St. Tammany faith notes for April 15, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Slidell Ministerial Alliance - Day of Prayer Committee members are shown with Mayor Freddy Drennan after the signing of a proclamation of the Day of Prayer in Slidell. They are, front from left, Missionary Bob Ryals, the Rev. Donald Bryan, Mayor Freddy Drennan, Day of Prayer Director Caroline Lewis; and back, the Rev. Morris St Angelo, the Rev. Ray Larry and the Rev. Gary Wood.

FAMILY FUN DAY: There will be a family fun day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Christ Episcopal Church, 1534 Seventh St., Slidell. There will be indoor and outdoor activities for all ages, such as games, crafts, a cake walk, inflatables and an obstacle course. Although the event is not a fundraiser, there will be a plant sale, and refreshments will be sold. For information, contact the church office at (985) 643-4531 or office@christchurchslidell.org.

ST. TAMMANY CHAPLAINS: St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston has launched a program to send trained chaplains to help grieving family members when someone has died traumatically.

Recently, 23 clergy members from all faiths underwent two days of training in critical incident stress management. Two of the chaplains are non-clergy/laity counselors. They were sworn in by retired Judge Patricia Hedges, and will begin rotating in on-call duty May 1.

“Our investigators respond around the clock to deaths, both sudden and expected, where bereaved family members are in need of immediate counseling and comfort,” Preston said. “Whether a family embraces a particular faith or none at all, our chaplains are trained to assist with immediate and short-term emotional needs.

“Clergy in all faiths are trained to provide short-term grief counseling to people of all backgrounds, and they can fill a void as volunteers that our investigators cannot. As I’ve said before, while our office takes care of the dead, we also serve the living, and I’m proud to launch this program.”

DAY OF PRAYER OBSERVANCE: The annual observance of May 7 as the 64th National Day of Prayer will be at noon on May 7 in Slidell. The Slidell Ministerial Alliance and others will hold a Day of Prayer event from noon to 1 p.m. in Heritage Park. The community is invited to pray for the nation and the community. Music will be provided by Row Dietrich.

According to the proclamation, a National Day of Prayer was first proclaimed by the Continental Congress in 1775. Congress ratified legislation in 1988 that sets the first Thursday of May as a National Day of Prayer for the nation.

For information, contact the Rev. Morris St. Angelo at (985) 788-6312 or email pastormorris@nbcofslidell.org.