By STAFF     5/18/2023

Alongside the Servite Order community of our Diocese, the Feast of St. Peregrine was celebrated at Christ Cathedral with a special Mass on May 4.

The main celebrant and homilist was Fr. Joseph Chamblain, OSM, pastor of Assumption Church in Chicago. A fellow Servite priest, Fr. Michael Pontarelli, pastor of St. Juliana Falconieri parish in Fullerton, was a concelebrant and the organizer.

St. Peregrine is the patron saint for those with cancer and at-risk youth. He was canonized in 1726. He was a brother in the Servite Order in Italy who, after prayer, was healed of a cancerous tumor on his leg. He was also involved with a youth gang before converting to become a Servite friar.

The Servites are planning to make the St. Peregrine Mass an annual tradition, with the special Mass coming back to Christ Cathedral next year on May 4, 2024.

On Friday, June 2 at 7 p.m., Orthodox and Catholic Christians will celebrate Pentecost together at Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Anaheim. This will be the 16th year that the churches gather to pray to the Holy Spirit, to celebrate the closeness we already share, and to pray for full communion between all the ancient Churches.

The service will feature choirs from St. Justin Martyr Roman Catholic Church, Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church, St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church and Coptic Youth Choir.

A reception will follow the service. All parishioners, clergy and consecrated religious are invited.

A special Blue Mass to honor first responders will be celebrated on Saturday, May 27 at 8 a.m. at St. Martin de Porres Church in Yorba Linda. A reception will follow in the Gathering Plaza.

The service honors those who have died in the line of duty and those currently serving as first responders. The Mass is an opportunity to show gratitude to first responders and their families.

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