Find the latest updates about the COVID-19 situation and what this means for Ryde Gladesville Parish here. This page was last updated Friday 27th March, 2020 at 7pm
Important Parish Updates
IMPORTANT UPDATES AS OF FRIDAY 27th MARCH, 7pm
- We will now be streaming Masses online on our YouTube channel. To keep updated on when these Masses are happening, subscribe to our Parish blog and check our weekly online bulletin.
- All regular on-site Masses at both St Charles Borromeo (Ryde) and Our Lady Queen of Peace (Gladesville) have been cancelled until further notice.
- If you are visiting the Parish for any other reason, please continue to observe hygiene and social distancing measures
- The churches are now closed, and are not open to visitors until further notice.
Hygiene and Social Distancing Measures at Ryde Gladesville
To keep our Parish, school and wider communities safe, we urge that our Parishioners observe the following practices advised by NSW Health and the Archdiocese, both on church grounds and elsewhere.
- Stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out. This is very important in slowing the spread of COVID-19. If you are feel sick/unwell, or are experiencing cold & flu-like symptoms, stay home and keep your distance from others.
- Wash your hands with soap regularly, for at least 20 seconds at a time
- Use hand sanitiser regularly
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow, or a tissue, and then dispose of the tissue immediately
- Practice social distancing as best possible - maintain a 1.5 metre distance from others, do not hug/shake hands/kiss others as a greeting (wave or nod instead)
- Avoid touching your face, particularly your nose, eyes and mouth
It is very important that all parishioners and visitors follow these practices to protect themselves and others, both when visiting the Parish Office and when elsewhere. We must all do our part to help flatten the curve and protect the most vulnerable members in our community.
How to watch Mass at Home
Thanks to modern technology, it is easier than ever to fulfil your Catholic Mass obligations whilst protecting yourself and others!
There are several options available to us, now that face-to-face Masses are not available for the meantime.
Mass at Ryde Gladesville
We are now live-streaming! Please bear with us for the first few weeks, as we adjust to this new system and overcome any technical issues.
Masses will be streamed on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV6YkpzEwSQEK8JKw84nldw
Make sure you subscribe to our channel to easily find regular Masses and other Parish media.
At this stage, we will be streaming four Masses over the weekend, and Daily Mass during the week. Masses are available live at the following times, or recorded for viewing at your convenience.
Weekdays: 9:20am Daily Mass
Saturday: 5pm Vigil Mass
Sunday: 8am Mass, 10am Mass (Family) and 6pm Mass (Youth)
Other Online Masses
Apart from our new Masses at Ryde Gladesville, there are number of great Mass services available to watch online.
Mass at St Mary's Cathedral Sydney - https://www.stmaryscathedral.org.au/
Available to watch on demand, and streamed live at various times.
Mass at North Sydney- https://www.youtube.com/user/cathnews
Available to watch on demand, and streamed live at the following times:
Daily on weekdays at 7:00 am AEDT
Saturdays at 5:30pm AEDT
Mass with Pope Francis - https://shalomworld.org/specialevent/daily-mass
Available on demand, and streamed live at the following times:
Papal Daily Mass at 5:00pm AEDT
Daily Mass (English) at 10:00am AEDT
Holy Mass (Spanish) at 10:00pm AEDT
Holy Mass (German) at 9:00pm AEDT
Mass with Bishop Robert Barron https://www.youtube.com/user/wordonfirevideo/featured
Available to watch on demand, along with his other videos on a range of topics.
The Archbishop of Sydney has declared that in these circumstances, Catholics are not obliged to attend regular Masses if they do not feel safe or comfortable.
These sites are thus available and free for your viewing.
The RGCP Buddy System
As recommended by the Archbishop in his letter, we are establishing Buddy System at Ryde Gladesville to assist the vulnerable, sick, frail, elderly, disabled and isolated members within our community during this pandemic.
Ensuring we still comply with NSW Health regulations, hygiene practices and safety recommendations, we wish to establish a team of volunteers to provide these people with assistance in:
- buying groceries & medicines (delivered to doorsteps)
- providing cooked meals (delivered to doorsteps)
- daily friendly phone calls
- or assisting with other needs
While it is important to keep ourselves safe during this pandemic, in times like these, it is also important to look out for those in our community who may be struggling more than usual.
If you wish to be an RGCP Buddy, please contact the Parish Office with your name, contact details and what you would be comfortable assisting with.
If you would like to receive these Buddy services, or you know anyone in our community who could benefit from them, please also contact the Parish Office.
“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”
― St. Therese of Lisieux
Parish Event Updates
Please see the list below for the Parish events that have been cancelled, postponed or modified in light of the COVID-19.
The 2020 Sacramental Program for First Holy Communion, Reconciliation, Confirmation and Baptism has been postponed until further notice. All associated programs and events, such as Sacramental classes and Information Nights, have also been postponed. Enrolments for the 1st Holy Communion Program on March 30th have also been postponed.
Information on rescheduled dates for these Sacraments will be provided to families and participants as soon as it is known. All Sacramental events will be suspended for at least 6 months, in line with the state restrictions on places of worship for the same amount of time.
For further enquiries, please email Cindrella at email@example.com.
The Parish Lenten group held on Thursday evenings in the Parish Centre Hall has been cancelled.
