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 Daniel McCaughan our assistant priest.
ORDINATION AND APPOINTMENT OF DEACON ARUNA PERERA
Last Monday evening at St Mary’s Cathedral, Aruna Perera and Eddie Ho were ordained to the Order of Deacons by Archbishop Fisher. These men have been preparing for their ordination over the last 4 years academically, spiritually and pastorally. We thank God for the gift of them and we thank their wives and family for supporting them in the calling to serve the Church as Deacons. We especially acknowledge Aruna’s wife Kayshinee and his children Johanne, Ranushka, Krishmalie, Tharinda and Sudam.
Deacons are members of the Clergy. Their ministry includes celebrating Baptisms and Weddings, conducting Funeral Services, Proclaiming the Gospel, preaching, presiding at various liturgies and involved in works of Charity and pastoral work, and assisting the bishop and priests. The three Sacraments that Deacons are unable to preside over are Eucharist (Mass), Penance (Reconciliation) and Anointing of the Sick.
If is with great joy that I announce that Aruna Perrera has been appointed to Ryde-Gladesville Parish as Deacon by Archbishop Fisher effective of last Monday 10 October. We look forward to having him as part of our parish team and a member of the Clergy of our Parish. We welcome Aruna this weekend as Deacon at our 10am Mass followed by a presentation and morning Tea after Mass.
From Apostolic times the Church has held in great veneration the sacred order of deacons. The Acts of the Apostles describes the work of the deacons in caring for the poor and proclaiming the Gospel. For several centuries the deacons ministered in close cooperation with the bishops of the Church, assisting at Mass, preaching the Gospel and exercising a ministry of charity.
During the first millennium however, the permanent diaconate gradually declined in the Western Church and become a transitional order for future priests. It was not until the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) that the permanent diaconate was renewed in the Latin Church.
The renewal of the permanent diaconate is a part of the Council’s vision to renew all clerical and lay ministries. The restoration of the diaconate makes available to the Church in Sydney the fullness of the Sacrament of Holy Orders; Bishop, Priest and Deacon. Through their ordination deacons are dedicated to the people of God in communion with their bishop and the priests in the service of the Altar, the Word and Charity.
This coming week, from Monday to Thursday, the Clergy of the Archdiocese will be away on a live-in conference with Archbishop Fisher which is held every 2 years. There will be Liturgy of the Word with Communion on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at the usual Mass times.