St. Peregrine Ministry is an outreach of our Parish family to address the needs of cancer patients. We hope to achieve this by connecting volunteer ministers who are cancer survivors, healthcare workers or others who can closely relate to people struggling with cancer. Few of life’s many challenges have the devastating impact of the diagnosis of a cancer related illness. Our lives, our plans, our sense of security and even our faith can be instantly shaken upon the revelation that “it is cancer”. This is precisely the time that our faith can provide us with the tools that we need to contend with the illness. The power of prayer, the comfort of hope and the trust that God will make all things well in His own way and time, are essential in coping with the many difficulties associated with the disease. Our volunteers are not trained counselors or therapists, but are willing to share their own stories and faith journeys involving their own illnesses or those of loved ones. In this sharing, we hope to comfort the sick by listening to their fears and concerns and sharing our experiences and perspectives in the spirit of compassion and love.
Currently, we have ministers who have experience with breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, leukemia, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, major surgery, loss of loved ones, successful cancer treatments, and who are healthcare workers in the area of oncology. New volunteers are constantly being recruited. It is a goal of the St. Peregrine Ministry to find a comparable match between volunteer minister and a cancer patient in need. It is our highest hope and prayer that those ministered to will ultimately become St. Peregrine volunteers.
For those who are not comfortable with having direct dialog with ministers, we will actively pray for them and extensively reach out to our entire parish family to offer prayer, in the name of St. Peregrine to those who wish to be included, or anonymous prayers will be offered if preferred.
The St. Peregrine Ministry will attempt to be a source of cancer related information for those in need by keeping current lists of web sites, written resources, support groups, government agencies, etc. These lists will be distributed to those in need and will be a source of information for our ministers in their work.
If you, or someone you know is struggling with a cancer related illness, has been recently diagnosed with cancer, is awaiting a test result that may reveal cancer, or has recently lost someone to cancer, please contact Jeanine Cavanagh in the Office of Social Ministry at (908) 725-1112 x1126. If you or someone you know would be interested in becoming an active St. Peregrine Minister, please send the following information to Jeanine Cavanagh at firstname.lastname@example.org: Name, address, phone number, and whether or not you are a cancer survivor. If so, what type of cancer?
Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey located in Bedminster offers a variety of cancer support ranging from support groups, education, nutrition, health & wellness, survivorship and more at no charge. To get further info, or to just speak to someone, call 908 658 5400 or to view their monthly calendar of events and more detailed info click here to go directly to their website.
“I have lived with cancer for 20 years, and I only find answers in service to others.”” – Deacon Frank Quinn
“Being diagnosed with cancer was a life-altering event. Through the grace of God, there were some positive dimensions of my illness. The uplifting experience of prayer and support by my family, friends and the Immaculate Conception Community was truly a gift. To be able to bring this gift to others, is truly a blessing.” – Jim Cavanagh