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

15 May 2021

Church of St Charles in Hull

I attended the Latin Mass held on the Feast of the Ascension at St Charles' Church in Hull.  According to my count, the congregation numbered 41, which I thought was good.

A great deal of money has been spent on the church recently to repair the roof, which had been leaking for years, and causing further damage. The exterior of the church is now looking well, but it is evident that there is plenty more work to be done on the inside.  Much of the plaster in the side aisles is decayed and falling away.

The parish priest, Fr Benfield, said to me that he thought that it was the perfect setting for the Latin Mass.  

It is a fine church, with very elaborate decorations in the centre of Hull.  Let us hope that the money can be found to fully restore it, and that there will be many more Latin Masses there.

11 May 2021

Feast of the Ascension

Thursday 13th May is the Feast of the Ascension.  There will be a Latin Mass at the Church of St Charles Borromeo in Hull at 7.30 pm.  It will be offered by Fr William Massie.

There will also be a Sung Mass at 6pm at the York Oratory.

05 May 2021

Walsingham Pilgrimmage

After a break of a year due to COVID, the Latin Mass Society will be resuming its annual walking pilgrimage to Walsingham over the August bank holiday weekend.  Solemn Mass is offered each day, and the Rosary is recited (or sung) as the pilgrims walk the route.  The final Mass will take place at the Walsingham Shrine at on Sunday 29th.

Pilgrims planning to walk the 57 miles from Ely to Walsingham should assemble in Ely on the evening of Thursday 26th August.  Ladies are provided with overnight accommodation in halls at points along the route, whilst men are expected to camp.

Anyone wishing to take part in the walking pilgrimage must register before the event.  This can be done on the main website of the Latin Mass Society.

For those who do not feel able to make the long walk, an alternative is to make a day pilgrimage by gathering at the Walsingham Shrine for Mass at 2pm on the Sunday.  This will be followed by a procession along the Holy Mile and conclude around 5pm with Devotions at the site of the Holy House.  No registration is required for day pilgrims.

17 April 2021

Convent in Ardee


Further to the previous post, the Institute of Christ the King paid 925,000 euros for the convent in Ardee.  To do this they had to borrow 600,000 euros, which they need to pay back.  There is a Go Fund Me page and other ways of making donations for the project on the Irish site of the Institute, and they are appealing for donations.  Over 1,500 euros were raised in the first three days of the appeal, so a good start has been made.

Considering the size of the building, and the amount of land associated with it, the Institute have got good value for money.  Here are some photographs.

Not surprisingly, the Institute are appealing for funds so that they can repay the debt.  There is a Go Fund Me page and there are other ways of of making a donation on the Irish website of the ICKSP.  In the first hree days of the appeal, 1,500 euros were raised on Go Fund Me, so that is a good start.

16 April 2021

Institute of Christ the King Purchase Convent in Ireland.


The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest has purchased a Convent in the town of Ardee which is about 40 miles north of Dublin.  The Sister Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus, the female branch of the Order, will be moving into the Convent later this year.  It is a truly beautiful building with its own chapel, and set in 10 acres of land, and was formerly owned by the Sisters of Mercy.

15 March 2021

Catholic Chaplaincy to the University of York


It has been announced that Bishop Terence Drainey has appointed Fr Richard Duffield CO to be the Chaplain to the University of York from the start of the next acedemic year.  Although the appointment is a few months away, it is very welcome news.  In recent years, the chaplaincy has been in the hands of the Carmelite Order, and the chaplains (there have been several) have not generally been sympathetic towards the Latin Mass.  Indeed some have been noticeably hostile.  

Since the Oratorians have been at St Wilfrid's Church in York, significant numbers of York University students have been attending the Latin Masses offered at the Oratory, which is evidence that the Latin Mass has widespread appeal amongst University students and young folk of that age.  I am sure that the appointment of Fr Duffield will be much welcomed amongst a large section of the students.Here is a picture of the Chaplaincy building:

Friday 19th March Feast of St Joseph


Friday 19th March is the Feast of St Joseph in this year dedicated to St Joseph.  There will be a Solemn Mass at 6pm on that day at St Wilfrid's Church in York.  The Music will be Byrd's Mass for Three Voices.

In these days of lockdown, there are very few opportunities to hear a polyphonic Mass, so Byrd's three part setting, which is particularly beautiful, is something not to be missed.

There will also be First Vespers followed by Benediction for the Feast of St Joseph at 6pm on Thursday 18th March.  

09 March 2021

Institute of Christ the King to Take Over Another Church

The Bishop of Plymouth, Mark O'Toole, has announced that the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is to take over a church in Torquay.  It is the Church of the Holy Angels, a relatively modest sized church that was built in the 1930's and located in a residential area of Chelston.  The existing Parish Priest will be retiring shortly and the parish will be merged with the much larger Church of the Assumption, which is located in another part of Torquay.  Although there will continue to be some provision for Novus Ordo Masses at the Holy Angels Church, The Institute will offer daily Latin Masses, as well as the Office and other devotions.

Unlike the large churches of the ICKSP in Preston and New Brighton, the Holy Angels Church was built to a modest budget and is not a great piece of architecture.  Neither is it a conspicuous building, being in a side street in a residential area.  Nevertheless, the interior is quite attractive, with a Romanesque sanctuary arch flanked by two smaller arches. These are supported on round Classical columns.

27 February 2021

Quotation of the Week


"There may be traditionalist groups, but we also have them here in the Vatican. That can be cured".

Apparently this is one of the things that Pope Francis said when he addressed representatives of the Catholic News Service.  Referring to traditionalism as a "disruptive factor", he also said:

"A divided church is not the Church, it is not the true Church." 

25 February 2021

A Glimpse into the Future


Paix Liturgique, the French organisation that campaigns for the traditional Mass has published an interview with Christian Marquant, in which he describes some research that he has conducted into vocations for the traditional priesthood.  

You should go to the website of Paix Liturgique to find the details, but here is a summary of how these vocations are distributed across the world.  The figures relate to the numbers of young men who are taking part in some form of Propaedeutic year or formal preliminary year in preparation for entering a seminary.

United States               57

France                          33

Brazil                           16

Germany                      10

Argentina                       7

England                          6

Portugal                          5

Philippines                      5

Spain                               5

Ireland                             4

Switzerland                      4

Canada                             4

Australia                           4

Poland                               4

Niceragua                          4

Nigeria                               3

Dominican Republic          3

Mexico                               2

Hungary                             2

Italy                                   2

Czech Republic                 2

Gabon                               2

Korea                                2

India                                 2

Columbia                         1

Costa Rica                       1

Cuba                                1

Austria                             1

Belgium                           1

Lebenon                           1

Malta                               1

Rumania                          1

Slavakia                           1

Wales                               1

Angola                             1

Benin                               1

Cameroons                      1

Congo Brazaville            1

Congo Kinshassa            1

Ghana                             1

Kenya                             1

China                             1

New Zealand                 1

Vietnam                        1

Christian Marquant points out that his research is not complete, and may contain some errors.  Also, There is no guarantee that all these candidates will become ordained priests.

Nevertheless, it indicates the geographical spread of interest in the Traditional Mass, even in countries where it is currently not available.