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Church Use Regulations

Last revised August 13, 2009

Saint Paul Catholic Church Use Regulations

NB: There are much more explicit guidelines for weddings. For weddings see Policies and Procedures for Saint Paul Wedding, which you can fined on our parish website here: Policies and Procedures for Saint Paul Wedding

  1. Please be respectful of our church. When the Blessed Sacrament is present in the Tabernacle reverence and silence is to be observed in the church. When arrangements have been made in advance to remove the Blessed Sacrament, respect for the building is still required.
  2. All activities, program content, audio, video or printed materials must be approved by the pastor and must not be in conflict with the beliefs and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
  3. No partisan political activity or statements may be included in any activity and no partisan political materials may be distributed that have not been approved by the Bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee or the Florida Catholic Conference.
  4. A copy of your insurance policy, listing the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahasseeand St. Paul Catholic Church as additionally insured, is required one week before the event. The policy must have a minimum of $1,000,000 per occurrence for Bodily Injury and Property Damage. If you do not have insurance, coverage can be purchased for the event through the diocese. Mrs. Julie Butler will assist you with the proper forms.
  5. A maintenance fee of $250 is assessed and due one week prior to the event.
  6. All performance times and practice times must be scheduled with Mrs. Julie Butler.
  7. Do not block fire exits.
  8. Do not exceed maximum occupancy of 1200 persons.
  9. For non-liturgical events any items such as choir risers, chairs, banners, flags, flowers or similar items must be placed at least four feet in front of the altar and three feet away from the ambo.
  10. For liturgical celebrations, nothing may be placed in the sanctuary area. This includes banners, flags, and flowers.
  11. Nothing may be attached to the walls, columns, doors, windows or pews.
  12. Standing on the pews is prohibited.
  13. Please do not place hard or sharp edged objects on or against the pews. This includes carrying cases for sound equipment and musical instruments and music stands.
  14. Those who play instruments with endpins are asked to use endpin rests or tips to protect the floor of the church.
  15. No furnishings in the church can be moved, removed or rearranged without prior approval. Should approval be given, everything must be returned to its original arrangement at the conclusion of the activity.
  16. No food or drink is allowed inside the church. This includes the narthex, nave, sanctuary and utility areas.
  17. No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs are allowed in the church, parish buildings or on the parish grounds.
  18. Children must be under adult supervision at all times.
  19. A cry room is available in the church for those guests with young children. No food or drink is allowed in the cry room with the exception of baby bottles for infants.
  20. Exterior doors must not be blocked open with door stops or other items. Please use ushers to hold doors open should there be a need.
  21. Please remove any items that you bring into the church or narthex at the conclusion of the activity. With prior arrangement some items may be stored in the utility areas for later pick up.
  22. If you need adjustments to the sound system please contact the Director of Music Ministry, Mr. Christopher Powell..
  23. If you need adjustments to the climate control system, please ask a member of staff.
  24. Groups are restricted to those areas of the building and grounds it has reserved.