This blog is offered as a forum within which events to promote and celebrate the Traditional Catholic Latin Liturgy can be organised in the North of England. The idea emerged during conversations at the 2010 Low Week Latin Mass Society training course at Ushaw College.

Regular Sunday Masses in the North of England

St Mary's Brigg, Every Sunday 5 pm

St. Joseph's, Castleford, Every Sunday 3 pm

Sacred Heart, Broughton Hall, Skipton, 1st Sunday of Month 11.30 am

St Mary Magdalene, Penwortham, Preston Every Sunday 9 am

St Dominic's Priory, Newcastle, Every Sunday, 11.30 am

The Sacred Heart & English Martyrs, Thornley, Co Durham, Every Sunday 9.30 am

St Joseph's, Gateshead, Every Sunday 12 noon

St Mary's, Barnard Castle, Co Durham, Every Sunday 9 am

Our Lady Star of the Sea, Seaforth, Liverpool, Every Sunday 9.30 am

St Anthony's, Liverpool, Every Sunday 3 pm

English Martyrs', York, Every Sunday 6.30 pm

St Alphonsus, North Ormesby, 6 pm

Holy Name, Manchester, 4 pm

St Mary's, Gilbert Street, Halifax, Every Saturday 6 pm

St Catherine Laboure, Staningfield Lane, Farington P25 4QG, Every Sunday 11.30 am

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Christmas Masses at St Catherine Labouré

St. Catherine Labouré

Stanifield Lane
PR25 4QG


Christmas Day - 11am - Missa Cantata

Sunday 26th December - 11.30am - Low Mass

Sunday 2nd January - 11.30am - Low Mass

Epiphany - 6th January - 7pm - Missa Cantata

Monday, 20 December 2010

Christmas & Epiphany at Holy Souls, Scunthorpe

Christmas : Dawn Low Mass 8.00 am
Epiphany : Solemn High Mass, 6.00 pm, Thursday 6th January

Monday, 13 December 2010

Pontifical Mass Holy Cross Leicester

Although it is a little bit South I thought something should be posted since not much has yet appeared elsewhere. Bishop Malcolm McMahon kindly celebrated a Pontifical Mass at the throne for the feast of the Immaculate Conception (10th anniversary of his episcopal ordination) followed by a blessing of a new Martyrs shrine at Holy Cross Priory Leicester. The Dominican community attended in choir with the prior, Fr Periera O.P., acting as Assistant Priest. Fr Crean O.P. acted as Deacon at the altar with Bro. Pearson O.P. as Subdeacon and Bro. Davoren O.P. as Subdeacon of the Cross. Frs Cahill and O'Connor assisted as Deacons at the Throne. Richard Hawker did an outstanding job of preparing the servers and as MC at Mass with the assistance of Nick Ianicelli. The parish schola did a superb job with Byrd's Mass for 3 voices and the Gregorian Propers.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Bishop's Visitation - St Catherine Labouré

This coming Sunday - the Fourth of Advent - Bishop Tom Williams will be attending Mass and preaching at the 11.30 EF Mass at St catherine's in Farington, Leyland whilst on Pastoral Visitation to the parish. Our small congregation at this Mass would welcome any visitors to swell the ranks and help to give the bishop a warm welcome.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Our Lady, Star of the Sea - Seaforth Village: Christmas timetable

Low Masses will be celebrated throughout the Christmas period as follows:

Saturday Dec. 25th - Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ - 9.30am
Sunday Dec. 26th - Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity - 9.30am
Tuesday Dec. 28th - The Holy Innocents, Martyrs - 10.30am
Saturday Jan. 1st - Octave Day of the Nativity - Noon
Sunday Jan. 2nd - Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus - 9.30am
Thursday Jan. 6th - Epiphany of Our Lord - 7.00pm



Monday, 15 November 2010

St Catherine Labouré, Leyland

Just a note to let people know that due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no 11.30am EF Mass at St Catherine's this coming Sunday 21st November (and no Mass on Saturday 20th November at 12 noon). Back to normal next week.

