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MAKING YOUR EXPERIENCE OF WORSHIP EVEN MORE MEANINGFUL BY FOLLOWING JESUS’ EXAMPLE OF SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD. 

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Up until now the Ministry of Ushers has been limited to those times when we have huge crowds, like Christmas and Easter. The Worship Commission wants to expand this ministry to every weekend mass and to funerals.

Hospitality is the hallmark of the Catholic Church. Our model of evangelization is Jesus’ example of welcoming all who come.

Greeters are the source of first contact with those who enter our church. Ushers welcome people into the worshiping assembly by assisting them in every possible way: helping them to find a seat if necessary, taking up the collection, organizing the gifts procession, ushering the communion procession for a smooth flow, handling any emergencies that may come up, offering bulletins and straightening the church afterwards.

Mass Coordinators presently have to recruit people for these responsibilities or do them themselves. Ushers will relieve the coordinators of these tasks during that “before mass” rush to get things done.

Families and individuals of all ages and genders are welcome to this ministry.

We also want to establish a Ministry of Funeral Ushers. Be sure to scroll down to see a description of that ministry.

Following is the Job Description for the Ministry of Ushers at Weekend Masses:

 

  • Arrive 15 minutes early to be ready for parishioners.
  • Confer with the Mass Coordinator about closed sections and seating concerns.
  • Welcome people into the Worship Space making sure that they have Worship Aids, if necessary. (This would not conflict with Greeters who welcome people at the doors.)
  • Assist people in finding seating if necessary.
  • Assist the Mass Coordinator as requested.
  • Take up the collection with assistance from greeters, if necessary.*
  • Usher the Communion Procession.**
  • Inform the Mass Coordinator, the Lead Eucharistic Minister or Eucharistic Minister about people who need communion brought to them.
  • Be prepared to handle any problems and emergencies as unobtrusively as possible (trained adults and teens only)
    • Know where the AED’s are and how to use them.
    • Emergency preparedness
    • Resource management
  • Pass out bulletins. ***
  • Straighten the church for the next Mass 

*Presently the greeters are asked to help with the collection. If help is needed, greeters would continue to be asked to do this.

**While it may not seem necessary for weekend liturgies, we need to have people familiar with this duty because it is vital to do this at Christmas and Triduum liturgies. Having people dismiss (and invite) people to go to communion is very welcoming, and it expedites the communion procession because it avoids pauses while the “day dreamers” wake up. It also allows the ushers to become aware of people with disabilities who may need special attention at communion (see next bullet point). This practice is also very important for funerals (see below).

***Presently many people don’t know what is going on in the parish because they don’t take a bulletin or go on-line. Handing them a bulletin makes sure that something gets into their hands. They are free to refuse.

This ministry is open to individual men and women, couples, youth and families. Adults and Teens may choose further training in emergency procedures (Use of AED and CPR) and resource management.

ORGANIZING INFORMATION:

Each weekend Mass will have a team of ushers consisting of a head usher and individuals and families depending on the numbers of volunteers. The people in the ushers ministries will have input into how they want to be scheduled. Every other weekend? Two weekend on and two weekends off? Monthly (as are Mass Coordinators and Lead Eucharistic Ministers)? All teams would be scheduled the same way, so it should be understood that it will be a majority rules decision.

Head Usher

  • Will be chosen by the team.
  • Will organize the ushers for that mass.
  • Will make certain that each section of the church has an usher.
  • Will process the collection with the help of the Mass Coordinator or another unrelated adult.
  • Will report to and collaborate with the Mass Coordinator

 

MINISTRY OF USHER AT FUNERALS

 Following is the Job Description for the Ministry of Ushers at Funerals:

 A person who chooses to be in this ministry has an opportunity to welcome and comfort mourners at this crucial time in the grieving process. That person can be of great benefit to the Funeral Director who is serving the family and to the parish by following the Christian admonition to “comfort those who mourn.”

  • Assist Funeral Directors in passing out Worship Aids
  • Help in seating of family and assembly
  • Usher communion (very important in an assembly comprised of people from other parishes with other practices and other faiths)
  • Usher the people out at the end of Mass
  • Help to straighten the church for the weekend liturgies

Funeral ushers must be available during the day and on short (2 or 3 day) notice. People who do not want to usher at mass, but are willing to usher at funerals are welcome to do so.

TRAINING FOR BOTH WEEKEND AND FUNERAL USHERS WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, MARCH 15, FROM 10:00 – 11:30 OR BY APPOINTMENT.

GO TO “SHARING YOUR GIFTS AND TALENTS” ON OUR HOMEPAGE TO VOLUNTEER.

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