Thousands attend Easter services throughout Maitland, Newcastle and Manning

2015 has proven to be no different from previous years, with the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle services well attended throughout the region across the Easter break.

Despite gloomy weather, more than 250 people filled Sacred Heart Cathedral for the 3pm Good Friday Passion service which was led by Fr Andrew Doohan. "The cross is not something that we should be afraid of," Fr Andrew told the congregation after recounting Jesus' final hours. "We might face the difficulties and trials of life, certainly, but we also know that that's not the end. We know that Jesus has transformed that cross into a symbol of life and salvation, not humiliation."

In Taree, families and parishioners celebrated Easter Sunday with around 350 people filling Our Lady of the Rosary Church. Earlier in the weekend, 150 people witnessed Taree youths enact the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. Pictures of this service, courtesy of Fr George Anthicadu, can be seen below.

Vice Chancellor of Pastoral Ministries, Teresa Brierley, said Easter marks a time of renewal for not only the faithful, but also the wider community.

“As many know, in Christianity Easter marks Jesus’ death and resurrection and serves as a time of rebirth and renewal for many among our faithful. This is also relevant to those in the community as well, as it’s often seen as a time of rest and recuperation from the fast pace of life.

“Again this year we saw thousands worship throughout the diocese right across the Easter season, marking this important time, each in their own way. As a diocese we are pleased to be able to support the faithful and those searching through this season,” Mrs Brierley said.

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