Find the latest updates about the COVID-19 situation and what this means for Ryde Gladesville Parish hereThis page was last updated Wednesday 28th July 2021 at 1pm.
Important Parish Updates
From Wednesday 28th July, Ryde- Gladesville Parish is affected by the extended lockdown restrictions for Greater Sydney.
For a further 4 weeks until at least Friday 28th August, the churches of St Charles Borromeo at Ryde and Our Lady Queen of Peace at Gladesville, as well as Parish buildings, are closed. Funeral capacities have also been reduced.
From Wednesday 28th July 2021:
St Charles Borromeo and Our Lady Queen of Peace churches are closed. St Charles church is not open for adoration and private prayer.
Face-to-face Masses and parish events are currently suspended for the duration of the lockdown. Certain Parish events such as Alpha and School of the Word are continuing in online formats.
The Parish Office is closed to visitors, however is still available to contact via phone and email during regular business hours.
Masses are being livestreamed on the Parish YouTube channel. Masses are livestreamed Tuesday to Friday at 9:20am, Saturday at 9am, and Sunday at 10am, and can also be watched later at your convenience. 6pm Vigil Mass will not be held this Saturday.
Funerals are limited to 10 people, from Sunday 11th July. This applies for both St Charles Borromeo and Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, and is not based on venue size.
Weddings are not being held during this time. If your wedding arrangements are affected by the lockdown restrictions, please contact the Parish Office or the Weddings team.
Baptisms are not being held during this time. If your child's baptism is affected by the lockdown restrictions, please contact the Parish Office or the Sacramental Coordinator.
The RGCP Buddy System is in operation again. If you know an elderly, isolated or vulnerable parishioner who could benefit from having bulletins delivered to them or receiving a weekly friendly phone call, please contact the Parish Office with their details. If you would like to join our team and volunteer 1 hour of your time on weekends to deliver bulletins to parishioners, or provide a phone call during the week, please also contact the Parish Office.
Important updates about the COVID-19 situation will be sent out via the Parish blog email list. If you would like to stay updated with the implications of restrictions for our Parish, please subscribe to our mailing list.
Watch Mass at Home
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, our 9:20am weekday Masses and our 9am Saturday morning Mass. All 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 year, 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 information about current COVID restrictions in your area, please visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules.
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.