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

10 December 2009

Christmas in Middlesbrough

At the church of St Alphonsus, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough.

Christmas Eve 5.30pm Vespers in Gregorian Chant

Midnight Solemn High Mass in the Usus Antiquior

Christmas Day 9.15am Lauds in Gregorian Chant

4.00pm Vespers and Benediction in Gregorian Chant

St Stephen's Day 10.00am Sung Mass in the Usus Antiquior.

In addition, Fr Charlton will be celebrating a Sung Mass with carols in the Novus Ordo at 7pm on Christmas Eve and a Low Mass in the Novus Ordo at 8am on Christmas Day.

09 December 2009

Christmas Services in Middlesbrough

I've been asked by Fr Bill Charlton to publicise his Extraordinary Form Christmas Services, which I'm more than happy to do. They include the *only* Solemn High Mass, in this part of the country that I'm aware of. Solemn High Mass is a rare treat, even during the year, so to have one at Christmas is an opportunity not to be missed! If you live in the North of the Diocese, and/or reasonable travelling time from North Ormesby, than I urge you to go to what will be a very special Mass.

Here's the complete schedule, including his Ordinary Form Masses, should you be unable to get to Midnight Mass.

Christmas Services. St Alphonsus' Church, North Ormesby.

Christmas Eve
5.30 pm First Vespers (Gregorian chant)
7.00 pm Sung Mass (OF)for all the family (with carols)
12 Midnight Solemn High Mass
Christmas Day
8.00 am Mass of the Dawn (OF)
9.15 am Sung Lauds (Gregorian chant)
10.00 am Sung Mass (OF)
4.00 pm Vespers & Benediction (Gregorian chant)
St Stephen's Day
10.00 am Missa Cantata
Sunday 27th December
6.00 pm Missa Cantata
Servers & singers would be welcome and are asked to give him a ring to let him know if they can help. 01642-245043 also 01642-318587
Many thanks, Mike

Some Pictures from Ushaw 2009

St Cuthbert's Chapel at Ushaw

Fr Brown offering a votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with Fr de Malleray as deacon and Fr Cahill as sub-deacon.

Picture taken after the final Mass
Although not the best of photographs, these pictures may give some idea what went on at Ushaw 2009.

Priests' training Conference at Ushaw

Information is spreading around the blogosphere about the next priest's training conference to be organised by the Latin Mass Society. It will be held at Ushaw College, near Durham, from 12th to 16th April is in Low Week. Further information can be found on the LMS website or on Fr Blake's or Fr Finigan's blogs amongst other places.

The point that I would like to make is that we need to get priests to attend. There are many priests who would like to attend one of these conferences, but never get to hear about them. There are others who may get to hear about them, but need a little encouragement to attend. It may be that they do not know what to expect, or that they think that it will be too difficult or that their Latin is not good enough, or that they fear criticism from other clergy.

My response is that they need fear none of these things. The Latin Mass Society has already held four of these conferences and over 100 priests have attended. The vast majority have gone on to be regular celebrants of the usus antiquior. Some have come back to a second or third conference to improve their skills. The conferences are streamed to cater for all levels of ability, ranging from complete beginners to regular attenders. Knowledge of Latin is also taken into account, and many priests have attended who have never studied Latin before.

I would urge readers to spend some time thinking whether they know any priests who might benefit from attending the conference, and then to encourage them to attend. Apart from what they might learn about the older form of the Mass, they will certainly benefit from the excellent liturgies, the spiritual atmosphere and the friendship of other priests.