Thursday, 11 January 2018

Novena to Saint Jude - January 2018

Our novena to Saint Jude started on 11 January 2018 and can be prayed over the next eight days until 19 January 2018. 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...

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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 Adam Kossowski statue of Saint Jude in the Shrine Information Centre


Sunday, 24 December 2017

Happy Christmas 2017

Thank you for all your support and prayers in 2017. The National Shrine of Saint Jude will remember you all at Midnight Mass.

May you be blessed with peace and joy at Christmas, and health and happiness in the coming year.

Saint Jude, pray for us.


Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Food bank donation

After our Christmas @ the Shrine, we had some spare mince pies. Today, the Shrine of Saint Jude were very happy to donate them to the local Foodbank, so that people can enjoy them over Christmas. Foodbanks are always looking for food...

No one in our communities should have to face going hungry. Faversham foodbank and many others are supported by The Trussell Trust, which works to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Why don't you donate some food this Christmas...and beyond? Details, here. Thank you.


Thursday, 7 December 2017

Novena to the Holy Infant of Prague

Our novena to the Holy Infant of Prague starts on 17 December and can be prayed over the next eight days until Christmas Day on 25 December 2017. You can pray the novena in private, with your friends or family, or in a group:

God of endless ages,
Source of all goodness,
we celebrate the dawn of salvation
in the birth of your Son,
Jesus, the Holy Infant.

With gratitude we recall his humanity
when he became like us
in all things but sin.

May the power of his divinity
help us to answer his call
to forgiveness and new life.

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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Saint Andrew - Feast Day

As the National Shrine of Saint Jude, we always remember special saints of these isles at our daily Mass. However, Saint Andrew is all the more special because he is a fellow Apostle to Saint Jude. Saint Andrew is the Patron Saint of Scotland and we wish our friends in Scotland a happy Feast Day.

The New Testament tells us that Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter. He was born in the village of Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee. Both he and his brother Peter were fishermen by trade, and Jesus called them to be his disciples by saying that he will make them "fishers of men". At the beginning of Jesus' public life, they occupied the same house at Capernaum.

Tradition states that Andrew was martyred by crucifixion at the city of Patras in Achaea, on the northern coast of the Peloponnese. A tradition developed that Andrew had been crucified on a cross of the form called Crux decussata (X-shaped cross, or "saltire"), now commonly known as a "Saint Andrew's Cross" — at his own request, as he deemed himself unworthy to be crucified on the same type of cross as Jesus had been.

About the middle of the 10th century, Andrew became the patron saint of Scotland. Several legends state that the relics of Andrew were brought by divine guidance from Constantinople to the place where the modern town of St Andrews stands today.

Like Saint Jude, Andrew was one of the first messengers of the Good News. At the Shrine, we thank him for that and pray for all the Apostles on this special day.

St Andrew, pray for us. Saint Jude, pray for us.


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

#GivingTuesday 2017

Today is marked as ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬, which is a global day of giving. After the sales of the weekend, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to come together to show the world why it’s good to give. Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering your time or just spreading the word at the start of the Christmas shopping season, #GivingTuesday is a call to action for everyone who wants to give something back.
Donations to the Carmelites enable us to support our ministries in the UK, and to support many special causes around the world. Recently, the British Province of Carmelites have supported: famine relief in East Africa; helping the Carmelite Friars in Mozambique; a regular program of ongoing grants to support the costs of the formation of Carmelite students around the world; the work of the Divine Providence hospital for cancer patients in El Salvador; and so much more.
If you want to donate towards the work of the Carmelites in Britain and the UK, you can do that here:; or directly to the Missions, here: Or alternatively, you can simply, buy something from our online shop:

For other ways, visit our website, here:
All money raised will go towards the work of the Carmelites in the UK and abroad.
Saint Jude, pray for us