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Daily Spiritual Reflection

The Feast of St. Peregrine
Patron Saint of Cancer Patients and the Sick


St. Peregrine,
kindly listen to my supplication.
You who were patient and strong in infirmity,
help our infirm brothers and sisters
to carry the cross of their infirmity with gentleness.
You who were miraculously healed
by the hand of the crucified Christ,
pray to the Lord for the sick:
so that their infirm and weak bodies
may recover health and vigor,
and their uncertain and afflicted souls
may find again peace, serenity and confidence.
And above all, St. Peregrine,
grant like Christ and the Virgin Mary, we may all say:
“Father, thy will be done”.
St. Peregrine,
pray for me that I may know healing in body, mind and soul.

Fr. Don Siple, OSM, Rector of The Grotto
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Day 50: The Feast of St. Peregrine
The Feast of St. Peregrine

Today, May 4, is the Feast Day of St. Peregrine, a Servite Saint who lived from 1265-1345. The Grotto is a ministry of the Servite Friars.
Servite Saint Peregrine Laziosi

St. Peregrine labored as a brother in the Order of Servants of Mary (Servites).

At age 60 he was diagnosed with cancer of the leg brought on by many years of disciplined prayer while standing, resulting in varicose veins which became ulcerous.

On the night before the scheduled amputation of his leg, Peregrine dragged himself to the foot of the cross in the community chapter room and fell into a deep trance-like sleep. Upon waking, he discovered that his leg was completely cured.

Peregrine continued his work with the poor and all who came to him in need. He experienced the forgiveness and mercy of God in his life and sought to share it with others.

When he died in 1345 he was already being revered as a saint. He was officially canoninzed in 1726, and is considered the patron of those who suffer from cancer, AIDS and other serious and life-threatening diseases.
St. Peregrine's Role Today

The lesson of St. Peregrine's life is not to promise miraculous cures; he is simply the one who placed his life and concerns in the loving care of a merciful and forgiving God.

He knew that the Lord was with him through all the trials of life.

St. Peregrine's trust in God can be a model for us in dealing with the pain, sickness and crosses of our lives.
St. Peregrine Ministry at The Grotto

The St. Peregrine ministry at The Grotto was established to help bring hope, strength and consolation to those facing serious diseases in their lives. We are committed to sharing the comfort and spiritual healing of Jesus to all who come here in need.
St. Peregrine Shrine (1974)

This mosaic was erected in the spring of 1974 and dedicated during the 50th Anniversary celebration at The Grotto.
St. Peregrine Mass

A monthly Mass and blessing with the relic of St. Peregrine is offered on the first Saturday of every month at 12 noon.

It is a celebration of hope, comfort and encouragement: God loves us and forgives our sins; God will not abandon us in our time of need; God invites us to make peace with one another just as God has made peace with us.

At the Mass, the Blessing of St. Peregrine for the Sick is available to the chronically or seriously ill and to the frail. All intentions received at the St. Peregrine Shrine are included in the petitions of the Mass.
St. Peregrine Mass Outdoors

In the warmer months, the monthly Mass and blessing with the relic of St. Peregrine is celebrated outdoors in The Grotto Plaza.
St. Peregrine Pilgrimages

Last year, The Grotto hosted at special St. Peregrine Pilgrimage. Fr. Christopher Krymski, Director of the National Shrine of St. Peregrine (seen below), presided at Mass and led a Spiritual Talk and Holy Hour.

At this time, we are unsure when we may be able to host another pilgrimage, but please keep checking our website thegrotto.org throughout the year for updates and information on special events, retreats and pilgrimages.
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St. Peregrine Guild Enrollment

When ordering Mass Enrollment Cards, you can also request a St. Peregrine Guild Enrollment.

If would like assistance or have any other questions, please contact Lori Warner-McGee at lwarner@thegrotto.org.

The Grotto Gift Shop

The Grotto Gift Shop is open for curbside pick-up or online shipping during our closure.

If you do not see what you are looking for, feel free to contact our director of retail operations by  clicking here .
Mother's Day Shopping

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St. Peregrine Items
The Series

We hope you are enjoying our daily feature A Place of Sanctuary: Bringing The Grotto to You.

Week 1
St. Francis of Assisi
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day
St. Anne's Chapel
St. Joseph's Grove
The Marilyn Moyer Meditation Chapel
Spring in the Garden
Our Lady's Grotto

Week 2
St. Jude Thaddeus
Statue of Mary, Our Mother
The Pollinator Garden
St. Philip Benizi's Retreat
Pathways of The Grotto
St. Peregrine Shrine
The Servites

Week 3
Here Light Shines
The Peace Garden
Looking Up
Feast of Our Lady at the Foot of the Cross
The Rose Garden
Palm Sunday, The Christus Garden

Week 4
Crosses and Crucifixes
Sacred Heart Statue
Angels of The Grotto
Holy Thursday of The Lord's Supper
Good Friday, Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday, Via Matris
Easter Sunday

Week 5
The Forest
Blessing of the Animals
Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine
Colors of The Grotto
Mysteries of the Rosary
Lighting a Candle
Chapel of Mary

Week 6
Come to the Water
Our Lady of Lavang Shrine
Celebrating God's Creation
Our Lady of Lourdes
The Labyrinth
Looking Out a Window
How The Grotto Began

Week 7
The Cliff and Elevator
Lithuanian Wayside Shrine
The Grotto by the Numbers
Music at The Grotto
May Flowers
Take a Closer Look
Outdoor Mass

Today: The Feast of St. Peregrine
The Grotto
The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

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