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.

Lenten Notices

Ash Wednesday

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.

Lenten Grace

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.

Lenten Penance

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. 


News Summary

  • St Vincent de Paul Society (also known as Vinnies) 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 ...
    Posted 1 Feb 2016, 14:22 by Geraldine Rastall
  • Parish Playgroups OLQP PlaygroupPlaygroup is held every Wednesday during school term from 9.30am-11am in OLQP church hall located beside the Church on Victoria Road, Gladesville. Enq.: Anna: anna.alessi ...
    Posted 7 Feb 2016, 13:17 by Geraldine Rastall
  • Lenten Program In this Jubilee Year of Mercy let’s get to know our Scriptures. Pope Francis invites us to do this in Lent: The Season of Lent during the Jubilee year ...
    Posted 31 Jan 2016, 13:52 by Geraldine Rastall
  • Sacraments Information Evenings Parents/guardians who wish to nominate their child for First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation Programmes in 2016 must attend an Information Evening, 7.30pm-8.30pm, on either Wednesday ...
    Posted 7 Feb 2016, 14:17 by Geraldine Rastall
  • ESL Classes ..... for Basic and Intermediate Conversational English and English as a Second Language (ESL) for newly arrived migrants are held in the Mackillop Room in the Parish Centre every Tuesday, 9 ...
    Posted 21 Dec 2015, 18:15 by Geraldine Rastall
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