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St. Agatha: Patroness for Ailments of the Breast

Because of the tortures she endured in martyrdom, St. Agatha is also patroness of women who live with diseases of the breast. My one-time editor Paul Zalonski has a deep devotion to the third-century martyr. In the past he has sponsored and publicized her devotions. At his request, we’ve posted a prayer for St. Agatha’s intercession. This year he’d like to invite you to a special St. Agatha’s Day event.

In Celebration of the Feast of Saint Agatha
The Church of Saint Catherine of Siena
and the
Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York

Invites you to Vespers and Benediction
with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
for women and men living with Breast Cancer

February 5, 2010 at 7 pm.
The Church of Catherine of Siena
411 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065

As you know, Saint Agatha is the patron saint for those living with diseases of the breast. People for centuries have had a devotion to Saint Agatha for many reasons, not least is her powerful intercession before God on behalf of those dealing with breast cancer. It is for this reason that we are having a Vespers with Benedictine service with the sacrament of Anointing. The sacrament of Anointing is to strengthen, heal and sustain those who receive it.

Please let your friends know about this extraordinary opportunity for prayer and healing on the Feast of Saint Agatha.

Father Jordan Kelly, OP will be presiding and preaching assisted by other Dominican, Franciscan and Diocesan priests.

Saint Catherine of Siena Church is administered by the Dominican Friars who also have a special healthcare ministry at the Hospital for Special Surgery, NY Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, Sloan-Kettering and Rockefeller Univ. Hospital. At these 4 prestigious hospitals in NYC the Dominican Friars Healthcare Ministry works with the spiritual and ethical needs of people associated in some way (patients, family members, clinicians).