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Sunday 27th April 2014
2nd Sunday of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 2:42-47
2nd Reading: 1 Pet 1:3-9
Gospel: Jn 20:19-31
3rd Sunday of Easter
EASTER – DEFINITIVE STATEMENT OF HOPE
The daily news gives us many reasons to lose hope: devastating natural disasters and misery inflicted by human beings on each other through war, oppression, corruption, greed and injustice. Then there are our personal struggles to be authentic; to be the persons we want or claim to be. Is our struggle forlorn? Is my desire to be true and loving an illusion? We yearn for reassurance … and Easter dawns.
We can only imagine the despair among Jesus’ disciples in the wake of his brutal suffering and death. All their hopes have been destroyed. They live with the shame of abandoning and even betraying him, and the terror that they might soon suffer the same fate. Into this darkness, this hopelessness, Easter dawns.
First, the same women who saw Jesus die and buried report an empty tomb. The leaders of Jesus’ followers authenticate the report. What could it mean? The disciples begin to talk together in new ways; to question, wonder and dare to ask “what if” … but the absence of Jesus’ body is not his resurrected presence. The empty tomb opens the disciples to new possibilities. It is the first glimmer of light in what seemed impenetrable darkness.
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 presentation is called 'Punching Above Our Weight - How We Can Reach Goals We Never Thought Possible'.
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.