St. Jude's Shrine

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OUR SHRINE TO ST. JUDE was opened in October 1993 and is situated in what was originally the baptistry of the Church. Father MacNally had discussed with the Parish Council the possibility of a shrine to our Patron Saint and it was decided to utilise the area, which was no longer used for Baptisms.

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The walls that surround the statue of St. Jude are decorated with four pennants depicting the life of the saint. These tapestries are the results of the intricate needlework of dedicated parishioners, Peggy Hollis, Angela Dempsey and the late Edith Ashley. They were produced under the artistic guidance of fellow parishioner, Bernard McCarthy.

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Father Pat said: "St. Jude's reputation as the intercessor for those whose cause seems hopeless has grown and devotion to him is now worldwide. Our new shrine is meant to be a place of quiet prayer where one can pray through the scriptures and ponder on the mysteries of our faith. We at St. Jude's want to deepen our own devotion to our Patron Saint and share it with others."

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Left: The ladies who spent many hours making the pennants. Left to right: Peggy Hollis, Edith Ashley and Angela Dempsey.

Above: Bernard McCarthy working on the design of the pennants.