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.



REGULAR TRADITIONAL MASSES IN THE DIOCESE OF MIDDLESBROUGH

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

VESPERS AND BENEDICTION

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

06 March 2017

St Margaret Clitherow and the Martyrs of York

This year's pilgrimage in honour of St Margaret Clitherow and the Martyrs of York will take place on Saturday 29th April.  It will commence with a Solemn Mass at 1.30pm in the Church of St Wilfrid in York.  This will be followed by a procession through the streets of York carrying a statue of Margaret Clitherow.  It will pass through The Shambles, the place where she lived, and visit Ouse Bridge, the place of her execution, returning to St Wilfrid's Church for Benediction at around 4pm.

The well respected Choral Scholars of the York Oratory (in formation) will be singing at both the Mass and at Benediction.

This pilgrimage has become one of the major events in the world of traditional Catholicism in England and Wales, and attracts large numbers of pilgrims.  It also makes a considerable impact in the City of York.  Please make a note of the date and support the event.

REDCAR MASS SUSPENDED

Due to the unavailability of Mgr Heslin, the Sunday Masses at Redcar are suspended until further notice,  Please pray for the speedy recovery of Mgr Heslin who has undergone an operation fo the removal of a cancer.

27 February 2017

ASH WEDNESDAY IN HULL

REGRETTABLY, DUE TO THE UNAVAILABILITY OF A PRIEST THE 6.30PM MASS IN HULL ON ASH WEDNESDAY HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED.

THERE IS A LATIN MASS AT ST WILFRID'S IN YORK, WITH DISTRIBUTION OF ASHES, ON ASH WEDNESDAY AT 6PM.

SORRY FOR THE SHORT NOTICE.

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.