Veneration of Saint Peregrine – Patron Saint of Cancer Patients
Father Saucier would like to extend an invitation to everyone to join him on the last Sunday of each month after the 4PM Mass at St. Thomas for public veneration and blessing of a first class relic of Saint Peregrine Laziosi, Patron Saint of Cancer Patients.
The first veneration will be on July 29.
Saint Peregrine Laziosi was born of a wealthy family at Forli, Italy, in 1260. In his youth, Peregrine was active in politics. During one of the uprisings he attended, Peregrine struck the Papal representative Saint Philip Benizi in the face. When Saint Philip offered the other cheek, Peregrine was so overcome that he repented, converted to Catholicism, and joined the Servite Religious Order. Later in life, this outstanding priest and confessor was afflicted with cancer of the foot. His doctors decided that amputation would be the course of treatment. Peregrine spent the night before the operation, in prayer asking for the wisdom and strength to accept whatever God willed. That morning he was completely cured. This miracle caused his reputation to become widespread. He died in 1345 at the age of eighty-five, and was canonized by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726. He would become the Patron Saint of Cancer Patients.
A relic can be the body of a saint (any part thereof), any part of their clothing, or any item which was intimately connected with the saint. The veneration of relics of the saints can be traced back to the middle of the second century as the early Christian community experienced persecution under the Roman Empire. As the number of Christian martyrs began to rise, other Christians would visit the tombs of the martyrs praying that God would grant them the same strength and courage exhibited by these holy ones. Come join us as we ask for Saint Peregrine’s intercession