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 2021

A Brilliant Article

On New Year's Eve, Rorate Caeli posted an absolutely brilliant article on the subject of Traditionis Custodes and the Responsa ad Dubia.

It is worth reading carefully and then passing on to anyone you think may be interested.

29 December 2021

There was no Room at the Inn


Midnight Mass being offered in the rain outside the Church in the French town of Saint Germain-en-Laye.   The Diocese had refused the traditional community access to any church.  Another picture.

21 December 2021

Growing Popularity of the Latin Mass


There seems to be plenty of evidence that one of the consequences of Pope Francis' motu proprio, Traditionis Custodes, has been to boost interest in the Latin Mass.  Certainly, attendance at the Sunday Mass at the York Oratory has been growing in recent months.  Also, some of the new faces are travelling considerable distances to attend the Mass.  Last Sunday, I spoke to a student from Middlesbrough, who had travelled by train, and people from Sheffield that I had not seen before.

Reports on the internet suggest that Latin Mass congregations are also growing in America and other countries.  I think that this is particularly true at churches run by traditional orders of priests, where additional Masses are having to be added on Sundays to accommodate the increased numbers.

It also seems to be the case that the Latin Mass movement is attracting a degree of support from Catholics who prefer the Novus Ordo Mass.  I was recently told by by one Latin Mass supporter that his mother, who would never consider attending a Latin Mass, was greatly dismayed by the actions of Pope Francis. 

Christmas Masses


Listed below are the Christmas Latin Masses that will be celebrated in the Middlesbrough Diocese:

Mass at Midnight

     The York Oratory  Sung Mass, preceded by carols at 11.15 

     Our Lady & St Peter Chanel, Hull.   Low Mass

Christmas Morning

     St Joan of Arc, Catterick     Low Mass     8am

     St Joseph, Stokesley            Low Mass     Noon

19 December 2021

Eleven Reasons to Redouble Efforts

Readers will, no doubt, be aware that the Vatican (more specifically the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments) has published a document intended to clarify Pope Francis' motu proprio, Traditionis Custodes. This new document from the pen of Archbishop Roche, former Bishop of Leeds, is in the form of responses to 11 dubia.  It would seem from the nature of the dubia that these are nor actual questions sent in by bishops, or indeed lay people, but rather a series of questions concocted to allow Archbishop Roche (with the authority of the Pope) to turn the screw a bit tighter on the availability of the traditional Mass.

The actual dubia and the responses can be found on the Vatican website, or perhaps more easily on the Rorate Caeli website, so I will not attempt to summarise them here.  Suffice to say that the document is clearly designed to stifle the offering of the Latin Mass in a way that goes far beyond the provisions of traditionis custodes itself.  Please try to seek out the document and study it for yourself.

I am sure that readers will agree that the 11 dubia and their 11 responses constitute 11 reasons why supporters of the Tridentine Mass should redouble their efforts to promote it.  Opportunities will arise to do this as part of the Synodal discussions that are now taking place or are about to take place. 

I would urge all readers to use all opportunities to continue to promote the Latin Mass with a renewed vigor. 

09 December 2021

A very Full Seminary

 The picture below shows all the seminarians of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.  They number 115, which includes 26 first year students.

The seminary is located at  near Florence in Italy.

08 December 2021

Elephants in the Road


This priest of the Institute of Christ the King had a good excuse for being late to celebrate Mass. On the way to a mission centre in Gabon he was held up by elephants in the road.

07 December 2021

Archbishop Reverses Decision on Latin Mass


In a surprise move, the Archbishop of Guadalajara in Mexico, Francisco Cardinal Robles, has reversed his decision to close down a traditional parish.  The Personal Parish of St Peter in Chains, which is served by the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter, had been thriving, but was supressed by the cardinal following the promulgation of traditionis custodees.

It has now been announced that the parish, which serves 150 families, can resume its activities.  Furthermore, the cardinal has has said that he will visit the parish some time in the future and celebrate a traditional Mass.

02 December 2021

Sunday Masses in Stokesley


I am delighted to announce that, starting on 5th December, there will be a Latin Mass every Sunday at 3pm at the Church of St Joseph in Stokesley.  The celebrant will be the parish priest, Fr William Charlton.

The Church of St Joseph was designed by the Yorkshire architect, George Goldie, and opened in 1873.
Although a relatively modest church, the internal features were very fine.  Unfortunately, the church was devastated by a fire in the 1970s which destroyed the roof and much else.  Although the roof was rebuilt, many of the internal features were lost.  In a subsequent reordering scheme, further damage was done, including the installation of an altar in a new position at one side of the nave.

More recently, Fr Charlton has restored the altar to the original sanctuary.

Please support this Mass.