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

20 October 2016

Growth of the Ordinariate

I read today that eight former Anglican clergymen have commenced their studies to become Catholic priests in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.  They join another one who is in his second year of studies.  In view of their experience in the Church of England, former Anglican clergy are able to follow an accelerated course of training.

In addition, there are two men training to become priests of the Ordinariate at Oscott College.  Since these two were not formerly Anglican clergymen, they have to do the full seminary course of six years.  I understand that both of them are half way through their training.

If all goes well, the Ordinariate will have 11 new priests to add to the 90 that they have at the moment.  This will mean that the Ordinariate will have more priests than many of the dioceses of England and Wales.

I also keep reading of of lay people being received into the Church and joining Ordinariate groups. Unfortunately, like the Catholic Church in England and Wales as a whole, the Ordinariate does not publish figures for its general membership, but there is no doubt that it is growing at a steady, albeit slow, rate.  An educated guess is that it has about 2,000 members.

Many people dismiss the Ordinariate as insignificant or irrelevant, but the fact is that it is growing and here to stay.

17 October 2016

Next Mass Mass at Marton

There will be a Requiem Mass at the Church of the Most Holy Sacrament in Marton on Saturday 5th November at 12 noon.  It will be offered by Fr Mark Drew.

This will be the fourth and final old rite Mass of the year at Marton.  Since they are so infrequent, it would be nice to have a good sized congregation.

04 October 2016

Mass in Hull

The next monthly Latin Mass at St Charles Church in Hull is at 6.30pm on Wednesday 5th October.  The celebrant will be Fr Peter Mulholland.

24 September 2016

Institute of Christ the King to take over Church in Detroit

It has recently been announced that the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will be taking over the Church of St Joseph in Detroit.  Originally built by the German community, it has more recently been merged with two other churches into the parish of the Mother of Divine Mercy. Despite being close to the downtown area of Detroit, the church is attractively situated amid green lawns and trees.

Whilst clearly a fine church when viewed from the outside, one has to go inside to fully appreciate its splendour.  Somehow it has escaped re-ordering.  Original altar, communion rail, pulpit, sedilia and confessionals are all intact.  The stained glass is also very good.  Many pictures of this church can be found on the internet.

The Institute will be taking charge of the church in the middle of October, and it will be their 13th church in the USA.  I also understand that it will become a personal parish, which means that it will be detached from the existing clustered parish, and will become the sole responsibility of the Institute.  This is a rather different status from the two churches that the Institute have in England.

19 September 2016

St Margaret Clitherow and the Martyrs of York

The date has been fixed for the 2017 pilgrimage in honour of St Margaret Clitherow and the Martyrs of York.  It is Saturday 25th March.  The pilgrimage will start at St wilfrid's Church in York with a Solemn Mass at 1.30pm, which will be followed by a procession through the city passing through the Shambles,where the shrine to St Margaret Clitherow is located.  The pilgrimage will end with Benediction back at St Wilfrid's Church.

17 September 2016

Vespers and Benediction

After a break during August, Sunday Vespers have been resumed at St Wilfrid's Church in York. Since the Oratorian Fathers introduced Vespers on Sunday evenings a couple of years ago, the congregation has gradually grown.  Last Sunday,the congregation was the largest that I have seen so far.

Vespers consists of the chanting of five psalms, the singing of one hymn and the Magnificat, and a couple of short readings.  It lasts about half an hour, and is a very uplifting experience.  All the singing is in Latin, and to Gregorian chant tones.  Some may find this difficult at first, but it becomes easier after attending a few times,

Vespers is at 6pm each Sunday, and is followed at 6.30pm by Benediction.

10 September 2016

Ad Orientem in the Diocese of Madison

Bishop Robert Morlino, the Bishop of Madison in the United States, has announced that, starting in October, whenever he celebrates a Sunday Mass in in his cathedral, it will be celebrated ad orientem. The bishop does not say what will happen on those Sundays when he is not there.  Neither does he say what will happen during the week.

Nevertheless, this is a very clear statement in support of Cardinal Sarah, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, who has called on all priests to consider offering Mass ad orientem from the beginning of Advent.  Bishop Morlino is to be congratulated on making such a clear statement.

This is an example of how the bishops of the United States differ from those of England and Wales.  In the US, bishops have a range of views, and are prepared to step out of line to express them.  In this country, it is rare for any bishop to make a public statement that is likely to be controversial, or differ from the collective view of the Bishops' Conference.  The Archbishop of Westminster has, of course, made it clear that there will be no return to ad orientem in the Diocese of Westminster, and a few bishops have made similar statements with regard to their own dioceses.

07 September 2016

Good News Concerning Redcar

I have been informed that the 11am weekly Sunday Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Lobster Road, Redcar will resume, starting on Sunday 11th September.  I understand that Mgr Heslin, who has not been too well of late  has recovered sufficiently to restart these Masses.  We are very grateful to Mgr Heslin.

06 September 2016

And from an Earlier Newsletter

The following is taken from an earlier newsletter of St Walburge's Church in Preston.

From the Letter Box 

The recent first High Mass of young Canon Cosme Montjean was a joyous occasion for us all. This blessed occasion made quite an impression on the many visitors and we are happy to share a few of the notes we received: “Just a quick note to say how great it was to be at Canon Montjean’s First High Mass this morning, to receive his blessing and join the reception – thank you for your hospitality. Each time I experience the Traditional Mass, particularly at St Walburge’s, it inspires me to aim to experience it on a more regular basis! [My friend] was also struck by the beauty and reverence and said that it took him back to his childhood when he served Mass each morning before school! He certainly wants to come again.” A first-time visitor writes: “It was such a wonderful and memorable occasion. I have been reliving all the ceremony ... I have been enjoying the pictures on Facebook too.” Another writes: “It was a great privilege for us to be with you all at this wonderful celebration, and I would be grateful if you would send our respects and thanks to Canon Montjean. We look forward to visiting Saint Walburge’s Catholic Shrine Church in the future.”

05 September 2016


There will be a Low Mass at St Charles Church in Hull this Wednesday, 5th September at 6.30pm.