Friday, 21 September 2018

Happy Feast of Saint Matthew

The carvings of the Twelve Apostles round the apse in the inner Shrine of Saint Jude are by Anthony Foster. The design was based on the Malmesbury Apostles. St. Paul has been substituted for Judas Iscariot.

Happy Feast Day of Saint Matthew the Apostle - fellow Apostle to Saint Jude.

Saint Matthew was among the earliest followers and apostles of Jesus. The Apostle is mentioned in Matthew 9:9 and Matthew 10:3 as a publican who, while sitting at the "receipt of custom" in Capernaum, was called to follow Jesus.

He was a first century Galilean and the son of Alpheus. His fellow Jews would have despised him because he would have been seen as collaborating with the Roman occupation force. After Jesus called him, Matthew invited him to his home for a feast. However, the Pharisees and scribes criticised Jesus for eating with a sinner and tax collector. However, Jesus responded with: "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Mark 2:17, Luke 5:32)

Like Saint Jude, Matthew was one of the witnesses of the Resurrection and the Ascension of Jesus. Later Church fathers such as Irenaeus and Clement of Alexandria claim that Matthew preached the Gospel to the Jewish community in Judea, before going to other countries. The church hold the tradition that Matthew died as a martyr.

Saint Matthew, pray for us.

Let us pray:

O ALMIGHTY God, who by thy blessed Son didst call Matthew from the receipt of custom to be an Apostle and Evangelist: Grant us grace to forsake all covetous desires and inordinate love of riches, and to follow the same thy Son Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Holy Souls Society 2018


‘It does not matter where you bury my body. All I ask of you, is that wherever you may be, you should remember me at the altar of the Lord.’ St Monica to St Augustine

For many years, the National Shrine of Saint Jude has promoted the Carmelite devotion to the souls of the departed by establishing a Dead List that is renewed each year.

The Carmelite Holy Souls Society reminds us that the Church is not confined to this world, but extends into the next as well. By praying for the dead, as we prayed for them when they were alive, we can establish a special link with the communion of saints. In a way this is a two-way street. We remember them in prayer and we ask them to pray for us. It is a helpful reminder that our brothers and sisters who die do not lose their identity, or their relationship with us. They remain the people that they are and the core of their identity is carefully reserved by God as they are transformed by God’s love and set free to love.

You may be increasingly aware of just how much unfinished business we have in life. Things we may have said or done which we shouldn’t have, and which we now cannot put right. Often, once a word leaves our mouth, we lose all control over it!

Prayer, true prayer, is always an act of love. Our Catholic Christian tradition assures us that our prayer for the Holy Souls is one of the ways in which God loves our departed brothers and sisters into life in all its fullness. It is a gift of the tenderness of God to allow us to share in this loving process."

People simply send in their lists of dead relatives and friends to be included in our prayers for the Holy Souls.

All those on your list will become members of the Carmelite Holy Souls Society for the year.

Membership includes:

1. A daily Mass for deceased relatives and friends through the year (except the three days of Holy Week);

2. A Mass each month for deceased members and benefactors;

3. A share in the Masses, prayers and good works of the whole Carmelite Order.

There is no fixed membership fee, or annual subscription: just donate what you would like to become a member. You can either do this via our online service, or by printing a form and sending it to the Shrine office.

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Thursday, 6 September 2018

Saint Jude Autumn newsletter - now available


We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Carmelite News is now available to all our online 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 it was printed.

The autumn 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.


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Monday, 3 September 2018

Photo of the Month: Murals by Edward Ardizzone

The Visitation - Edward Ardizzone
The murals in the Sanctuary in the church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (which is connected to the Shrine of Saint Jude) are by Edward Ardizzone.

This year has seen the updated TV programme Cavitations.  The original series of art programme of the same name was written and presented by Lord Kenneth Clark.  As the curator of the Imperial War Museum, Lord Clark commissioned Edward Ardizzone  (1900-1979), a well known artist and illustrator, as a war artist.  Ardizzone covered the Second War in Europe and North Africa.  He had the skill to tell a story in one picture.   He recorded humorous and tragic scenes alike with unparalleled sympathy.

He is best remembered as an illustrator of children’s books.  He wrote and illustrated Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain, in 1936, which was the first of twelve such children’s books to his credit.

At Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Faversham the sanctuary is dominated by his two murals of the Presentation Our Lady in the Temple and the Visitation. The paintings were commissioned by Fr. Elias Lynch in 1952.  His fee was donated by Nadine McDougall, wife of Prince Andrew Romanoff, who was a member of the congregation.