Monday, 1 November 2010

All Saints & All Souls

Holy Souls', Scunthorpe
Monday 1st November All Saints Low Mass 7 pm
Tuesday 2nd November All Souls Low Mass 7 pm
Sorry for late posting

Thursday, 28 October 2010

All Souls' Day in York

7.30pm on 2nd November
Church of the English Martyrs
Dalton Terrace
Missa Cantata
The Rudgate Singers will be singing Fauré's Requiem.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Recollection and Douai Martyrs

This Saturday is the feast of the Douai Martyrs. There will be a High Mass at St Joseph`s, Gateshead at 12 noon. This feast has an added poignancy this year given the uncertainty over the future of Ushaw college, the northern successor of Douai. The celebrant will be Fr Simon Leworthy FSSP.

Preceding the Mass there will be a morning of recollection for lay people given by Fr Leworthy. This will start at 10am and will include time for confessions. Other parts of the country have days of recollection organised by the LMS but this is the first time we have attempted this in the North East. If you are coming you may like to bring a packed lunch for after the Mass. Many thanks to Fr Adrian Dixon, the parish priest of St Joseph`s for letting us use his church for this event.

St Joseph`s, Gateshead is very easy to reach by public transport: it is immediately opposite Gateshead Metro station.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Masses for All Saints and All Souls

St Catherine Labouré
Stanifield Lane
PR25 4QG
Tel: 01772 421174

Monday 1st November - All Saints

Low Mass - 7pm

Tuesday 2nd November - All Souls

Low Mass - 12 noon

Missa Solemnis - 7pm

Monday, 4 October 2010

Pontifical High Mass at the Throne at Holy Cross Leicester

The Prior and community of the Dominican Priory of the Holy Cross Leicester are pleased to announce:
Celebrant: Bishop Malcolm McMahon, OP, Bishop of Nottingham
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Wednesday 8th December, 2010 at 7pm
Followed by the consecration of a Shrine to the English Martyrs.
I think I am correct that this will be the first Pontifical High Mass of a Bishop in his Diocese for a very long time indeed! It would be wonderful to have as many people as possible attend this.
Clergy are invited to sit in choir. Please bring Cotta and biretta, and stole if receiving communion. Please could you inform me at the e-mail address below.
If any clergy or servers who feel they would like to be part of the sanctuary party, please contact me at They would need to be free to attend a few rehearsals.

Richard Hawker,
Sacristan & Master of Ceremonies,
Priory of the Holy Cross,

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Solemn Mass at St Charles, Hull

Once a few organisational hitches had been over come the Mass for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross passed off well. Thanks are due to the clergy of St Charles for their hospitality. Thanks also to the ubiquitous Rudgate Singers. Thanks finally to Richard Hawker who is due to move from Hull at the end of the month. His services will be missed both there and in Scunthorpe.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, October 7

Low Mass will be offered at Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Seaforth Village, Liverpool, at 7pm, preceded by the praying of the Rosary.

Brinkburn Pilgrimage

Fr Michael Brown has a short report on the annual Mass at Brinkburn Abbey on his blog Forest Murmurs.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Solemn Mass for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Tuesday 14th September, 2010
7.00 pm, St Charles, Hull
3rd Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum
Mass for the Holy Father
Music provided by Rudgate Singers

Friday, 3 September 2010

Solemn Mass in honour of St Thérèse of Lisieux

Friday 1st October 7.30 pm

St Theresa's Church

311 Queen Mary Road,


Thursday, 12 August 2010

Assumption Solemn Mass

Plans for a solemn Mass at Holy Souls Scunthorpe at 3 pm on Sunday 15th August for the Assumption are faultering. We really need a subdeacon and a couple of servers otherwise we will have to reduce our ambitions to a Missa Cantata.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Regular Sunday Mass at St Catherine's

I am very happy to be able to say that starting on the Feast of the Assumption, 15th August at 11.30am, Holy Mass will be offered in the Traditional Form of the Roman Rite here at St Catherine's each Sunday. We will be starting quietly with Low Mass and see how things go.

For anyone travelling, our little church is on the outskirts of Leyland not far from junctions 28 & 29 of the M6.

St Catherine Labouré

Stanifield Lane


PR25 4QG

Tel: 01772 421174

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Solemn Mass at St Catherine Labouré, Farington, Leyland

Just one still from the Mass offered at St Catherine's on 6th July.

