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The Southern Cross : April 2012
$2 inc. GST April 2012 TheSouthern Cross Part of your Catholic family since 1867 From a hard-hitting game of coloured- boiled eggs in Paradise to a funeral procession in Pooraka and the blessing of food in the city and Adelaide's western suburbs, Catholics across the Adelaide Archdiocese representing diverse cultures will celebrate this Easter with unique traditions. "These traditions are still very important... because they are orientated and focused on family celebrating Easter together and sharing the joy of Christ's resurrection with others," says Croatian Catholic Community pastoral assistant Sister Slavica Turcic asc. Sr Slavica says one of the most cherished Easter traditions of the Adelaide Catholic Croatian community is the blessing of special Easter foods on the evening of Easter Saturday at St Patrick's Church, in the city. "When people come home from Mass, the family gather at the table and eat the blessed food together," says Sr Slavica. Polish migrant Kamilla Springer says the blessing of the food is also among her migrant community's favourite Easter traditions. She and her parents will spend Good Friday morning carefully decorating hard boiled eggs (symbol of new life) to place in their brightly coloured basket, along with bread (the body of Christ), salt (preservation from sins), a symbolic figurine of a lamb usually made of sugar or flour, Polish sausage and babka (Easter cake). They will take their basket to St Margaret Mary's Church in Croydon Park on Saturday morning for blessing with holy water by the priest after prayers for each of the special foods. "It is a tradition which spans generations of Polish people and migrants and it keeps us connected to our faith and to Poland," says Kamilla. Continued on page 3. Easter traditions live on By Rebecca DiGirolamo Young at heart HAPPY PAST-TIMES: 92-year-olds Peggy and Kevin O'Neill are long-standing members of the vibrant Hectorville Catholic Community which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Full story page 15.