"Restore all things in Christ"
Celebrating Catholic Service
in the Jesuit Tradition
Parish Council has recommended that St. Pius Xe Parish adopt the following storm cancellation policy. This is to ensure the safety of parishioners, and to conform with the requirements of our liability insurance. In the event of a storm, or impending storm, the following procedures will be followed.
THE STORM CLOSURE POLICY
Morning and Evening Weekday Masses
If schools in the St. John’s and area are closed due to a storm, then St. Pius X facilities (Church, Parish Hall, and Rectory) will also be closed for that entire day.
If there is a storm, or impending storm, the Pastor, on the advice of the Parish support staff, will decide on whether to close the church for the entire day. In making this decision the Pastor will take account of a variety of factors, including road conditions, the state of the church parking lot, and whether it is possible to keep emergency doors free of snow, as well as the weather forecast for the rest of the day.
Where possible, information about closures will be posted on the parish website, emails will be sent to the parishioners on the parish email list, and on the radio, at least ninety minutes prior to the start of a Mass or other event. This information will also be recorded on the parish phone voice mail (754-0170). When the Church is closed due to a storm, all parish activities are cancelled for that day, including those taking place in the Parish Hall and Rectory.
In the past, occasions have arisen when parishioners have managed to drive to the church and park on the parking lot, only to find that when they return to their cars after the service, the city plows have cleared Smithville Crescent, leaving a pile of snow at the entrance to the parking lot. This has caused drivers to get stuck in the deep snow while exiting and having to rely on the services of “good Samaritans” to help push their cars through the snow. This exposes the ‘helpers’ to risks they shouldn’t have had to take. This new policy should help to avoid such potentially hazardous situations for drivers and pedestrians.
Please note, that if parishioners do come to the church when it has been officially closed due to a storm, the doors will be locked for the entire day. With this policy we are hoping to ensure everyone’s safety when weather conditions are severe. If you do miss Mass on a weekend due to a storm, you can always attend a Mass later in the week if you feel it necessary! The policy is for everyone’s safety!
Father Earl Smith, SJ
(Revised: December 3, 2015)