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 July 2016

Interest from Russia

The number of Russians viewing this blog is continuing at an exceptionally high level.  Here are the figures of the top ten countries during the past week.

          Russia                        2562
          United States               656
          Germany                      559
          United Kingdom          420
          Mauritius                      374
          Ukraine                         148
          China                            118
          France                             44
          Ireland                             33
          Canada                            32

Yesterday there were a total of 1185 viewings, which is quite exceptional, and it seems that most of these were from Russians.  Why should this be?

The most visited post since the beginning of this blog is the one entitled Fr William Charlton in September 2011.  It is still regularly visited, almost five years after posting.

23 July 2016

Where is our Audience

Recently there has been a surge in the number of people accessing this blog, with Russia and Mauritius featuring prominently.  In the past week the the top audience figures are as follows:

          Russia                 486
          Mauritius            259
          Germany             197
          USA                    125
          UK                      104
          China                    24
          France                   18
          Ireland                   15

I have no idea why there is currently so much interest from Russia.

Walk to Walsingham

The annual walking pilgrimage to Walsingham organised by the Latin Mass Society will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.  Pilgrims will gather in Ely on the evening of Thursday 25th August and will arrive in Walsingham around midday on the Sunday.

The distance is about 55 miles, so it is not for the feint-hearted. However, in the past, it has been completed by small children and people in their 70s and even 80s.  Accommodation is in halls for women and camping for men.

To read all about it, and to book, go to the Latin Mass Society website and look under news and events.

Footnote:  The Latin Mass Society also welcomes day visitors to Walsingham on the Sunday.  There will be a Solemn Mass at 2pm at the Catholic Shrine, followed by a procession along the Holy Mile and final prayers in the Abbey grounds.   If you are not able to walk the 55 miles, why not join the pilgrimage in Walsingham.

21 July 2016

The Ad Orientem Debate

I have read a post on the blog of Fr Ed Tomlinson, who is an Ordinariate Priest in Kent, on the subject of facing East.  Five years ago, he took over the church of St Anselm in Pembury which during the week served as a hall and consequently only had the most basic of altars.  Unsurprisingly it was used ad populum.

Gradually, a sancturary has been created with a new more dignified altar, lectern, pulpit and now choir stalls.  Because of very limited space, the new, larger altar was installed for ad orientem use.  The altar rails, altar steps and a fine reredos are shortly to be installed.

Father Tomlinson has commented that there was hardly a ripple of objection to the change to ad orientem.  He also states that whilst these changes have been taking place, the average of the congregation has got younger, and their contributions have gone up.  What better recommendation could one hope for!

18 July 2016

St Walburge, Preston

I traveled to Preston on Sunday to attend the Pontifical Low Mass celebrated by Bishop Campbell.  Bishop Campbell will soon reach retirement age, so there may not be many more opportunities to see Bishop Campbell in action.  As one would expect, the Mass was exactly as one would expect a Pontifical Low Mass to be, although the choir did sing some hymns and there was exemplary organ playing.

After Mass, Bishop Campbell was available to talk to anyone who approached him, and most did.  He gave the impression of being really pleased to be at St Walburge's.  Indeed, I would not be surprised if it the church of the diocese that he likes visiting most.

13 July 2016

The Rudgate Singers' 20th Anniversary Service

This isn't, strictly speaking a Middlesbrough event, but as the Rudgates have contributed so much to the Traditional Liturgy in the Diocese, it is worth mentioning here.

Details below:

in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
on the occasion of the Twentieth Anniversary
of the Rudgate Singers

Wentworth Terrace, Wakefield WF1 3QN

Saturday, 16th July 2016, at 12:00pm
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Palestrina Missa Papae Marcelli & motets also by Palestrina, concluding with the Solemn Salve Regina written for St. Mary's Abbey in York.

11 July 2016

Fr James Mawdsley FSSP

I travelled to St Mary's Church in Warrington yesterday for the first Solemn Mass of Fr James Mawdsley.  It was a great occasion with a good sized congregation, and very good singing of Byrd's Mass in Five Parts.

Afterwards food was laid on in the rectory garden, which provided the opportunity to talk to several interesting people.  Among them were four FSSP seminarians, from England and Wales.  It really is a joy to meet these young men who, deus vult, will one day be serving as priests in England.  I also had an interesting conversation with Fr de Malleray.

Ad Populum

It has been fairly widely reported today that Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has wasted little time contacting the clergy of his diocese, and essentially urging them to ignore the words of Cardinal Sarah concerning the celebration of Mass ad orientem. (See post below).

It is noteworthy that Cardinal Nichols is speaking for himself, and not on behalf of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.  So far as I am aware, no other bishop of England or Wales (or indeed of the world) has responded similarly.

The conclusion that we must make, is that Cardinal Nichols has an agenda all of his own, and it is one that is antagonistic to the traditional movement in the Church.  It is also one that will not be welcomed by a significant proportion of his clergy, and of his flock.

07 July 2016

Summorum Pontificum

Today is the ninth anniversary of the promulgation of Summorum Pontificum.

Ad Orientem

Speaking at the Sacra Liturgia Conference in London, Cardinal Sarah Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship, is reported as saying the following:

“It is very important that we return as soon as possible to a common orientation, of priests and the faithful turned together in the same direction – eastwards or at least towards the apse – to the Lord who comes.” ... “I ask you to implement this practice wherever possible.”

He said that “prudence” and catechesis would be necessary, but told pastors to have “confidence that this is something good for the Church, something good for our people”.

“Your own pastoral judgement will determine how and when this is possible, but perhaps beginning this on the first Sunday of Advent this year, when we attend ‘the Lord who will come’ and ‘who will not delay’.”

He is, of course, talking about  celebration of the Mass in the Novus Ordo, but it is nevertheless a very significant development.  The quotation is taken from the Catholic Herald.