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

16 July 2020

Over 500 Priests in Traditional Orders

Fourteen priests were ordained have been ordained in various locations for the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter so far this year. Cardinal Burke ordained nine priests for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest on 2nd July.  In addition, the Institute of the Good Shepherd have six new priests.

That is 29 newly ordained priests between the three traditional orders, bringing the total number of serving priests well over 500.

To this total can be added many priests who belong to traditional religious communities including Benedictines (particularly in France), Dominicans and  Redemptorists.

The traditional orders are continuing to grow at a time when the numbers of Diocesan priests are declining throughout the western world.  Gradually, our bishops are coming to recognise that the part that the traditional orders can play within our dioceses.  Currently they are established in five English dioceses.  Maybe it will be the turn of the Diocese of Middlesbrough soon.

15 July 2020

Thursday evening Masses in Hull

Fr Massie has confirmed that Low Masses in the Extraordinary Form have resumed at the church of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Peter Chanel in Hull.  They tale place at 7.30pm  on Thursdays in the main church, not the chaplaincy.

On Line Conference Saturday 18th July

Because the Latin Mass Society had to cancel its Annual General Meeting which was to have taken place this coming weekend, an on line conference has been organised to take its place.  Here are the details:

An online conference “Catholicism in a Covid-19 World” will be hosted by the Latin Mass Society this Saturday, 18th July, from 12 noon (GMT + 1) until 4.45 pm (GMT + 1) featuring speakers Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Fr Tim Finigan, Fr John Zuhlsdorf, Dr Joseph Shaw, Archbishop Thomas Gullickson and Mgr Gordon Read. The event will be hosted by Dr Shaw and Sebastian Morello and will begin with Live High Mass in the Traditional Rite from St Mary’s Warrington.

Joseph Shaw writes “I am delighted to be taking part in the Latin Mass Society’s first online conference with a wonderful selection of speakers. I hope that many people will be able to join us on the day.”

This event is being held online for free and can be viewed on the Latin Mass Society’s new YouTube channel. To bookmark the LMS YouTube channel

The direct link for the Conference is

No registration is necessary, although to sign up for updates before and during the event, go to

A recording of the day will remain on our YouTube channel.

PROGRAMME (Subject to change)

12 noon Introduction from Dr Joseph Shaw, Chairman of the Latin Mass Society and Sebastian Morello, Formation Adviser for the Archdiocese of Southwark.

12.10pm High Mass Live from St Mary’s Warrington. Celebrant Fr Armand de Malleray FSSP

13.25 Archbishop Gullickson, Apostolic Nuncio to Switzerland and Liechtenstein and Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan

13.45 Fr Tim Finigan, Priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark

14.15 Mgr Gordon Read, National Chaplain to the LMS

14.45 Fr John Zuhlsdorf, President of the Tridentine Mass Society of Madison and Blogger: Covid-19 : What are the implications for Tradition?

15.45 Dr Joseph Shaw, Chairman of the LMS: After the Plague

16.15 Live Q & A with Dr Shaw, Fr Tim Finigan and Sebastian Morello

16.45 End

02 July 2020

A Quarter of a Million Views

By the end of today, this blog will have been viewed 250,000 times.

Saturday Latin Masses in Middlesbrough

I have had confirmation that the Saturday Latin Mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Middlesbrough is NOT being resumed at the present time.

01 July 2020

Reopening for Public Worship St Wilfrid's York

St Wilfrid's Church in York (The York Oratory) will be reopening for public worship on Saturday 5th July.  There will be a DAILY Mass in the Extraordinary Form according to the following schedule:

                Monday to Friday   8.15am
                Saturday                  9.15am
                Sunday                    12 noon

All Masses will be Low Masses, because of the ban on singing.  There Masses will also be livestreamed.

There is no mention on St Wilfrid's website of any special arrangements that have to be complied with, so I suppose it is in order just to turn up.  I understand that the church has sufficient capacity (after taking into account social distancing) for the usual Sunday congregation at the Latin Mass.