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Sunday 20th April 2014
1st Reading: Acts 10:34, 37-43
2nd Reading: Col 3:1-4
Gospel: Jn 20:1-9
To be human is to be fickle
Fame is fickle, and I know it. It has its compensations but it also has its drawbacks, and I've experienced them both. (Marilyn Monroe)1
What do Marilyn Monroe and Jesus have in common? They both experienced the fickleness of fame. Passion (Palm) Sunday contrasts the fickleness of human nature with the constancy of God.
The breadth of human fickleness is demonstrated dramatically by com-paring the two gospel readings proclaimed every Passion Sunday. The first is read before the Procession of Palms and describes Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The second is the Passion. In a short period, the religious leaders, who see Jesus as a major threat to their power and prestige, are able to turn his supporters against Jesus. Truth becomes the victim of self-interest. How often is this repeated in human history? Fickleness flourishes when we refuse to be grounded in truth and motivated by love. In what ways do we compromise the truth or fail to love authentically?
The celebrations of Holy Week, which begin today, call us to walk the climactic days of his life with Jesus, not as spectators but companions. We are invited to ponder the readings rather than just listen to them; to share Jesus’ cross rather than watch from a safe distance; to share his struggle and pain rather than just feel sorry for him. The more we are willing to identify intimately with Jesus in these days, the closer we get to him and the better we can interpret our experiences in the light of his experiences.
To get the most out of Holy Week, we need to commit to it wholeheartedly, not only by participating in the major ceremonies but also by adopting a disposition at home, at work, on the road or at the shops whereby the events of Holy Week claim first place in our awareness. Holy Week is the foremost Christian pilgrimage. As we confront the injustice, betrayal, brutality and agony of the events, the Spirit calls us to identify the dare and fickle aspects of our attitudes and actions, to ask Jesus to help us die to them and to rise to a new way of greater integrity.
The closer links between St Charles Borromeo and Our Lady Queen of Peace parishes took another significant step with the first meeting of a new Combined Parish Pastoral Council on Wednesday 19th March 2014.
The new Council will comprise 5 members of OLQP, 8 members of SCB, representatives from St Charles and OLQP Primary Schools and the Parish Priest. It was an exciting and historical night.
Please continue to pray for the success of this Pastoral Council.
In the closing stages of 2013 the Communications Committee conducted a survey of Parishioners regarding the format and content of the Parish Bulletin at St Charles Borromeo Ryde.
The results have been tallied and make for interesting reading. It will also allow for your views to be taken into account in any future changes to the Bulletin.
The results of the survey can be found here:
The Communication Committee wishes to thank all Parishioners who provided such an overwhelming response, your time, effort and honesty is very much appreciated.
- Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Gladesville:
Saturday 14th June 2014
Sunday 15th June 2014
- St Charles Borromeo Church Ryde:
Sunday 22nd June 2014
- Tuesday 25th March 2014 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Gladesville or
- Wednesday 26th March 2014 at St Charles Borromeo Church, Ryde.
Are you interested in the dynamics of our Parishes including employment status, age distribution, faith development etc?
Would you like to know how we compare to other Parishes?
In 2006 and again in 2011, the parishioners of SCB and OLQP completed the NLS Church Life Survey. This has facilitated valuable information about our Parishes and how we are evolving. It assists us in identifying our strengths and weaknesses as well as treats, opportunities and areas where we have seen no change.
The presentations can be found by clicking here.
Please note that you require Microsoft Powerpoint 2010 to open the files.
The Men’s Group, aka The Man Cave, will meet at 7:30pm Wednesday 14th May where our very own Steve Thom will share his experience where he recently completed an epic bike ride to Tasmania for Tour de Cure for cancer research.
The venue is Gladesville Sporties, 181 Ryde Road, Gladesville.
The Man Cave is a vibrant group of about 30 blokes who gather monthly over a beer and a meal. We discuss a range of topics of interest and have a good time. The atmosphere is informal and fun. The Man Cave provides blokes in our community the opportunity to gather on a regular basis to build friendships and share stories. Please contact Anthony Abraham (0414 272 573) if you would like to know more or just come along!
Advertising facilitates exposure for our sponsors businesses while assisting the Parish of St Charles Borromeo Ryde with costs associated with the production of the Parish Bulletin and other running costs of the Parish.
Advertisements have previously been printed in the weekly bulletin which are distributed during Sunday Masses as well as being published on the Parish website.
Currently, the Parish is not offering advertising, however any businesses, organisations, etc that are interested are welcome to contact the Parish Office.
We thank all our previous sponsors for their much needed support.
Please note: All care is taken in the application of protocols relating to sponsors, however the Parish in no way makes any representations regarding quality or warranty of the services or products being advertised.
At a recent gathering of the Men's Spirituality Group, John Watkins, parishioner and CEO of Alzheimer's Australia (NSW) spoke of the devastating impact that dementia is having on the lives of many Australians and the overwhelming effect it will have in the near future due to the projected massive increase in the number of people who will be afflicted in coming decades.
Click here to download a PowerPoint presentation with more information.
About Alzheimer's Australia NSW:
Founded in 1982, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW is a rapidly growing, non-profit organisation based in North Ryde, NSW. As the peak body for people with dementia and their families and carers, we provide advocacy, support services, education and information.
Parents/guardians of Year 2 students who wished to nominate their child for First Reconciliation in 2014 were required to attend one of two Information Evenings, from 7:30pm-8:30pm, on either:
- Wednesday, November 20th 2013 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church; or
- Thursday, November 21st 2013 at St Charles Borromeo Church.
Offering two evenings and two venues enabled all parents/guardians to be available for at least one of them.
The content of both Information Evenings was identical, so you may have attended which ever session and venue suited your needs best.
Please contact Nadia Baker (email@example.com or +61 2 9807 2966) or the Parish Office for further information.
Please note: children were not required to attend the Information Evenings.