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This week’s reflection is written by Richard Leonard SJ, based on this coming Sunday’s Gospel reading of Jesus issuing a new commandment, “love one another”.

The word love has to be the most misused word in our language. We often say we love our house, our car, our holiday or even ice cream. Then we use exactly the same word to describe our feelings for our spouse, family, friends or children. If language is a window into meaning, then we are in strife at the loose way we transfer the same word for vastly different feelings and realities. At least I hope we feel differently about people over possessions.

The love Jesus encourages us to have in this Gospel is a very particular love. He tells us not just to love one another, but to ‘love as I have loved you’. The core of Jesus’ love for us is sacrificial love, where he laid down his life that we might live. While love is a popular word, and even more popular notion, in our music, film, art and literature, sacrificial love is not something we hear much about these days or that we embrace very easily. Loving someone in the popular imagination has come to mean hanging in there until someone better comes along, or we grow bored of each other. Often it entails keeping the exit door on commitment nice and handy for the quick getaway. But this hardly describes a love that involves sacrifice.

Sacrificial love is demonstrated in deeds not words. It states that there is no point in saying we love anyone unless our actions follow the profession we make. Sacrificial love is not just about warm and fuzzy feelings; it is an intensely practical affair where our love is judged by our gentleness, kindness and patience with each other. Christian love is not arrogant or rude, it does not drag other people down, but rejoices and weeps when others are successful or downhearted. Loving as Jesus has loved means telling the truth with compassion, forgiving, working at trust and holding on to faith in the face of difficult times. Jesus does not promise us that this commandment is easy, just necessary if we are to love as he loves us.


This term we support Moore Street Soup Kitchen.  Lisa Foti and I have begun making soup with the Year 6 students.  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.

Ecological Sustainability

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 – Bean and Veggie Nuggets

Recipe taken from:


400g canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 medium zucchini, grated

1 medium carrot, grated

¼ teaspoon garlic, minced

1/2 cup mature cheddar, grated

¼ teaspoon dried mixed herbs

1 tablespoon fresh parsley

1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs

1 egg, beaten

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 egg, beaten


Preheat oven to 220 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet with oil or line with baking paper.

Squeeze as much juice as you can from the carrot and zucchini.

Put the cannellini beans into a food processor and process until smooth. Add the carrots, zucchini, garlic, cheese and herbs and continue to process until combined.

Add the breadcrumbs and egg and pulse until combined.

Place the mixture into the fridge for 15 minutes to firm up.

Place the beaten egg in a bowl and the breadcrumbs on a flat plate.

With wet hands, take 1 tablespoon of mixture and form a nugget. Dip in the egg and roll in the breadcrumbs to coat.

Place on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.

Diary Dates



Time, Celebration & Hosting Year Level


Friday, 20 May

9am Assembly



Friday, 27 May

9am Assembly



Friday, 3 June

9am Mass

2I & 2SW


Friday, 10 June

9am Assembly



Greenacres Walkerville Parish

Confirmation School Session – Retreat Day


Team Leaders and Child


Thursday, 26 May - 9:30am-2:30pm


St Martin’s School Community Centre


Family Mass Weekend




Pentecost Sunday – Saturday, 4 June at 6pm or Sunday, 5 June at 9:30am.


St Monica’s Church or St Martin’s Church








Confirmation Family Church Session (Rehearsal)


Team Leaders, Parent, Child and Sponsor


Tuesday, 7 June at 6pm


St Monica’s Church


Confirmation Celebration




Thursday, 16 June at 7pm


St Monica’s Church

With God’s Blessings - Rose Valenti