Bishop Emeritus Dimarzio Leads Mass On Feast of St. Peregrine, Prays for Cancer Patients

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The Diocese of Brooklyn prayed for cancer patients, holding a Mass on the feast day of St. Peregrine, the patron saint of those affiliated with cancer, on Wednesday, May 1.

Brooklyn Bishop Emeritus Nicholas DiMarzio, a respected figure in our community, personally anointed the sick while leading the Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Bayside, Queens.

During his homily, Bishop DiMarzio said there was nothing wrong with the people of faith praying for Saint Peregrine’s intercession to find a cure for cancer. He explains the 13th-century saint is here to help.

As a special privilege, those in attendance had the unique opportunity to venerate a first-class relic of St. Peregrine, a sacred fragment of his bone.

The faithful and their families fighting cancer will have another opportunity to ask St. Peregrine for intercession.

Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus and cancer survivor himself, Bishop Raymond Chappetto, will celebrate a Mass of healing on Tuesday, May 7, at St. Joseph Church in Astoria, 43-19 30th Ave. The Mass is expected to begin at 7:30 PM.