Church: drugs and drug addiction

“ Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfil the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2

Spirituality & Substance Misuse

Each of us is a gift of God. When we give a gift to a meaningful person in our lives, we hope they will like and appreciate the gift we give them. God is like this, too. He wants us to like and appreciate the gift we are, despite our shortcomings. The gift of us as persons involves physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

We must remember Substance Misuse and Addiction is also a spiritual illness that disconnects a person from self, loved ones, and God. One of our Pastoral Responses goals is to help these individuals re-connect: with self, loved ones, and God. When the life of one whom we love is at risk, and when the quality of life for those close to that person is threatened, we are charged with the responsibility to respond in a direct and loving manner.

Temperance Resource Pack

Temperance Sunday Reflection – Bishop Eamonn Walsh 
Andy was six weeks out of treatment when he phoned, Friday afternoon at 4.30p.m., ‘Can we meet Eamonn, I am desperate and on the drink’. I suggested that we talk when he was sober, to which he replied – ‘I can only talk when I am …

Homily notes

Launch of Prayer Book 21st Feb 2013.
1st Address by Bishop Eamonn Walsh
2nd Address by Bishop Noel Treanor at All Saints Parish Ballymena
A good resource is Bishop Eamonn Walsh in February Intercom when he writes about balance and the forthcoming publication of prayers for those affected by addiction.

Lenten Period

LENT: Alcohol – Our Culture – Our Challenge
With alcohol costing our country billions a year, along with the trail of destruction it leaves in its wake to individuals, families and communities. It is a positive sign to finally see movement towards the Government addressing the issues and standing up the powerful drinks industry. …

Prayers of the Faithful

Prayers of the Faithful for the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and the unemployed; for all those suffering from depression or addiction, and for all those in any kind of danger. For all those struggling with any form of addiction in our parish, especially alcohol, drugs, …