Parish President Kenny Matassa will lead the seventh annual National Day of Prayer event Thursday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The public is welcome to attend. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at noon.

During the National Day of Prayer, communities nationwide will gather in remembrance and celebration.

“This event provides an opportunity to interact with clergy, business leaders and elected officials as we join hands and hearts for our community, our nation and our world,” Matassa said.

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Loss and grief group

St. Elizabeth Hospital’s loss and grief education and support group meets Thursday and May 12 at 6 p.m. in the Sister Linda conference room. No registration is necessary for this free event.

Women’s Health Lunch

Tickets are on sale for St. Elizabeth Hospital’s Women’s Health Lunch set for Wednesday at Elegant Affairs in Gonzales.

This year’s topic is “Awareness and Advocacy for Eliminating Health Care Disparities in Women.”

The keynote speaker is Dr. Carla Harwell, associate professor in medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Tickets are $20 for single or $160 for a table of eight. RSVP is required; call (225) 621- 2906.

Kids fishing derby

Help raise awareness about blood pressure issues in children by taking part in the sixth annual Cabela’s Blood Pressure 4 Kids Fishing Derby, hosted by the National Pediatric Blood Pressure Awareness Foundation on May 14 at the Cabela’s pond in Gonzales.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by the derby at 9 a.m. Activities wrap up at noon.

The event features a kids fishing derby, games, face-painting, door prizes, music by the pond, lunch plates and other family activities. There is a $10 donation per child to enter the derby. Prizes will be awarded for largest fish by age group.

Registered nurses will be on hand to provide free blood pressure screenings for children ages 3 and older and will answer parents’ questions and provide educational material about hypertension in children.

Restoring the convent

Ascension Catholic School is spearheading two fundraising efforts this spring: a dinner/auction and the “Pave the Way —Buy a Brick” campaign.

The dinner and auction are slated for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 22. Call (225) 473-9337 to buy tickets, donate an auction item or buy a brick.

Funds raised will be used to help restore the original convent building, erected in 1850. It’s the most historic building on campus and is in need of major preservation work.

Plans include a new roof, porch railing, paint and window repair. Following the restoration of the convent building, a new carpool driveway and brick memorial walk will be installed so that the main entrance to the elementary school campus will be through the convent building, a news release said.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1996; fax, (225) 644-5851; or email, or Deadline: noon Monday.