Welcome to St Charles Borromeo & 
Our Lady Queen of Peace Ryde-Gladesville Parish

On 24 May 2015, we celebrated the birth of our new Parish of St Charles Borromeo and Our Lady Queen of Peace Ryde-Gladesville. It is also the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, Patron of Australia. It begins a new chapter in the sacred story of St Charles Borromeo and Our Lady Queen of Peace communities, which cease to be separate and individual parishes. The futures of our communities are now intimately linked as in a marriage. We are supported by our parish priest Fr Richard Gates and Fr Peter Kwak our assistant priest.

Remembering to forgive

First Reading: Sirach 27:30 – 28:7

Todays' first reading anticipates in a remarkable way the teaching of Jesus. We are exhorted to forgive our neighbour if he hurts us so that the Lord, in turn, will forgive us our failings.

Second Reading: Romans 14:7-9

St Paul reminds us that we all have a responsibility for one another since we all belong to Christ. He is the standard by which our conduct must be judged.


Gospel: Matthew: 18:21-35

Jesus makes it clear that there must be no limits on our willingness to forgive those who hurt us. If we do not forgive, we cannot expect God to forgive us.

The parable of the unforgiving official in our Gospel is told in order to underline the need for forgiveness. When a king calls his court officials to audit the accounts, one shows a deficiency of ten thousand talents, a huge sum of money. The sum is deliberately extravagant, running into “millions of dollars”, to heighten the contrast with the “few dollars “owed to the official.

When the king orders the sale of the debtor and his family into slavery, the official pleads for time. The king feels sorry for him and decides to remit the whole of the vast debt. The official, however, learns nothing from his experience, for he refuses to give a colleague time to pay a trifling debt; instead, he has him thrown into prison. When this heartless behaviour is reported to the king, the grant of full forgiveness is retracted and the unforgiving official is thrown to the torturers.

Apart from anything else, the unforgiving official is condemned for loss of memory. Through forgetfulness of God’s compassion, we can end up becoming cruel to each other. That is why at the beginning of each Eucharist we are invited to be mindful of our own sins. Only when we do that can we pray the “Our Father”: “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”.

The purpose of calling our sins to mind is not to paralyse us, but to remind us that we all live in the gracious forgiveness of God. Whoever we are, we remember our sins because we need to remember always to forgive.

The Sacrament of Penance is a wonderful way in which we can experience the full effects of God’s love and mercy for each one of us as we acknowledge of sins and ask for the Lord’s forgiveness. The Sacrament of Penance is a Sacrament of healing, joy and celebration …… As the Lord says, “Do not be afraid.”

Fr Richard



News Summary

  • Rejoice! Be filled with the joy of Gospel Rejoice! Be filled with the joy of Gospel A series of initiation talks are being held every Saturday until 14 October from 4.30pm to 5.45pm in the Borromeo ...
    Posted 27 Aug 2017, 16:42 by Geraldine Rastall
  • Landscape Work at Ryde Site An architectural landscape plan was designed for Ryde site in Fr Paul’s period and Fr Richard has continued with this vision. There have been some subtle changes, and also ...
    Posted 20 Aug 2017, 16:39 by Geraldine Rastall
  • Stamps for Mary MacKillop We have a contact who saves postage stamps for the charity of Mary MacKillop International Missions in Peru.  Next time you receive some mail that has a postage stamp, why ...
    Posted 20 Aug 2017, 16:33 by Geraldine Rastall
  • The Man Cave Tuesday 26 September at the Gladesville SportiesThis month the Man Cave will hear from local sports writer Bret Harris who will tell us some of the stories from his ...
    Posted 17 Sep 2017, 16:48 by Geraldine Rastall
  • Ryde-Gladesville Youth/Young Adult Choir We are openly inviting all young people in the parish from High School up to the age of 35 years to join the youth/ young Adult choir for the 6pm ...
    Posted 2 Jul 2017, 21:25 by Geraldine Rastall
  • We Need Your Help Volunteers are important in all aspects of society, without their support lots of events, charities and other important aspects of our community wouldn’t happen. This also applies to our ...
    Posted 5 Jun 2017, 16:40 by Geraldine Rastall
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – a gentle journey into the Catholic faith Would you like to explore the possibility of joining our Catholic family? Are you interested in a gentle, comprehensive, community-based process towards initiation into the Catholic faith? The Parish ...
    Posted 26 Apr 2017, 16:27 by Geraldine Rastall
  • "Remember, rejoice!" Remember, rejoice! "Remember, rejoice!" a book on the History of St Charles Borromeo, Ryde parish is available. There are many enjoyable moments recorded in the book including highlights of the ...
    Posted 12 Feb 2017, 19:54 by Geraldine Rastall
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