Whyalla Catholic Parish works to keep people connected this Easter weekend

Come together: Father Paul Quirk is calling on the Whyalla community to look out for one another during troubling times this Easter. Photo: Supplied.

Come together: Father Paul Quirk is calling on the Whyalla community to look out for one another during troubling times this Easter. Photo: Supplied.

For many, the Easter holidays are an important date on the calendar and a time where family and friends would otherwise come together.

For Christians, it is the holiest week of the year, but due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, church services are off and people are being made to commemorate in different ways.

Father Paul Quirk from the Whyalla Catholic Parish said it was important for people to remain connected in these troubling times.

"We are staying in contact as best we can and have organised groups to phone around to check in on one another," Fr Paul said.

"Our Sunday newsletter is now being emailed out to people and for those who don't have access to emails, we drop it off in their letterbox."

In this time of isolation, the Parish is moving with the times and adopting new technology to ensure those wishing to observe Easter have access to resources.

This includes directing people to live-streamed masses online, a new concept for many older church goers.

Both the Adelaide and Port Pirie dioceses are broadcasting Easter mass via the internet and Channel 44 is broadcasting via free to air TV.

Father Paul said the Whyalla Parish was working hard to ensure people had access and the links to these services.

"Even outside of Easter, I think it's very important for everyone to stay connected at a time like this," Fr Paul said.

"There are many people in their homes who don't have any family and they need contact and support.

"In the context of Easter and Jesus' rising and showing us the love of God through that event, it calls on us to show that love to other people.

"At a time like this when people are basically locked in their houses, it's important for us to show care and support for them through contact in the best ways available to us, which at the moment is through the phone or via text message."