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

20 February 2007

The Divine Office in York

A friend of mine, who is an Anglican vicar, is in charge of one of Yorks historic churches, in fact, the oldest church foundation in the city, St Mary's, Bishophill Junior. This church is in use only early on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings for services, Monday evenings for a choir practice [not connected to the church] and the local Orthodox Community use it every first Saturday in the month. The regular congregation is very small, and Andrew, the vicar, is desperate for the church to be used more often and to be seen to be used. With this in mind, he has absolutely no objection for Traditional Catholic services to be held there. He even had a key cut for me such was his enthusiasm for more use being made of the building.

I was asked whether it would be feasible to have Mass here, before we got the good news about St Aelred's, but it's still an Anglican church, and a Catholic priest may be unwilling to celebrate Mass there if we were lucky to find one. However, parts of the Divine Office can be done without the need for clergy, hence I am keen for Compline and occasionally Vespers to be celebrated more often - in the Traditional Rite of course!

The Schola Cantorum of the Rudgate Singers began by singing Compline on 12th January. We currently sing weekly, every Friday at 8pm with the exception of the First Friday of the month, as I have singing commitments elsewhere, in Manchester to be precise, at the monthly High Mass at St Chad's on Cheetham Hill Road.

The Rudgate Singers have used the church before, for a couple of Carol Services. Each time we've attracted 3-4 times the numbers of the regular congregation, but they have mainly been Anglo-Catholics. It's still very early days but I would like to think that if we were to have regular advertised services we might begin to attract Catholics and others too, who have been deprived of any kind of Traditional Liturgy in this city for far too long :-)
Needless to say, we shall also sing at St Aelred's, which works out rather nicely, as it means we shall be singing in York most weekends. For more details of the Schola and the main choir please see our web site

19 February 2007

Very Good News

There will shortly be regular monthly Sunday Masses in the Tridentine Rite in York. They will be at the Church of St Aelred in Tang Hall and it is expected that they will begin on Sunday 1st April, which is Palm Sunday.

We are not sure at the moment who the celebrant will be or the exact timing although it is likely to be at 3pm.

Further details will be posted at soon as they are available.

13 February 2007

There will shortly be a monthly Latin Mass in York. It is probable that it will be at St Aelred's Church in Tang Hall sometime in the afternoon. Further details will be posted nexzt week.

12 February 2007

Bishop Crowley

The Bishop has taken an immediate three-month break from his duties on medical grounds. The diocesan website reports:

Bishop John Crowley’s health has been giving concern in recent months, and on strong medical advice, he will with immediate effect take three months rest and recuperation to be spent outside the Diocese. His Vicar General, The Right Reverend Monsignor Canon Gerard Dasey, will act for him during his absence.

Please remember the Bishop in your prayers.