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 May 2010

Trinity Sunday

Next Sunday, 30th May, is Trinity Sunday. There will as usual be Usus Antiquior Masses at both York and Middlesbrough.

The one in Middlesbrough will be at the church of St Alphonsus in North Ormesby at 6pm, celebrated as usual by Fr William Charlton. It will be preceeded at 5pm with Rosary and Benediction.

The one in York will be at 6.30pm at the church of the English Martyrs in Dalton Terrace. On this occasion, we welcome as celebrant Mgr William Steele of the Leeds Diocese.

24 May 2010

Yet Another Sung Mass

I have just heard that there is to be a a Sung Mass at 12.30pm on Sunday 4th July at the Church of St Charles in Jarratt Street, Hull. A visiting choir will be singing a four part polyphonic setting and the celebrant will be Fr Stephen Maughan. Otherwise, I have no further information at the moment.

It is particularly pleasing that this Mass will take place in Hull as, at present, there is no regular provision for the traditional Mass in this city, which is the largest centre of population in the diocese. It is even more pleasing to have the Mass in St Charles Church as it is a very fine building.

More information later.

22 May 2010


The next priests training conference will be at Downside Abbey, which is in Sumerset, and will take place from 10th to 13th August. The Abbey Church at Downside is the largest Catholic church in the gothic style in England, and is an impressive building.

The conference will be open to all priests and deacons of the Catholic Church, and will provide tuition in the traditional Mass in all its forms (ie Low Mass, Missa Cantata and Missa Solemnis).

It will also be open to laymen who wish to learn to serve Mass, especially in the Missa Cantata and Missa Solemnis forms.

The cost, inclusive of board and lodgings, is £85 and application forms are available from:

20 May 2010

Another Sung Mass

Next Sunday, , being Whitsunday, there will again be a sung Mass in York. On this occasion, it will be a plainsong setting. The details are:

Church of the English Matryrs
Dalton Terrace
6.30pm, Sunday 23rd May

The celebrant will be Fr Stephen Maughan.

17 May 2010

Young Catholic Adults Host International Juventutem Weekend at Douai Abbey During the weekend of the 10-12 September 2010

During the weekend of the 10-12 September . For the first time, Young Catholic Adults will be running the 2010 Juventutem International Conference at Douai Abbey(before the Douai weekend was aimed at the UK), the weekend will be led by Juventutem Ecclesiastical Assistant Fr de Malleray . The weekend will be full-board
Places are limited so please book early
* There will be Sung Mass, Low Mass, Rosary, Adoration, Confession, a Marian Procession in honour of Our Lady of Fatima and socials
* Fr. de Malleray FSSP head of Juventutem will preach the retreat, Masses will be in the Extraordinary form.

Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th September (full board)*
51 pounds full-board (except Sunday lunch) PER PERSON PER NIGHT
25 pounds for students/low waged/unwaged (or whatever you can afford)

£35 per person per night (full board). Self catering £25 per person per night (reductions for students:- or whatever you can afford) .

£5 per person per night (or whatever you can afford - please bring your own tent and food ).

Limited places so please reserve your place early
To reserve your place FOR THE WEEKEND (no deposit needed if you are coming for the day on Saturday 5th July), please a 20 pound deposit (NON RETURNABLE) to Damian Barker, Flat 5, 12 St. Catherine Street, Kingsholm, Gloucester, Glos. GL2 9DU (please make any cheques payable to Damian Barker). For enquiries ring 07908105787.

For more details see:-

For photographs of previous Douai Retreats please see:-

13 May 2010

Another Opinion Poll

Paix Liturgique have conducted another opinion poll about attitudes to the traditional form of the Mass. This poll was in Portugal and timed to coincide with the Pope's visit to Fatima. The poll was undertaken by Harris International and based on a random sample of 1443 people, of whom 950 claimed to be Catholics..

Again, the poll demonstrates two things. Firstly, there is widespread ignorence about about the provisions of summorum pontificum. Around three-quarters of all Catholics and half of practicing Catholics do not know that Mass could now be celebrated in the older form. Secondly, the poll reveals a remarkableable amount of interest in the usus antiquior.

Here is a summery of the findings when addressed to all Catholics:

Are you aware that Mass can be celebrated in both the ordinary (modern) form and the extraordinary (traditional) form?

Yes 26%
No 74%

If the traditional Mass were available in your parish, without displacing the modern Mass, would you attend?

Weekly 6.5%
Monthly 7.7%
On major Feasts 14.0%
Occasionally 63.7%
Never 8.1%

The same questions were put to practicing Catholics (ie those who attend Mass at least once per month).

Are you aware that the Mass can be celebrated in both the ordinary (modern) form and extraordinary (traditional) form?

Yes 57.9%
No 42.1%

If the traditional Mass were available in your parish, without displacing the modern Mass, woukld you attend?

Weekly 29.5%
Monthly 24.0%
On major Feasts 14.2%
Occasionally 23.5%
Never 8.8%

Looking at these figures carefully, you will see that over 90% of practicing Catholics in Portugal say that they would attend the older form of Mass at least occasionally. I take this to mean at least once a year. It is interesting that when the same question is put to all Catholics, roughly the same percentage indicate that they would attend occasionally. One can conclude from that that the traditional Mass would attract back many lapsed or partially lapsed Catholics.

Nearly 30% of regularly practicing Catholics say that they would attend weekly.

I wonder what the figures would be if a similar poll was conducted in England.

01 May 2010

Young Catholic Adults

I have received a newsletter from Young Catholic Adults. This is an organisation which promotes the traditional Mass and heritage of the Church amongst younger people. It is affiliated to the international federation, Juventutem.

Amongst the activities listed in the newsletter are the following:-

15th May Training Day for Servers in conjunction with LMS

21st - 23rd May Chartres Pilgrimage Walking from Paris to Chartres

1st -8th August Latin Summer School in conjunction with LMS

20th - 22th Aug Walsingham Pilgrimage Walking from Ely to Walsingham

10th - 12th Sept Traditional Retreat at Douai Abbey

The walking pilgrimage from Ely to Walsingham is a new venture and and one that I hope will be a great success. It must take a huge amount of planning and organisation. To join the pilgrimage, you should e-mail:

For up to date information about Young Catholic Adults, try: