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 Sunday 31st May, 2020 at 6pm

Important Parish Updates

IMPORTANT UPDATES AS OF FRIDAY 29TH MAY 2020, 5PM

Please ensure you the read the full list of rules for visiting the Churches here on our blog.


  • From Monday June 1st:
    • 50 people (not including essential staff & ministers) will be permitted to attend Masses at St Charles
    • Ryde-Gladesville will return to its regular weekend Mass schedule - please see our Mass Times
    • Only the 10am Sunday Mass at St Charles will be live streamed
    • Children are permitted at weekend Masses, but those aged over 50 with a health condition and those over 70 are advised to consider watching Mass at home.
    • 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.
    • 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, contact Judy at the Parish Office on 9807 2966, email ea@rgcp.org.au or visit the Parish Office during office hours. Bookings can only be made from 9am Tuesday until 3pm Friday 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 50 people (excluding 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 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.


The latest full COVID-19 update for Ryde-Gladesville can be viewed here on our blog.

Latest COVID-19 Update:

29th May 2020

Latest Archbishop Letter in response to COVID-19

29th May 2020

Sixth Pastoral Letter to the Clergy and Faithful during the COVID-19 pandemic (1).pdf

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
  • Do not engage in gatherings of 10+ people in public and 5+ people household visits or where the 4 square metre rule is not being observed. The latest easing of restrictions now allows 10 people to congregate outdoors, and 5 people in households, as well as exceptions for certain venues and facilities, but 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.

How to watch Mass at Home

Thanks to modern technology, it is easier than ever to attend Mass 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! 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 10am Sunday Mass is 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

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.

Sacramental Program

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 sacraments@rgcp.org.au.

Lenten Groups

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.

Alpha Series

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.


However, members of our community are welcome to participate in the Pentecost Pilgrimage during the month of May, a online pilgrimage running on Zoom in the lead up to Pentecost. For more information, visit our blog: https://rgcpenews.blogspot.com/2020/04/pentecost-pilgrimage.html

RCIA Program

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, in the interest of the health and safety of our members.

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

Children's Playgroups

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!

Staying connected

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 steve.drum@rgcp.org.au.

Youth Group

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 youth@rgcp.org.au.


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.


Stay connected!

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

Twitter: @Rydegladesville1

Facebook: Ryde Gladesville Catholic Youth

Instagram: @rydegladesvillecy

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.

Other Events

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 office@rgcp.org.au

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.