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

27 February 2021

Quotation of the Week


"There may be traditionalist groups, but we also have them here in the Vatican. That can be cured".

Apparently this is one of the things that Pope Francis said when he addressed representatives of the Catholic News Service.  Referring to traditionalism as a "disruptive factor", he also said:

"A divided church is not the Church, it is not the true Church." 

25 February 2021

A Glimpse into the Future


Paix Liturgique, the French organisation that campaigns for the traditional Mass has published an interview with Christian Marquant, in which he describes some research that he has conducted into vocations for the traditional priesthood.  

You should go to the website of Paix Liturgique to find the details, but here is a summary of how these vocations are distributed across the world.  The figures relate to the numbers of young men who are taking part in some form of Propaedeutic year or formal preliminary year in preparation for entering a seminary.

United States               57

France                          33

Brazil                           16

Germany                      10

Argentina                       7

England                          6

Portugal                          5

Philippines                      5

Spain                               5

Ireland                             4

Switzerland                      4

Canada                             4

Australia                           4

Poland                               4

Niceragua                          4

Nigeria                               3

Dominican Republic          3

Mexico                               2

Hungary                             2

Italy                                   2

Czech Republic                 2

Gabon                               2

Korea                                2

India                                 2

Columbia                         1

Costa Rica                       1

Cuba                                1

Austria                             1

Belgium                           1

Lebenon                           1

Malta                               1

Rumania                          1

Slavakia                           1

Wales                               1

Angola                             1

Benin                               1

Cameroons                      1

Congo Brazaville            1

Congo Kinshassa            1

Ghana                             1

Kenya                             1

China                             1

New Zealand                 1

Vietnam                        1

Christian Marquant points out that his research is not complete, and may contain some errors.  Also, There is no guarantee that all these candidates will become ordained priests.

Nevertheless, it indicates the geographical spread of interest in the Traditional Mass, even in countries where it is currently not available.

15 February 2021

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday 17th February is Ash Wednesday.  There will two Latin Masses at the York Oratory at which Ashes will be distributed.  The first will be a Low Mass at 8.15am, and the second will be a Sung Mass at 6pm.  

In both cases Ashes will be distributed by sprinkling over the heads of those coming forward to the communion rail,  rather than the usual imposition of a cross on the forehead.

01 February 2021


Tuesday 2nd February is Candlemas, or the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple. St Wilfrid's Church in York will be celebrating the feast with the following:

Monday 1st February, eve of Candlemas

There will be First Vespers of Candlemas at 6pm, followed by a procession reinstating Our Lady of York in her shrine in the Lady Chapel.  This will be followed by Benediction.

Tuesday 2nd February

Blessing of candles, procession and Sung Latin Mass at 6pm.

Apologies for the short notice of these events.