Faith & Mission
Faith & Mission
At St Martin de Porres we believe that the Catholic faith and its traditions are central to the purpose of our school, whilst recognising and respecting our multi-faith community.
We value and provide many opportunities for our community to come together and celebrate our faith through liturgy and prayer.
Religious Education is a part of our school life as we foster an environment that is conducive to the development of a personal relationship with God.
Liturgy and Prayer
Our school community gathers together a number of times throughout the year to celebrate Eucharistic and non-Eucharistic liturgies.
Students participate in Masses and Prayer Liturgies in a variety of ways such as reading scripture and prayers, singing and presenting reflections. There are many opportunities for staff and students to pray, for example: morning and afternoon prayer, fortnightly liturgies, special celebrations, staff meetings, faith workshops and whole school and year level Masses.
At St Martin de Porres we set aside a time each day for Christian Meditation.
Christian Meditation is another form of prayer which enables our students to be silent and still for a short time during their day, and connect with God, themselves and the world around them.
Christian Meditation complements the Religious Education Program. Students listen to and reflect upon a scripture passage. They select a phrase or repeat a known mantra, for example, “Maranatha” (Come Lord Jesus) in their minds, whilst sitting still and in silence.
By learning to reflect in silence, Christian Meditation provides students with experiences where they can feel the sacredness of their faith.
Religious Education is taught through units of work developed by the teachers following the Religious Education Curriculum Framework – Archdiocese of Melbourne.
The units include a series of learning experiences that encourage explanation, interpretation and reflection in-line with the Learning Descriptors: Scripture and Jesus; Church and community; God, Religion and Life; Prayer, Liturgy and Sacrament; Morality and Justice; and the Achievement Standards.
At St Martin de Porres we believe in a vision of peace, justice and compassion, both locally and globally.
As a Catholic school, we have a commitment to those in need and making a positive difference in the world. Throughout the year we endeavour to support a variety of Catholic causes and organisations by building awareness, fundraising and giving donations.
At St Martin de Porres we prepare our students to celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation (Year 3), Eucharist (Year 4) and Confirmation (Year 6) as an integral part of our curriculum.
Our sacramental program is both school and Parish based. We provide opportunities for parents to work with their children in preparation to receive the sacraments through Family Faith Nights.
Parish Priest: Fr. John Healy
Assistant Priest: Fr. Marcus Goulding
Parish Office: 62 Everingham Road, Altona Meadows, 3028
Telephone: (03) 9369 6877