Pioneers Launch 2010 Advent & Christmas Message

The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association (PTAA) launched its 2010 “Let’s Pray Together” Christmas Message today (26 November 2010) at the start of Pioneer Week and called on Irish people to try and make time this Advent and Christmas to think about and pray for everyone affected by Ireland’s economic crisis.

The PTAA’s “Let’s Pray Together” message is being offered to people as a way of bringing solidarity, support, understanding and hope to those of us who may be  struggling with worsening financial, social and emotional worries as a result of the deepening recession.

The Pioneers are appealing to people to try and use prayer as a way of finding some breathing space in the increasing economic tensions.
Commenting on the Association’s Christmas message Pioneer CEO Padraig Brady said:
“When people experience anxiety as a result of economic hardship they can become  isolated from each other and from their communities. All around the country events and activities will be run during Advent and Christmas which might offer people a chance to feel less alone in their current difficulties. This year in particular I would encourage as many people as possible to attend the Advent and Christmas  ceremonies as way of reaching out to and supporting one another.”  

The Pioneers work to address the problems in society caused by excess alcohol consumption and drug use. The Association does this through faith, prayer and example. The Pioneer vision - based on the love in the Heart of Christ, as expressed in The Gospels - is to help to build a society where people live to their full potential and alcohol can be enjoyed in moderation avoiding the fall-out that arises in society from alcohol abuse.

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Ends// 26 November 2010
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