Ushers-Ministers of Hospitality Guidelines
is centered in Christ. It is an
expression of reverence for the presence of Christ in each member of
the assembly; it
is rooted in the sacrament of baptism. True hospitality draws us
together and opens us up to participate in the liturgy. An ancient
Christian saying expresses it this way: "When a guest comes, Christ
the assembled community to “welcome one another as Christ has welcomed
you to the glory of God” (Rom 15:7)…The people are coming as invited
guests of the Lord himself, to share in his supper as sisters and
brothers. (Introduction to the Order of Mass, #23)
vital element in creating a sense of community for worship. A person
who feels welcomed and valued is much more likely to enter
wholeheartedly into the celebration of the liturgy, giving thanks to
God for the love that God pours out on us.” (Rev. Lawrence
people come into a public place – whether it be an auditorium, concert
hall, or church building – they are able to perceive if preparations
have been made for the event. This very "sensing" affects the manner
(positive or negative) in which people will enter into the event.
"Something important is going to happen" can be said in many ways, not
the least of which is the presence of capable, poised welcomers.
Ushers work as
teams and are responsible to each other
at their chosen Mass.
is expected for all ministers at all times. You are asked to be neat
and presentable when carrying out your important ministry. It would be
advisable to come to church ready to serve whether you are scheduled or
Men are encouraged,
but not required, to wear ties. A nice sport shirt, sport coat, suit,
sweater, etc. and dress slacks are fine.
Women are encouraged
to dress neatly. Do not wear anything that is distracting or
inappropriate in church. Clothing that is low cut, showing the midriff,
too short or bares the shoulders or back is not appropriate dress for
women in church at any time.
Not acceptable attire
is anything that is attention grabbing. This would include revealing
clothing, shirts with printing on them, or flashy earrings. At no time
is ANY denim acceptable.
- Be identifiable,
wear an Ushers lapel pin. (Provided)
- Ushers need to
arrive well before other parishioners
at least 20 minutes before Mass begins. They should make sure that the
worship space is free of any clutter that may have been left from a
- Ushers greet people
at the door paying particular
attention to those who may be visiting or in need of special seating
and assist anyone in finding a place to sit.
- They may also be
responsible for choosing the gift
- Ushers, like other
liturgical ministers, are
primarily members of the worshiping Assembly. As such, they join in the
act of worship in the same manner as the Assembly. Even while
performing the tasks of their ministry, (e.g., taking up the offering),
they remain united to the Assembly, singing and praying in an active
- Ushers never should
be separated from the rest of the
Assembly with separate conversations, or inattentiveness. They are to
be present and attentive during the entire Mass.
- Ushers assist in
the seating of latecomers to Mass.
Be aware of the open seats so that you do not have to hunt for them as
- Ushers take up the
offering. As soon as the Presider
is seated the Ushers take up the collection; four on the main floor and
one in the loft. Once the money is collected each Usher empties their
collection into the main basket. Two Ushers bring the collection
forward to the sacristy. In the sacristy, the Sacristan (Dave Tully)
will have a security bag for each collection at each Mass.
- Ushers help direct
the Communion procession; two
lines down the center aisle – when needed, Christmas, Easter Sunday,
- Ushers, if needed,
deal with any disturbances that
- Ushers should know
the location of rest
- Ushers should know
the location of the first aid kit
and fire extinguishers.
- Ushers distribute
the parish bulletin as people leave
- Ushers direct
people toward any social events that
may be taking place in the Parish Center.
- Ushers make sure
that the pews are in order before
leaving the church and assist in collecting the Food Pantry offering.
- Always act in
compassion and mercy – but fair and
- Safety of the
congregation is always first – when in
doubt, call the police. #911
- To panhandlers,
bothersome, or disruptive people; “If
you do not get off the property the police will be called.”
- Fr. Tim is the ONLY
person who will give out
money. Do not refer them to another priest. Hand out help
cards or call #211 for non-life-threatening
- Medical Emergency –
#911 FIRST, tell Dave Tully in
the sacristy, who will notify the presiding priest.
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