Saturday, 17 November 2018

Pilgrimage to Canterbury 2018

We are just back from our first ever pilgrimage to Canterbury. 

At 1pm, we were met by our coach. The coach took us along the old pilgrimage route from Faversham via Harbledown, and then we reached the Westgate of Canterbury. 

We arrived at the Cathedral just before 2pm, and were welcomed by two vergers and Fr Jim Rosenthal. 

Mass was celebrated in the beautiful crypt - the first location of the Shrine of Saint Thomas Becket before it was moved upstairs. 

Fr Kevin Alban celebrated Mass with Fr Ged Walsh proclaiming the Gospel. Christine Duckworth-Patterson read the first reading.

Afterwards, we joined many other people in the Evensong celebration, and enjoyed the most beautiful singing and music. This was followed by prayer at the former shrine of Saint Thomas Becket which is overlooked by the tombs of the Black Prince and King Henry IV of England. 

Once we caught our coach from outside the city walls, the pilgrimage got back to Faversham and stopped at the beautiful Saint Mary's Church in the town. We were welcomed by Catriona Cuthbert, the Parish Administrator who told us about the history of this beautiful church.

We have a wonderful day. Thank you to all the pilgrims who joined us; thank you too to Fr Kevin Alban, Prior Provincial for leading, and to Fr Ged Walsh and Br Tony O'Donnell for joining us. We prayed for all friends of Saint Jude today and left the intentions at the Shrine.

Saint Jude, pray for us. Saint Thomas of Canterbury, pray for us.




Pilgrimage to Canterbury

At 1pm today, the Shrine of Saint Jude will heading on its first ever pilgrimage to Canterbury.

Canterbury has been occupied since Paleolithic times and served as the capital of the Celtic Cantiaci and Jute Kingdom of Kent. Many historical structures fill the area, including a city wall founded in Roman times and rebuilt in the 14th century, the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey and a Norman castle, and the oldest extant school in the world, the King's School. Modern additions include the Marlowe Theatre and the St Lawrence Ground, home of the Kent County Cricket Club.

We will be heading to one of the most famous cathedrals in the world: Canterbury Cathedral.

If you would like us to leave a petition at the Shrine of Saint Thomas Becket, please visit our page.

Founded in 597, Canterbury Cathedral was completely rebuilt from 1070 to 1077. The east end was greatly enlarged at the beginning of the twelfth century, and largely rebuilt in the Gothic style following a fire in 1174, with significant eastward extensions to accommodate the flow of pilgrims visiting the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket, the archbishop who was murdered in the cathedral in 1170.

On our arrival, Mass will be celebrated by Fr Kevin Alban, O.Carm, Prior Provincial with Fr Ged Walsh, O.Carm. Afterwards, we will be visiting where the old Shrine of Saint Thomas Becket stood before it was destroyed (pictured) and then we'll take a look at where he was murdered.

We will then be off to some more pilgrimage stops on the way back to Faversham.

Saint Jude, pray for us; Saint Thomas Becket, pray for us


Saturday, 10 November 2018

Photo of the Month - Gardens at Whitefriars

Here is a beautiful autumnal photo of the gardens here at the Shrine and parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It was taken from the Whitefriars building by Fr Brendan Grady, Shrine Chaplain and Parish Priest.

Sacred Heart statue and gardens in the foreground; the Rosary Way in the background

We are very lucky to have so much beauty on our doorstep. Saint Jude, pray for us.


Remembrance Sunday 2018

This year Remembrance Sunday is also the centenary of Armistice Day, 11 November 1918, which marked the end of "The Great War".

On this day are remembered all those who gave their lives for their country, all who suffered and died through acts of war, and those who were left behind to grieve and mourn.

We pray for all those who have died through war or acts of violence in defence of our country; may we never forget their sacrifice.

We pray for peace and reconciliation between nations,
that enemies may put aside all differences.

We pray for those who continue to die in wars today, and pledge ourselves to work for peace and reconciliation.

O God, merciful and strong,
who crushes wars and casts down the proud,
be pleased to banish violence swiftly from our midst
and to wipe away all tears,
so that we may all truly deserve
to be called your children.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
[Roman Missal]


Friday, 2 November 2018

All Souls Day

Today is All Souls Day and the start of our Holy Souls Society - praying for the dead.

The month of November is traditionally devoted to praying for the dead, especially those we have known and loved. These people are still very present to us in our daily lives. The second Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Manning, had been married as an Anglican clergyman. When his wife died he became a Catholic priest. Every night he would kneel by his bed and take a photo of his dead wife from under his pillow and say his prayers with her. They are not gone, only in another place…

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. Add names, here.

"Eternal rest grant unto them , O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace."

Pictured: The Resurrection, National Shrine of Saint Jude


Thursday, 1 November 2018

Happy Feast of All Saints

"Let us all rejoice in the Lord, as we celebrate the feast day in honour of all the Saints, at whose festival the Angels rejoice and praise the Son of God." (Entrance Antiphon at Mass)

Saint Jude, pray for us.


Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Pilgrimage to Canterbury - 17 November 2018

Our first ever pilgrimage to Canterbury will be taking place on 17 November 2018. All welcome! Please let us know: or 01795 539 214

The pilgrimage will be led by Fr Kevin Alban​, O.Carm, who will celebrate mass at Canterbury Cathedral. We will be leaving the Shrine of Saint Jude at around 1pm on a coach. We will then stop at important pilgrimage sites on the way back to Faversham.

If you can't attend - would you like us to light you a candle at the Shrine of Saint Thomas Becket? You can light a candle, here.

Why not read Matt's article on Canterbury Cathedral and join us in prayer. Read, here.