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

Feast Days (as advertised) usually at 6pm.

5pm. 1st Saturdays. Missa Cantata
St Mary's Church, Bishophill Junior, York. YO1 6EN

Other Masses as advertised, usually at 6.30pm.

7.30pm Every Thursday. Low Mass.
University of Hull Catholic Chaplaincy
115 Cottingham Road, Hull. HU15 2DH

9am every Saturday. Low Mass
Sacred Heart Church, Park Road,
Middlesbrough TS5 6LD


4pm. Every Sunday
Church of St Wilfrid, Duncombe Place, York. YO1 7EF

Every Friday
Compline at 9pm
(see link to the Rudgate Singers Calendar below)
St Mary's Church, Bishophill Junior. YO1 6EN

18 September 2020

York Oratory Gets New Member


Last Tuesday, the York Oratory gained another member.  Perry Fox received the habit of St Philip and took the name of Gabriel, after St Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin, an Italian Passionist saint and the patron of Oratorian novices.  Br Gabriel is originally from Sheffield and graduated this year in Psychology from the University of Bristol. He is pictured with the community, with his Novice Master, Fr Daniel and his former University Chaplain, Fr Rupert Allen who encouraged his vocation.

B0D8D0C0-0817-4BC6-8589-960E3C018FC1Br Gabriel's joining the York Oratorians brings the size of the Community back to six.  Br Adam has been granted temporary leave of absence, and is currently living elsewhere. 

The picture above, taken in the garden of the Rectory at York, shows Br David, Fr Duffield (Provost), Br Gabriel, Fr Saward (Parish Priest), Fr Brown and the recently ordained Fr O'Connell.

15 September 2020

Latin Masses in the Middlesbrough Diocese


Here is a summary of the Latin Masses currently taking place in the Middlesbrough Diocese.

York Oratory

Sundays                           12noon  

Monday to Friday            8.15am

Saturdays                         9.15am

Our Lady of Lourdes & St Peter Chanel, Hull

Thursdays                       7.30pm

Regrettably, the Saturday morning Masses at the Sacred Heart Church in Middlesbrough has not been resumed since the COVID restrictions were relaxed.

10 September 2020

Yet More News from Withermarsh Green

The Latin Mass Chaplaincy established at the little Church of Our Lady Immaculate and St Edmund in Withermarsh Green by the Diocese of East Anglia goes from strength to strength. 

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It has been attracting a congregation of about 60 on Sundays.  Since this is too many to accommodate inside the church with social distancing, Masses have been held outside.  However, with the arrival of autumn, a new plan is being adopted.  In future, there will be two Sunday Masses.  One at 10am, and one at noon.

After last Sunday's Mass (the last of the outside Masses), tuition was provided for men wishing to learn to serve the traditional Mass.  No less than 11 men of a variety of ages attended the tuition.  There should be no shortage of servers at Withermarsh Green.  

There is a lot that is attractive about the interior of this church, especially the sanctuary.

27 August 2020

Traditional Benedictine Nuns


The website, New Liturgical Movement, has quite a long story about a very traditional Benedictine convent in Gower, Missouri, USA.  The essentials are that on 21st August, this convent clothed six Postulants as Novices.  The following day, two sisters were fully professed.  A full description of the ceremonies can be read at NLT, but the point I would like to emphasise is that traditional orders of nuns are attracting good numbers of new members to their communities.It seems that the only Orders of n uns that are prospering are the traditional ones.

They all look pretty happy!

24 August 2020

More News from Withermarsh Green


Reports from the new Latin Mass Chaplaincy at Withermarsh Green in the Diocese of East Anglia give the following statistics for Mass attendance:

     Feast of the Assumption                                 80

     Sunday 16th August                                        60

     Sunday 23rd August                                        60

The numbers were such that on each occasion, the Mass was held outside the church to accommodate the numbers attending.  There have also been weekday Masses held inside the church.

20 August 2020

Virtual Walsingham Pilgrimage

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Readers will be aware that the Latin Mass Society holds a walking pilgrimage to Walsingham every year over the August Bank Holiday weekend.  This year it is to be a virtual pilgrimage.  Go to the LMS main website to find out how to participate.

19 August 2020

The State of the Church in Ireland


In all of Ireland's 26 dioceses, there is to be just one priestly ordination of a diocesan priest this year.  Before Vatican II, there would have been 90 or more ordinations of diocesan priests in a typical year.  The Church in Ireland is in a pretty poor state.  

By contrast, the Society of St Pius X has ordained two Irish priests this year, and the Institute of Christ the King has accepted three Irishmen into its seminary in Gricigliano.  

17 August 2020

Fr O'Connell's Chalice

Here is a picture of Fr Henry O'Connell's chalice.  It incorporates his mother's wedding ring, which can just be seen above the base.  Fr O'Connell's father died recently.  May he rest in Peace.

Withermarsh Green

 Here is a picture of Fr Henry Whisenant admiring the sanctuary at the Church of Our Lady Immaculate  and St Edmund in Withermarsh Green.

Although it is a very modest church, it has many attractions.  The sanctuary is very nicely preserved.

15 August 2020

Father Henry O'Connell

Brother (now Father) Henry was ordained to the sacred priesthood at the York Oratory today.  The Ordination Mass can be viewed on the York Oratory's  Youtube channel.