Welcome to St Charles Borromeo & Our Lady Queen of Peace Ryde-Gladesville parish.
We are a dynamic and diverse parish made of two churches of St Charles Borromeo Ryde and Our Lady Queen of Peace in Gladesville, located in the northern suburbs of Sydney Australia. These Parishes became "twinned" in April 2010. Fr Paul Monkerud was appointed Parish Priest and Fr Daniel McCaughan his assistant priest.
With long and rich histories, our Parish has a strong and unique sense of community. Emphasis is placed on the general principals of inclusiveness as well as active involvement of parishioners within the Catholic tradition and the wider local community.
All are most welcome.
This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. It falls forty six days before Easter Sunday. Lent is inspired by the period of forty days that Jesus spent fasting in the desert prior to commencing his public ministry (Mt 4:1-11; Mk 1:12-13; Lk 4:1-12). The forty days do not include the six Sundays in the period. They remain feast days even during Lent.
During Ash Wednesday Masses, worshippers are signed with a cross on their foreheads with the ashes of palms blessed on the previous Palm Sunday. The cross is a symbol of mortality, contrition and repentance.
The procession to receive ashes, like the one on Good Friday to venerate the cross, is open to all, no matter what creed or life circumstance. It is the Church at is most inclusive.
A simple Lenten offering for families is to say grace each day before and/or after meals. We say thanks to God for our food, those who have grown it, transported it and sold it, and for our family, friends and faith. We might ask God to help families who do not have enough food. Practicing thankfulness is important. It is a very “Jesus” quality. Thankful people appreciate others.
A traditional Grace Before Meals:
Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts which we are about to receive from your goodness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Church’s Lenten Penance requires that:
* Catholics, 19-59, fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, i.e. reduce food intake, normatively a main meal and two small meals. We are encouraged to fast on Holy Saturday;
* Catholics, 15 and over, abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On other Fridays of Lent, they do penance in the form of prayer, self-denial and works of charity.
* Catholics receive Holy Communion at least once each year, preferably between Ash Wednesday (10 February) and Trinity Sunday (22 May) or at another time and confess grave sins at least once per year.