Whether other groups continue is up to the discretion of the individual groups.
We strongly advise that groups consider conducting meetings online from now on where possible.
Please ensure your Lenten group discusses whether you wish to discontinue Lenten groups, continue whilst practicing social distancing, or continue at-distance using online tools such as Skype, Facetime, Zoom or Google Hangouts to conduct online meetings. Resources can be shared digitally between group members using a number of tools.
Participants are free to make decisions based on their own personal circumstances and health.
The 2020 Alpha Series has been postponed for the meantime. Sessions will no longer run at Parish Centre Hall on Monday nights for the health and safety of all those involved.
If Alpha is rescheduled at a later date in the year or continues in an online format, all participants will be informed. Stay tuned to Parish communication channels and the Alpha website for further updates.
Unfortunately, the RCIA Program for 2020 has been postponed until further notice. Alternative dates and arrangements for those involved will be communicated to them shortly.
Young at Heart
With regret we have to inform all Young at heart members that all bus outings and Ryde X meetings are now cancelled until further notice.
We hope that we can resume at sometime later in the year.
For enquiries, please phone Betty at 0438 092 919 or Marcella at 0491 015 151.
Visitation of the Sick
Visitation of the Sick will now be administered by clergy members only.
While some Sick have requested not to be visited, many would still like to receive Visitation during this time. Our clergy will be filling the place of Visitation Ministers during this time, while observing social distancing and hygiene practices.
We will inform Visitation Ministers when ministry is up and running again, operating via an opt-in system for Ministers to resume their work in the Parish community.
Stations of the Cross
The weekly Stations of the Cross held at St Charles Church on Friday nights has unfortunately been cancelled. This is to ensure the health and safety of all those involved.
Luckily, we have a great Stations of the Cross resource that you can follow along with from home! Check out this video, led by Fr Mark Toups: https://youtu.be/uG5ayhY5IyI
You can also find more prayer resources on our Parish prayer website
All Children's Playgroups at both St Charles and Our Lady Queen of Peace have been postponed until Term 2.
This includes Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
This is to ensure the health and safety of all participants, particularly children and the elderly who may accompany their grandchildren or run groups. Further updates and rescheduling will be communicated on the Parish website as soon as decisions have been made.
Further information on Playgroups can be found here
School of the Word
School of the Word will continue to run on Tuesday nights at 7:30pm- 9pm, but in an online setting using Zoom!
To participate, you'll need to have access to the internet, and create a Zoom account which is free. Zoom can be accessed by the Zoom app (desktop or mobile). For more information, visit the Zoom support page
We will do our best to keep the program running as usual, with meditation, prayer and sharing, but we hope you'll join us as we adapt to this together!
What is School of the Word?
School of the Word is a group that runs every week, in which we learn to pray together with the word of God. Each month we have a new topic, and have time for prayer, reflection and sharing surrounding the theme.
This month we are running Lenten Series, as we enter into one of the most important liturgical times in the church's calendar. Join us (online!) and learn more about the Bible and your faith. Remember to have a Bible and notebook nearby!
Make sure you're part of our School of the Word 'WhatsApp' group to receive updates and messages! Make sure you have 'WhatsApp' downloaded on your phone or portable device, and contact Br Steve below so he can add you to the group.
For further enquiries and information, contact Br Steve on 0437 981 804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are going online! Youth Events are no longer happening face-to-face, but we are pleased to announce will be conducting our 'Sparc' program for high school students and 'Set Alight' program for young adults are continuining in an online setting.
Important info re: Sparc
Permission slips have been sent to 'Sparc' parents about online communications with youth, so if you'd like your child to be able to participate in our online programs, please sign and return the form emailed to you. If you didn't receive this email, or would like your child to join, email Youth Coordinator, Jemille West at email@example.com.
Ignite Program (Years 4-6)
The Ignite program for primary school students has been postponed until further notice, but we will let you know when it is back up and running. Stay tuned to this page, the bulletin and our Youth facebook page for further updates.
We are now more connected with our Youth than ever! You can follow us on the following platforms, and stay connected with the Youth community at Ryde Gladesville.
Youtube: Youth at RGCP
Facebook: Ryde Gladesville Catholic Youth
Altar Server Training
As Masses at Ryde-Gladesville have been postponed until further notice, the scheduled Altar Server Training sessions at St Charles on March 24th and Our Lady Queen of Peace on March 31st are no longer going ahead.
These will be rescheduled later in the year where possible, and will be communicated to the school and church communities again as soon as details are known.
Catholic Women's League meeting - the meeting in the Parish Office scheduled for Monday 23rd March has been postponed until further notice. For enquiries, contact Beth on 9807 4334.
Men's Breakfast - the Men's Breakfast on Saturday 28th March at St Peter Chanel Church in Berala has been postponed until further notice. Information will be provided on their website here. Participants who have already registered will be contacted when a new date is finalised.
Don't see an event you're looking for? Please contact the Parish Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about COVID-19
For the latest information on the COVID-19 situation, and staying safe during the pandemic, be sure to visit the NSW Health website: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
For COVID-19 updates from the Archdiocese, visit their website here: https://www.sydneycatholic.org/coronavirus-updates/. You can also subscribe to receive daily updates on COVID-19 and other news from the Archbishop here.