Special vigil helps raise funds for O'Shaughnessy House in Carbonear

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On Dec. 1, 2013 at the Salvation Army Citadel in Dildo, a special service was held to focus on the plight of battered women and children.

A free-will offering collected during a special service at the Salvation Army Citadel in Dildo in December 2013 raised enough funds to purchase some furniture for O’Shaughnessy House in Carbonear. The house is a shelter for battered women and children that opened in September 2010. Shown here taking part in the presentation recently were, from left, Salvation Army Capt. Chris Pilgrim, O’Shaughnessy House executive director Kelly Fewer, and Brother Kinsley Welsh, the Right Worshipful Master of the Masonic Lodge in Heart’s Content. Also taking part in the presentation was Brother Rex Cotter (not pictured) of the Masonic Lodge.

This project was done in partnership with Communities Against Violence, the Salvation Army-Trinity Bay South Corps, the Morgan Brothers with their beautiful gospel music and Masonic Lodge Heart’s Content.

Approximately 500 attended and a free will offering of over $1,300 was donated to be used for some item to be used at O’Shaughnessy House in Carbonear, a shelter for battered women and children that opened in September 2010.

This service also gave us the opportunity to remember the 14 women who were massacred at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Que., on Dec. 6, 1989.

The highlight of the evening was to see seven Masonic brethren, along with seven men from the Salvation Army, enter the church with the lights dimmed, lifting high little candles in remembrance of these 14 ladies.

Subsequent to this event it was decided to donate a sofa to the newly built transition house in Carbonear. It provides an extended service to the shelter, providing victims of domestic violence with a place to live while transitioning back into society.

This project was a huge success because of the co-operation of all partners. The reception of the concept by Majors Claudette and Chris Pilgrim, their congregational committee and their leadership, the Morgan Brothers with their beautiful music and Communities Against Violence for their support and encouragement, all made the project a huge success.

Masonic Lodge Heart’s Content also takes this opportunity to wish the Pilgrim family farewell and may God be with them as they assume their new duties.

We all let our little light shine before others. We can do more good in our communities if we look around us and realize the goodness of other persons and organizations. Together we stand. Great partnerships grow from these projects.

— Submitted by Kinsley Welsh, the Right Worshipful Master of the Masonic Lodge in Heart’s Content.

Organizations: Salvation Army, Morgan Brothers, O'Shaughnessy House O’Shaughnessy House École Polytechnique

Geographic location: Carbonear, Montreal

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