Ushers - Ministers of Hospitality

Because of its importance, the usher role has had a long history in the Catholic Church. Known as porters in the 3rd century, ushers used to guard church doors against disturbing intruders. Today, ushers serve the opposite role by being the first to greet parishioners and visitors to Mass.

Before arriving

Ushers must dress appropriately. The guidelines may even vary by mass, but it is generally recommended to make mistakes on the formal side rather than the informal. For example, at some Masses, men must wear a suit and tie, and women must wear a pantsuit or a long dress or skirt. But to others, casual attire might be more appropriate. Ushers must arrive at least 15-20 minutes early. Our ushers wear a name tag so you can recognize them.

Before mass

The ushers greet and welcome those attending Mass at the entrances of the church. They serve as representatives of the church and therefore their demeanor and body language should reflect their hospitality. They help attendees as needed to find a seat, paying special attention to those with special needs. During crowded services, it is especially important to assist with seating.

During mass

The ushers stay at the back of the church and participate fully in the service. When latecomers arrive, the ushers help minimize interruptions by asking them to momentarily wait during the readings and the priest's homily. The ushers are also responsible for passing the collection baskets. During communion, they assist Eucharistic ministers by pointing out those who cannot proceed through the line of communion and therefore need communion brought to them.

After mass

After mass is over, ushers stand outside the church doors to distribute the weekly bulletin. The ushers answer any questions from visitors and help them find answers. They also straighten all the benches. This task includes collecting trash, placing hymnals in their proper places, picking up items left behind, and picking up the kneelers.

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