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 assistant priest Fr Peter Kwak.

Homily by Fr Richard Leonard SJ

As Catholics we have no problem with the time-bound nature of the Bible. In fact we appreciate it, believing that the scriptures deserve to be read within their context, and also need careful interpretation. And while the Catholic Feminist Association may not choose to have today’s first reading as the opening text at their next convention, we would be mistaken to hear it only in terms of our world today.

The Book of Proverbs is a distillation of sayings and teachings which had grown up over hundreds of years, most probably from Rabbis and Scribes. Its world is a vastly different one to ours. This is clearly seen in the tasks of the ‘capable wife’. She is praised for her work with wool, flax, in the vineyard and in real estate. It’s only in the context of an agrarian society that the power of this text makes sense.

Until quite recently, women in Palestinian society, and in wider society for that matter, were considered the ‘possessions’ of their husbands. They could be bought, sold, divorced, or killed without any appeal to the law. Wives in this society had no legally recognised human rights. They were expected to serve and shut-up.

By contrast, then, this text from the Book of Proverbs, which can seem so old-fashioned to us, was a liberating text in its day. A woman’s right to work is not only defended, but also extolled. She is praised for her creativity, wisdom, goodness, strength, sense of justice, generosity, joy and faith. In any age and for either gender this is not a bad list of virtues toward which we should all aspire.

And these days of course, through the ongoing revelation of the Spirit, we believe that what the Book of Proverbs expects and praises in a capable wife, we should equally look for in a capable husband.

It is almost possible that Jesus had women in mind when he shared the parable of the talents in today’s Gospel. What can often get lost in the debates about who should be ordained in today’s Church, is that women have always and still ‘lead’ the Church in powerful and long-lasting ways. From the extraordinary abilities of religious and lay women in Catholic welfare, education, healthcare, overseas missions and theological reflections, to wives and mothers whose daily witness to the fidelity and goodness of God, this all reveals in innumerable ways the power of the parable of the talents. The reality is that if it were not for women’s leadership, commitment and faith, it would be hard to see how the Church could survive. We would not be able to continue almost all of our ministries.

None of this minimises the pain and hurt some women have experienced at the hands of the Church. Some feel as though their particular contribution to the life of the Church has not been fully realised.

All we can hope and pray for is that we may find ways to use everyone’s talents for the building up of the Kingdom of God, and that we may see that everyone’s contribution, irrespective of gender, is precious and worthy of praise.


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  • The Man Cave The last Man Cave of the year will be held on Tuesday 28 November where we will undertake the traditional Year in Review session, including revisiting our fearless predictions at ...
    Posted 20 Nov 2017, 14:53 by Geraldine Rastall
  • Young at Heart Overnight Trip 29 & 30 November: We are also planning a 2 day overnight trip to Orange for the Cherry Orchards. Cost. $320 per person twin share, single supplement $65, cherries ...
    Posted 20 Nov 2017, 14:55 by Geraldine Rastall
  • Landscape Work at Ryde Site Stage 1 of the landscape at Ryde has been completed. Our remembrance area which includes the three crosses that were removed from the roof of our Church during the time ...
    Posted 8 Oct 2017, 19:11 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
  • 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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