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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Monday, November 17, 2008
The presence of God and of goodness amongst the ‘new’ generation of human beings has always been under a certain threat since the Garden of Eden. In our own age and city it is probably particularly true. The values picked up from an incredibly powerful youth culture are often very different from Christ’s. And the figures show that the Church, whether parish, family and school is not very successful at holding teenagers. Here’s a snapshot from the last few weeks:

• At a ‘chastity workshop’ for teenagers on 25th October last which Fr Hugh was invited to lead, one participant pointed out, to the others agreement, that that such Christian morality was very hard not least because nothing else in his culture, apart from the Church, was advising him to keep the marital act for marriage.
• Certainly the Government Sex Education certainly doesn’t. Their most recent solution to its failure, as a recent letter to The Times, pointed out, is to say we should have more of it from an even younger age. It’d be a lot better to challenge the below:
• The issue of the popular Sugar magazine bought on our High Rd Saturday before last, which is aimed at 13+ girls, highlights on the front page its French kissing guide, en-couraging them to keep up a respectable weekly rate, advising how to move gradually in this direction, and also (in the ‘Lads’ section) how to make it as erotic as possible for the boy. There is effective encouragement to use Ouija boards, ‘& much more’
• Next week, on Prime Time T.V., the BBC are screening “Apparitions”, a six-part drama about exorcism. It contains a graphic homosexual act, extreme violence, as well as very questionable depictions of Mother Teresa and a priest, etc. If after watching it, you are concerned please write to Ofcom, The Contact Centre, Riverside House, 2a Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HA, Tel no. 020.7981.3000 or BBC complaints, PO Box 1922, Glasgow G2 3WT

At the back we offer free copies of “Internet Safety Tips for Parents”, which is an extract from a Care For The Family leaflet, plus an article from Faith Magazine which highlights very specific and easily accessible threats to our young people on the internet.

Meanwhile we are always grateful for all the spiritual, practical and financial support of our youth work in this parish – and especially for encouraging them to get involved.

posted by Sinead Reekie at 2:53 pm