Latest COVID-19 Update: Churches now open to all
As of 18th October, Ryde- Gladesville Parish Parish has reopened its buildings and churches, in line with the updated NSW Government Roadmap for COVID-19 restrictions. This includes the churches of St Charles Borromeo at Ryde and Our Lady Queen of Peace at Gladesville.
Currently, as of Tuesday 19th October:
St Charles Borromeo and Our Lady Queen of Peace churches are open. St Charles church is open for adoration and private prayer from 7am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.
Capacity limits are in places for places of worship. Churches and parish buildings will be subject to the 4sqm rule, allowing 100 people in SCB and 80 people in OLQP.
Face-to-face Masses and parish events have returned in person. Certain Parish events such as Alpha and School of the Word are continuing in online formats.
Bookings are no longer required for any Masses, however capacity is still limited indoors. Overflow seating will be available outdoors. Please ensure you arrive early if you wish to sit indoors.
Masks are required indoors such as at Masses and other Parish events.
Masses are still 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.
The Parish Office is now open to visitors, from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Physical distancing, hygiene and other safety measures including increased ventilation and COVID check-ins are still in place. Please ensure you check in on arrival at all Parish events.
People of all vaccination statuses are welcome to attend Masses and other events, however we do strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated where possible for the safety of yourself, your family and our community.
The RGCP Buddy System is still in operation but is slowly being phased out as parishioners return to Masses. If you are a current buddy system recipient, and have now returned to Mass, please let us know so we can let our volunteers know to stop delivering bulletins. If you know an elderly, isolated or vulnerable parishioner who does not yet want to return to Masses and could benefit from having bulletins delivered to them or receiving a weekly friendly phone call, please contact the Parish Office with their details.
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
Ryde-Gladesville is bringing Mass to you via live-streaming during this time.
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
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 two years, 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 as we slowly return to Masses, we will continue to safely provide the following services where needed:
bulletin drop offs
groceries and medicines delivered to doorsteps
providing home cooked meals delivered to doorsteps
friendly phone calls
assistance with other needs
Carolina and Ana are Buddies and have been delivering bulletins to our elderly parishioners on their bikes this year!
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.