Sung Mass at noon in St Wilfrid's Church.

This photograph was taken in 2012 when Bishop Drainey lead the pilgrimage.

18 May 2023

Biggest Ever Chartres Pilgrimage

The organisers of the Chartres Pilgrimage, which takes place over the Whitsun weekend, have been forced to close registrations 15 days before the commencement of the event, due to an unprecedented number of applications.  A limit of 16,000 pilgrims has been applied for practical reasons.

The size of the pilgrimage has grown steadily in recent years, but applications for the 2023 pilgrimage have shown an unprecedented 33% leap.

Pilgrims from 22 countries will be taking part, including about 300 priests and religious.  In the past, the Chartres Pilgrimage has been very much a youth movement, with the average age of pilgrims being about 20.  However, this year's registrations have seen a surge in adult participants, with many more families taking part.

This picture, taken some years ago shows some of the British pilgrims.

16 May 2023

Feast of the Ascension

 Thursday 18th May is the Feast of the Ascension, a Holyday of Obligation.

There will be a Sung Latin Mass at 6pm in the York Oratory.  There will also be a Low Mass in Latin at 7.30pm in the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Peter Chanel in Hull.

08 May 2023

First Masses

This coming weekend, there will be two First Masses offered by newly ordained priests of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

On Saturday 13th May at 10am Canon Liam Dodd will offer his first Solemn Mass at the Church of Ss. Peter, Paul and Philomena in New Brighton.

The following day, Sunday 14th May, Canon Michael McCowan will be offering his first Solemn Mass at the Church of St Walburge in Preston.

Canons Dodd and McCowan are shown below on the day of their ordination, flanked by two oither priests of the Institute ordained the same day.

Pilgrimage in Honour of the English Martyrs

The annual pilgrimage in honour of the English Martyrs will take place in Preston on Saturday 13th May,

Pilgrims should assemble at 12 noon at St Walburge's Church, Weston Street, PR2 2QE.  |After prayers in the church, the procession with relics and banners will set off for the Church of St Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs in Garstang Road, PR1 1NA, where  a Solemn Mass will be offered at 1pm (approx).

After Mass, there will be veneration of relics.  Refreshments will be served in the English Martyrs' hall.

The pilgrimage will be led by the Canons of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, which has custody of both these churches.  The Church of St Walburge was designed for the Jesuits by Joseph Hansom and opened in 1854.  It has the highest steeple of any parish church in England.  The Church of St Thomas of Canterbury was designed Edward Pugin and was opened four years later.  It is one of his finest works.

Here is a picture of la\st year's pilgrimagde.

29 April 2023

Latin Mass Restricted in Glasgow

The Archbishop of Glasgow, Most Reverend William Nolan, announced that as from 1st May 2023 Latin Masses will no longer be celebrated at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Balornock, which which is a housing estate on the northern fringes of Glasgow. The parish priest is Fr Mark Morris, who has done a great deal to promote the Latin Mass in one of the most socially deprived areas of Glasgow.   In 2019, the Immaculate Heart Church hosted a Pontifical High Mass with Cardinal Raymond Burke at the throne.

Latin Masses continue in the Archdiocese at St Brigid’s Church in Toryglen at 9.30am on Sundays. Toryglen is housing estate on the southern fringes of Glasgow, which, like Balornock, has many high rise tenements developed in the 1960s.

The statement issued by Archbishop Nolan states that the authorities in Rome have given permission for the 1962 Latin Mass to be celebrated at St Brigid’s in Toryglen, which will be the sole venue for such Masses in the Archdiocese. This would imply that, in accordance with the Rescripta of February, Archbishop Nolan applied to Rome for permission to continue Latin Masses at both churches, but that it was only given was only given for one location.

The Archbishop thanked Fr Morris for the care he had shown for the Latin Mass community at Immaculate Heart of Mary, and acknowledged that many would be disappointed that they will have to travel to another parish.

25 April 2023

Latin Masses continue in the Diocese of Middlesbrough

I am happy to report that Latin Masses will be continuing at all three venues in the Middlesbrough Diocese.  Following the Rescripta issued by Cardinal Roche of the Dicastery for Divine Worship in February, Bishop Drainey sought permission for all the Latin Masses offered in the Diocese of Middlesbrough to continue.  A positive response has now been received.

At the York Oratory, the Sung Masses at noon on Sundays will continue, as well as the the Low Masses at 8.15am Mondays to Fridays and the 9.15 am Mass on Saturdays.

At the Church of St Andrew in Teesville, a Low Mass will continue on Sundays at 3pm.

At the Church of Our Lady and St Peter Chanel in Hull, the Low Masses will continue on Thursdays at 7.30pm.

Thew arrangements are to be reviewed in two years.