Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Happy Christmas

May we wish you a very happy and holy Christmas!

In the recent Christmas newsletter, Fr Kevin Alban discussed the importance of Christmas:

"At Christmas, we are celebrating the beginning of our salvation as we recall the events of the Nativity of Our Lord. The very Son of God becomes a human being like ourselves. Mary conceives and carries in her womb the Second Person of the Trinity and gives him human flesh, blood, bone and identity. We can say that Jesus is truly one like us, except for his single-minded devotion to his Father’s will. Of course, the coming of God to our flesh has a purpose and this is expressed so well in the little prayer the priest says as he puts the wine and water into the chalice at Mass: 'By the mystery of this water and wine, may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.' So there is a two-way process: God becomes a human being so that we can have a share in his divine nature. This is a most remarkable statement for it means our humanity is lifted up to God to become part of God. But it is not only a pious wish – it has practical consequences."

"Becoming part of God, we take on the mind and vision of God for the world. We begin to look at the world and the people we meet with the eyes of God. We see this in the life of Jesus who never refused anyone help and was available to all. We too are called to act in the same way, even though we find it difficult and do not always manage it!"

Read the rest of the newsletter, here.


Monday, 24 December 2018

Happy Christmas!

Thank you for all your support and prayers in 2018. 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.


Sunday, 23 December 2018

Fourth Sunday of Advent

A happy and holy fourth Sunday of Advent to you and yours.

All your Advent Flower intentions were left at the Shrine of Saint Jude throughout Advent. 


Thursday, 20 December 2018

Saint Jude Focus - December 2018

Our December newsletter, Saint Jude Focus is now available to read. We wanted to create this newsletter so that the friends of Saint Jude could be kept up to date on our work and news at the Shrine in between the quarterly Carmelite News.

Read, here.


Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Guild of Saint Jude Raffle

The winners of the Guild of Saint Jude raffle were drawn by Fr Richard Copsey, O.Carm today. Fr Richard is a member of the Faversham community. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all those who took part!  

1st Prize: C Kiernan
2nd Prize:. M MacNeil

5 runners up –
M Harman
M Tr McDonell
T Fernandes
L Simmons
Davies Family


Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Shrine Office - Christmas

We'd like to wish all the friends of Saint Jude a happy and holy Christmas and a happy New Year.

The Shrine Office will be closed from 5pm on Friday 21 December and will not reopen until Monday 7th January at 9am.

Our online shop (www.stjudeshrine.co.uk) continues to be live and items will be sent after the Christmas holiday.

If you have any queries, please email, here.

Pictured is our Christmas tree at the Shrine. It will be planted after Christmas and then we'll use it again next year.


Sunday, 16 December 2018

Friday, 14 December 2018

Happy Feast of Saint John of the Cross

Happy feast of Saint John of the Cross, Carmelite friar and Doctor of the Church.

John was born at Fontiveros in Spain about 1542. He entered the a Carmelites and with the permission of his superiors began to live a stricter life. Later he was persuaded by St. Teresa to begin, together with some others, the Discalced reform within the Carmelite friars; this cost him much hard work and many trials. He died in Ubeda in 1591, outstanding in holiness and wisdom, to which his many spiritual writings give eloquent witness.

After his death the reform he introduced within the friars eventually separated from the Carmelite Order to become the Order of Discalced Carmelite Friars.

The image above is from one of the many prayer cards produced in the early days of the Shrine of Saint Jude. View the prayer card, here.

Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.


Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Church update

Unfortunately, in May 2018, a storm caused massive damage to the suspended ceiling in the church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. To rectify the damage and prevent further issues from occurring the church is currently going through major renovations. The Parish Priest, Fr Brendan Grady, O.Carm has recently shared some photos.

All the laths and lime plastering have now been stripped away, preparing the way for insulation boards and plaster boards before sealing, plastering and painting.

The blown plaster will be removed this week, the damp issues sorted and then.... oh yes, re-plaster! Not an expected job, but let's get it right for the future!

The beams will be readied this week with new electrical wiring, ready for the LED light fittings.
The National Shrine of Saint Jude is located in an annex to the parish church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Faversham. Work will need to be done on the Shrine next year. Fr Brendan is also the Chaplain to the Shrine.

If you would like to donate to the work on the church, please send a donation to: Annual Fund, Carmelite Friars, PO Box 289, FAVERSHAM, Kent, ME13 3BZ or add a donation, here.


Sunday, 9 December 2018

Second Sunday of Advent

A happy and holy second Sunday of Advent to you and yours.