Rockland: Candlelight Vigil Held at Holy Family Church

Support and hope were the main messages at the 8th Annual Rockland CARES Candlelight Vigil, held at the Holy Family Church.

“It’s really important for us to hold a night like tonight, it’s an opportunity for the community members to come together and not feel so alone,” said Lindsey Woods of Rockland CARES. “That there is somebody here with them in this fight. Whatever that role is that they have, we’re here and we have not forgotten about their loved ones.”

It was a somber moment in the church as a slideshow with pictures of those that lost their battle was shown. After, hundreds of candles lit up the night as people sang “Amazing Grace.”

Tables were set up with representatives from Rockland CARES, Teen Challenge, and Learn to Cope to offer support.

Mark Devereaux, a 2006 graduate from Rockland High School, told his story of addiction. From a star athlete to a self-described “bottom of the barrel heroin addict.”

“I wanted to stop torturing my family. I wanted to stop being an embarrassment to my family and my hometown,” said Devereaux.

He struggled getting his life back, but he is now drug free. He credits people like Rockland CARES for helping him.

“Don’t ever give up, don’t ever stop fighting,” said Devereaux. “No matter down and out you may be – there is always hope.”

More information can be found on the Rockland Cares Facebook page or

About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny left the City of Boston and now lives in Rockland. Lenny has covered both news and sports, from the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at