Thursday, 19 October 2017

Novena to Saint Jude - October 2017

Our novena to Saint Jude starts on 20 October and can be prayed over the next eight days until his feast day on 28 October 2017. 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 Kossowski statue of Saint Jude


Monday, 16 October 2017

Feast celebrations 2017 - two days of great celebration

The Feast of Saint Jude celebrations will be taking place at the National Shrine of Saint Jude on 28 and 29 October 2017. This year, the Most Rev. Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark will be in attendance on Sunday 29 October 2017.

On Saturday 28 October 2017, there will be three Masses with the blessing of oil and anointing at: 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 4.00pm. These will be celebrated by the Prior Provincial of the Carmelites in Britain, Fr Kevin Alban, O.Carm.

On Sunday 29 October 2017, there will be two Masses with the blessing of oil and anointing at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. The 2.30pm Mass will be a very special one as it will be celebrated by the Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Rev. Peter Smith and concelebrated by Fr Kevin Alban, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Carmelites.

After this special Mass, the Archbishop and Prior Provincial will be then officially open the small meeting room (currently called Welcome Centre 2), and rename it the Brother Anthony McGreal room. Brother Anthony is pictured above.

Brother Anthony McGreal, O.Carm assisted the founder, Father Elias Lynch, O.Carm in establishing the Shrine of Saint Jude and the work of the Carmelite Press. His work with Father Elias created the groundwork for this special place – this special Apostolate continues sixty-two years later.  Brother Anthony’s nephew, Father Wilfrid McGreal, O.Carm will be in attendance for this special Mass and renaming of the room.  

Father Kevin Alban, O.Carm, said: “It will be a truly joyous occasion and we are looking forward to seeing many friends of Saint Jude.” Mr Matt Betts, Development Manager remarked: “The National Shrine of Saint Jude is proud of its past and we are pleased that we can honour one of our founders in this way. Everyone is very welcome to our weekend of celebrations.”