Easter Message 2021
Please read the Easter Message 2021 from the Archbishop of Perth, The Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB
Easter as An Enduring Story of Loss and Hope
Over the centuries Easter has changed its appearance to accommodate different societies. In the early centuries, its celebration was workaday. The weekly Eucharist was a celebration, often in homes, to prepare for the return of Christ at the end of time.
When the persecutions stopped Easter took on a more elaborate appearance — large churches in the cities, a month of fasting to prepare for Easter and a week to celebrate the events leading up to Jesus’ Death and Resurrection.
In a Christian society, too, the events, games, vegetation and meals at Easter were marked by Jesus’ story. Hot cross buns, Easter eggs, brodetto pasquale, passion plays, Easter lilies and passion fruit owe their names to Easter. Their names remain, even as secular events have also come to mark the season: from the football played on Easter Monday and then Good Friday, the Stawell Gift and country tennis tournaments.
In Christian churches the celebration of Easter this year will look more like Lent or Passion week. Many Australians, too, will be without football, concerts, interstate and international travel and family gatherings. The atmosphere, too, will be one of constraint, not freedom. Instead of celebrating the present, we may be weighed down by fear and anxiety about the future. We are all captive to COVID-19.
These restrictions are hurtful. But they also open out to the original depths of the Easter story. In the Gospel stories Easter Sunday dawned as emptily as it threatens to this year. There was nothing to celebrate. Jesus’ world had been shut down; his disciples had shut themselves away in locked rooms in fear that they would be the next to suffer; the only people in the streets apart from the soldiers were a couple of Jesus’ friends, mostly women, whose love overcame their fear and drew them out to visit his tomb.
As the sun rose on Easter Sunday his followers had not simply lost a friend and a leader. They had also lost the hope and meaning they had found in him. They followed him because they believed that God would act through him to free his people. His crucifixion had proved that belief to be absurd and had taken away any grounds for hope. The leaders of his own people had disowned him. The Romans had done what they were experts at doing: they had killed him slowly outside the city, leaving him nailed naked and writhing to a timber pole, stripping him both of his humanity and of the credibility of his claim. Easter dawned in a desert.
‘This year, as we contemplate all the things that could separate us from hope, Easter invites all of us, whether or not we share Paul’s faith, to reflect on what matters to us deeply enough to sustain us in the face of loss and death’.
The Gospel stories of Easter are stories of more than celebration. They evoke in various ways the disciples’ transition from despair at the death of their friend and leader and the loss of their own hope, to joy and the understanding that God has freed them through his death. Disciples cowering behind locked doors find Jesus in the room with them. Disciples leaving Jerusalem in grief find him walking with them. Mary Magdalene, grieving as she goes to the tomb to anoint his corpse finds him waiting unrecognised for her outside the tomb. These stories all point to the mystery of God’s presence and victory in what seemed to be a crushing defeat.
In a stirring passage, St Paul begins with the words ‘Nothing can separate us from the love of God’. He goes on to list the human catastrophes that might be expected to do so. He was confident because he believed so strongly that God had raised Jesus from the dead.
Today Paul might have added to his list of things overcome all the experiences of the COVID-19 — the sickness, death, isolation, impoverishment and loneliness that it has brought with itself. For him the raising of Jesus meant that beyond these things lay a hope and love that were stronger than death.
This year, as we contemplate all the things that could separate us from hope, Easter invites all of us, whether or not we share Paul’s faith, to reflect on what matters to us deeply enough to sustain us in the face of loss and death. If the celebrations of Easter are muted, its challenge to reflect on our lives and world is sharpened.
