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Volunteers Thank You

Unfortunately, due to COVID we were unable to have our annual ‘Thank You Assembly and Morning Tea’ for our Volunteers.  Our heartfelt thanks for all that you do for the St Martin’s community.

Dedicated hearts like yours

Are not easy to find.

It takes a special person to be

So generous and kind.

To care so much for others

Is a quality all too rare.

You give of your time and talents

For all in need to share.

So thank you for being a volunteer

We are privileged to work with you.

We want you to know how appreciated you are

Not just today, but the whole year through.

Third Week of Advent

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.

There stands among you, unknown to you, the one who is coming after me.

A man came, sent by God.

His name was John.

He came as a witness,

as a witness to speak for the light,

so that everyone might believe through him.

He was not the light,

only a witness to speak for the light.


This is how John appeared as a witness.  When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ he not only declared, but he declared quite openly, ‘I am not the Christ.’ ‘Well then,’ they asked, ‘are you Elijah?’ ‘I am not,’ he said. ‘Are you the Prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ So they said to him, ‘Who are you? We must take back an answer to those who sent us. What have you to say about yourself?’  So John said, ‘I am, as Isaiah prophesied:

a voice that cries in the wilderness:

Make a straight way for the Lord.’


Now these men had been sent by the Pharisees, and they put this further question to him, ‘Why are you baptising if you are not the Christ, and not Elijah, and not the prophet?’ John replied, ‘I baptise with water; but there stands among you – unknown to you – the one who is coming after me; and I am not fit to undo his sandal-strap.’ This happened at Bethany, on the far side of the Jordan, where John was baptising.

The Advent Wreath

One of the major symbols of the Advent season is the wreath.  The encircling wreath is symbolic of God without beginning or end and the green foliage represents our hope in God.  There are usually five candles in the wreath, a central white candle representing the light of Christ that came into the world and then four outside candles that are usually purple and rose coloured.  The first candle is generally symbolic of Hope and Expectation.  The third candle – the rose or pink candle – celebrates the Joy that is anticipated in the coming of Christ.  The progressive lighting of the candles marks the journey towards the Nativity.

First Week of Advent – Sunday, 29 November – Theme of Hope – Candle name: Prophet’s Candle and it reminds us that Jesus is coming.

Second Week of Advent – Sunday, 6 December - Theme of Faith – Candle name: Bethlehem Candle and it reminds us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.

Third Week of Advent – Sunday, 13 December - Theme of Joy – Candle name: Shepherd’s Candle and it reminds us of the joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus.

Fourth Week of Advent – Sunday, 20 December - Theme of Peace – Candle name: Angel’s Candle and it reminds us that the message of the angels ‘Peace on Earth, goodwill toward man’.

To support families over the Advent and Christmas Seasons please see CESA’s  Learning Online website


Ecological Sustainability

Nude Food Recipe – Apricot Balls – a yummy Christmas delight!

Recipe taken from:



190g (1 cup) dried apricots

130g (1 cup) cashews - optional

75g (1 cup) unsweetened desiccated coconut

1/2 lemon (zest and juice)

1 tbsp chia seeds


Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until the ingredients are broken down into a crumb.

Take a tablespoon amount of the mixture and roll into a ball.  At first, you may think the mixture will not form into a ball but when you squeeze it together it stays.  If you feel it needs more moisture you can add a little more lemon juice or water. 

Continue to form tablespoon sized balls until the mixture is finished. 

Freeze or refrigerate. 

Ecological Sustainability - Sustainable Christmas Tips

  1. Buy a Real Tree – real trees are a renewable resource as they are replanted each year, helping remove carbon from the atmosphere.
  2. Gifts – home made and second hands gifts are affordable and sustainable ways to show someone that you care.
  3. Buy Local – shop locally and support the business owners in your area.
  4. Reuse Gift Wrap – reuse wrapping for your gifts this year or use a fabric tote bag.  Keep gift wrapping paper for next year.
  5. Experience Life – sporting events, concerts, spa gifts or cooking lessons are the perfect sustainable alternative to tangible gifts.
  6. Fair trade – give the gift of fair trade.  By choosing a fair-trade product your money is going towards supporting producers in the developing world.
  7. No Plastic – avoid using plastic plates and utensils for your Christmas events to reduce waste.
  8. More Veg – include vegetarian options on your Christmas menu.  Less meat reduces your overall Christmas carbon footprint.
  9. Recycle – place unwanted wrapping, packaging, cardboard, gift cards and food containers in your recycling bin.  Save your decorations and reuse them every year.


This term we support St Vincent De Paul with our Christmas hampers and gifts.  Please bring in donations of:  Christmas food - tinned ham, mince pies, Christmas cakes and puddings, soft drinks, tins of fruit, lollies, long life milk, tea, coffee, custard and cream, tinned potatoes, peas etc. on Tuesday 8 December.  We will meet as a whole school at 2pm in the Courtyard.  Unfortunately, parents are unable to attend.


Parish News

Christmas Mass Times - bookings for Christmas Masses are now open.

Please note that due to current capacity restrictions, the locations of these Masses has yet to be finalised.



5.30pm Children's Play - children are invited to dress as angels and shepherds then 6.00pm Mass.

9.00pm Carols Playing then 9.30pm Mass.



9.30am Mass

10.00am Mass - St Monica's Church - Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross.

With God’s blessings

Rose Valenti