Safety at our Parish
The safety of parishioners and visitors is important to us. We want you to feel comfortable and reassured while at the church, at church events, or in case of an emergency. Our Safe Environment Team and Risk Management Team work hard to ensure that both staff and volunteers are properly trained and up to date on diocesan guidelines and on recognized "best practices".
Local Emergency Phone Numbers
Angola Fire Department
Police (non emergency)
Electric Utility Company
Natural Gas Utility Company
Water Utility Company
The Catholic Church is committed to creating and maintaining a safe environment for children, youth and vulnerable adults. The Catholic Church throughout the United States has commited itself to a public charter saying how we will do that. We know that we, as a faith community, have sometimes failed in this, and we are determined not to let it happen again.
The Charter requires every parish to appoint a Safe Environment Coordinator. We have appointed our office manager, Patti Webster, who has been certified as qualified by the U.S. Bishops' Conference.
Anyone working with children and teenagers (under 18) - directly or indirectly - must complete a training program before they begin. The program includes an educational component, a legal procedures component, and a criminal background check. You can get more details on this program from Pattie Webster of from Fr. Bob Showers (pastor).
ABOUT THE WINTER FLU
2018 continues to see many cases of serious influenza, especially the H3N2 strain. Last week, Marion County was especially hard hit. Nationwide, however, the epidemic seems localized - one town can have many reported cases while the next town has few.
Bishop Kevin Rhoades has asked the individual parishes in the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese to monitor the situation locally and make local decisions.
Therefore Fr. Bob and the staff will continue to monitor the Indiana State Department of Health Weekly Influenza Report, published each Friday. IF THAT REPORT OR WARNINGS FROM LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS JUSTIFY IT, we will take the standard precautions: we will suspend communion on the tongue, the shared chalice, and hand shakes during the sign of peace. This will be announced at the start of Mass.
Restricting access to the Eucharist is a serious act and must not be done lightly. At the same time, as a pubic community of the faithful, we have a responsibility to protect the publc health. Our goal is neither to overreact nor underreact.
In the meantime, even if we do not take official precautions as a parish, you should use your own judgement. IF YOU ARE SICK WITH THE FLU, you are dispensed from coming to Mass! If you are particularly vulnerable because of age or other factors, consider bowing at the sign of peace and refraining from taking Communion. No one will think less of you!
-Fr. Bob, February 8, 2018
ABOUT DISPENSATION FROM THE OBLIGATION TO ATTEND MASS
Please use caution and common sense at all times. It is not always a sin to stay home from Church during a blizzard or a flu epidemic, but it is a sin to tempt fate. God does not want you to die in a vain attempt to make it to the church on time. Use your own judgement, and remember that the weather might be worse where you live than elsewhere in the county.
The Canon Law of the Catholic Church states,
Can. 1245 For a just reason, the pastor in individual situations can dispense from the obliga-tion to observe a holy day ... or he can commute the observance to other pious works.
If the weather is life threatening, the pastor will issue this dispensation. That is a just reason.
Severe Weather Emergency
Tornado Watch: Conditions are favorable for a tornado or severe weather.
Tornado Warning: Tornado has been sighted; take shelter immediately.
Our Parish Hall has been designated as a storm shelter by the American Red Cross. In the event of a tornado, anyone in the church or parish center must evacuate to the Parish Hall.
Stay away from windows.
Winter Weather (Snowstorms!)
The parish staff monitors warnings from the National Weather Service. Most decisions to cancel or not cancel are based on these public warnings.
In the event of a WINTER STORM WATCH:
In the event of a WINTER STORM WARNING (ALERT):
Contact 911 emergency services, if needed. Staff, Ushers and Greeters are the designated individuals who are trained and certified to administer CPR.
For any incidents/injures on the property, please contact Katie Waltke in the Parish Office. An Investigation Report will need to be completed immediately.
IN THE EVENT OF BAD WEATHER, PLEASE TUNE TO:
In the event of any cancellations, we will notify
Information will be posted first on our parish media: