BELLEVILLE--In an effort to bring about community healing in light of the recent shooting of Belleville Police Sgt. Jon Brough and the violent death of Henry and Dolores Kahle, a community prayer service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19 at St. Peter's Cathedral in downtown Belleville.
Members of all faiths are encouraged to attend.
"This will give our community an opportunity to show support for the families and friends who have suffered with the tragedies that have taken place in the last week", stated Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert. "We invite all members of the community to attend this service as we come together in prayer."
The service will be interdenominational and will support members of the police department and their families and friends, and family members of victims of violence.
Presenters will include Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert, Judge Annette Eckert, Belleville Police Major William Clay, Rev. Gene Neff director of the Ministry to Sick & Aged for the Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Rev. Robert Molesberry of St. Paul's United Church of Christ and Rev. Edward Weston of Union United Methodist Church.
Others participating in the service will include the color guard and members of the Belleville Police Department.
Donations for the Brough Family Trust Fund will be accepted at the service as well.
The Brough Family Trust Fund has been set up at Commerce Bank of Illinois. Donations are currently being accepted at Commerce Bank (former West Pointe Banks locations) at 2020 N. Belt East (by Belleville East High School), 5701 W. Main by Althoff High School and 4101 N. Illinois St in Swansea.
A coalition of Belleville area clergy leaders, the City of Belleville and the Pastoral Care Department of St. Elizabeth's Hospital, are organizing the service. St. Peter's Cathedral is located at 200 West Harrison Street, Belleville. For additional information please contact the Marketing Department at St. Elizabeth's Hospital at 618-234-2120 ext. 1575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org