St. Philip the Apostle Church, Mountview & Blakestown offers the blessing of St. Peregrine with his relics on the first Monday of each month after the Mass which starts at 7.30pm.
St. Peregrine is the Patron Saint of the Sick, especially those afflicted with cancer. Born in 1260 at Forli, Italy, he was ordained a priest and later established a Servite community in his home town. He was cured of cancer after he received a vision of Christ on the cross reaching out His hand to touch his impaired limb. He died in 1345 and was canonized in 1726.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SAINT PEREGRINE TODAY
Saint Peregrine was healed of a cancerous ulcer on his leg which was considered beyond saving. The fame of this event in 1325 spread rapidly round the western Church. Christians, and especially the sick, began to invoke his name and seek his intercession for the relief of their suffering and even for a cure from sickness. The canonization of St. Peregrine in 1726 increased people’s devotion to him which spread to the universal Church.Under the patronage of Saint Peregrine and invoking his intercession, the Servite family – with its friars, sisters, secular, and lay members – is committed across the world to offering a “ministry of compassion” in a spirit of service towards those who are sick and suffering.
A Prayer to Saint Peregrine
O God, in St. Peregrine You gave us an outstanding example of faith and patience.
We humbly ask You that, by imitating him and by the help of his prayers,
we may believe more fully in Your healing help,
bear the suffering of this life without wavering,
and come with joy to the peace of heaven.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.