MASS AND ANOINTING IN HONOR OF ST. PEREGRINE, PATRON OF THOSE AFFECTED BY CANCER
Peregrine Laziosi was born into wealth at Forli, Italy, in 1260. Though in youth a member of the party in Italy opposed to the Pope, the patience and kindness of St. Philip Benizi moved Peregrine to conversion and a life of penitence and service. Joining the Servite Order, Peregrine was an effective administrator, confessor, and preacher. Later, cancer in his leg led to the decision to amputate. In prayer the night before the operation, Peregrine was healed by Jesus and able to serve God’s people as before. He is the patron saint especially of cancer patients.
We are privileged to have a statue and small shrine to St. Peregrine at St. Anthony’s. Each year, we celebrate a Mass with the Anointing of the Sick in his honor, asking his intercession for those who are sick and those who care for them. This year, the Mass and Anointing will be held on Wednesday, August 23, at 5:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Church. (It is also the feast of St. Rose of Lima, another powerful intercessor and model of patience and trust in God.) All are welcome, especially those affected by cancer or other illnesses and chronic conditions. This is an opportunity to bring families, friends and neighbors together in prayer, hope and gratitude for the gift of Life. Refreshments will be served in the Parish Center following Mass.