The Irish Bishops’ Drugs Initiative is a pastoral response to the growing problems of drug and alcohol issues in our parishes and communities. We worked with volunteers from Newry Parish to develop the ‘Leave Your Mark’ programme. The programme is for, and was developed with, young people in response to a call from Pope Francis during World Youth Day 2016.

In July 2018, as part of Newry Parish’s Summer Scheme, a range of activities were developed for the ‘Leave Your Mark’ project. Activities included creativity, prayer and fun, faith and friendship. Please see the video above for quick review of the initiative.

Young people from Scoil Bhríde Mercy Secondary School, Tuam, Co.Galway composed a prayer specially for Leave Your Mark.

Prayer

How to help us

Pastoral Response to Substance Misuse has been asked over a number of years to create an option to The Pledge as in many communities it has been seen as out-dated and many feel it’s not…

1. Donate by standing order

As your children venture out and experience the world around them, several influencing factors help shape them into the person they will eventually become. Thankfully, parents still sit at the top of the list of…

2. Donate directly

As a Confirmation sponsor, you do have specific functions. As part of The Confirmation Commitment you will be asked to attend the Service of Light or services arranged specially for sponsors and make a commitment…

3. Donate by cheque or money order

By Registering with our Initiative – we will provide you with a prevention pack for your community / parish. This will include posters, information leaflets, a resource of support services for your region as well…