Dear Parents and Carers,
There are still a few days to go before we enter into the joys of the Easter feast. Of course, one important thing to do before we indulge on Easter Sunday, is to have some time to reflect about what actually happened on the first Easter day.
No doubt, if we had been alive in Jesus’ time we, too, would have been astonished by the miracle of his resurrection. “Jesus’ resurrection was about breaking out into an entirely new form of life, into a life that is no longer subject to the laws of dying and becoming, but lies beyond it – a life that opens up a new dimension of human existence.”
Jesus is WITH US ALWAYS, challenging us and strengthening us to be more. Now, what would we have been thinking if we were one of Jesus’ followers on that first Easter day? “....they were simply overwhelmed by the reality, but after their initial hesitation and astonishment, they could no longer ignore that reality. It is truly he. He is alive; he has spoken to us; he has allowed us to touch him, even if he no longer belongs to the tangible in the normal way.”
So, when Easter Sunday does arrive we can join with the writer of Psalm 117 in saying, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad”. We can rejoice and be glad, because Jesus, through his humanity, has given us the opportunity of true resurrection. However, as the resurrected Jesus said to the once doubting Thomas, “You believe in me Thomas, because you have seen me; happy are those who have not seen me, but still believe.” John 20:29. That’s us.
The eggs and bunnies that we share are symbols of the new life that is found in Jesus. And as commercial as we may think the season has become, we can’t deny the happiness that is experienced in the giving of eggs and the family-times shared. May your Easter be filled with love and happiness and may your family be blessed with new life found in Jesus. May the isolation be managed in creative ways of connecting!
(Adapted from Prin-scripts with quotes from “Jesus of Nazareth” by Pope Benedict XVI)
A reminder to families that Tuesday, April 28, is no longer the first day of Term 2. Due to operational difficulties and constraints, Catholic Education has had difficulty in populating Microsoft Teams with the sheer numbers of students in Catholic education. While the Holy Trinity students will have their names entered in Teams in time for the beginning of Term 2, the opportunity for a trial day at the beginning of Term 2 will be invaluable. It will provide us with an opportunity to fine tune our implementation for Wednesday, and beyond. Care from Kids Biz will be available for students who need to come to school on this Tuesday and details have been sent to each family yesterday about this.
I cannot thank you enough for all of your support, patience, care and kindness during these last few challenging weeks. With the new learning platform we have been working on this week, we hope that the remote learning program for next term will be even more effective for all our students. At the beginning of next Term, I will send home some protocols and guidelines to support families working remotely with children. You are not alone, we are still a community for each other, just spread in different places. This will pass........
Wishing you a Happy and a Holy Easter and break with your beautiful families, from all the staff of Holy Trinity.