Find the latest updates about the COVID-19 situation and what this means for Ryde Gladesville Parish hereThis page was last updated Sunday 31st May, 2020 at 6pm
Important Parish Updates
From Tuesday July 1st:
100 people at SCB & 66 people at OLQP will be permitted to attend Masses
Ryde-Gladesville has returned to its regular weekend Mass schedule - please see our Mass Times
Only the 10am Sunday Mass at St Charles will be live streamed
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, 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 100 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
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.
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.
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 will now be continuing online! All interested in finding out what Alpha is all about are invited to attend the 'Come and See' Alpha Night, hosted on Zoom on July 2 at 7pm.
For more information about Alpha, please visit our Alpha website: https://alpha.rgcp.org.au/
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
After weeks of isolation and social distancing we are now able to meet as a group and plan for the future. We had to cancel all of our bus trips for the rest of the year, unfortunately.
Today Marcella and Betty had a meeting with Fr Greg to discuss the future of Young at Heart and how we could meet. Father suggested meeting regularly in the St Charles Church Hall at 11.30 am to 2pm. We could have morning tea and then light lunch. We can use the kitchen and tea and coffee are supplied.
We have bookings for the hall for July 15th, August 19th, September 16th, November 18th. In our program, we had 6th October for lunch at Ryde X and we will keep that date.
We hope that many of you can come to the meetings just to catch up with another, to discuss ideas for next year.
Please phone Betty at 9809 2981 or Marcella at 0491 015 151 to let us know if you can come to the meetings. Suggestions for catering for lunch welcome. Please pass on the info to friends who don't get the Bulletin.
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 3.
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, and has now returned face-to-face!
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 email@example.com.
We are pleased to aour 'Sparc' program for high school students and 'Set Alight' program for young adults are now back in a face-to-face setting! Thank you for joining us at Zoom youth group over the past few weeks, and we're glad to see you all back!
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
The scheduled Altar Server Training sessions at St Charles on March 24th and Our Lady Queen of Peace on March 31st have been cancelled.
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.