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

29 April 2011

Episcopal Generosity

I read this morning that Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa in the USA, together with Sr Theresa Gottschalk, have enabled the Priestly Society of St Peter to take over the Convent of Our Lady of Sorrows at a place called Broken Arrow. I presume that the order of nuns to which Sr Theresa belongs has shrunk to the extent that they are no longer able to maintain a presence in this particular convent. If this is the case, it is a story replicated many times over in numerous places in the western world, including in England.

What is to be commended in this case is that both Bishop Slattery and the superior of the order of nuns have taken the trouble to consider how this redundant convent can continue to serve the Church. They have come up with the simple solution of offering the buildings to the FSSP, who will now be able to locate a resident priest there.

A few weeks ago, we were able to read a similar story. Bishop Andre Joseph Leonard of Brussels decided to make the conventual Church of St Anne available to the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest, giving them a fine church in which to establish a traditional Mass centre in one of the capital cities of Europe.

More recently, we have been able to read that Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury is willing to hand over the Church of St Peter and St Paul in New Brighton to the Institute of Christ the King with a view to their setting up a centre for eucharistic adoration. This imposing church with adjacent presbytery occupies a very prominent position on high ground in the Wirral, and was closed in 2008, on the grounds that it was too expensive to maintain. The latest information is that this project is likely to proceed.

Here are three examples of redundant ecclesiastical property being put to good use. Although I would not wish to quote specific cases, I can think of many examples where convents and churches have been closed with no consideration given to finding ways in which they may continue to serve the Church. Let us hope that the example given by these three bishops will be noticed and taken up by church leaders more generally.

07 April 2011

Jubilee of the Holy Father

On 29th June, the feast of St Peter and St Paul, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate the sixtyieth anniversary of his priestly ordination. This would be a great occasion in the life of any priest, but in the case of the Pope it is also a great occasion for the whole Church.

Pope Benedict has had an exceptionally distinguished career having held the positions of professor of theology at various universities, Archbishop of Munich & Freising, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Dean of the College of Cardinals and Supreme Pontiff. He is also the author of many learned books.

Holydays of Obligation

In future, a Low Mass will generally be celebrated at 6pm at the church of the English Martyrs in York on Holydays of Obligation. Please note that where modern practice is to transfer the feast to the nearest Sunday, these Masses will be celebrated on the actual feast day. Coming shortly are:-

Thurs 2nd June Ascension of Our Lord.

Thurs 23rd June Corpus Christi

Wed 29th June Ss Peter and Paul