The Liturgical Season of Easter
As we are well into our Liturgical Season of Easter, a season that lasts for 50 days between Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday, we are called to live in faith, love and hope.
It states on the Vatican News website that Easter is the greatest and the most important feast in the Church. It marks the birthday of our eternal hope. "Easter" literally means "the feast of fresh flowers." We celebrate it with pride and jubilation for three reasons:
This season is a time for renewal. We catch something of the reality of resurrection whenever we experience new life emerging from hopelessness. This transformation can be personal to our own circumstances when relationships break down or disaster of one sort or another strikes. And it can be global. What about the Good News stories that emerge from violent situations and crises such as pandemics? It is all a matter of seeing reality through the eyes of our heart (God’s Word – Daily Reflections 2022).
OLSH Pillar Focus – Term 2
This term our OLSH Pillar focus is Faith Filled, particularly highlighting Catholic Education Week, Reconciliation Week and the liturgical seasons of Easter and Pentecost. We will also celebrate World Environment Day and Sacred Heart Feast Day. Throughout the term, we will collect goods for the St Vinnie’s Winter Appeal and make soup for Moore Street using our own school garden produce. The Sacramental children will participate in a Retreat Day and celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in June.
Catholic Education Week : 9 May – 15 May
Catholic Education Week will be celebrated in South Australia from 9-15 May. Catholic Education Week is about education – celebrating quality teaching and learning across Catholic Education SA. In 2022, we have a particular focus on saying ‘thank you’. It is an opportunity to thank all the hard-working people that make our Catholic schools so special. Raising Hearts and Minds is a team effort!
This term we support Moore Street Soup Kitchen. Lisa Foti & I will be making soup with the Year 6 classes. Later in the term, we will support the St Vincent De Paul Winter Appeal and our Year 3 Unit will be organising this faith in action event.
Once again St Martin’s is participating in the Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge. The Wonder Recycling Awards program begins soon so start collecting your bread bags now!
Recipe of the Fortnight – Chicken Meatballs with a Lemongrass and Ginger Dip
Recipe taken from: healthylittlefoodies.com
A delicious finger food, perfect as part of a meal or for popping into lunch boxes.
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion (white, brown or red) finely chopped
1 carrot (grated)
2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
1 stalk lemon grass (white only) (finely chopped)
1 tablespoon ginger (grated)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
500grams minced chicken
2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves (finely chopped)
250grams (1 cup) Greek yoghurt
½ lemon grass stalk (white only)
2 teaspoons ginger (grated)
½ lime (zest and juice)
Pre heat oven to 200C / 400F and line a baking tray with baking paper.
In a small bowl, pour the milk over the breadcrumbs and set aside while preparing the rest of the meatball mix.
Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the onion and carrot and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and lemon grass and cook for a further minute. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool.
In a small bowl, add the ginger, soy sauce and lime juice. Stir until combined.
Add the chicken mince to a large mixing bowl and add the carrot / onion mixture, sauce mixture, coriander and the breadcrumb mixture. Gently mix until combined. Shape tablespoons of the mixture into balls and place on the lined baking tray.
Place in the oven and bake for approx. 20 minutes, until golden and cooked through.
Add the lemon grass to a food processor and pulse until finely minced. Add the ginger, lime zest and juice and continue to pulse until combined. Stir the mixture through the yoghurt until fully mixed.
Children’s Liturgy will be hosted on the weekends of 14-15 May and 28-29 May. Please join us at St Monica’s Church Saturday, at 6pm or St Martin’s Church Sunday, at 9:30am to celebrate in the Mass as a Greenacres Walkerville Parish community.
With God’s Blessings - Rose Valenti