We are an Easter people

By Greg Whitby, 24 March 2020
Students from Holy Family Primary Emerton enjoyed a school-wide pancake breakfast. Image: Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.


It is such a joy to walk with students in our schools during the Lenten journey and in celebration of Easter. What does Easter mean for children and young people today?

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta is currently developing a new religious education curriculum. We asked students to share their questions about faith with us. These very questions have shaped the way their classmates will reflect and make meaning of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Though we teachers love chocolate eggs, seeing students so deeply engaged with what it means to believe is the real treat. It’s heartening to see the way schools get stuck into supporting the Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal during Lent too.

During recent months, this spirit of outreach has also been strong as schools supported communities suffering as a result of the bushfire crisis. We particularly remember Geoffrey Keaton, a graduate of several of our schools who lost his life in the service of others together with another young RFS hero, Andrew O’Dwyer. May they rest in peace.

I wish you and your family a sacred Lent and every blessing of the season as together we prepare to receive the Good News of Easter Sunday once again.

Gregory B Whitby AM KSG

Executive Director

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta


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