The Church has welcomed an overflow of parishioners into its four Wollongong churches as thousands gathered on Sunday to mark one of the most sacred days of the year, reports The Illawarra Mercury.
Wollongong's Bishop Peter Ingham said 'bumper' crowds flocked to Easter Sunday Masses in Wollongong, Fairy Meadow, Balgownie, and Gwynneville.
'People have a great sense at Easter and Christmas of it being a special Christian festival,' he said. 'We’ve been celebrating since Thursday...it’s a great feast of hope.'
The Brisbane Times reports that in Brisbane, Catholic archbishop Mark Coleridge urged believers to remember Jesus' resurrection whenever they felt hopeless.
'When the tomb of Jesus was sealed with a big round stone, that stone must have seemed like a cosmic full-stop. The party was over. The world is full of what seem like full-stops – situations that seem hopeless,' he said.
Bishop Ingham, in his homily, asked church-goers to remember to treat others as they would like to be treated, saying he believed the rise in violence in society can be attributed to the decline in religious faith and values. People are better in the way they treat each other when they follow the gospel,' he said.
'Treating people as we wish to be treated - that’s how Jesus says we should be treating each other. If we lose our capacity to love and reach out to others, then our lives become bleak and dark.'
Wollongong crowds flock to hear Easter message (The Illawarra Mercury)
Archbishop Coleridge urges Brisbane worshippers to remember the Resurrection (The Brisbane Times)