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

28 February 2024

Triduum Cancelled in Diocese of Westminster


The Latin Mass Society has issued a press release (reproduced below) about the Archbishop of Wstminster refusing peremission for the celebration of the sacred services of  Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday in the Diocese of Westminster.  This is despite these services having taken place in the diocese fcor almost 30 years.

It is interesting to note that the Archbishop states that his decision is "for trhe sake of the wider provision", although it is difficult to understand how the wider provision is affected by having the services in their ancient form at one locatiion.

26 January 2024


 Friday 2nd February is the Feast of thbe Purification, or Candlemas.  There will be a Sung Mass at the York Oratory at 6pm.  See previous post for the music.

Music at the York Oratory


Each month, the York Oratory publishes a list of the music to be usedat Sung Masses.  Here is the list for February.

04 January 2024

Feast of the Epiphany

Saturday 6th January is the Feast of thr Epiphany and a Holyday of Obligation.  There will be two Latin Masses at the York Oratory:

    9.15am             Low Mass asis usual on Saturdays

    12.10pm           High Mass with music by Mozart, Sheppard and Palistrina.

No doubt, having the 12.10pm Mass as a traditional Mass will introduce many new people to the Mass of Ages. 

29 November 2023

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception occurs on 8th December, and will be celebrated at the York Oratory with due celebrity.  There will be First Vespers on Thursday 7th Dev at 6pm: and on thre feast day itself there will a Low Mass at 8.15am and a SZolemn Mass at 6pm.

The Music is listed below.

11 November 2023

Dismissal of Bishop Strickland

The Vatican has announced that the Bishop of Tyler, Texas, Rt Rev Joseph Strickland, has been dismissed. The dismissal was made known in the following statement:

The Holy Father has removed Bishop Joseph E. Strickland from the pastoral governance of the diocese of Tyler, United States of America, and has appointed Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin as apostolic administrator of the same diocese, rendering it sede vacante.

The decision came after an apostolic visitation ordered by the Pope last June in the Diocese of Tyler, which was entrusted to two US bishops, Bishop Dennis Sullivan of Camden, and Bishop Emeritus Gerald Kicanas of Tucson.

No reason has been given for the dismissal, and no one has been able to point to any misdemenour on the part of the bishop, other than the accusation that  Bishop Strickland was undermining the authority of the Pope.  Bishop Strickloand has been a strong upholder of the Catholic Faith, and was well known as a defensor fidei.  

31 October 2023

Friday 3rd November

There will be a Sung Requiem Mass at the York Oratory at 6pm for deceased members of the Oratory.  It will be the Plainsong Missa pro Defuncta.

This is in addition to the regular Low Mass in Latin at 8.15am.

Thursday 2nd November, All Souls Day.

 The Latin Masses at the York Oratory on All Souls Day will be as follows:

            8.15am        Low Mass

            6pm            Solemn Mass

The musical setting for the Solemn Mass will be Victoria'a Missa pro Defunctis for six parts.

There will also be a Sung Requiem Mass at 7.30pm at the Church of Our Lady and St Peter Chanel in Hull.  This will be a Plainchant.  Please support this Mass, as it is only occasionally that we have a Sung Mass in Hull.

Wednesday 1st November, the Feast of All Saints

 There will be Latin Masses at the York Oratory on the Feast of All Saints as follows:

                8.15am    Low Mass

                6pm        High Mass

The musical setting of the evening Mass will be Victoria's O quam gloriosum est regnum, with motets by Lassus and Byrd.

03 October 2023

Guild of St Clare, Northern Chapter

There will be a meeting of the Guild of St Clare at St Wilfrid's Church (the York Oratory) on Saturday 21st October at 10am.  Anyone with an interest in sewing is welcome.  

You can bring your own work, or participate in the repair of vestments belonging to the Oratory.  No experience is necessary, and tuition and advice will be on hand.

Participants are asked to bring a packed lunch, although some choose to visit a local cafe.  Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. The day usually ends around 3pm.  For fcurther information email