Thursday, 2 March 2017

Summer Celebration - 27 May 2017

Summer Celebration
27 May 2017

Full details of our 2017 Summer Celebration are now available.

The summer is always very beautiful at the Shrine, and it will be lovely to see visitors at the Summer Celebration. All welcome.

11.00: Devotions with Anointing
12.00 – 13.00: Picnic on the grounds 
13.30: Open Air Mass 
14.30: Saint Jude procession

The summer is always very beautiful at the Shrine, and it will be lovely to see visitors at the Summer Celebration. All welcome.

Photos from our special day in 2016 here

Friends of Saint Jude who cannot attend, can purchase a pillar candle, which will be lit on the day for your intentions. A Saint Jude pillar candle or a St Thérèse of Lisieux pillar candle, can be purchased, here.

Please note that the Shrine is based at: 34 Tanners Street, Faversham, ME13 7JW


Sunday, 26 February 2017

Guild of Saint Jude - 2017

Would you like to be part of the Shrine every day through prayer, wherever you are? Would you like to become a messenger of Saint Jude and share in our mission of the National Shrine?

The new Guild has been created to:
  • Promote the love of God by fostering devotion to his Apostle St Jude
  • Support and share in the mission of the Carmelite Family by prayer and material resources
  • Raise awareness and encourage pilgrimages to the National Shrine
What are the benefits?

The Spiritual Benefits
  • Members share in the Daily Masses at the Shrine
  • Members share in special Masses offered for them and their families each quarter
  • Members join the Shrine in daily prayers throughout the year
  • Handbook of devotions
  • Deceased members are remembered each year
Other Important Benefits
  • receive a Membership Certificate
  • receive a Shrine of Saint Jude Guild badge
  • receive our annual Guild magazine and quarterly Carmelite News
  • invitation to talks and events at the Shrine
Our members are invited
  • to say our recommended daily prayers
  • to support and promote the Shrine
  • to help spread devotion to Saint Jude
  • to encourage people to join the Guild of Saint Jude
  • to encourage people to receive the Carmelite News
How to join
Membership is open to all who have a devotion to Saint Jude. If you would like to join, please complete the application form which is linked below, or visit our on-line shop

If you have any queries, please contact the Shrine office on: 01795 539 214, or email Or fill in the form, which can be found here

More information can be found here


Saturday, 25 February 2017

On-line shop highlights - 5

Prayer card to Saint Gerard - for Motherhood
Our new on-line shop includes not only a number of religious gifts and souvenirs connected with Saint Jude, but there is so much more on offer too.

For the next few weeks, we're going to show our blog and Facebook friends some special items you can purchase from our new shop.

This time we want to highlight the various prayer cards for many special saints. We have a massive range of prayer cards and booklets available at the shop. Most of our stock are exclusively designed by the Shrine to help raise money for the Shrine and the work of the Carmelites in Britain and worldwide.

Our shop can be found here and prayer cards like those pictured can be found, here.

Prayer booklet to Saint Joseph


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Cheryl Tabrett

It is with sadness, but trusting in the loving mercy of God, that the National Shrine of Saint Jude announces the death yesterday of Mrs Cheryl Tabrett. Cheryl had worked at the Shrine for a number of years, and gave so much of her time and experience to our pilgrims. In 2015, Cheryl retired to Wales with her husband.

Cheryl was not the first and only member of her family to work for the Carmelites in Faversham either - her mum, auntie, husband and daughter have all had a part to play. We will always be grateful to Cheryl and her family for everything she and they have done. We express our condolences to Cheryl's husband, Trevor, and her family and friends. We thank God for the great work Cheryl did for the Shrine and our charity. We ask you to join with us in praying for Cheryl, who remains tied to us in Christ by baptism. May Cheryl, and all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace. We will miss you.

Cheryl (on the right) with Most Rev. Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., Prior General and two pilgrims

Friday, 3 February 2017

Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes

The following novena was recently published in Carmelite News and is from the National Shrine of Saint Jude. Our novena to Our Lady of Lourdes is for nine days.

You can pray the novena in private, with your friends or family, or in a group. The novena starts on Friday 3 February and continues until 11 February 2017.

3 - 11 February 2017

God of mercy,
we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes,
the sinless mother of Jesus, your Son.
May her prayers help us
to rise above our human weakness.

We ask this through
our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

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Friday, 27 January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day

Today in Britain is Holocaust Memorial Day, which this year takes the theme "How can life go on?"

This was the question facing the Carmelites who survived the concentration camps of World War II, such as Brother Raphael Tijhuis, who wrote of his experiences in the book "Nothing Can Stop God from Reaching Us: A Dachau Diary".

In the photo above, Br. Raphael is seen meeting Pope Paul VI in June 1972 during a Papal Audience for Catholic Religious who had survived concentration camps.

Today we in the Carmelite Family pledge ourselves anew to remember the genocides of the past, and to work as best we can to ensure that they never happen again.

For more information on Holocaust Memorial Day visit their page, here.


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Photo of the Month - January 2017

Our photo(s) of the month shows the Shrine of Saint Jude earlier this month during its repainting, and the statue having a temporary home in our office. 

This photo show a very rare view of the inner shrine without the 16th Century statue of Saint Jude; the reliquary; and the iron gates. These were all removed so that the area could be freshly painted. 

The Shrine, the mosaic apse, ironwork and exterior frieze in mosaic were designed by Michael Leigh A.R.C.A., who worked on various Churches including some of the mosaics in Westminster Cathedral.

The carvings of the Twelve Apostles round the apse in the inner Shrine are by Anthony Foster. He was Eric Gill's principal assistant, and Gill had a very high opinion of his work. The design was based on the Malmesbury Apostles. St. Paul has been substituted for Judas Iscariot.

The redecoration was a kind donation from a friend and supporter of the Shrine: Mrs Bharadwa. We are very grateful to her and her family for her donation.

The statue of Saint Jude kept safe in the Shrine Office
And, here's a photo of how the Shrine looks normally: