Friday, 30 November 2018

Happy Feast of Saint Andrew

Saint Andrew pictured in the centre; Saint Jude is on the right
At 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.

At the Shrine of Saint Jude, Saint Andrew is pictured in a carving (along with the other Apostles) round the apse in the inner Shrine. They are by Anthony Foster. He was Eric Gill's principal assistant, and Gill had a very high opinion of his work. The design was based on the Malmesbury Apostles. Saint Paul has been substituted for Judas Iscariot.

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.

Saint Andrew, pray for us. Saint Jude, pray for us.


Thursday, 29 November 2018

6,000 Likes on Facebook

This week we have reached 6000 likes to our page!

We are so grateful for all the support the friends of Saint Jude have given us over the years. Our work wouldn't have been possible without your support: either by spreading our message further; praying for our apostolate; donating money; or volunteering with us, we say THANK YOU!

If you would like to help us even more, there are FOUR ways that you can:

3) INVITE YOUR FRIENDS - to like our page so we can get more people involved in our work.



Tuesday, 27 November 2018

#GivingTuesday 2018

Today is marked as ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬, which is a global day of giving. After the sales of the weekend, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to come together to show the world why it’s good to give. Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering your time or just spreading the word at the start of the Christmas shopping season, #GivingTuesday is a call to action for everyone who wants to give something back.

Donations to the Carmelites enable us to support our ministries in the UK, and to support many special causes around the world.

The Carmelite Charitable Trust has always supported the various Carmelite Missions in the developing world and would like to continue to do so. In particular, we try to support the establishment and growth of the Order’s mission areas. In 2018 - 2019, and with your help, the Carmelite Charitable Trust has supported communities in Colombia, East Timor and Kenya:

In Colombia, the British Province have committed to building extra classrooms for the high school that the local Carmelites run in the country; for East Timor, we have pledged £25,000 per year to support the training programme for young Carmelite friars; and in Kenya, we plan to donate a minibus to help in their work travelling to the numerous rural Christian communities.

Father Paul Jenkins, O.Carm in Kenya
The Carmelites would like to do much more. If you would like to donate towards the work of the Carmelites in Britain and the UK, you can do that here:; or directly to the Missions, here:

Or alternatively, you can buy something from our online shop: We have a number of Christmas cards available! From now until the 31 December 2018, use the code:
1239 to receive 12% off any order at the online shop.

Finally, if you are buying your Christmas shopping online, you can shop through the Giving Machine! Once you have registered, you can shop online at any of the 400+ top retailers who have teamed up with charities via The Giving Machine. By entering the site through a special portal you can take advantage of the many exclusive special offers and discounts available to all givers, and every time you shop via The Giving Machine the retailer pays a sales commission. The Giving Machine converts 75% of this commission into a donation to the Carmelites so we can use the money for our work.

Or, if you are shopping on Amazon, please use visit them via this link and we receive donations for every purchase you make.

For other ways, visit our website, here:

All money raised will go towards the work of the Carmelites in the UK and abroad.


Saint Jude, pray for us.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Christmas Newsletter - 2018

Dear Friend of Saint Jude,

This year for Christmas I wanted to write a more personal letter to you as a supporter of the Carmelites in Britain and in particular of the Shrine of Saint Jude. As you can see, the usual novena leaflet and intention form is still here – but no Newsletter! Instead I would like to send you this letter for Christmas!

First, I want to share with you something of how the Feast day weekend went in October. There was great support from many friends of Saint Jude on both days. The Saturday (27th) was a fine day, but cold. As you may know, the roof in the main church has partially collapsed and so we were unable to use it at all. Fortunately, the shrine below was unaffected and could still....

Read full newsletter, here.