Saturday, 24 March 2018

Novena for Easter: 24 March - 1 April 2018

The following novena for Easter was recently published in Carmelite News. The novena can be prayed over the next nine days until 1 April 2018.

You can pray the novena in private, with your friends or family, or in a group:

Loving God,
by this Easter mystery you touch our lives 
with the healing power of your love.
You have given us the freedom
to be children of God.

May we who now celebrate your gift find joy in it for ever in heaven.

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


Some of the beautiful roses in the gardens of the Shrine of Saint Jude
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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Mass times


Following a lengthy consultation process as from Sunday 8 April we are reducing the number of Masses being said at weekends to :

Saturday 6pm Faversham
Sunday 10.30am Faversham

This will mean that we will no longer have an 8am or 6pm Mass on Sunday.

Fr Brendan Grady, O.Carm



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Monday, 19 March 2018

Happy Feast of Saint Joseph


Happy Feast of Saint Joseph!

The Church keeps the 19 March as the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, the Husband of Mary and Foster Father of Jesus Christ each year. The scriptures refers to Saint Joseph being upright and honourable. Certainly his sensitivity towards Mary and his care for both Mary and Jesus shows him as a person of action and care.

The Carmelite Order has had a particular devotion to St. Joseph for many centuries, venerating him with the title "Principal Protector of the Carmelite Order". Since Joseph cared for Mary and Christ in a particular way, we believe that he also cares for the Carmelite Order which is devoted to Mary and Christ. Saint Teresa of Avila had great devotion to Saint Joseph and saw him as a protector of her new foundations.

In our prayers, we can turn to Saint Joseph and pray that he will care for us in difficult times when loving protection is needed.

Our novena to Saint Joseph finishes today. Our Fathers' Mass in honour of Saint Joseph and all fathers will be celebrated by the chaplain, Fr Brendan Grady, O.Carm at 9.30am. All welcome.


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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Happy Feast of Saint Patrick


Happy Saint Patrick's Day, Patron Saint of Ireland.
Saint Patrick, pray for us!
Our image is from one of the prayer cards printed at the Shrine:www.stjudeshrine.co.uk

Friday, 16 March 2018

Fifth Sunday of Lent 18 March – Jesus will be lifted up (John 12: 20-33)


In our recent spring newsletter, the Prior Provincial, Fr Kevin Alban has suggested how we might understand the gospel for each of the five Sundays of Lent, and how we might pray them. Each Friday, we'll add these reflections to our blog so you can read them and prepare for the Gospel before Sunday:

Fifth Sunday of Lent 18 March – Jesus will be lifted up (John 12: 20-33)


This Sunday’s gospel takes up again the theme of the Cross. For John, this object is not only an instrument of torture and death, but paradoxically it is the means by which God is glorified. What is this glory? That God is revealed as the giver of new life in Jesus. That Jesus is revealed as the Beloved Son. That the group of disciples gathered around the Mother of Jesus is the new community of believers in this world. That this community is born out of the blood and water that come from Jesus’ side pierced by the lance. What is our relationship with the Cross? Just a superficial one, or can we see to the depths of God’s love?


I hope that Lent proves to be a fruitful time for you. One way of deepening our appreciation of this season might be to read the Sunday gospel during the preceding week so that when we hear it again at Mass we are really familiar with it.
Fr Kevin Alban, O.Carm



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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Novena to Saint Joseph

The Catholic Church keeps the 19 March as the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, the Husband of Mary and Foster Father of Jesus Christ each year. The scriptures refers to St Joseph being upright and honourable. Certainly his sensitivity towards Mary and his care for both Mary and Jesus shows him as a person of action and care.

The Carmelite Order has had a particular devotion to Saint Joseph for many centuries, venerating him with the title "Principal Protector of the Carmelite Order". Since Joseph cared for Mary and Christ in a particular way, we believe that he also cares for the Carmelite Order which is devoted to Mary and Christ. St Teresa of Avila had great devotion to St Joseph and saw him as a protector of her new foundations. 

Our novena to Saint Joseph is below and can be prayed over the next nine days from 11 March 2018. You can pray the novena in private, with your friends or family, or in a group:

God our Father,
creator and ruler of the universe,
in every age you call humanity
to develop and use our gifts
for the good of others.

With Saint Joseph as our example and guide,
help us to do the work you have asked
and come to the life you have promised.

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.

Our Fathers' Mass takes place at the Shrine on Monday 19 March at 9.30am. All welcome. More information, here.


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Friday, 9 March 2018

Fourth Sunday of Lent 11 March – Why the Father sends Jesus (John 3: 14-21)


In our recent spring newsletter, the Prior Provincial, Fr Kevin Alban has suggested how we might understand the gospel for each of the five Sundays of Lent, and how we might pray them. Each Friday, we'll add these reflections to our blog so you can read them and prepare for the Gospel before Sunday:

Fourth Sunday of Lent 11 March – Why the Father sends Jesus (John 3: 14-21)

The international symbol of doctors and medical workers is a snake (or sometimes two) wrapped around a stick or rod. The healing properties implied in this image are the same as those referred to in the gospel, with the reference to Moses who used a bronze snake to heal those bitten by real snakes.


In the context of John’s gospel, this picture is a reference to Jesus on the Cross. The evangelist emphasises that there is a reason for Jesus’ fate. In some of the most famous words of the New Testament, “God loved the world so much that He sent His only Son…and that all should have life.” From the suffering and death of Jesus will come a new life in all its fullness. When we look at the Cross, can we see life?


I hope that Lent proves to be a fruitful time for you. One way of deepening our appreciation of this season might be to read the Sunday gospel during the preceding week so that when we hear it again at Mass we are really familiar with it.
Fr Kevin Alban, O.Carm



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