Pastor's Corner

2024 04-17 Seek the Intercession of St. Peregrine for Those Suffering of Cancer

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

As we know, cancer can be a debilitating disease and can impact people of all ages.  There are many different types of cancer. Among the more common types are breast cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, and stomach cancer.  Many of us know someone who is struggling with some form of cancer.  It has affected many of our adult parishioners and some of their children and their other loved ones.

As reported in the media publication, “Vatican News”, Pope Francis expressed his closeness with children suffering from cancer. He stated, “May the Lord inspire everyone to draw near to those who suffer, especially children, and to put the weakest in first place.  I entrust the doctors and all sick children to the Virgin Mary so that with her motherly affection she might look after them.”  As we reflect on these words of Our Holy Father, it is interesting to note that our nation has made great strides in addressing the disease of cancer.  As
reported in the media publication, “Verywell Health”, considerable progress has been made in reducing cancer rates and improving cancer survival in the United States since the 1990’s.  A greater understanding of the immune system, genetics, and cancer pathology has opened the doors to an ever-increasing range of new cancer treatments and diagnostic tools.  Advances in cancer care have been
highly specific in terms of the diagnostic and treatment modalities that are recommended for each type of cancer.”

The following “St. Jude Prayer for the Healing of Cancer” from the National Shrine of St. Jude, asks the Lord to guide and support those afflicted with some type of cancer:

God of healing mercy, in Jesus Your Son, you stretch out Your hand in compassion,
restoring the sinner, healing the sick, and lifting up those bowed down.
Embrace us now in Your loving care,
particularly those afflicted with cancer,
for whom this intention is offered.
May the Spirit of Jesus bring us all health in soul and body,
that with joy and thanksgiving we may praise You for Your goodness,
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

As we reflect on this prayer, we are reminded that those suffering can seek the intercession of St. Peregrine.  He is the Patron Saint of Cancer.  Among the many statues of saints in our Church is a statue of Saint Peregrine.  We are invited to learn more about Saint Peregrine and ask for his special intercession, especially in these difficult and uncertain times when cancer, in many different forms, is so prevalent in our society.  As a faith community, we are encouraged to be more sensitive to those struggling with some form of cancer and reach out to them in their time of need.

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