Further video footage can be viewed here:

Fr Simon.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Another Useful Website

I'm probably the last person to find this website but I flag it up just in case. Amonst other things it contains exstensive translations from the 1962 Rituale and a video tutorial for serving Low Mass. It looks like they are still planning to extend the video library to include tutorials for Missa Cantata and Solemn Mass.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Mass at St Charles, Hull

Congratulations to all involved in organising this Missa Cantata at such a prestigious venue. Comments from those who were there may well be of interest to readers of this blog. Mike Forbester has a great set of photos of the event on Flicker.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

The Annual Founders' Day Memorial Requiem for John and Josephine Bowes


Saturday 31st July, 2010

St Mary's Church,
Birch Road,
Barnard Castle,
Co. Durham.
DL12 8NR

The annual Requiem for the founders of the church & museum.

Some info from the parish website...

If John Bowes' birth had been legitimate, then he would have become the Earl of Strathmore and our history would probably have been different. As it was, he inherited lands and money from the old Earl, his father, and after a classic education for a gentleman of his time he developed an interest in the theatre, was a successful owner of race horses (his horse Western Australian won the Derby in 1853), was a popular MP for several years, and together with his French wife Josephine became a great collector of French paintings and other artifacts which he intended to house in a great museum to be built at Barnard Castle. John was not a Catholic, but his wife was. He was devoted to his wife, who was much younger than him, and when she died in 1874 he decided to fulfill her desire to have a chapel next to the museum on which work had already started. The chapel reached the height of the eves when John became short of money to complete the museum. Work was stopped, and the chapel stood for almost fifty years as a folly. John died in 1885, but his will was not probated until 1905. Then began years of discussion between the trustees of the museum and the trustees of the chapel as to its siting and use. Eventually in 1926 agreement was reached for the chapel to be moved to a corner of the museum site, and the building was finished and opened in 1928. The bodies of John and Josephine Bowes were brought from their temporary resting-place at the vault at Gibside Hall, Dunston, and they rest now behind the apse of St Mary's Church with their tomb directly facing the front door of their Museum. A Requiem Mass for Founders' Day is celebrated each year in July.

Useful links.

SS Peter & Paul High Mass, Longbenton

A few photos from Tuesday evening's High Mass. More can be found here. The music was provided by the Jarrow Schola and the choir of St George's Church, Cullercoats.


If anyone has taken photos at recent Masses it would be nice to post them with brief reports.

Solemn Mass

Solemn Mass
Tuesday 6th July 7.30pm
St Catherine Labouré
Stanifield Lane
Tel: 01772 421174

A Votive Mass in honour of the Blessed Trinity
The Mass setting will be Missa O Quam Gloriosum by Tomas da Victoria,
Communion motet - O Sacrum Convivium by Giovanni Croce.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Sung Masses at Scarborough & York

Taken from the Middlesbrough LMS blog; and of interest to those in Yorkshire, and along the east coast:

These Masses will be in the usus antiquior and will be celebrated by Fr Stephen Maughan with the music provided by the Cambridge University Polyphonic Choir, directed by Matthew Ward. Matthew Ward is a PhD student at Cambridge, specialising in twelvth centuary Anglo-Norman Chant. We have been informed that the music will include works by Byrd and Tallis, as well as the Winchester Trooper, Dunstable and a movement from the Missa Caput.

The locations and times are:-

Church of St Peter
Castle Road
Wednesday 30 th June

Church of St Charles
Jarratt Street
Sunday 4th July

These will be rare opportunities to attend Mass with such high quality music, so please come along and tell your friends about them.

The Mass at St. Charles will not actually start until nearer 1pm, as Fr. Maughan is covering at another parish and will have to dash here, so there will be Exposition, Rosary and Benediction beforehand.

It would be wonderful to see a high turn out for these events, especially the Hull one! IT is a great encouragement and support for those who do so much to prepare for the Liturgy, and who put so much effort into it; it is also a strong sign to others that acctually people are interested in this form of the Roman Rite!

If there are any servers who are planning on attending, please do bring a cassock and cotta, as we shall certainly be able to make use of you!

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Another Mass for Ss Peter and Paul

Solemn High Mass at Ss Peter and Paul`s, Bardsey Place, Longbenton, at 7pm on June 29th. Haydn`s Little Organ Mass to be sung by the choir of St George`s, Cullercoats. Refreshments afterwards.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Ss Peter and Paul's Day

Missa Cantata
Tuesday 29th June at 7pm
St Catherine Labouré Church
Stanifield Lane
PR25 4QG
Tel: 01772 421174

Friday, 18 June 2010

Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Low Mass 7pm: Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Seaforth

Monday, 14 June 2010

Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Seaforth, Liverpool

Feast of Saints Peter & Paul: Missa Cantata at 7pm, Tuesday 29 June. Celebrant: Fr Andrew Robinson

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Feast of the Sacred Heart

There will be a Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form this Friday at 7.30pm, for the Feast of the Sacred Heart, at the church of St. Marie in Bury. It should be a polyphonic Mass setting, possibly Palestrina.

