Parents, Children and Drugs: Our children are seriously exposed to drugs in our community.
When kids begin experimenting with drugs, they can so easily become dependent and
become a source of true anxiety for their parents and family. Parents who have worked
their way through these difficulties can give enormous help to other afflicted parents.
Parents should be encouraged to help and support one another. As a community we all
need to be concerned about the availability of drugs to vulnerable young people.
We have an excellent person in Mary Mackessy, who is available to help individuals
and families who are caught in these difficulties. Be aware of her telephone no.
086 – 0439702. Let us not condemn those who are struggling with these difficulties,
but let us reach out to those who need our help. The scourge of drugs needs to be
confronted by the whole community. Our failure to do so could bring destruction to
families, our community and our good name. This issue needs to be taken seriously
by us all.
Palm Sunday: Next Sunday is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. The events
celebrated during Holy Week, bring us back to the basis of our faith in our Saviour,
Jesus Christ. The world we live in needs the Saving Grace of Jesus like never before.
We encourage you all this Holy Week to make a very special effort to participate
in the Holy Week Ceremonies. As you all know, there will be a lot of distractions
to the ceremonies, but let us not forget why we celebrate Easter.
Shortly before His death Jesus was descending the Mount of Olives and looking across
at the great city of Jerusalem, He wept tears of sorrow for He had a vision of the
future destruction of the City. He was heard to express sorrow that the city had
failed to appreciate God’s visitation in the coming of Jesus Himself. He was heard
to say “How I longed to gather you, as a hen gathered her chicks, but you refused
the call”, He was referring to His call to repentance and conversion. This is a week
of Grace for us all. Let us avail of the opportunity of Confession and participate
in the Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday ceremonies. God, is also given
us opportunities, it is important that we avail of them.