Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Novena to the Sacred Heart

Statue of the Sacred Heart, National Shrine of Saint Jude
Our novena to the Sacred Heart is for nine days.

You can pray the novena in private, with your friends or family, or in a group. The novena starts on 15 June 2017 and continues until 23 June 2017. 

Merciful God,
we rejoice in the gifts of love
we have received from the
heart of Jesus, your Son.
Open our hearts to share his life
and continue to bless us with his love.

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.

Make your special request now 

Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be...

The following novena was recently published in Carmelite News and is from the National Shrine of Saint Jude. 


Thursday, 8 June 2017

Shrine website - brand new

The brand new website for the National Shrine of Saint Jude is now live!

Come and see: www.stjudeshrine.org.uk and please send our address to friends and family.


Monday, 5 June 2017

Highlights of our online shop I

Medal of Saint John Fisher

John Fisher (c. 19 October 1469 – 22 June 1535), venerated as Saint John Fisher, was an English Catholic bishop and theologian. Fisher was also an academic, and eventually served as Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

Fisher was executed by order of Henry VIII during the English Reformation for refusing to accept the king as Supreme Head of the Church of England.

This item and many more available at www.stjudeshrine.co.uk.

The Shrine is part of the Carmelite Charitable Trust - Registered Charity Number 1061342. All proceeds from the shop go towards the Shrine and the work of the Carmelites in Britain and worldwide.


Sunday, 4 June 2017

Prayer for Peace

Our hearts go out to the victims of last night's terrorist attack in London; may the deceased rest in peace. We commit ourselves anew to praying for peace and to building bridges of understanding in our society.

A prayer for peace by Pope St John Paul II:
Hear my voice, for it is the voice of the victims of all wars and violence among individuals and nations.
Hear my voice, for it is the voice of all children who suffer and will suffer when people put their faith in weapons and war.
Hear my voice when I beg You to install into the hearts of all human beings the wisdom of peace, the strength of justice, and the joy of fellowship.
Hear my voice, for I speak for the multitudes in every country and in every period of history who do not want war and are ready to walk the road of peace.
Hear my voice and grant insight and strength so that we may always respond to hatred with love, to injustice with total dedication to justice, to need with the sharing of self, to war with peace.
O God, hear my voice and grant unto the world Your everlasting peace.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Summer Celebration - photos and thanks

Thank you to all the friends of Saint Jude who came to see us on Saturday. It was a wonderful day. Many thanks to all our volunteers who came to help, and to Fr Brendan and the Faversham community for all they did. Thanks too to Rachael and Kevin in the Shrine Office.

Statue of Saint Jude on the altar

Fr Brendan Grady, O.Carm preaches

Fr Brendan Grady, O.Carm (Chaplain) preaches
Mrs Helen Ligory reads the Bidding Prayers
Fr Brendan Grady. O.Carm and Br Tony O'Donnell lead the procession

Pilgrims process past the statue of Saint Jude

Our music group: Matt Dean and friends
Fr Brendan Grady, O.Carm holds the relic of Saint Jude
Brother Tony O'Donnell, O.Carm and Fr Brendan Grady, O.Carm


Friday, 26 May 2017

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Happy Feast Day of Saint Simon Stock

Happy feast of Saint Simon Stock, English Carmelite Prior General.

Back in 2014, Fr Wilfrid McGreal, O.Carm wrote the following introduction to this special Saint:

"Simon was an English man probably from Kent, and helped the Carmelites change from hermits to being part of the new movement of friars. He was prior general of the Order and died in Bordeaux in 1265. Tradition has it that in those difficult days of transition, Simon had a vision of Our Lady who promised to protect the Carmelites and that the Carmelite habit would be a sign of her care.

It is from this tradition that the Brown Scapular devotion grew, and that wearing the Scapular (a smaller version of the habit) was a way of being open to Mary’s care. It was also a sign of Christian commitment. The Scapular is now a world-wide devotion.

Since 1951, St Simon Stocks relics have rested at Aylesford Priory, and are housed in a beautiful reliquary created by the Polish artist Adam Kossowski. Thousands of pilgrims come to Aylesford every year to pay honour to St Simon Stock and Our Lady."

St Simon of England pray for us.

Prayer cards to Saint Simon Stock can be purchased via our online shop here. 


Monday, 15 May 2017

Carmelite News - Summer 2017

We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Carmelite News is now available to all our on-line friends.

Carmelite News is available to view via a system called Page Tiger. You do not need special software for the online magazine and you will be able to print all, or part of it, if you wish to do so. Page Tiger will allow you to read the newsletter as if was printed.

Our summer issue can be accessed, via this link: https://view.pagetiger.com/CNSummer2017

The summer issue has all relevant web links enabled so you can click to go directly to any site mentioned. Each newsletter can be read either as a two-page spread or as a single spread. It is also possible to zoom into each page.

In this edition, our former Prior Provincial, Fr Tony Lester, O.Carm writes his last letter to the friends of Saint Jude before handing over to the new Prior Provincial, Fr Kevin Alban, O.Carm. The newsletter also includes the latest novena, details of our Summer Celebration, and information on our shop.

We hope you enjoy Carmelite News.


Friday, 12 May 2017

Photo of the Month - May 2017

A photo of attendees at the 2017 Chapter of the British Province of Carmelites, including Fr Brendan Grady, O.Carm, Chaplain at the National Shrine of Saint Jude; and Mr Matt Betts, Development Manager at the National Shrine of Saint Jude. The Chapter took place last week at Aylesford Priory.


Friday, 5 May 2017

Mothers' Mass - 2017

Once again, a shared Mass will be celebrated at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in honour of Our Lady of Carmel and all mothers and grandmothers.

You can add the name(s) of a mother, or grandmother on our on-line donation site, here.

Those listed can be your mother, someone else’s mother, a grandmother, someone who is soon to be a mother, someone who is hoping for a child, or a maternal figure in your life.

Our Mothers' Mass will be celebrated at 11.30am on 14 July 2017 at the National Shrine of Saint Jude. All welcome.