Find the latest updates about the COVID-19 situation and what this means for Ryde Gladesville Parish hereThis page was last updated Sunday 3rd January, 2021 at 1pm.
Important Parish Updates
From 3rd January 2021, Ryde- Gladesville Parish is able to hold a maximum of 100 worshipers at St Charles Borromeo and 80 worshippers at Our Lady Queen of Peace.
From Sunday 3rd January 2021:
Masks are MANDATORY for all those visiting the church & parish venues including for Masses, weddings, funerals, private prayer, visitation and other Parish events. Those who refuse to wear a mask will not be permitted to enter the church or venue.
Capacity at services, weddings and funerals held indoors are subject to the 4 square metre rule.
100 people at SCB & 80 people at OLQP will be permitted to attend indoor services at Ryde-Gladesville.
Sign in via QR code or manually is essential if attending face-to-face Masses, as is continuing to observe social distancing measures, and being seated at least 5 mins before Mass starts - this means arriving earlier to account for sign in. Those with bookings who have not arrived when Mass begins will have their spots given to others.
No congregational singing is permitted at Masses, as per NSW Department of Health advice.
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 essential for Weekend Masses. Those without bookings will have to sign in manually and put their name on a waitlist until Mass begins, and will only be permitted entry if there are spare spots. 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.
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 100 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.
The SCB Church will be closed from 24th December to 19th January during the week, except for Masses.
Our Lady Queen of Peace Church is not open during the week for private prayer or daily Mass, and will only be open for Mass at 5pm on Saturday and 9am on Sunday 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.
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 visitors observe the following practices advised by NSW Health and the Archdiocese, both on church grounds and elsewhere.
Wear a face mask if visiting the church for Masses, weddings, funerals, other religious services or events. This is currently compulsory for all places of worship and indoor venues in NSW, so those who refuse to wear a face mask will not be permitted to enter the Church or venue.
Stay home if unwell or if you have come into contact with COVID-19 or a hotspot. This is very important in slowing the spread of COVID-19. If you are feel sick/unwell, or are experiencing cold & flu-like symptoms, ensure you get tested, stay home and keep your distance from others.
Practice physical distancing as best possible - maintain a 1.5 metre distance from others outside of your household, do not hug/shake hands/kiss others as a greeting (wave or nod instead).
Wash your hands with soap regularly, for at least 20 seconds at a time.
Use hand sanitizer 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 or activities that breach the current COVID-19 restrictions in NSW. For the latest information on COVID-19 restrictions and how they affect you, please visit the NSW Government website.
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
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.