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Save Our Graves

We are extremely concerned at the recent announcement that religious groups will be removed from the management of cemeteries in NSW.

For more than 150 years in NSW, Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust has been trusted not only by Catholics, but by the Islamic and Jewish communities and other people of faith to bury the dead, maintain their graves respectfully, and comfort grieving families. The Trust wants to continue to do this, at no cost to Government or taxpayer.

But the recent decision from Minister Pavey won’t allow them to.

It makes no sense that faith groups will now be excluded from this precious ministry; replaced by a new and costly Government bureaucracy that has no experience in caring for the deceased, and no understanding of religious customs around burials, including the importance of leaving graves undisturbed by future generations.

We are concerned especially that:

  • the availability of new graves will be limited or priced beyond the reach of most people, forcing people towards cremation, contrary to their religious beliefs;

  • the exclusion of charitable organisations from cemetery management will mean the price of burials increases;

  • existing graves will be moved, or used for additional burials in an effort to conserve space; and

  • some might even be willing to disturb old graves to clear the way for land development.

Burying the dead is a work of mercy and an important religious ritual, and the inclusion of faith groups in the management of burial grounds is an important matter of religious freedom.

We want our beloved dead to be able to rest in peace, with the certainty that their graves will continue to be cared for and maintained by those who see this as part of their mission, and not just another Government service.

Despite our differing beliefs, people of faith in NSW are united in this plea.

To express your concerns about the Sydney cemeteries takeover by the NSW Government we urge you to sign the petition today

Important Announcement

This page was last updated Thursday 20th May 2021 at 2pmalso see our COVID-19 update page

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

From Monday 17th May, Ryde- Gladesville Parish is able to hold a maximum of 200 worshipers at St Charles Borromeo and 160 worshippers at Our Lady Queen of Peace. However, certain restrictions remain in place.

From 17th May 2021:

    • Capacity at services, weddings and funerals held indoors are subject to the 2 square metre rule.

    • 200 people at SCB & 160 people at OLQP will be permitted to attend indoor services at Ryde-Gladesville.

    • Face masks are strongly recommended but not compulsory.

    • Congregational singing is now permitted, even without a mask.

    • Sign in via QR code or manually is still essential if attending face-to-face Masses or Parish events.

    • Social distancing measures and hygiene practices are still in place. Please remain 1.5 metres away from individuals not in your household and assist our COVID marshals in cleaning after events.

    • Livestreaming on our Parish YouTube channel will be provided for 9:20am weekday morning Masses, 9am Saturday Mass and 10am Sunday Mass at St Charles Borromeo.

    • Mass bookings are recommended for Weekend Masses to secure a spot indoors. Please arrive early and ensure you are seated at least 5 mins before Mass starts. Those with bookings who have not arrived when Mass begins will have their spots given to others. Any overflow attendees will have to sign in via the QR code and will be seated outside.

    • To book a spot at Weekend Mass, please go to our website www.rgcp.org.au, go to the Mass booking button and follow the prompts to make your booking. Bookings open on Monday at 7am and close on Fridays at 3pm each week.

    • Weekday Masses do not require bookings, and seats are available on a first come first served basis.

    • The regular Mass weekend Mass schedule has returned -please see our Mass Times for more information.

    • St Charles Church is open for private prayer and Adoration from 7am to 5pm, however only 200 people (including essential staff & volunteers) are permitted inside at any one time, and social distancing, the wearing of masks and hygiene measures will apply. The church will be monitored by staff and volunteers during visiting hours.

    • Our Lady Queen of Peace Church is now open for 6:30am Mass on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. However, it is not open during the week for private prayer. OLQP is always open for Mass at 5pm on Saturday and 9am on Sunday.

We thank you for your patience and co-operation as we work towards all of us being back at Mass over the coming few months.

We will continue to provide updates on the COVID-19 situation here on our website, as well as our Parish blog and Facebook page.

Apart from that, never forget how much Jesus loves you, despite everything that is happening, and how utterly pleasing you all are to him, persevering in your faith as you are. I, for one, am very proud of my Parish and her efforts to become a missionary outpost in this little neck of the Lord's Vineyard!

Ever your brother, in Christ's undaunted love,

Fr. Greg

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All Masses now on YouTube!

Ryde-Gladesville Parish is now streaming our Masses online, via our YouTube channel. We are streaming the following Masses live, but you can always tune in after at a time that suits you!

Weekdays: 9:20am (Tuesday-Friday mornings)

Saturday: 9am Mass

Sunday: 10am Mass

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