The St. Peregrine Shrine was founded and created by Father Steve Kunkel and Melissa Veselovsky. Construction was completed in November 2009. The chapel is located on the north side of Christ the King Catholic Church. Visitors to the 2,300 square foot domed chapel may pray, walk the grounds, and participate in Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Catholics may receive the Sacrament of the Sick and Reconciliation.
The Cancer Ministry welcomes people who contact the shrine seeking support for them self or a loved one who is suffering from cancer and who would like to be featured in the shrine for an allotted amount of time. Featured patientâ€™s first name only and a brief history of their condition are posted so that all who enter can keep them in prayer. In addition, note cards are personalized with their name. These cards are placed on a rack near the screen so adorers, our school children, teen groups, prayer groups, and shrine visitors can pick them up and write the time and date of their prayer, as well as notes of encouragement. These cards are mailed to the patients to bring hope and assurance that they are in our hearts and prayers.
If you, or someone you know, would like to be featured in the shrine for these special prayer petitions, please fill out a form available in the shrine lobby, or online at www.cancershrine.org.
The Wailing Wall,Located on the grounds, in semi-private alcove, is a quiet place to mediate before a replica of the Pieta. The Wall connects our sadness to the sorrow of the Blessed Mother. Small slips of paper with prayers written on them may be folded and placed in the cracks of the wall. Our wall was inspired by a pilgrimage to the actual Wailing Wall located in Jerusalem, which is believed to be part of the remaining ruins of a great Jewish Temple.
The Relic of St. Peregrine - A first class relic of our patron saint, containing his bone fragment, is kept in the shrine office. Veneration of the relic is offered during prayer group meetings and other times by request.
The Book of Petitions is located in the shrine. Everyone is welcome to write their petitions or thanksgivings. The book is lifted up in prayer during prayer meetings.
Memorial Bricks pave the way to the shrine entrance. They can be purchased to commemorate cancer survivorship, honor a loved one, or just show support for the people affected by cancer. For more information or to purchase a personalized brick please click Order a Memorial Brick.
The Prayer Group Ministry gathers at the shrine on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 PM to pray for the sick. There is also a special all night prayer vigil on the First Friday of each month beginning at 9 PM and ending at 5 PM.