The Celebrant will be Fr. Francis Wadsworth, who will be well known to those who attended the two Ushaw conferences.

Friday, 14 May 2010

(Just in case anyone missed this news/story): 1962 Missale Romanum reprint (now a photo of the cover!)

Shamelessly lifted from Jon Sonnen's blog, here's a link (below) to an amazingly hi-resolution mega-zoom enabled image of the cover of the "new" 1962 altar missal as re-published by Libreria Editrice Vaticana on February 10th 2010. Just keep zoom-clicking the image. As far as I am aware this is the first cover photo "doing the rounds". The sheer quality of the binding appears to be there for all to see. Priced at €210 (£180-ish?). So, when in Rome...


Solemn Mass for Corpus Christi

Thursday 3rd June at 7.30pm
Missa Cantata with chant and Polyphony
St Catherine Labouré Church
Stanifield Lane, Farington, Leyland PR25 4QG
Tel: 01772 421174

There is also Low Mass each Saturday at 12 noon at St Catherine's

Ascension Mass, St Mary's, Brigg

A wonderful occasion. The choir and orchestra of Louth Grammar school under the direction of Andrew Shaw did a fine job with the Haydn Mass. About 150 in attendance. Thanks to Jeremy Boot for the photos.

Musical Texts

Those celebrating Missa Cantata might find the following link useful. The site has a page with musical settings of Epistles, Gospels etc. which can be downloaded and printed off.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Shopping for Vestments

Try . A Polish seller whom I have found very reliable. The opposite is one of several Roman low Mass sets I have bought from him. His prices are more than reasonable.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Seaforth Village

Low Mass will be celebrated at 7pm on the feast of the Ascension.
The Ascension of Our Lord
Missa Cantata
7pm on Thursday 13th May
St Catherine's Church
Stanifield Lane
PR25 4QG
Tel: 01722 421174

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Gregorian Chant Workshop

Saturday May 8, 2010

9:30 am
Saturday 8th May 2010 from 9.30am to 5pm at St Alphonsus’ Catholic Church
95 Westbourne Grove, Middlesbrough, TS3 6EW
In this day-long workshop we will learn and sing some of the most beautiful chants in the repertory of Gregorian Chant, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and based around the context of a Sung Mass. We will immerse ourselves in the sound, technique and language of this ancient musical style, working toward an authentic and beautiful performance at the end of the day. We will also discover the links between Chant and Polyphony.
The music we will study in the workshop will include: 

  • Mass IX (Cum Iubilo)
  • The Propers of the BVM
  • Marian Processionals
  • Gregorian Hymnody
  • Marian Polyphonic Motets
All materials (an introduction to Gregorian Chant, scores and helpful resources) are included in the cost of the day. Beginners and more advanced singers are welcome. Registration Fee: £5.00 – No Fee for Students
To register please contact us at or telephone (01642) 245043. Further information may be found at

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Ascension Day Mass, St Mary's Brigg

Solemn High Mass at St Mary's Brigg on Ascension Day, Thursday May 13th, 7pm. The ordinary will be sung to the Missa Sancti Ioannis a Deo by F.J. Haydn and is being performed by the choir and orchestra of King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth, directed by Andrew Shaw. Singers for the Gregorian Schola and Servers are welcome. Clergy attending include Fr Dominic O'Connor the parish priest, Fr John Cahill and the Reverend Mr Hunter. Richard Hawker is acting as MC.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Posting Events

I have added two lists on this page: a) of regular Sunday Masses & b) of occasional Masses. Please let me know the times and venues of Masses in your area.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

The ascent / descent into the blogsphere

This is all new to me. I have sent out a handful of invitations to join this blog from contacts in my e-mail address list. I'm not sure that this is the best way to do it. If it is I need more addresses please.

Friday, 16 April 2010


This blog is offered as a forum within which events to promote and celebrate the Traditional Catholic Latin Liturgy can be organised in the North of England. The idea emerged during informal conversations at the 2010 Low Week Latin Mass Society training course at Ushaw College.