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 MissaCantata at Church of St Wilfrid, Duncombe Place, York. YO1 7EF

11:30am. (Winter months) 6pm. (Summer months) Every Sunday Church of the Sacred Heart, Lobster Road, Redcar. TS10 1SH

6.30pm First Wednesday of each month at Church of St Charles, Jarratt St. Hull. HU1 3HB


6pm. Every Sunday Church of St Wilfrid.
Duncombe Place, York. YO1 7EF

02 January 2017

Feast of the Epiphany

There will be a Sung Latin Mass at 6pm on Friday 6th January, the Feast of the Epiphany, at St Wilfrid's Church, York.

27 December 2016

Next Mass in Hull

The next Latin Mass in Hull will be on Wednesday 4th January at 6.30pm in the Church of St Charles Borromeo.  The celebrant will be Fr Mark Drew, who is parish priest of Hornsea and Marton.

14 December 2016

The Russians are at it again

There have been 1265 pageviews to this blog emanating from Russia in the last week, 690 of them being yesterday.  I don't know what has caused this surge of interest.

Ad Orientem in the Novus Ordo.

Referring back to the previous post, I am still unaware of any parishes in England or Wales that have heeded Cardinal Sarah's suggestion of adopting ad orientem for novus ordo Masses.  However, according to a report in the blog, New Liturgical Movement, the practice has been taken up to some degree in Croatia.

If anyone knows of any parishes that have heeded Cardinal Sarah's suggestion, please leave a comment.

01 December 2016


The first Sunday of Advent has come and gone, and I have been looking into the extent to which parishes have have heeded Cardinal Sarah's suggestion that the new church year would be a good time to start celebrating the novus ordo form of the Mass ad orientem.  In England and Wales, I have come across no examples, although I am sure that there are a few.

In the USA, things are a little different.  Two bishops, Bishop Robert Morlino of Maddison and Bishop James Conley of Lincoln have publicly stated that they will be celebrating ad orientem at their personal Masses.  No doubt many of the priests in those two dioceses will be doing likewise at least on some occasions.  Fr Zuhlsdorf reports on his blog that, according to one priest, there are 10 priests in the Diocese of Lacrosse who are adopting the practice.  It would seem that in the States novus ordo Masses are beginning to be celebrated  ad orientem in a significant number of locations.

Of course, in this country Archbishop Nichols has all but ruled it out in the Archdiocese of Westminster and at least one other bishop has acted similarly.  However, I often say that what happens in America frequently happens 10 years later in this country.  So maybe we will have to wait a while for Cardinal Sarah's suggestion to be adopted here.

25 November 2016

Thursday 8th December The Immaculate Conception

There will be a sung Mass at 6pm at St Wilfrid's Church in York on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  I understand that this will be the last occasion that the choral scholars will be singing before the Christmas break, which is a very good reason for attending.

Wednesday 7th December

The next Latin Mass at St Charles Church in Hull will be on Wednesday 7th December at 6.30pm. This will be the feast of St Ambrose.  As usual the celebrant will be Fr Peter Mulholland.

15 November 2016

Requiem Mass for Bishop Wheeler

The annual Requiem Mass for Bishop Wheeler, Bishop of Leeds from 1966 to 1985, will take place in St Anne's Cathedral, Great George Street, Leeds, LS2 8BE on Saturday 19th November at 3pm.  It will be a Sung Requiem followed by absolutions at the catafalque, with music provided by the Schola Gregoriana.  Fr Michael Hall will be the celebrant.

Bishop Wheeler did a great deal to support the Latin Mass in the Leeds Diocese in the years following the Second Vatican Council, at a time when provision on other dioceses was scant or non-existant.

31 October 2016

Requiem at Marton

A reminder that there will be a Requiem Mass at the Church of the Most Holy Sacrament at Marton on Saturday 5th November at Noon.  I understand that it will be a Sung Mass.

29 October 2016

Mass in Hull - All Souls Day

Wednesday 2nd November is the Feast of All Souls. It is also the first Wednesday of the month, so there will be a Requiem Mass for the faithful departed in St Charles Church at 6.30pm.  The celebrant will be Fr Peter Mulholland.