St. Michael Parish, NAMI Team Up To Host Interfaith Service in Wheeling

St. Michael Parish will join the National Alliance on Mental Illness to host an interfaith service to pray for families struggling with the disease.

The event will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at St. Michael Church, 1225 National Road. The service has been held every year more than decade as part of National Mental Illness Awareness Week.

The prayer service will be led by the Rev. William Matheny, St. Michael associate pastor. It is part of St. Michael Parish’s stewardship activities.

This year’s speaker will be Jacqui Hores, a cast member from “This is My Brave, Wheeling,” who will share her courageous battle against anxiety and depression. Hores is a wife, mother and step-mother. She said she has discovered that the more she opens up about living with her challenges, the more she is able to manage them and help others, too. An administrative professional at Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, Hores is a resident of Wheeling.

NAMI Wheeling Executive Director Amy Gamble, a nationally known advocate, will speak briefly about NAMI and will introduce Hores. Gamble was a standout athlete at John Marshall High School and the University of Tennessee and was a member of the U.S. Olympic Handball Team. She is the author of “Bipolar Disorder, My Biggest Competitor: An Olympian’s Journey with Mental Illness.”

Everyone who attends the vigil will have the opportunity to light a prayer candle in honor of a friend or loved one who suffers with mental illness. Refreshments will be served at an informal social gathering following the service.

For details, call Kathleen Dieffenbaugher, St. Michael Parish stewardship director, at 304-242-1560.

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