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Farewell Mass & Morning Tea for Huan Le

posted 19 Jun 2017, 18:29 by Geraldine Rastall

Our Seminarian , Huan, has been with us for his Parish Pastoral Placement since February and will return to the Seminary in July to continue his studies for the priesthood.

As a parish community of Ryde-Gladesville, we would like to thank Huan for his contribution to the life of the parish and his involvement in a variety of pastoral activities.

To acknowledge Huan’s contribution we will be celebrating his Farewell Mass on  Sunday 2 July at the 10.00am Mass at St Charles Borromeo followed by a morning tea in the Borromeo Hall. A small presentation to Huan will be made at the end of the Mass.

We invite parishioners to bring a plate of food to share for the morning tea. Finger food only please.



Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

posted 12 Jun 2017, 16:39 by Geraldine Rastall

"Are you aware there is an Atrium of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd on Wednesdays in the Parish Centre at Ryde? Some Catechesis of the Good Shepherd visitors from the US will be here on Friday 30 June 2017. Parishioners have a rare and wonderful opportunity to attend a dinner and listen to two catechists who have been involved in this ministry for many years in the United States, Rebekah Rojcewicz and Linda Kaiel. Together they have a wealth of experience to share about the child’s relationship with God. During the dinner, Rebekah will present a talk entitled "The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd—A Gift to the Church at this Time". The dinner will be held at North Ryde RSL from 6.30pm. Tickets $70 contact Katy for more information


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


Young at Heart

posted 5 Jun 2017, 16:35 by Geraldine Rastall

Our next bus trip is scheduled for  Wednesday, 14 June to The Chapel on the Hill at Berambing. Bookings ring Betty 0438092919. Cost is $65 which includes bus fare and three course lunch. Please place $65 in an envelope with your name.


Man Cave

posted 21 May 2017, 16:37 by Geraldine Rastall

This month’s get together is on Tuesday, 30 May at Gladesville Sporties at 7.30pm. We will explore the important role that an executor plays in making sure our wishes are expressed in our wills, and delivered in a manner that minimises the stress to the loved ones we leave behind. This session will be of interest to all of us who have wills and want to make sure that everything runs smoothly as possible when we are gone. It is also important for those of us who have agreed to act as executors for others to make sure we know the importance of the responsibilities we have agreed to take on. Enq: Anthony 0414 272 573 Andrew 0400 355 251.


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

Parish Playgroups

posted 31 Jan 2016, 14:08 by Geraldine Rastall   [ updated 19 Feb 2017, 14:45 ]

OLQP Playgroup

Playgroup is held every Wednesday during school term from 9am-10.30am in OLQP church hall located beside the Church on Victoria Road, Gladesville. Enq.: Anna:

SCB Playgroup

Playgroup is held every Thursday during school term 9am-11am. Both Groups are held in the MacKillop Room in the Parish Centre at Ryde.  Enq.: Katrina at



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