COVID-19 Updates

Find the latest updates about the COVID-19 situation and what this means for Ryde Gladesville Parish here

This page was last updated Thursday 3rd December, 2020 at 1pm

Important Parish Updates

From Monday 7th December 2020:

    • No capacity restrictions at Masses, funerals or weddings, subject to the 2 square metre rule

    • 200 people at SCB & 160 people at OLQP will be permitted to attend services inside the church - any overflow will be seated outdoors

    • Mass bookings are essential for indoor attendance. Those without bookings when the church is at capacity will be seated outdoors and must sign in via QR code/manual registration.

    • All those visiting the church for Mass, other religious services or private prayer are strongly recommended to wear a face mask

    • Ryde-Gladesville has returned to its regular weekend Mass schedule - please see our Mass Times

    • The 9:20am weekday morning Masses, 9am Saturday Mass and 10am Sunday Mass at St Charles will be live streamed on our Parish YouTube channel

    • If attending physical Masses, attendees MUST sign in and out, continue to observe social distancing measures, and must be seated at least 5 mins before Mass starts - this means arriving 15 mins earlier to account for sign in and temperature checks.

    • Bookings are still required for weekend Masses. Weekday Masses however are available on a first come first served basis, and bookings are not required.

    • 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.

    • No congregational singing is permitted at Masses, as per NSW Department of Health advice.

    • 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 and hygiene measures still apply. The church will be monitored by staff and volunteers during visiting hours.

    • Our Lady Queen of Peace Church will only be open for Mass at 5pm on Saturday and 9am on Sunday, and is not open during the week for private prayer or daily Mass until further notice.


  • If you are visiting the Parish for any other reason, please continue to observe hygiene and social distancing measures. Please leave any deliveries, intentions or donations in the Parish foyer, and only enter the office if especially necessary.


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.


Latest Archbishop Directives in response to COVID-19

1 July 2020

Archbiship Directives July 1.pdf

Hygiene and Social Distancing Measures at Ryde-Gladesville

We are taking steps in our churches and parish grounds to ensure the health and safety of our parishioners, school and wider communities.


  • COVID-19 Marshals & Church Supervision - with St Charles Church open from 7am- 5pm Tuesday to Sunday, we have a team of dedicated volunteers who supervise our church during opening hours to keep our community safe. Ensuring all visitors sign in and out, have their temperatures checked, adhere to social distancing and completing cleaning and sanitisation procedures, our COVID marshals make sure SCB is as safe as possible for everyone.


  • Increased cleaning procedures - increased cleaning and sanitisation of our churches is undertaken daily to ensure all surfaces touched are cleaned and safe for our clergy and visitors.


  • Physical distancing - physical distancing measures are maintained in our churches. Pews are separated to allow for 1.5m between mass attendees, attendees are directed to physical distancing at all times and signs are provided to indicate where to sit and stand.


  • Masks during Communion - during the administering of Communion, our clergy and communion ministers wear face masks to keep our mass attendees safe.


We need your help!

To keep our community safe, we also urge that our Parishioners and vistors observe the following practices advised by NSW Health and the Archdiocese, both on church grounds and elsewhere.


  • Stay home if unwell. 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.

  • 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)

  • Wear a face mask, especially in situations where social distancing cannot be observed.

  • 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

  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your nose, eyes and mouth

  • Do not engage in gatherings of 20+ people indoors and 30+ people in public or where the 4 square metre rule is not being observed. The latest easing of restrictions now allows 30 people to congregate outdoors, and 10 people in households, with exceptions for certain venues and facilities. However, please ensure you do not visit if you have cold and flu symptoms, continue to practice social distancing, and be extra careful visiting people who are at risk, and over 70.


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.

Watch Mass at Home

Thanks to modern technology, it is easier than ever to attend Mass whilst protecting yourself and others! If you are unable to attend Mass for personal or medical reasons, there are several options available in the meantime.

Mass at Ryde Gladesville

We are now live-streaming! We are slowly getting the hang of things, and have even had a new high-defintion camera installed! But please continue to bear with us, as we adjust to this new system and overcome any technical issues.

Our morning Masses and our 10am Sunday Mass are 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.

We are now streaming our 10am Sunday Mass. Masses are available live or recorded for viewing at your convenience.

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 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.


Our team of volunteers has been assisting over the past few weeks, and their help has been much appreciated by our elderly and isolated parishioners. This is a wonderful opportunity to not only get out of the house once a week for a short walk or drive, but also to do something meaningful and compassionate to assist those most in need during this time.


Over the next few months, and ensuring we comply with NSW Health regulations, hygiene practices and safety recommendations, we will be providing people in our community with assistance in:


  • bulletin drop offs

  • groceries and medicines delivered to doorsteps

  • providing home cooked meals delivered to doorsteps

  • friendly phone calls

  • assistance 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.


Know someone who needs a Buddy?

If you know anyone who could benefit from these services, especially someone older in our Parish who may not have internet or computer access and may be missing all the changes happening in our Parish, please let them know about this initiative and have them contact the Parish Office.

We’re still looking for Buddies!

If you’d like to sign up to help in any small way, please contact the Parish Office with your details, and what you’d be comfortable assisting with.

“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

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.