Summer Celebration at the Shrine of St Jude

On Saturday 27 May Carmelite friars and friends of Saint Jude gathered for our first Summer Celebration since the outbreak of Covid-19. It was good to be in the company of those who had come on pilgrimage for prayer and fellowship in honour of this great saint.

Mass was celebrated by Fr. Brendan Grady, O.Carm and he was joined during the day by, the Shrine Chaplain, Br. Paul de Groot, O.Carm; the Prior of Faversham, Fr. Kevin Melody, O.Carm; and Province historian, Fr. Richard Copsey, O.Carm; plus from the Reading community: Br. Matthew Janvier, O.Carm and Br. Anthony O'Donnell, O.Carm.

Pilgrims were anointed and commissioned to become ambassadors of hope, friends of Christ and companions of each other in the mission of making God’s love known and experienced in our world. 

Those gathered prayed for all devotees of Saint Jude, especially remembering those who receive the Shrine newsletter and contribute to the life-giving projects supported by the Carmelites at home and abroad. It was a wonderful sunny day filled with hope and joy.

Many thanks to the Shrine Office team: Matt, Nic, Sarah, Morris and Rebecca for all they did in the run-up, during and afterwards.

Thanks also to John Toryusen who helped before and during the event by taking photos and managing the speakers, microphones. and providing beautiful music. Finally, thanks to Fr. Brendan, Fr. Kevin, Br. Paul, Fr. Richard, Br. Tony, and Br. Matt for all their guidance, support and prayers throughout the day.  St Jude, pray for us!

Further mages from the day can be seen on Flickr.

Find out about the Shrine of St Jude in Faversham

With thanks to Matt Betts at the Shrine of St Jude, and John Toryusen