The purpose of these notes is to provide some general observations and principals on these very important liturgical ministries of the Church.  Practical application will differ from parish to parish.  These guidelines, therefore, are not intended to impose absolute uniformity.  Instead they are produced in a spirit of helping our parishes by offering some basic and essential principals.

Ushers and Greeters are called to be Ministers of Hospitality.  They are entrusted with promoting a sense of welcoming and belonging to all the faithful assembled for worship.  They are the first point of contact for the communal celebration of the Liturgy and because of this, should take special steps in being living representatives of the Parish Mission Statement.  Ministers of Hospitality minister to the entire community in a very active way.  By freeing each person of their own personal impediments to the Mass through a welcoming atmosphere, ministers of hospitality take an active role in enabling each person to come to a freer expression of God in the Liturgy.

Mission Statement


Ushers - our mission is to provide general care of our worship space and to create an environment where all feel welcome.  We will provide assistance to our fellow parishioners and visitors by greeting all with a warm welcome, opening doors, assisting with seating, collecting the gifts of our community and handing out music programs and bulletins and providing any other assistance requested by the Pastor and Parish staff.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to create a fully integrated Ministry of Ushers at our Parish. The ministry will be fully staffed at each of our four weekend Masses (and special masses designated by our Pastor or Parish staff) with committed and responsible parishioners.  Scheduling and coordinating will be the responsibility of the Head Usher and designated captains for each mass.  Oversight, support and guidance will be the responsibility of the Head Usher and Parish Staff.  Ministers of Hospitality (Ushers) will be recruited from a diverse cross-section of parishioners from each mass in an effort to reflect the inclusiveness of the parish.

Requirements

1. The Ministry of Hospitality is truly a service to the Church and should be treated seriously and with great dignity. Therefore, Ministers of Hospitality should have an understanding of the Liturgy in order to be effective in providing the faithful with the proper environment.

2. In addition, the following attributes will assist the ministers of seeking Jesus’ face in the face of each and every person who comes into the church: patience, reverence, sensitivity compassion, understanding, gentleness, embracing a sense of the family gathered as the Body of Christ.

3. Your participation in the Ministry of Hospitality should be a direct reflection of your own prayer life which is nurtured by the Word of God and reception of Holy Eucharist thereby imbuing within you a spirit of dignity and respect.

Duties

 

In general, ushers carry the responsibility for the following:

1. Seating those assembled for Liturgy and especially taking special efforts to seat the faithful during the natural breaks in the Mass.

2. Attending to the needs of the disabled through such things as holding doors open, or locating non sloped areas places for wheelchairs and walkers.

3. Making sure that the gifts of bread and wine are in their proper places before Mass and asking members of the assembly to bring forth the gifts at the Offertory

4. Checking the worship space to make certain that it free from clutter

5. Assisting in the Rite of Preparation:

  • Circulating the collection receptacles (there should be a sufficient numbers of ushers to facilitate the collection in a timely and orderly fashion)
  • Adhering to the Guidelines from the Diocese Office of Finance specifically pertaining to the collection of monies during the Mass.
  • Assisting in the Offertory Procession

6. Assisting the handicapped in receiving Holy Communion as well as facilitating the Communion procession. However it is not necessary to stand at each row while that row goes to Communion, which has the appearance of “keeping track” of who goes and who does not receive Holy Communion.

7. Offering the parish bulletin to the faithful as they exit the church GREETERS In general, greeters carry the responsibility for the following:

  • Opening doors to make sure the entrance into the church is welcoming to all
  • Giving full attention to the gathering assembly by offering a “Good Morning” (keep in mind that the sense of touch can be sometimes more powerful than words. A handshake or a hug can speak volumes.)
  • Smile, which not only magnifies your true inner sincerity and sensitivity, but is an international sign of welcome to all the faithful.

General Instructions

 

Preparation

 

1. Pray.

2. Seek Christ in everyone.

3. Embrace your Parish Mission Statement.

Helpful Hints

1. The Ministers of Hospitality should never do anything that would draw attention to her/himself at anytime.

2. Clothing should be appropriate for the Liturgy, modest and in keeping with the dignity of the ministry.

3. Ministers of Hospitality should be seated in a place which allows for easy access to the various responsibilities, yet with the assembly.

4. If the Ministers of Hospitality must pass in front of the altar (this should be extremely seldom), he/she must bow to the altar. All movements within the Liturgy are done with dignity and grace and never hurried.

 

 

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