Easter Message from Fr Bernard Lanarolle

Dear Friends,

We are living through tough times as the moment. Both here in WA as we continue our COVID challenges, and across the world as we watch the horrors in Ukraine, we face difficult times. Add to all this the floods across our nation, and the economic pressures across the community and we have reason to be despondent at times.

As we enter Holy Week, we are being given the opportunity to re-ignite our hope. This is a time for gathering together as families and as Christians, to draw strength from each other and from our God. Easter is upon us, and we can find hope in this world.

Easter is not just a welcome ‘long weekend’. It’s more than a time for a rest and some fishing.

Easter celebrates the very heart of our Christian faith. This is the one time in the year when the Church family celebrates with all the colour, song, symbol and spirit it can muster. This is the feast that connects us with the Risen Lord, and His life and love that is stronger then violence, sin and death. This is the feast when we renew our commitment as Christians and pledge to support each other in our common mission.

The celebration of Easter is over three days – from Holy Thursday night, Good Friday and the highpoint at Easter Vigil on Saturday night. The joy continues Easter Sunday morning.

At the Easter Vigil we celebrate like no other night. From the Easter fire, we go to the Story of God’s love over centuries to this day, then we celebrate the baptism of new members followed by the Easter Eucharist.

These are the most important days in our Church year. Please make the celebrations a priority and especially help our children to discover the blessings in these special celebrations.

In a challenging world, Easter connects us with the life and love of Jesus Christ shared among us. Celebration will be on St Dominic’s School Oval, weather permitting, followed by shared supper and toasting marshmallows. Chairs will be provided. BYO picnic rug.

Easter Blessings