A mass honouring St. Peregrine is normally celebrated on the third Thursday of each month (Summer months schedule changes. See the weekly bulletin for summer schedule!). After the Mass honouring St. Peregrine, a blessing with St Peregrine’s Oil is offered for those who want to receive it.
Who was St Peregrine? St. Peregrine, a member of the Order of the Friar Servants of Mary, (the Servites) is known throughout the world as the Patron Saint of those who have cancer. Peregrine, himself, suffered with an open sore on his leg, which was diagnosed as cancer. The wound was so severe that doctors decided to amputate his leg. The night before the surgery, Peregrine prayed before the image of the crucified Christ and fell into a deep sleep, during which he envisioned the crucified Christ leaving the cross and touching his cancerous leg. When Peregrine awoke, he found the wound healed and his leg saved. Peregrine lived another 20 years and died on May 1, 1345, at the age of 80. He was canonized on December 27, 1726.
History of the St. Peregrine Devotion in our Parish
Our parish began this devotion in 2004 when Fr. Chris L. Krysmski came from Chicago and set up the shrine at St. Paul’s Parish.