It was in St. Peregrine

The Church

I have long been coming to St. Peregrine steps striving to be the good Catholic my Nanay wanted me to be. Though I still visit the churches I frequent when I was a child together with my mother I now consider St. Peregrine as my regular spiritual home. Here I contemplate on my troubles, pray and offer my devotion.

Not much has changed since that year to now, somehow Catholic churches are like this specially the really old ones – they stay constant with the passing of time.

The traditional catholic in me brought me close to St. Peregrine. Its’ being administered by missionaries, friars from the Order of the Servant of Mary OSM. Today, the term fray have a negative meaning – thanks to our history lessons that highlighted only the mistakes of these foreign men of cloth. This same men of God and of the Spanish crown (Dominican, Franciscan, Augustinian, Recollects etc…) founded some of the most critical institutions in our old society, from agriculture to academics.

Its unfair if we look at history only at one side, we should, as a nation study our history with the true desire of distinguishing facts and attempt to benefit from it on an educational stand point. We could not erase certain events simply because we are unwilling to acknowledge its importance.

The parish is close to where I reside. I feel comfortable with the priests here. They have been outstanding. I always go home pondering about the sermon. The parish has a sizable parking lot which extends to the back of the church. The parish is almost hidden, blocked by a one storey structure that used to be a bank. Its grounds has small parches of gardens, tall trees that provides good shade during the summer days and aviaries that houses colorful parrot like birds.

Currently St. Peregrine is lead by Father Ador as cura paroko and Father Luigi, an Italian priest, its spiritual leader being the most senior among all present Servite priest. I always see him walk amongst the crowd, always with his watchful eyes and modest smiles, on occasions that I would meet him I would always kiss his hands, similar to that of a grandchild to his lolo.

Brief History of The St. Peregrine Laziosi Parish in Tunasan, Muntinlupa

The St. Peregrine Laziosi Parish is one of the eleven parishes of the Vicariate of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Muntinlupa City. Before it became a formal parish on February 10,1985, it was part of the Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish ( Nuestra Señora delos Desamparados). Upon the arrival of the Order of the Servants of Mary in the Philippines, His Eminence the late Jaime Cardinal Sin created St. Peregrine a new parish. Fr. Tarcisio Roffi, OSM was installed as the Parish Priest then, although there was no parish church yet to gather the parishioners for the Eucharistic celebration.
Since 1985, until now, St. Peregrine Laziosi Parish is under the pastoral care of the Order of the Servants of Mary, wherein Fr. Greg M. Obejas is the newly installed Parish Priest. He is assisted by the community of the Servants of Mary: Fr. Nelson Lato, Fr. Ador Javier, Fr. Rudy Wong , Fr.Luigi Ilari and seminarians.

St. Peregrine is the chosen name and patron saint for 2 reasons:
1. His Eminence recommended it to be the name of the Parish,
2. That St. Peregrine is a famous saint as the protector of Cancer patients and this can be a great benefit and blessing to all the parishioners and to all the Filipinos suffering from the dreaded disease.
The Parish, which occupies a greater land area of Tunasan, is the end boundary of the City of Muntinlupa in going to the South. It has 7 subdivisions and 9 poor urban areas and 1 barrio proper.
The Parish is bounded by Laguna de bay in the East, South Expressway in the west, Planas Compound and JPA Subdivision in the north and Municipality of San Pedro in the south.

For several years, the Parish had no church to gather its parishioners for the celebration of the mass. After 12 long years, mass had been celebrated in 7 subdivisions and in different puroks of the Parish every Sunday.
Through solicitations, donations and several fund-raising drives, the most cherished dream of the Order of the Servants of Mary and the parishioners was realized when on October 31, 1998, a beautiful shrine was inaugurated by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin.

I find St. Peregrine story really interesting not many people know that the guy is not even a priest but was a servite of true dedication to the faith and his people.

St. Peregrine was born in 1265, in Forli, Italy which was a papal-state town governed by the pope. Forli was a stronghold of anti-papal sentiments, and Peregrine’s family was very active in the political party which strongly opposed the pope. The Vatican took the strong measure of placing Forli under interdict, forbidding the celebration of the Mass and sacraments in the tow.

The prior of a local Servite order of monks was sent to Forli to try and create peace within the church. The prior, now known as St. Philip Benizi, was not received well. Peregrine was among the hecklers, and at one point, struck the monk.

Perhaps this was Peregrines turning point, for he soon showed evidence of charity and good works, and at the age of 30, became a Servite himself! During his lifetime service to the sick and poor and forgotten, Brother Peregrine practiced a penance of standing instead of sitting whenever possible. Years of this extreme wear resulted in varicose veins which eventually broke down into open, running sores which were diagnosed as cancer. The leg was putrid and so painful amputation was scheduled.

