Christians flock to Easter services
By LUKE PRENDERGAST
WHILE shops stocked up on chocolate, Christians this weekend marked the true meaning of the season, flocking to churches to mark the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Churches across the region reported good attendances at Good Friday and Easter Sunday services.
Lismore Catholic Diocese spokesman, Fr Peter Carrum, said of about 500 people attended the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Easter vigils at South Lismore.
??Attendances were up on last year and I think that??s symptomatic of the uncertainty on the international scene and the stress of the economic conditions people are trying to battle with at the moment. I think they turn to spiritual guidance in times like this,?? he said.
Fr Peter said parishioners prayed for Fr Stephen O??Donnell and Fr Charles Kakumanu, the two Lismore priests killed in a car accident last week. A funeral service will be held for the two men at the St Carthage??s Cathedral at 11am tomorrow.
The Lismore Baptist Church celebrated Easter Sunday with a fish breakfast between its 7am and 9am services, both of which were well attended, said Reverend Jim Gallagher. Pastor Frank Lee, of the Christian Community Church, conducted individual services for families on Good Friday, as well as a well-??attended Sunday service.
Churches of Christ Pastor Phil Ravesteyn reported good numbers and at Good Friday and Easter Sunday services. The East Lismore Presbyterian Church had good attendances at its Good Friday and three Easter Sunday services, according to Assistant Minister Wade Iedema.
At Wesleyan Methodist Church, Pastor Roy Water spoke to about 55 people.