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Easter Triduum 2021
Mass & Liturgy
Holy Thursday 1st April:
Mass 7.00pm – Holy Rosary & Carmel
Good Friday 2nd April:
Stations of the Cross 10.00am – Holy Rosary
Veneration of the Cross Liturgy 3.00pm – Holy Rosary & Carmel
Holy Saturday 3rd April:
Mass 7.00pm – Holy Rosary & Carmel
Easter Sunday 4th April:
Mass 8.45am – Holy Rosary
Mass 10.30am – Carmel
Children’s Stations of The Cross
We are looking for children, primary school age, to take part in our annual Stations of the Cross re-enactment on Good Friday at 10am. For further information contact the Holy Rosary Parish Office on 9386 1870.
Musicians and Singers
Holy Rosary is in the process of building up its Music Ministry so if you can devote some time to playing an instrument or singing or both, please phone the Parish Office or place your name and phone number on the sheets provided in the Foyer and indicate the Mass time you would prefer: 6pm Saturday or 8.45am Sunday. Support for our choir on Easter Sunday at 8.45am is required.
This term we have been very busy in Pre-Primary exploring and learning through play and teacher directed experiences. In Religion we have been discussing the Easter story and the stations of the cross, we have discussed what the cross represents and why it is important in our Catholic faith. We have also been working with our school value of Felicity by encouraging each other to be bucket fillers and share kindness, positivity and love within our class by students creating their own buckets and leaving messages on people’s buckets when they have done bucket filling actions.
In English we have been focusing on consolidating our sound knowledge and letter formations as well as a literacy focus on Mem Fox stories particularly Possum Magic, the children have discussed the characters, setting and their favourite part of the story as well as retelling the story using puppets and sequence cards.
In Maths we have been consolidating our number knowledge to 10 as well as learning about everyday language of time. Including day and night and then moving on to the features of the analogue clock and telling time on the hour. We have also been learning about ordinal numbers by creating teams for our own class Olympics.
In HASS we have been exploring ourselves, our strengths and what we like as well and how we have changed over time by learning about past, present and future. We have also been exploring family and how our families are similar and different.
In Science we have been learning about living things and their needs including pets and people. We have learnt that living things need air, food, water, shelter, exercise and someone to care for them. We have then gone on to explore how our bodies work and what our breathing sounds like, feels like and looks like when we are calm and rested and when we have been running and exercising.
In Technology we have been learning about materials and what things can be made of. We then planned our own creations using different materials, built our creations and reflected on what we had done.
We hope you all have a lovely holiday and look forward to a great Term 2.
In Year 2 Science this week Mathini from Extend After School Care visited and we made bottle rockets and jelly to explore the properties of solids, liquids and gases. The Year 2 students enjoyed seeing the mini explosions with the balloons.
Deputy Principal/Science Teacher
Laps for Life
Lilly and Michaela Gerhold are featured on the Laps for Life Facebook & Instagram social media platforms. See their story below.
Thank you from the Gerhold family to the Loreto community for the support you have shown Lilly as she completed this challenge.
Extend Outside School Hours Care
This week the students at Extend After School Care participated in an Easter Egg Hunt.
The students enjoyed the search around the school grounds with many eggs located and consumed!
The Fathering Project
Tips on being an actively engaged Dad:
This fortnight we are looking at what it means to be an actively engaged Dad and why it is important for you and your kids to do things together.
Here are a few tips on how to be an actively engaged Dad around school and sporting activities – they will love it and so will you.
- Keep track of your children’s upcoming events each term and put these dates in your calendar.
- Arrange your work schedule around these events whenever possible.
- When you attend these events let your children know that they are your top priority. Don’t spend the time on your mobile phone.
- When you attend events give your full attention. Your child will notice if you are not watching or participating.
- Get involved in weekend sport – from being a coach to giving a hand on the BBQ. It is a great way to connect with your kids.
- Be supportive at your kid’s activities and encourage them with positive messages.
- Join their school roster as a classroom helper so you get to be in the class with your child during school.
- Volunteer to help at school activities – sports carnivals, camps or school social family events. Kids like to see their parents involved.
- Regularly do the school drop off or pick up to connect with your child and their school. The commute or walk is a great time for a catch up.