As the story goes, the eve before the operation, Peregrine prayed before a crucifix, and entered a trance-like state during which he envisioned the crucified Christ coming down from His cross to touch Peregrine’s cancerous leg. When Peregrine awoke, his leg was healed. The cancer was cured. The leg was saved. In fact, he lived on to the age of 80, dying on May 1, 1345.
Peregrine was canonized on December 27th, 1726 and named the patron saint of those who suffer from cancer. St. Peregrine’s feast day is celebrated on May 4th.

This humble parish houses a unique relic, a rib from the incorruptible body of St.Peregrine donated by the order to further Peregrinian devotion here in our country. The relic rest in a small chapel were it is often visited by cancer patients and other faithfuls just wanting to feel what is like to get close to it. There were countless miracles attributed to the miraculous saint. Below is the dedication marker for the historic donation from Forli, Italy it reads…

In line with the desire to spread the devotion of Saint Peregrine, patron of cancer patients, the community of the Order of the Servants Mary in Forli, Italy donated to the Filipino people a relic in the form of a rib taken from the incorruptible body of St. Peregrine. The actual body of the Saint is enshrined in the Basilica of Saint Peregrine in Forli, Italy.

This rib is now in custody of the Fathers of the Order of the Servants of Mary in Tunasan, Muntinlupa. It is preserved in a precious silver reliquary. On October 31 1998 was solemn consecration of Saint Peregrine Parish and it was during this special occasion that the relic of St. Peregrine was enshrined to the relic chapel of the saint. It is only outstanding relic in all the world, excluding his body in Forli, Italy. For this reason, we Filipinos are priviledged and loved by the Lord.

It is my hope that people would come and visit the parish, the true objective of this post is to provide some helpful information for those seeking to locate this place of healing. My faith is my individual belief, none of what I wrote here about myself and how I practice my religion matters actually – I don’t see myself even worthy of being called a religious but I’m quite sure that there are people that would want to see St. Peregrine (a piece of him actually) so I wish everybody well and good luck on your future plans to drop by.Dedication

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45 responses to “It was in St. Peregrine

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  • Anonymous

    Hi, this Saint is for cancer patient,

    my mom has stage 2 breast cancer, and iwant to have a list of tagalog novena for Saint perigrine, is there a store or anyone in front of the church selling those pamplet if there is a mass like other church do?

    can i have the schedule of mass in st perigrine in tunasan? im from carmona

    Hoping a response to u thanks a lot po

    –aya

  • Jaime Marquez

    Of all the churches which I’ve entered, this church is the only one that forbids the parishioners to occupy the seats proximate to the center aisle. It is self-evident, one can find a red rope attached to the opposing seats, thus blocking the entry via center aisle. Its very awkward to see our church with this kind of gesture.. Its unbiblical

    Does the church denies the parishioners to sit near the center?

    Would it mean that the parish priest is not capable of serving long line of parishioners during communion time?

  • o

    Why in this world, the church’s center aisle is blocked with red rope. It is the only church (in this world) where the center aisle is forbidden

  • cherrry

    Good Morning po! I want to Christened my 1 yr old son in ur parish. I am from Camella Homes, San Pedro, Laguna. I also want to enquire first but couldn’t find any phone number for ur parish. IS there any way po, na malaman ko thru this message? THank you po & God Bless

  • Angelo Ken

    Hello isa po ako sa sacristan ng St.Peregrine 12 years old po, kailan po ba pupunta si pope sa atin?

    By:Angelo

  • concepcion

    Peace.
    If from EDSA Ortigas ako manggagaling ano po sasakyan ko signboard ng bus.

    i have a stage 1 cancer of uterus. Pls. help me in praying to St. Peregrine.

    Thank you and God bless

  • Jacque Israel

    Hello po,

    ask ko lang po kung po ang wedding activities sa Saint Peregrine Laziosi Parish. the date would be Dec 11, 2011

    Thank you po
    God Bless

  • Mae Abinasa

    PANU po ang papunta dyan..kung galing ako mrt taft..anu pa sakyan ko..

    i believe na tulungan ako ni st.peregrine..

  • Peachy

    Thanks for this post. We are planning to go there this afternoon to attend the healing mass.

  • Riza

    Hi, my brother lives within the parish boundaries and I intend to visit them during the Holy Week (esp the Triduum). Can you kindly provide me the schedule of Church services on those days?

    Thank you so much in advance.

  • lyn

    hi, i just want to know the day of St. Peregrine novena and what time? I always wanted to visit the church but until now I haven’t been there yet. I’m just from Pacita, Laguna and I always passed by the place. I want to help pray a friend who’s ill and has a tendency of having a brain cancer. He’s living outside the country. Is it possible that I will be attending the healing mass without him? Thank you and God bless.

  • NESIE

    HI
    Good day and God Bless..
    i’ve heard about St.perigrine when i was a child but I didnt know i will be prying for his intercession…
    just a few weeks i dreamt of him i didnt know why then suddenly i found a lump on my shoulder…
    I’m afraid because of that.. will you pray for me..
    also panu po makakrating dyan..i lived in sucat
    thanks.

    • De AnDA

      @ Nesie – Hi, thanks for dropping by. Just take a jeep to Alabang and from Alabang ride a jeep to Muntinlupa-Binan-Pacita. Tell the driver that you’re going to Peregrine. God Bless you.

