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Parish Inclement Weather Policy

Policy

Your physical safety on our campus is our second biggest concern (your eternal salvation is our first!).  Therefore we have adopted the following inclement weather policy.  It adheres closely to the inclement weather policies of Frederick County Schools and the Frederick County Government.  Check the parish website or call the office and listen to weather related prompts.  Every attempt will be made to have decisions made by 7:00 am for morning activities and 3:00 pm for evening activities.  (Because Holy Family sits on a hill which often freezes, it may be necessary to cancel Masses and events even when weather elsewhere is not dangerous.  Please check the parish website (hfccmd.org) or call the parish office (301-473-4800 before setting out to Holy Family.)

 

Daily Mass and Morning Prayer If Frederick County Schools are closed or have a delayed opening, the week day morning Mass (or communion service) and Morning Prayer are cancelled; the Parish Office will open at 10:00 am.  If the scheduled Mass has an announced intention, Fr. Rob will celebrate Mass at home that morning and the intention will also be rescheduled at the next available daily Mass.


Morning Activities If Frederick County Schools are delayed, morning activities are cancelled; the Parish office will open at 10:00 am.  Any afternoon events will continue as scheduled unless otherwise notified.


Weekday Meetings/Events/Religious EducationIf Frederick County schools are closed due to inclement weather, there will be no parish activities or religious education.  If Frederick County schools close early or cancel evening activities,  Religious Education  and evening activities are cancelled.


Parish Office – If Frederick County Schools are closed or have a delayed opening, the parish office will open at 10:00 am.  The parish office follows the inclement weather policy of the Frederick County Government. (not Schools).  If the Frederick County Government offices are closed or close early for inclement weather, the parish office will also close.  Even if the parish office is open, please call ahead if you have an appointment with one of our staff.  Although the office may be open, individual staff members may not be able to come in to the office.  They will make every effort to notify anyone affected, but it is still best to call and check.

Weekend Meetings and Events/TYM:  Cancellations and delays for weekend meetings and events will be handled on a case by case basis.  If an event is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., we would hope to make decision by 7:00 a.m. If an event is scheduled for the evening, we would hope to make a decision by 3:00 p.m.  Sometimes, that is not possible and we ask you please to check the parish website or call the parish office (301)473-4800 before setting out to Holy Family.  


Weekend Mass – Because attendance at weekend Mass is required, the standards for cancellation are much higher and will not be determined by the Frederick County Public School policy (because school is already off on the weekends).  If weekend Mass must be cancelled, it will be done in conjunction with the other parishes in the area and with the consent of the Archbishop of Baltimore.  This is very rare.   Whenever possible, decisions are made by 7:00 am for morning cancellations and by 3:00pm for evening cancellations and announced soon after.  Sometimes that is not possible and we ask that you check the parish website or call the parish office before setting out to Holy Family.

 

Please do not travel if you feel unsafe or the roads near you are not passable.  The obligation to attend Mass is commuted (relieved) if you cannot attend due to bad weather even if Mass is not cancelled.
 

Parish Office: 301-473-4800 X8

Frederick County School website: www.fcps.org

Frederick County Government: www.frederickcountymd.gov