As Associates  of the order not only are we  called to share in the spirituality of the Sisters but to support them in whatever way we are able. So when we were told that the Home for the Needy, which the sisters operate in their homeland of Nigeria, was in need of some help to purchase for various items ,we wanted to offer our assistance. As luck would have it, the leader of a band- Brass Impact offered the services of the band free of charge. The sisters had been especially supportive and kind to his mother when she was ill with cancer and he wanted to repay them in some way. 

The Sisters, their Associates and a few of the friends soon met to discuss our plans and Spring Into Action was conceived.

Saint Michael’s parish Hall was chosen as the venue and a date was set for the month of May.

It has been my experience that when one is doing work for the Lord, things just seem to fall into place. Silent auction items arrived, a handmade quilt as a ticket item and offers of finger foods both African and Canadian were received.

Lady Di from Spry was recruited as part of the entertainment for the evening and two African drummers (neither being African) were found to accompany for the very special performance of the night. 

Energy was running high the evening of the concert as the hall filled with people who came out to enjoy the music, participate in the auction, enjoy the food, support the project and watch for the feature presentation.

When the band took a break, people enjoyed the humour of Lady Di and had time to have a snack and beverage.

The Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, wearing their traditional African cloth entered the stage to the beating of the drums-they were the hit of the night as they danced about joyously-I almost didn’t recognize them. When they invited members of the audience to join them in dance on stage-even the priests who were present joined in.

Speaking to people after the event-we discovered that a good time was had by all-some were even surprised about the evening. The event netted us a few thousand dollars to be put to good use for the Home for the Needy; in addition we were still raising monies with the sale of tickets on the quilt which was to be raffled in the Fall.

Thanks to all who supported us! Special thanks to Brass Impact for donating their time and the very supportive community within St. Michael’s Parish.

The Sisters in Nigeria who operate the facility were elated to receive the donation. 




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