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

31 December 2015

Feast of the Epiphany

There will be a choice of two venues for people in the Southern part of the diocese wishing to attend Mass on the Feast of the Epiphany.  As is usual on the actual day of major feasts, there will be a sung Mass at 6pm on Wednesday 6th January, the Feast of the Epiphany at St wilfrid's Church in York.

Since the feast falls on the first Wednesday of the month, there will also be a Sung Mass in Hull on that day.  It will be at 6.30pm at the Church of St Charles in Jarratt Street.

23 December 2015

Report on Rorate Mass

The Rorate Mass held at 7.30am on Saturday 19th December at St Wilfrid's Church, York was very well attended.  I was not there myself, but there is a report with photographs on the website of St Wilfrid's Church.  The breakfast served afterwards also seems to have been popular.

Looking at the photographs, most of the congregation, which included a good number of children, are not people that I recognise from the Sunday Latin Masses.  The Rorate Mass is a good example of a way to introduce new people to the Latin Mass.  It may be that in time, some of these will become regular attenders.

16 December 2015

Feast of the Epiphany

The Feast of the Epiphany (6th January) will fall on the first Wednesday of the month in 2016.  To celebrate the occasion, we shall be having a Sung Mass in Hull on that day.  It will be celebrated by Fr Mark Drew at the usual time of 6.30pm in  the Church of St Charles in Jarratt Street.

15 December 2015

Midnight Mass

There will be First Mass of Christmas at Midnight at St Wilfrids's Church in York.  It will be a Solemn Mass in the extraordinary form and will be preceded by carols and readings at 11.15pm on Christmas Eve.

14 December 2015

Latin Mass Society Calendars

I have a number of Latin Mass Society Calendars for 2016.  These will be for sale at St Wilfrid's Church in York after the noon Sunday Mass.  The cost is £9.00

Rorate Mass in York

There will be a Rorate Mass at St Wilfrid's Church in York next Saturday, 19th December.  Rorate Masses take place early in the morning and are by candlelight.  So it will be an early start for those attending on Saturday.  Mass is at 7am, so set your alarms early.

11 December 2015

100,000 Page Views

Since this blog started, there have been 100,000 page views.  Although this is a small number when compared with some of the more popular blogs, it does demonstrate that there are plenty of people who are interested in the provision of Latin Masses in the Middlesbrough Diocese.

Surprisingly, when these page views are analysed by country of origin, Russia has been heading the table in recent weeks.

03 December 2015

Regular Latin Masses in Hull

Yesterday, being the first Wednesday of the month, there was a usus antiquior Mass at the Church of St Charlers Borromeo in Hull.  The attendance was slightly down, but nevertheless  there were still more than 20 there, which was not too bad.  Maybe it was the lure of Christmas shopping that kept some people away, or it might have been that some people simply forgot about it. 

It is important that a good attendance is maintained, as it is my intention, before too long, to make the case to Bishop Drainey for a regular Sunday Mass in Hull.  It is likely that Bishop Drainey will require evidence that any Sunday Masses in the usus antiquior will be well attended, and a good track record of attendance at weekday Masses would be one way of doing this.

Immaculate Conception

On Tuesday 8th December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, there will be a Sung Latin Mass at 6pm in the Church of St Wilfrid in York.