  • blurosebluguy

    wow…salamat sa post na ito…

  • De AnDA

    @ Julius – Thanks for visiting the site its best to contact the parish Tel # 02-842 2424

  • Julius Manuel Mallari

    Hi,

    May healing mass po ba sa St Peregrine church? I plan to bring my mother who have a cancer stage 4 from kidney to lungs. We believe in the Divine healing of our Lord.

    Could someone send me a schedule (day and time) for the healing mass?

    Thanks in advance!

    Julius

  • rose b.

    pwede po bang malaman kung paano pumunta sa tunasan, muntinlupa? sa SLEX po ba dadaan? anong exit po? thank you and Godbless!

    p.s. i would also like to know kung saang churches merong images ni st peregrine. may cancer po and daddy ko and i would like to visit the church.

    • De AnDA

      @ Rose – Yes, SLEX – Susana exit then straight to Tunasan. The parish is really easy to find. As for other churches, I think the Servite missionaries have one in Quezon province but I’m not sure. Peregrine is a Servite brother. Our parish here in Tunasan is the only one I’m familiar with.

  • analyn gonzales

    hello po! i just want to ask if san simbahan pa may mga images si saint perigrine taga rizal pa po kami para po doon n lang po makapunta at makapag simba ,, salamat po email nalang nyo po ako,,,, pls pray for my father leonardo gonzales he was diagnozed colon cancer hes in stage 3 na po were trying to visit the chapel also kaso po di namin alam ung exact loc. baka commute lang po…

  • Reylina Garcia

    I am the wedding coordinator of my cousin’s wedding, I would like to ask how to have a reservation on this church. Target date is on October 10, 2010, hope somebody could help me on this. Thanks in advance.

  • Nikko'z

    Hi po taga Tunasan din me
    medyo mdalng n me nak2simba..w/c is so sad :c
    pero sa st pergrine me nka2cmba tlga ng sobrang peace quite and gnda.. hope 2 go der soon.. c u der..

  • nold

    hi Cynthia,

    I’ll be praying for you.

    If you like, you can send an email to me and I will print it out and personally hand it to Father Ador. Here is my email address:

    nold.arnaiz@gmail.com

    Don’t forget to include some personal information.

    thank you, keep the Faith.

    Nold

    • vanessa

      tulungan nyo rin po ako ipray over ang mother ko na si cristina yee na may cancer of the uterus stage4, araw-araw din po ako nagno-nobena kay st. peregrine na humihingi rin ng himala pr gumaling ang aking ina at sinasama ko rin s araw2 ko panalangin ang iba pang naghihirap din sa sakit n cancer.. salamat po.. alam ko pong walang imposible sa mataimtim na panalangin..

  • cynthia

    this coming sunday is my 34th birthday please help me pray my personal intentions … God BLess you all…..

  • cynthia

    dear brother nold,

    i just want to ask if there is a long distance prayer request that i can avail through the intercession of saint peregrine or if there is the website here that can post my prayer so that other people can help me to pray.. I beleive that God also work through this… please reply back …. GOD BLESS…. Regards to father Ador… from Wisconsin USA.. i just hope that He can lay hands on me right now…. God works through him’and all of thepriests of saint peregrine church ,through the intercession of saint peregrine…

  • nold

    if your coming from north, just go straight south – pass alabang then exit on Susana heights.

    When your already on Muntinlupa’s part of the national road turn left – you should pass by SM Muntinlupa, its probably 500 mtr from this place. Its right on the right side.

    There are plenty of Muntinlupa enforcers that would be able to show you guys directions.

  • robert r.

    Can you tell me the direction going to St Peregrine Shrine? Im coming from C5 in Pasig. My wife and I wants to go there this friday for her birthday. Thank you very much. God Bless

  • cynthiaTies

    thank you so much brother for posting the number…. God Bless………

  • nold

    Here’s the Parish office Tel # 02-842 2424

  • nold

    That’s awesome. Thanks Cynthia.

    I’ll post their number here later, i don’t have their contacts now. Bear with me.

  • cynthiaTies

    I just want to ak my brothers and sisters the telephone number of saint peregrine parish church in muntinlupa or the email address … please help me know…

  • cynthiaTies

    When i was in the Philippines I always visit St. peregrine parish church to obtain healing…. through my prayers to God through saint Peregrine, God miraculously heal me, my athritis had gone… i had it since elementary grade. My eyes became very clear…. since i suffered from nearsightedness before…. THank GOD…. Thank you … SAINT PEREGRINE… THANK you mother MARY

  • nold

    I believe they do.

    I’ve seen their scholars before.

    Ask the parish office, look for Father Ador.

  • ramos,dexter a.

    alam nyo po taga tunasan din po ako
    itong church po natin no ito ang pinaka nagugustuhan ko sa lahat ng church na napuntahan ko po
    tanong lang po me kung nag ooferred din sila ng scholarship grant?

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