Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Fr Elias Lynch, O.Carm - 50 year anniversary

It was fifty years ago today that Fr Elias Lynch, O.Carm - founder of the National Shrine of Saint Jude - died, a few weeks after his seventieth birthday. In his last letter to the friends of Saint Jude, Fr Elias wrote:

"On September 25th, I celebrated my seventieth birthday. In the religious life we hardly ever celebrate our birthdays, but it seemed to me that on that day, I would be three score years and ten, that God would have given me grace to live so long. It isn't a long time perhaps in your estimation, but we are a short lived family; I think it is because we all had a bee in our bonnet and that eventually buzzed our lives away...."

"..So I thought I would celebrate my seventieth birthday in case God was a little tired of seeing me around and would decide to take me away before my next Feast Day/. Therefore I set my mind to worry out what I should do and the whole problem was settled for me by [a] nice old lady who wanted to give me a chalice and I started off a chalice fund asking her to contribute £10. Some three hundred people subscribed to the fund and it was over subscribed, so I had another idea.."

In an impulse of generosity, Elias found a beautiful Italian eighteenth-century chalice which he gave to Aylesford for concelebrations. Within a few weeks of his seventieth birthday, Elias had died. He died in the Cottage Hospital in Faversham on All Saints Day, 1 November 1967.

Thank you God for bringing this man to the Carmelites - we have a lot to be grateful for. You can read more about Elias in Friar Beyond the Pale by Fr Wilfrid McGreal, O.Carm via our online shop.

May Elias Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.

Saint Jude, pray for us.


Thursday, 19 October 2017

Novena to Saint Jude - October 2017

Our novena to Saint Jude starts on 20 October and can be prayed over the next eight days until his feast day on 28 October 2017. You can pray the novena in private, with your friends or family, or in a group:

Jesus, I praise you and bless you
And give you thanks for
all the graces and privileges
you have bestowed upon
your chosen apostle Saint Jude...

(Make your special request now)

Loving God,
who revealed to Saint Jude
your desire to come to us,
and share your life with us,
open our hearts
so that your Spirit may teach us your truth,
and that keeping your commandments
we may know your abiding presence.

Pictured is the Kossowski statue of Saint Jude


Monday, 16 October 2017

Feast celebrations 2017 - two days of great celebration

The Feast of Saint Jude celebrations will be taking place at the National Shrine of Saint Jude on 28 and 29 October 2017. This year, the Most Rev. Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark will be in attendance on Sunday 29 October 2017.

On Saturday 28 October 2017, there will be three Masses with the blessing of oil and anointing at: 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 4.00pm. These will be celebrated by the Prior Provincial of the Carmelites in Britain, Fr Kevin Alban, O.Carm.

On Sunday 29 October 2017, there will be two Masses with the blessing of oil and anointing at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. The 2.30pm Mass will be a very special one as it will be celebrated by the Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Rev. Peter Smith and concelebrated by Fr Kevin Alban, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Carmelites.

After this special Mass, the Archbishop and Prior Provincial will be then officially open the small meeting room (currently called Welcome Centre 2), and rename it the Brother Anthony McGreal room. Brother Anthony is pictured above.

Brother Anthony McGreal, O.Carm assisted the founder, Father Elias Lynch, O.Carm in establishing the Shrine of Saint Jude and the work of the Carmelite Press. His work with Father Elias created the groundwork for this special place – this special Apostolate continues sixty-two years later.  Brother Anthony’s nephew, Father Wilfrid McGreal, O.Carm will be in attendance for this special Mass and renaming of the room.  

Father Kevin Alban, O.Carm, said: “It will be a truly joyous occasion and we are looking forward to seeing many friends of Saint Jude.” Mr Matt Betts, Development Manager remarked: “The National Shrine of Saint Jude is proud of its past and we are pleased that we can honour one of our founders in this way. Everyone is very welcome to our weekend of celebrations.” 


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

New Calendar for 2018

Our new calendar is now available to buy from the online shop: it is limited to only 500 copies and these are selling fast. This calendar has been produced with photos from the National Shrine of Saint Jude, and includes special Feast Days and Carmelite Feast Days. All purchases support the work of the Carmelites in Britain and worldwide. Purchase, here.


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Special Offer: Online shop

We are offering 20% off any PRAYER CARDS OR BOOKLETS ORDERED at the online shop.

Please use the code JudeOctober once you’ve added all your items to the shopping cart. Please note this offer runs out on 31 October 2017. All prayer cards and booklets can be viewed, here: 

All funds raised goes towards the work of the Shrine and the Carmelites in the UK and abroad. Use the code JudeOctober in the section called “Discount Code” at the bottom of the Shopping Cart. Once the code is entered simply click “Apply Coupon”. You can pay for items via your debit/credit card (or cheque and cash).

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Novena to the Little Flower

The following novena recently published in Carmelite News and from the National Shrine of Saint Jude is for nine days. The novena starts on 23 September 2017 and continues until the Feast Day of Saint Thérèse. You can pray the novena in private, with your friends or family, or in a group

Remember, most gracious Little Flower, 
our Rose Queen, your wish to spend 
your time in heaven doing good upon earth. 
Full of confidence in your power 
I implore your intercession on my behalf. 

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Lord Jesus Christ, who said, 
“Unless you become like little children 
you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven,” 
grant that we may imitate 
Saint Thérèse, 
in humilty and in simplicity of heart 
that we may come to share 
in her eternal reward. 
You who live with 
the Father and the Holy Spirit. 


The National Shrine of Saint Jude has a society dedicated to the Little Flower. Find out more, here. We also have a number of prayer cards to Saint Thérèse, which can be purchased from here.

The Shrine of the Little Flower here in Faversham