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

20 August 2021



18 August 2021

LMS Walsingham Pilgrimage

The Latin Mass Society organises a walking pilgrimage to Walsingham every year that takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.  Pilgrims walk from Ely to Walsingham which is a distance of 57 miles.  Solemn Masses are offered each day, and the pilgrims recite or sing the rosary as they walk.

Bookings are now closed for those who want to walk the full distance, and I understand that more than 100 will be doing so.  This will make it the largest pilgrimage in its 10 year history.  However, anyone can take part in the final Mass which is at 2.30pm on Sunday 29th August at the Shrine in Houghton St Giles.  The Mass is followed by a procession along the Holy Mile and the day concludes with devotions at the site of the Holy House.

It is a wonderful event and I would encourage anyone who can get there to attend.

17 August 2021

Mass at Westminster Cathedral

Last Saturday, on the Vigil of the Assumption, there was a Solemn Mass in Westminster Cathedral on the occasion of the AGM of the Latin Mass Society.  The LMS made special efforts to encourage people to attend, and were not disappointed.  A member of the Cathedral staff commented that he had not seen so many turn out for an event at the cathedral since before Covid!

You can see from this picture how full the benches are.  The size of the attendance is, no doubt, a reaction to the Pope's recent actions to limit the older form of the Mass.  There is no doubt that the faithful still thirst for the Mass of Ages.

02 August 2021

Encouraging Words from Australia

The following is reproduced from an Australian website. The penultimate sentence is particularly interesting.

Archbishop Christopher Prowse of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn has emphasised the importance of reading calmly Pope Francis’s recent document on the Latin Mass.

He also underlined the need to understand exactly what its teaching contained.

The Archbishop was referring to Traditionis Custodes (Guardians of the Tradition) which was issued on 16 July and is available at Apostolic Letter on the Latin Mass.

The letter is a significant statement that puts in place restrictions on celebrations of the Mass where it is practised in its “extraordinary form” (i.e., in Latin).

The Pope said he issued the document after considering the wishes expressed by bishops and others, including hearing opinion from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

“The recent Papal document can easily evoke vigorous reactions from Catholics throughout the world,” Archbishop Prowse said.

“It is imperative for us all to respond to this important instruction and not simply react.

“As an initial pastoral response, as Archbishop I am very pleased with the presence of the Latin Mass community in the Archdiocese.

“I look forward to examining the document with them and discussing implications for our Archdiocese.”

01 August 2021

Has Pope Francis Done Us a Favour?

I attended the 10.30am Mass at St Walburge's Church in Preston this morning.  I have never seen so many in the congregation there.  Talking to regulars, confirmed that the size of the congregation is growing steadily, but especially in the last three weeks.  This would seem to confirm what many people are saying.  The motu proprio, Traditionis Custodes is serving to promote the popularity of the Latin Mass.  You could say that Pope Francis has done us a good favour!