Sunday, 4 February 2018

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 Saturday 3 February and continues until 11 February 2018

3 - 11 February 2018

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, 19 January 2018

Sponsored Walk 2018

Yesterday, the Development Manager of the National Shrine of Saint Jude, Matt Betts, completed his walk from Rochester Cathedral to Canterbury Cathedral via the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Faversham.

The walk was to raise important funds for the Order of Carmelites for their much needed work in the UK and abroad. Matt will write a fuller report with lots of photos in the next few days, but below are some highlights of his very long walk.

If you would like to donate, please visit, or people can send their cheque or postal order made payable to: “The Carmelites” to: Sponsored Walk, Carmelite Friars, P.O. Box 140, Kent, ME20 7SJ. Thank you.

Rochester Cathedral

Thames Estuary
Boats used in WW2

Saint Jude

Long walk to Canterbury!

Canterbury Cathedral


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.