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

25 September 2015

Next Latin Mass in Hull

The next Latin Mass in Hull will be a Low Mass at the Church of St Charles at 6.30pm on Wednesday 7th October. The celebrant will be Fr Peter Mulholland. Following good coverage of the August Mass in the Hull Daily Mail and the Hull Journal, I am expecting a good turn out.

17 September 2015

Latin Masses in North America

I have just looked at the listings provided by Coalition in Support of Ecclesia Dei for usus antiquior Masses in North America. The Coalition in Support of Ecclesia Dei is a sort of federation representing numerous (usually state based) societies campaigning for Latin Masses in North America. It covers both the USA and Canada. I found 416 Masses listed that took place every Sunday at a regular time. As this side of the Atlantic, there are many more Sunday Masses that take place on a limited number of Sundays (eg 1st and 3rd of the month). I prefer to discount these as unsatisfactory provision. The provision works out at just over two per diocese which is similar to England and Wales, but the variation between dioceses is much greater than it is here. In the US, there are several dioceses with no Latin Masses at all on Sundays, whilst New York has the best provision with 12. It is noticeable that provision in Canada is much less than in the US. Of course, there may be omissions in the Ecclesia Dei listings. They have a much more difficult task collecting the information from 185 dioceses than the Latin Mass Society has from 22 in England and Wales.

14 September 2015

Samoan Rugby Team

I do not have much interest in the game of Rugby, but a story on the website of Fr Ray Blake of St Mary Magdelen's Church in Brighton caught my eye. Apparently the whole of the Samoan Rugby team turned up for Mass in his church last Sunday. At the end of Mass, they sang a hymn in their own language. So, not only did they make a big visual impact, but they also made themselves heard using the powerful lungs that one might expect of rugby players. Go to Fr Blake's blog to see a recording.

04 September 2015

The Hull Journal

I understand that the current edition of the Hull Journal includes a feature about the Latin Mass in St Charles' Church in Hull. At our August Mass, which was a Missa Cantata, a reporter and a photographer were present and many photographs were taken. Although I have not seen the feature article, I am told that it is very impressive, with plenty of good photographs. Has anyone seen it?

03 September 2015

Long Distance Travellers at Walsingham Pilgrimage

I have recently returned from the LMS's pilgrimage to Walsingham. About 80 people walked, or attempted to walk, the 55 miles from Ely to Walsingham. I should add that I was not among the walkers, but was involved with the logistics of the pilgrimage. For the final Mass at Walsingham, the walkers were joined by day pilgrims, who had travelled from various parts of the country, including a coach load from London. Amongst the walkers were three who had come specially from Perth in Australia and one who had travelled from the USA.

01 September 2015

Mass in Hull - Wed 2nd Serptember

There will be a Low Mass at St Charles' Church in Hull at 6.30pm on Wedneday 2nd September.