The Presentation of Mary -  Edward Ardizzone
Ardizzone lived for many years at Rodmersham Green, which is a few miles from Faversham.  He frequently worshipped at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, as did other members of his family.

We thank Edward Ardizzone for these beautiful murals.

by Fr Francis Kemsley, O.Carm

PS: Unfortunately, in May 2018, a storm caused massive damage to the suspended ceiling in the church. To rectify the damage and prevent further issues from occurring it has been suggested that the lime render should be completely removed and replaced. This will take a few months to sort out. Regrettably the church will be closed for the next few months. Please note that daily mass will be celebrated in the Infant of Prague chapel and weekend masses are being celebrated in the Welcome Centre. The Shrine of Saint Jude remains open. If you would like to donate to help with the costs you can do that via our online donation site below. Thank you.

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Raffle Draw 2018

The winners of the annual Shrine of Saint Jude raffle were drawn by Fr Richard Copsey, O.Carm last week. Fr Richard is a member of the Faversham community. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all those who took part! 
The winners are:
First Prize: S Dwarka
Second Prize: C Ratinon
Third Prize: M Gallagher
Runners up prizes (£50):
  • Mrs F Mills-Acquah
  • PM Reardon
  • Miss MNixon
  • MM Santos
  • Mrs A Bergstrom-Allen
  • M Todd
  • C Wright
  • R Schley
  • B O’Connor
  • J Dowling
Shrine Pack winners:
  • C Fattah
  • Mrs B Sullivan
  • Mrs T Horner
  • H Prince
  • J St Quintin
  • N Francis
  • B Chapman
  • Mrs A Curran
  • Mr R Govin
  • Mr Samuel
  • M Brewster
  • E Caughey
  • Miss E Cowley
  • M Butterworth
  • C Gaffney
  • S Lawson
  • Mrs P Playfoot
  • Sister D Day
  • M Fanshawe
  • J Hassett
  • A Deegan
  • M O’Riordan
  • A Flynn
  • Mrs V Griffiths
  • J Dunne


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Day walk from the Shrine to the Wye Pilgrims Festival: 29 September 2018

The North Downs Way Pilgrims Festival 2018 is a week-long series of events in Wye celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the North Downs Way.

We welcome you all to join us; for a short walk or a mighty journey; for those who love nature and our countryside or want to learn more about cultural heritage. We have drama, literature, film, food, drink, and much, much more.

Augustine Camino is walking from the Shrine of Saint Jude on Saturday 29 September 2018.

A 13 mile Day Walk from the Shrine of Saint Jude Faversham to Wye, arriving in time for the Festival Pilgrim Feast. The route takes us through woodland and pasture (including the famous King's Wood) before descending the Downs to Wye. There are a number of interesting village churches along the way such as St James's Sheldwich, where we will be welcomed by fellow Augustine Camino pilgrims. Also en route is All Saints, Boughton Aluph which includes the porch where pilgrims used to gather before crossing King's Wood together for safety (hopefully this will not be necessary on our walk!). Lunch will be at the Red Lion Badlesmere.


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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Feast of Saint Edith Stein (Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)


Today is the feast of Saint Edith Stein, also known by her religious name as a Carmelite nun, Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.

Edith was born to a Jewish family in Breslau in 1891. Through her passionate study of philosophy, she searched after truth. She declared that she had found the truth after reading the autobiography of Saint Teresa of Jesus (of Avila) in a single sitting.

In 1922 Edith was baptised a Catholic, and continued her work as a philosopher and academic. In 1933 she entered the Carmel of Cologne to live as a nun.

Like many of her fellow Jews, Edith suffered during the Nazi persecution of World War II. She was gassed and cremated at Auschwitz concentration camp on 9th August 1942, dying both as a Jewish woman and a martyr for the Christian faith, having offered her holocaust for the people of Israel.

A woman of singular intelligence and learning, Edith left behind a body of writing notable for its doctrinal richness and profound spirituality.

She was declared one of the six co-patron saints of Europe by Pope Saint John Paul II.

This beautiful icon of Saint Edith is revered at the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Faversham, England. Written by Sister Petra Clare, the icon was installed in 2008. It shows Edith in her Carmelite habit, on which has been sewn the Star of David, as Jews were required by the Nazis to wear. She holds the image of Jesus' crucifixion drawn by Saint John of the Cross, as a reminder of her profound 'science of the cross'.

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, pray for us.

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