St. Joseph Catholic Church will begin offering the blessing of St. Peregrine with his relics the first weekend of each month after one Mass. We will begin with the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, November 7, then the 7:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, December 6, and continue to rotate through the Mass schedule for subsequent months. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will also be offered at these Masses.
You do not need to contact the office for this blessing nor for the Anointing. An announcement will be made the week prior and also the day of the Mass. Anointing of the Sick is not just for people near death. Read the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops web page for details on the Anointing of the Sick.
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.