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

24 February 2017

Ash Wednesday in Hull

Ash Wednesday falls this year on the first Wednesday of March and so there will be a an Ash Wednesday Mass in Hull.  Ashes will be distributed at this Mass, which is at 6.30pm on Wednesday 1st March at St Charles' Church in Hull.  The celebrant will be Fr Drew.

25 January 2017

Wednesday 1st February

Next Wednesday, being the first Wednesday of the month, there will be a Latin Mass at 6.30pm at the Church of St Charles in Hull.  It is, of course the eve of the Feast of the Purification.

23 January 2017

Catholicism in Burma

Last week, I attended a talk given by Fr James Mawdsley FSSP at the Church of St Mary in Warrington.  Before training for the priesthood at Wigratzbad in Germany, Fr Mawdsley was a preominent human rights activist, with a special interest in the oppressed ethnic minority communities in Burma (or Myanmar).  As a result of his campaign of protests, he had spent the best part of two years in prison in Burma in the 1990s.

Fr Mawdsley has just returned from a fortnight in Burma, when he travelled extensively in the country visiting Catholic shrines schools, orphanages and churches.  He was also able to distribute some money to good causes.  The talk gave an insight into Catholic life in Burma, and I was surprised to discover that there were so many Catholics in the country.

The Catholic population is estimated as being between 500.000 and 800,000, and is growing steadily. Fr Mawdsley thought the latter figure to be the more accurate.  That is around one and a half percent of the total population. Most Burmese are Buddhists, with the next largest group being Animists.

There are some large and impressive churches and cathedrals, although many of the churches are very small and sometimes very basic buildings.  Apparently there is a good supply of priests, although the number of young men entering seminaries has declined in recent years.  Fr Mawdsley was able to celebrate the traditional Mass every day, and said that he was warmly welcomed everywhere that he went.  He said that the Burmese were very impressed that he, and the seminarian who was his travelling companion, wore the cassock.  That practice has almost completely died out in Burma.  He also found that many of the young priests were interested in the Latin Mass, and would be keen to learn to say it if they had the opportunity.  I immediately thought that the decline in priestly vocations might be reversed by the introduction of one ofthetraditional orders into the country.

My hope is that it may be possible for the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter to establish an appostolate in Burma before too long.  From what Fr Mawdsley had to say, it would seem that the Catholic community out there would welcome such a move.

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.