St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Parish Hall

Through the foresight of its past leaders, St. Mary's has a fine parish hall among its facilities, located at 209 Mulberry Street in Tipton. It is especially attractive to community groups because of its accessibility and the kitchen facilities. In response to interest in its use by non-parish groups, the following policy has been established.

The primary purpose of St. Mary's Hall is for the pastoral needs of the parish community, i.e. faith formation of its members, the social activities of the guild and the ministry needs of the parish not provided for by the Guild. Secondly, the hall is available for the needs of the parish community for family gatherings and such activities. These events take priority in scheduling.


Parish Hall Usage Policy and Guidelines
for more information contact Lorraine at St. Mary’s Tipton Parish office: 563-886-2506

208 Meridian St, PO Box 309 - Tipton, Iowa 52772  

   Phone:563-886-2506     Fax: 563-886-326

St. Mary Parish Hall Tipton Rental Policy

Parish St. Mary’s Church        _ Parish, we, us, our” as follows in this agreement

Renter                                              You, Your, renter(s), as follows in this agreement Effective (event date)

Our facilities are available for use by registered and contributing members of our parish at the discretion of the pastor. Our facilities are also available to non-parish members. All use of our facilities is subject to prior approval of the pastor, including events sponsored by parish organizations. No rental requests will be considered for any purpose or event that is contrary to the beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church. Reservations are made with the parish secretary.

Funerals as well as events sponsored by parish organizations will be exempt from rental fees.

Funeral functions will take precedence over any and all other events.

Rentals on funeral days will necessarily begin after 3 pm.

When scheduling an event, this funeral provision must be agreed to by the renter.

Rental Fees per event:

(All rental fees are to be paid in full with the contract. All hall rentals will have a security deposit of

$50, refundable if the hall is cleaned.)

Parish sponsored Functions                                    No Charge

School sponsored events, Scouting Events

Community/Public Service Groups,

Parishioner Sponsored Activity                                $35/day

Non-Profit/Service Groups                                       $100/day

Business Associated Groups                                   $150/day

Liability Insurance

Proof of insurance with the following limits and formats must be submitted by the renter with the rental agreement in the following amounts:

If a business, non-profit or some other legal entity apart from an individual/family, a certificate of

General Liability insurance naming Parish/School and The Catholic Diocese of Davenport as

“additional insuredswith limits of at least $500,000.

If an individual or family, proof of Personal Liability insurance with limits of at least $500,000

Professional caterers must provide a certificate of insurance of at least $1,000,000 and name

Parish/School and The Catholic Diocese of Davenport as “additional insureds”

Proof of insurance in the form required above MUST be submitted with the contract

prior to use of church property.

Hold Harmless/Indemnity

To the extent of your negligence and as further consideration, you agree to protect, defend, indemnify, and otherwise hold harmless the Parish/School and The Catholic

Diocese of Davenport including its departments, agencies, and commissions as well as its officers, agents, servants, employees, and volunteers from and against any and all claims, demands, liability, causes of action and expenses arising out of injury or death to any person or damage, loss or destruction of property which may occur or in any way arises out of  any act or omission of you, your subcontractors, servants, agents, guests or employees.

Smoking and Alcohol

Smoking and the consumption of alcohol is strictly forbidden anywhere on the premises, including the

Sidewalks and Parking Lot.


Parishioners may use the dish soap, dish cloths, towels.

All other renters are responsible for their own supplies-paper goods, coffee, dish soap, dish cloths, towels, etc. No nails, tacks, pins, tape, etc. are permitted on any wall or ceiling. If candles are used, great precaution is to

be taken to make sure they are well secured in candleholders and carefully supervised while burning.


Renters are responsible for supervising all guests (especially children) and any other persons attending the event for which the facilities are being used. No running inside the building is permitted. There will be no access to the church, gathering space or rooms outside the parish hall, kitchen and restrooms. All state, federal and local laws are to be followed by the renter and guests on all church property. The parking lot is not a playground, and children should not be permitted to be unattended on the property.


No weapons are allowed on the premises.


No pets are allowed on the premises with the exception of service dogs.

Tables & Chairs-Cleanup

Setting up and taking down necessary tables and chairs is the responsibility of the user. Everything must be

put back as it was prior to renter’s set up (see layout attached and posted on kitchen bulletin board).

The user will be responsible for full cleanup of the facility, including floors, trash taken out. Also, the user will be responsible for locking up the facility upon completion of the event.

I hereby acknowledge receipt of and agree to all of the terms of this Rental Agreement, including the above

Hold Harmless/Indemnity Provisions:

By:                                                              (Signature of Renter and title if applicable)

Approved by:                                                    

Rev. Richard Okumu


Please keep a copy for your records and to refer to for the day of the event. Return one signed and dated copy to the parish office with all of the aforementioned documentation required for your event.

   Proof of Insurance (Certificate of Liability)

   Diocese Additional Insured

To download a copy of the following agreement, please click here: HALL RENTAL FORM - MASTER revised 4-19-16 final.pdf