Before Mass

  • Wear proper attire.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early.
  • Stock each entrance with bulletins.
  • Find someone to bring up gifts.
  • Know where the stretcher and defibrillator are located.
  • Try to make people feel welcome.
  • Assist in seating parishioners.
  • When overflow seating is needed direct people to the choir loft (about 25).  If the choir is there send only 10.  Set up folding chairs from the parish center without blocking aisles or doorways.
  • If snow is blocking the entrance, shovel or sweep a path.

During Mass

  • Gather the collection and bring it to the altar.
  • Direct parishioners during communion.
  • Assist in medical emergencies.

After Mass

  • Check pews for stray items.  Straighten hymnals.
  • Place any “lost and found” in the box in the Narthex.
  • After evening masses make sure lights are off (switches in the south sacristy).
  • After the last mass of the day make sure:
    • Sound system is off
    • Air conditioner and fans are off.
    • Flowers at the Mary statue are not hanging over the vigil lights.
    • Lights are off.
    • If the church should be locked, check door

Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the One who sent me” (Mt. 10:40).  

Ushers fulfill a liturgical role of welcoming and assisting parishioners in a way that enhances the beauty of the Liturgy.  They become an instrument through whom God can be present to our parish family.  As an usher you are responding to your Baptismal call to serve the people of God and it reflects your commitment to Christ.

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.” (Ps 84:11)