Frequently Asked Questions

How can I check to see if a date is available?

Please contact the Facility Rental Coordinator at 952-767-0944 to determine availability.

When can we tour the space?

Tours are available by appointment only. We will make every effort to be flexible about tour times, dependent upon the space availability. Call 952-767-0944

How do I reserve space for my event?

Once date availability is determined:

We will hold your preferred date for up to two weeks without a deposit.  After two weeks a 50% room rental deposit is required along with a signed rental agreement. This payment is refundable only if the reservation is cancelled more than 6 months in advance of the rental date.

Cancellations made less than six (6) months in advance of the rental date will result in forfeiture of the deposit, unless the event is rescheduled.  If you reschedule your event within the next six months, the deposit will be applied to the new date. 

A damage deposit check for most rentals is required and varies from $250.00 - $500.00 depending on the duration and size of your event. When required, this damage deposit must accompany your room rental deposit to cover potential damage to any church equipment, carpeting, etc., while on property or incomplete cleaning of kitchen.  The deposit will be refunded following your event, if no damage is incurred as determined by the maintenance supervisor and business administrator OR with your permission, applied to your remaining event expenses. 

How many guests can you accommodate?

The Mahon Center can accommodate up to 400 guests and our smaller hall, St. Martins, can seat up to 175 guests.

Is there parking available?

Yes, there is free ground level guest parking on both the East and West side of the building.

Can we choose our own caterer?

A list of preferred caterers is available for your convenience.  

The client is required to provide a full-service, licensed caterer. If you choose a caterer from our list of preferred caterers, you can be confident you will be choosing a full-service, licensed and quality provider with whom St. Patrick’s has experience.

You may choose a caterer not listed here; however, St. Patrick’s reserves the right to approve the caterer to ensure appropriate licensing and service requirements.

Names of vendors who specialize in linen, decoration and audio rental are also available.

Your preferred caterer must provide a copy of current Catering license and certificate of liability insurance prior to the event. Your Event Coordinator will assist you with securing these documents.

Can we bring in our own beverages or hire our own bartenders?

Intoxicating liquor may be only served by a provider or a caterer with a current State-issued on-sale liquor license and proof of liability insurance. Again, we have listed options for you on our Preferred Caterer’s listing.

If alcohol is served, security is required on the premises during the time alcohol is being consumer. Hiring of security is arranged by your Event Coordinator.

Questions about liquor service can be directed to your Event Coordinator. 

Do you have requirements for vendors that work in your facility?

As mentioned before, all food and beverage caterers must have current license and liability insurance. Caterers who come into our space have the following limited access to kitchen use:

  • use of kitchen ovens & warming oven (FOR WARMING ONLY)
  • use of refrigerator/freezer
  • use of institutional coffee brewer
  • renter or caterer provides own ground coffee to brew
  • ice machine
  • dishwasher to clean equipment associated with the event

It is the responsibility of the client to effectively communicate facility use policies to outside vendors, i.e., florists, party rental suppliers, DJs/musicians, set-up volunteers. 

Are there any additional catering related fees that I should be aware of?

When the kitchen is used by a full service caterer, there will be a kitchen use fee which varies from a flat rate of $125 to an hourly rate of $50/hour, depending on the size and nature of your event.  This fee may be directly assessed to the caterer.

Who is my main contact and how much will they be available during my planning?  Will they be onsite to oversee things during the time of the event?

Initially, your main contact will be the Facility Rental Coordinator.  Once the date is secured and all contracts are signed, you will be assigned an Event Coordinator, who will work with you as needed from the planning stages through the actual event, where she will be your on-site supervisor. She is available both by phone and email.

Can we have our ceremony at the Mahon Center?

Because the Mahon Center is a part of the St. Patrick’s parish, you must be a parishioner to have your ceremony at the facility.

When will vendors have access to the space?  When will I have access to the space?

Every event will have some set-up and clean-up time built into the time allotted.  This will vary according to the size and duration of your event.  For wedding receptions, we allow 4-6 hours the day before the event for room set-up and decoration.  For other types of events, there will be set-up time built in the day of  the event. 

Do you have linens or decorations available for use?

No, we do not supply linens or decorations.  We do have a list of party rental vendors who would be able to supply all of your decorating needs.  In many cases, your caterer will be able to provide linens.