Easter 2022: Geraldton leaders wish the community a safe, happy and healthy weekend

Phoebe PinGeraldton Guardian
Athena, Peppy, Joey and Uma are wishing Geraldton Guardian readers a happy easter.
Camera IconAthena, Peppy, Joey and Uma are wishing Geraldton Guardian readers a happy easter. Credit: Lisa Favazzo/The Geraldton Guardian

As Geraldton prepares to take a short break from the hustle and bustle of life over Easter, local leaders are sharing their messages of hope and gratitude for the season.

Member for Geraldton Lara Dalton

Member for Geraldton Lara Dalton
Camera IconMember for Geraldton Lara Dalton. Credit: Phoebe Pin/RegionalHUB

Easter is one of my favourite times of the year to enjoy in Geraldton. There’s the hot combo of four days to relax, take a break and spend time with family and friends — with the most perfect weather in all of Australia.

But, as we know, not all of us get the break. I would like to acknowledge those in our community who will be working for most or all of the long weekend.

Essential services, hospitals, police, emergency services, are staffed by people who are giving up all or some parts of their Easter with their families and friends to ensure the rest of us are safe and can enjoy our mini break, and for that I am very grateful to those people.

Having been in the hospitality industry most of my adult life, I know Easter can also be a very busy time of year. Our service stations, supermarkets, and cafes are open and bustling with trade and are there to utilise and enjoy.

I am thankful for the opportunity to be with my family and friends, and to appreciate how lucky I am to live in such a wonderful place in the world.

So this Easter I say, if you can, hug those closest to you, soak them up.

And a huge shout-out to those who are working this weekend, thank you.

Bishop of Geraldton, the Most Rev. Michael Morrissey

Bishop Michael H Morrissey has served the Geraldton Diocese for 40 years
Camera IconBishop Michael H Morrissey has served the Geraldton Diocese for 40 years Credit: Edward Scown/Geraldton Guardian

At this moment in time, people everywhere could wonder, ‘Where can we find hope? Where has hope gone?’

The future looks very uncertain with what has, and is happening in our community and our world, through the effects of the pandemic and other tragic concerns.

As we look beyond our community to the wider world, especially in Ukraine, things look pretty dark. We know that Jesus died and rose from the dead and is always present in every moment of life — people do not have to live with despair and hopelessness. This is the gift we offer this Easter to our communities.

As I hear of communities, families and people being isolated for a week or more due to COVID, people are not left alone to fend for themselves. Neighbours offer support and their presence through simple gestures of doing the shopping, collecting medications or using virtual technology to ask, ‘Are you OK?’.

The small steps we take can change the lens of how life is seen, especially for those who are struggling with hope, purpose and meaning.

May the blessings and peace of the risen Lord be given abundantly to you, your family and friends this Easter.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn

Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn on the Beresford foreshore with pooch Bella.
Camera IconGeraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn on the Beresford foreshore with pooch Bella. Credit: Michael Roberts/Geraldton Guardian

If you love getting outdoors, then Easter is simply the best time of year to be in Geraldton. The weather is perfect and the sunsets are simply out of this world.

For those of us staying home over the holidays, we know there is no better place to be than the Mid West.

I hope everyone makes the most of the break to enjoy the company of family and friends, at the same time try to not overindulge, and to check-in on people who might be struggling.

Remember to buy local where you can and to welcome those who are visiting Geraldton during one of our most popular time of year — the school holidays.

The roads will be busy so if you are travelling drive safely and be considerate of others.

Most importantly, have a ripper Easter from all of us at the City of Greater Geraldton.

Geraldton Anglican Cathedral Acting Dean David Seccombe

Rev Dr David Seccombe at Geraldton's Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
Camera IconRev. Dr David Seccombe at Geraldton's Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Credit: The Geraldton Guardian/Elise Van/Elise Van

Easter is about the victory of life. Celebrations at Easter have been part of the calendar of Christianity for close to two thousand years. Christmas and Easter are the church’s biggest festivals.

On the order of the Roman governor, Jesus was executed about 9am on a Friday in early April around 30CE. The Jewish Passover was due to start later in the day.

He died about 3pm, and was removed from the cross before sundown. His body was placed in a newly dug burial cave — hastily, because all work ceased at sundown.

It is called Good Friday because Christians believe Jesus faced death as the king of the human race — that his death was an offering of amends to God for human rebellion, and that it became a great victory in the spiritual realm.

Some women arranged to return when Sabbath was over to prepare his body in the traditional way. But arriving before dawn on the Sunday, they found the tomb empty, and his body gone.

Christians believe God brought him back to life as the victorious King-Messiah promised in the Jewish scriptures. This is the focus of celebrations on Easter Sunday.

Early Christian writings see his death as the way God provided forgiveness and opened the way into eternal life.

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