Martin Humphreys tells us that 8 July was a red letter day for Sheffield Lay Carmel, as the group started their novena for the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel with a Mass celebrated by Fr Shaun Smith, who was assisted by Deacon Chris Ainslie.

  At the reception that followed Deacon Chris, who is a professed member of Lay Carmel, received the congratulations and warm wishes of his Carmelite confreres.

  This wonderful occasion was completed by the monthly formal talk, which was given by Fr Grant Naylor, who was accompanied by Rev Tom Crowley, an ordinance at St Stephen’s House, Oxford.

  Fr Naylor encouraged everyone to ask Our Lady to give us a simple, deep faith and devotion well rooted in our hearts, leading us to discover every day the good news of the Gospel and encouraging us to announce it with courage and authenticity.