Ushers

USHERS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ALL MASSES


All Masses are currently in need of additional ushers who help with greeting parishioners, collections, hand-out bulletins at the end of Mass and other minor duties. We are in particular need at the Saturday 5:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am and Sunday 5:00 pm Masses.

History

The ministry of ushers is the oldest lay ministry in the  Catholic Church. The ushers of today have descended from a long line of people of God who have gone before them. During the time of Christ, the doorkeepers of the temple numbered in the hundreds and were the forerunners of today's ushers.

The more immediate predecessor of today's usher can be found in the clerical order of porter, instituted in the 3rd Century A.D.  During those times, it was the duty of the porters or ushers to guard the door of the church against any intruders who might disturb the service. The porter duties were so  important that they came to be included in the rite of ordination, where they  were specified as: "to ring the bells, open the church and sacristy, to open the  book for the preacher." In 1972 Pope Paul VI abolished the order of porter and this important task was given over to the laity.

While today's ushers don't ring bells or open the church, their primary duties and responsibilities include greeting and welcoming parishioners, maintain order, control movement throughout the service and assist and direct people should an emergency develop. They are the caretakers of the church and all its; Parishioners, material items, and treasures.

 

 

Qualities of an Usher:

This ministry is open to all parishioners; men and women; senior citizen, parent, and teenager. Ushers are friendly people who welcome all ages and nationalities. Their faith enables them to see Christ's presence in individuals and in the gathered community of believers. Ushers are honest and dependable. They can handle emergency situations with courage and composure. They carry a dignity about themselves even when performing menial tasks. Those duties include:

  • Welcoming parishioners as they enter for worship
  • Selecting a family to make the Offertory presentation
  • Assisting in the seating of parishioners and guests
  • Taking up the Offertory collection
  • Wishing everyone a good day at the conclusion of the celebration of the Mass
  • Cleaning up the church after Mass, collecting excess bulletins and papers left behind in the pews 
  • Handling emergency situations with courage and composure 

Time Commitment

Usually, about 1-1/2 hours per Mass beginning 30 minutes before Mass,  includes duties during Mass, and 5-10 minutes after Mass for clean up of pews.

General Basic Routine: Arrive at Church about 30 minutes before Mass
  • Check to see if there is one collection or two.  
  • Take up the 1st and or second collection and process according to procedures.  
  • Open the door for Father and the altar servers for the recessional.
  • Clean up all of the litter after Mass and place the books back in the holder on the back of the pews.
 

Contact:

Al Stevens, 864-445-1133

Ministry Schedule

 

Online Giving

Online Giving

Secure and Convenient Donate now!