Beginning of Term 4 Mass
On Friday 19th October at 9:15am, the students and staff of St Martin’s will gather together to celebrate the beginning of Term 4 with a Mass. We would love you to join us for this special event.
Diocesan Mission Mass
Tomorrow, Mr Baker and our Stage 3 Mission Team will be attending the 2018 Catholic Mission Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary Waitara. As leaders of Mission at St Martin’s, these students will hear more about the Mission activities of students in other Catholic Schools as well as be affirmed in the work they do to lead Mission. You will be excited to know that St Martin’s have raised $2864 so far for our Socktober Mission Day. What an incredible effort. Well done St Martin’s.
St Martin’s Mission Day
Monday 22nd October 2018
Have you registered for the Socktober Challenge yet?
This year our school has been invited by Catholic Mission to engage with mission in a new and innovative way. The Socktober Challenge invites children to engage with developing world issues through the language they understand best – play! Children are challenged to ‘Sock it to Poverty’ using the international game of soccer. Shooting goals with their own hand-made recycled ‘Sockball’, students will experience how soccer is played in the countries supported by Catholic Mission.
On 22nd October, 2018, St Martin’s Catholic School will be hosting Socktober Mission Day. Students will be involved in a number of activities presented by Catholic Mission and designed to increase students’ awareness and understanding of poverty around the world. These activities include the “Have & Have Nots” Workshops, Experiencing mission in 360 degree virtual reality and “Shoe Stories” – sharing stories of faith and mission. Students will also engage in the Socktober Challenge where children are asked to be sponsored for 5 shots at goals – one of which is with a ‘Sockball’ handmade by your children. We will be ‘kicking’ off the day with a whole school liturgy at 9am on the pavers.
We invite you to please register your child at the Socktober website below, with a nominal sign-up donation (suggested $10) in order that your child can participate on the day and ‘sock it to poverty!’ Should you choose, please consider helping your child set a target and fundraise for the poorest children in Myanmar to receive an education. Once registered, students can ask their friends and families to sponsor them. Below are some examples of what our sponsorship money can provide for the children in Myanmar.
$50 can buy a school desk
$100 can buy 30 uniforms for the children
$120 can buy a pig and help the school with income
Register your child* now using this link:
*Please note, children under 16 should have their parent register on the Socktober platform – when registering, please use parent’s details including date of birth and then update the supporter page to reflect your child’s name – we thank you once again for your support.
We would also like to invite parents along to our Mission Day from 9am to 11:00am. And….don‘t forget to register your children!
Feast of St Martin Outdoor Family Mass
Dear Friends and Family, you’re invited to celebrate with us the Feast of St Martin at our Outdoor Family Mass.
On Sunday 4th November, the school and Parish Community will come together as one to celebrate the Feast of St Martin de Porres. This is the only mass that will be celebrated in the parish on this Sunday so we would love you to join us on this very special occasion. St Martin is the patron saint of our school and church and the patron saint of Social Justice. Students are invited to participate in our celebration mass in one of the many roles available, (liturgical movement, offertory procession, gospel procession, choir, Life of St Martin re-enactment or prayers). In addition, events like this need the support of our community to occur. If you are able to lend a hand in setting up, cooking or packing up, we would be very grateful. Many hands make light work.
When: 9am Sunday 4th Nov 2018
Where: Playground of St Martin’s Catholic School,
147 Prahran Ave, Davidson
Afterwards: Free BBQ Sausage Sizzle, tea or coffee
BYO: Folding Chair or picnic rug
Please bring a plate of sweets to share (cake, cookies or slice)
If you are able to join us or would like to assist in setting up for the mass, please download an Invitation to the St Martin’s Mass at the bottom of the page. Complete the details and return to school by this Friday 19th October.
Altar Serving in Frenchs Forest Catholic Parish
Each year, students who are in Year 3 to 6 who have received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion are invited to train as Altar Servers in our Parish. Training for this important ministry will be conducted in Term 4 during school hours over a number of weeks. (Details to follow)
In Pope Francis’ address to the youth in 2015 in St Peter’s Square, he acknowledged the important role of altar servers. Serving at the altar, the pope told the young people, is a privileged way to draw closer to Jesus, which in turn “enables you to open yourselves to others, to journey together, to set demanding goals and to find the strength to achieve them.” In addition to contributing their support to the liturgical celebration, altar servers develop certain qualities through their service to the school and parish community; responsibility, punctuality, attentiveness, poise and maturity. If you would like your child to be trained as an altar server in the Catholic Parish of Frenchs Forest, please contact the School office for an application form. After training has been completed, your child will be eligible to serve on the altar at School Masses and at Sunday Masses in our church.
Mrs Kate Adamo
Religious Education Coordinator