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Refugee Sunday

posted 23 Jul 2017, 19:34 by Geraldine Rastall   [ updated 3 Aug 2017, 20:32 by Sysadmin RGCP ]

 Refugee Sunday 27 August 2017

Parishioners are cordially invited to an informative afternoon tea hosted by the Parish Social Justice Group on Sunday 27 August from 2 – 4.30pm in the St Charles Primary School Hall, Ryde. 

Our aim is to build awareness of the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in our society by listening to their stories and of those working with them. Information will be available on how to support recent arrivals in need. 

More details at

A gold coin donation is welcome funds raised will go to the Jesuit Refugee Service. Enq:


The Man Cave

posted 16 Jul 2017, 16:43 by Geraldine Rastall   [ updated 3 Aug 2017, 16:25 ]

Our next gathering is on Tuesday, 22 August at Gladesville Sporties and our discussion topic will be “Is Democracy Dead?”.  Enq: Anthony 0414272573 Andrew 0400 355251 



posted 9 Jul 2017, 16:48 by Geraldine Rastall

The Archdiocese of Sydney will be conducting a Formation and Training Course for those interested in assisting with the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and/or Visitation to the Sick.

Fr Richard invites those who are interested and wish to be considered for this ministry to contact him for more information and for an application form. Any person attending this course must have the endorsement of the Parish Priest which is part of the application form. The Archdiocese also requires a copy of your Baptism Certificate.

The next Course will be at St Ambrose Catholic Primary School, cnr Consett and Stuart Streets, Concord West on Wednesday 23 & 30 August. Both nights are to be attended to receive certificate. The same course is being offered at Our Lady of the Rosary Jubilee Hall, 4 Roma St Kensington on Wednesday 26 July & 2 August.

Current Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are encouraged to attend by also completing the application form from Fr Richard as part of further formation.

For those who are considering the Ministry of Acolyte this course is a pre-requisite.


Ryde-Gladesville Youth/Young Adult Choir

posted 2 Jul 2017, 21:25 by Geraldine Rastall

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 Sunday evening Mass at St Charles. Whether you can sing, play an instrument, the parish would be blessed to have your talent to help lead the congregation in prayer through music each week. If you are interested or would like to find out more, you are most welcome to come after any 6.00pm Sunday Mass throughout July and August and speak to any of the singers or musicians. Alternatively you can send an email to Caitlin We look forward to welcoming the gifts that you have to offer to the parish of Ryde-Gladesville.


A Study on the Gospel

posted 2 Jul 2017, 21:21 by Geraldine Rastall

The Faith Formation Team would like to offer a study on the Gospel of Matthew prepared by Anthony Neylan which uses the excellent commentary by Fr Brendan Byrne "Lifting the Burden: Reading Matthew's Gospel in the Church Today".

It is an 8-week program to be held on Mondays commencing on 17 July from 7.00pm-8.30pm in St Charles Primary School Hall.

A suggested donation of $10 would be appreciated which includes session notes at entry

Please bring a Bible.

If you would like to attend please register at the Parish Office 9807 2966 or email


We Need Your Help

posted 5 Jun 2017, 16:40 by Geraldine Rastall

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 Parish Community, from time to time there are functions and events where hospitality is offered such as mornings teas or suppers after events. For us to keep this important part of our parish community alive WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to form a hospitality committee. If you would like to be part of a team please ring the Parish Office on 9807 2966 or email


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – a gentle journey into the Catholic faith

posted 26 Apr 2017, 16:27 by Geraldine Rastall

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 sacramental programs may inspire some parents or family members to consider embracing our faith. Alternatively, the idea may have been percolating for years. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Process (RCIA) may be for you, or for someone you know. It has been running successfully in our Parish for many years. It brings a special vitality to any faith community. The next RCIA Process begins later in the year with the Enquiry Phase. It then proceeds through a number of phases where participants can choose at any time whether they wish to continue. Those who continue are initiated into the Church during the Easter Vigil Mass. The Process is led by an experienced and dedicated team, some of whom were initiated into the Church through the RCIA. If you are interested, please contact Ryde/Gladesville Parish Office 9807 2966, or Lyn 9809 2646 or 0414 294 536, the Parish RCIA Coordinator.


"Remember, rejoice!"

posted 16 Oct 2016, 19:34 by Geraldine Rastall   [ updated 12 Feb 2017, 19:54 ]

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 people who have made history real over 165 years. Many photographs and never before seen artefacts have also been reproduced. The book recounts the struggle to establish a Catholic presence in Ryde and surrounding areas. It chronicles events over 165 years and up to the present day. Copies can also be purchased from the Parish Office at a price of $35.


Position Available

posted 13 Jun 2016, 16:15 by Geraldine Rastall

The parish requires interested persons who would like to go on a roster to open and set up the church on weekends for Weddings (no experience needed). Please contact Sharron in the parish office 9807 2966 for further information.


St Vincent de Paul Society (also known as Vinnies)

posted 1 Feb 2016, 14:22 by Geraldine Rastall

Have you ever wondered what happens at a St Vincent de Paul meeting?

Here is a little bit of information about us.

We are a small group of parishioners from Our Lady Queen of Peace church Ryde-Gladesville parish.

The Gladesville Vinnies Conference has 12 members made up of 8 females and 4 males.

We meet every fortnight and commence our meeting with a spiritual reading and discussion.

The meetings take about one hour, and during the meeting in groups of two we are scheduled to visit our clients or members of our community before the next meeting.

Here are some of the ways that we assist people in our community:

* Providing food hampers to those in need. The hampers consist of general groceries and toiletries.

·     * Handing out Coles and Woolworths vouchers for items such as fresh milk, bread and meat.

·     * Make payments towards utilities e.g. water, electricity gas and phone accounts and general expenses such as rent.

·     * Organise the replacement or repair of white goods such as fridges and washing machines.

·     * Movie tickets are sometimes given out as a special treat for people who just can't afford a day out to the movies.

·     * About 4 or 5 times per year, some of our members go to the Matt Talbot Hostel for homeless men to help in the dining room. 

·         And a significant part of our work is visiting the elderly and sick in our parish.

 I believe we can and do make a difference in people’s lives.

We also have a social aspect of our group, as we twice a year get together with our partners and go out to dinner.

If this work sounds interesting to you, or you would like more information please contact the Parish office and give us a go.

You will be most welcome.

Paul Camilleri

Gladesville Conference President

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