The sun rises on an Easter day this year both strange and tinged with sadness. The pandemic has impacted all Australians and may well mean a muted celebration of the Feast of the Resurrection. Some may not even be able to spend the day with family members separated by travel restrictions or health concerns. Yet the sun rises unperturbed on this great day. Indeed the dawn has been a symbol of the Risen and Victorious Saviour. His Risen Body leaves behind the limits of space, illness and death. As we labour under restrictions, uncertainty, and fears, Christ’s victory promises the possibility of sharing one day in a risen life which leaves behind the afflictions we presently suffer. The victorious Lord assures us this Easter that death does not have the last word.
I extend my best wishes to all for this Easter. I keep you in my prayers and remember the many harmed by this pandemic including the sick, the dead, those without livelihoods, anxious families, those stricken by fear. Christ is risen! He is truly risen!
Fr Nicolas Maurice
Live Telecast Good Friday & Easter: The 7 PRIME TV channel will be transmitting a live telecast of some Holy Week ceremonies from St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney. The details are as follows: Good Friday solemn service 3pm Friday 10 April on 7PRIME; Easter Sunday Mass 10.30am 12 April on 7PRIME. For could be a way of participating in these holy ceremonies for those without internet facilities. Internet broadcasts of the ceremonies at Lismore will also be transmitted from the diocesan website lismorediocese.org.
Parish bulletin: Copies of the parish bulletin are available at the parish office during office hours, at the Ted Howe Room on Wednesdays from 9.30am, at the Cranney Room on Fridays from 10am. Please email the parish office if you would like an electronic copy emailed to you.
Deposit box: More than one parishioner has enquired about planned giving envelopes. Thus, a deposit box will be set up at the parish office during office hours, at the Ted Howe Room on Wednesdays from 9.30am, at the Cranney Room on Fridays from 10am for those who may wish to drop off envelopes. Parishioners may wish to consider swapping to online giving. Details for donating online via Electronic Funds Transfer: BSB: 032582 Account Number: 810033. (Optional Reference: Surname. Planned Giving).