Ushers and Greeters

TIME COMMITMENT:  On weekends when scheduled, ushers and greeters should  arrive 20—30 minutes prior to Mass; ushers remain “on duty” throughout  Mass.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Pleasantly greet of all who arrive for Mass.  Assure people receive the worship aids provided for the occasion.  Be prepared to answer questions such as restroom locations, child care details, parking, and availability of parish information.  Assist people in locating seats if there appears to be difficulty, especially after Mass begins.  Ushers are responsible for placing additional seats in the back of the worship space and rearranging the space as required.  Seek out volunteers as gift-bearers if not pre-assigned.  Ushers pass collection baskets and bring the money forward to the altar.  Ushers assist at Communion to assure smooth movement of the assembly and assisting those needing special consideration.  Finally, ushers distribute weekly bulletins at the conclusion of Mass.   The worship area should be prepared for the next Mass.

COMMUNICATION:  Quarterly schedules of weekly assignments are mailed or emailed directly to the volunteers’ homes .  Volunteers may also opt to be an “on-call substitute” only, rather than being scheduled on a regular basis.

GENERAL LOGISTICS:  Ideally, each Mass should have four to five ushers/greeters serving weekly.  Each Mass has a designated lead usher to whom the other volunteers turn when questions or unusual circumstances arise.

A WORD ABOUT ATTIRE:  Attire should reflect our special participation in the “Wedding Feast of the Lamb” and be accorded the same degree of attention  as would our attendance at a family wedding.  Wearing blue jeans is not considered appropriate.

TRAINING:  Volunteers are trained as they begin their ministry.

For more information, contact the parish office at (360) 885-7780 or by email.