Service/ushers ministry is diverse and offers help and caring to others in our parish and wider community. This was Jesus’ caring stance toward all people, especially those who are in need.
Our service/ ushers ministry is an umbrella ministry that includes welcome people into the church. During the service, we are available to handle accidents or emergencies. At the proper time, we go down the aisles where we are stationed and take up the collection(s) and direct the flow of traffic during Communion. When the Mass is over, we hand out the bulletins and any other handouts and answer questions.
Why do we do it?
“In the Church, there is a diversity of ministry but unity of mission. To the apostles and their successors, Christ has entrusted the office of teaching, sanctifying and governing in his name and by his power. Lay people, too, sharing in the priestly, prophetical and kingly office of Christ, play their part in the mission of the whole people of God in the Church and in the World.”
About Service Ministry
Jesus said, “Whoever receives you, receives me, and whoever receives me receives the One who sent me” (Matthew 10:40).
The usher is a person chosen to reflect the warmth and welcome of Christ himself. Always conscious of Christ’s words “For I was…a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35) the usher serves not only as a Minister of Hospitality, but also as a Liturgical Minister and a Minister of Evangelism.
What Are We About?
We are the first persons that people meet when they come to church. Our obligation is to make them feel welcome, wanted, valued, and special. In addition, ushers provide the logistical services that allow the Mass to run smoothly and attend to the myriad details that are part and parcel of large gatherings. We choose a family to bring up the gifts during Mass, and he is responsible for coordinating the offertory collection and any second collections, making sure there are collectors in each aisle.
What Do We Do?
We welcome people into the church. During the service, we are available to handle accidents or emergencies. At the proper time, we go down the aisles where we are stationed and take up the collection(s) and direct the flow of traffic during Communion. When the Mass is over, we hand out the bulletins and any other handouts and answer questions. Outside of our Mass duties, we assist other ministries as needed and participate in other social or fund-raising activities in the parish. Scheduling rosary prayer at home, every week and daily rosary during Marian months by the request of a parishner.
Want to Become Part of the Usher Team?
Interested in becoming an usher but not sure you have time? Here’s what’s involved: you would need to get to Church approximately 10 minutes before Mass starts and stay until most of the congregation has left and the pews are straightened up. The team Usher Captain usually handles training of individual ushers. If we have several new ushers, a special training session will be conducted. You also will be invited to attend monthly and other formal meetings a year, where we can discuss the upcoming services and enjoy a little socialization and food.
For more information, please contact Core Committee Member
Bro. Joji Alex +973-38870833