Latest COVID-19 Update: Lockdown extended
From Friday 20th August, Ryde- Gladesville Parish is affected by the extended lockdown restrictions for Greater Sydney.
For a further 4 weeks until at least the end of September, 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 Friday 20th August 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
While we are unable to attend Mass in person, Ryde-Gladesville is bringing Mass to you via live-streaming.
Mass at Ryde-Gladesville
We are now live-streaming! You can catch us from Tuesday to Sunday live on our YouTube channel.
The following Masses are being livestreamed here on our YouTube channel:
9:20am Tuesday to Friday
12pm Sunday (Spanish)
4pm Sunday (Italian)
Make sure you subscribe to easily find regular Masses and other Parish media. All Masses are also 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.
The RGCP Buddy System
As recommended by the Archbishop in his letter in March 2020, we have established a 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 continue to provide people in our community with assistance through:
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.
“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
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.
Want to become a Buddy?
We're still looking for volunteers to join our Buddy team! 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.
For more information about what is involved, visit our Volunteer page.
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.
You can find the latest COVID-19 restrictions from the NSW Government here.