Because of its importance, the role of usher has had a long history in the Catholic Church. Referred to as porters in the Third Century, ushers used to guard the church doors against disruptive intruders. Today, ushers serve the opposite function by being the first to welcome parishioners and visitors to Mass.
Jesus said, "Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the One who sent me" (Mt. 10:40).
Your willingness to serve the people of God, in the capacity of an Usher, reflects your commitment to Christ. Your willingness to arrive on time and to be a friendly, welcoming presence to those coming to worship here at St. Raphael is a further reflection of your willingness to respond fully to your Baptismal call.
Ushers/Ministers of Hospitality duties include:
- To serve as scheduled or find a qualified replacement.
- Welcome people warmly
- Assist people in finding seats
- Make sure offertory gifts are in place
- Ensure gift bearers are available
- Take up and safeguard the Offertory collection
- Guide the Communion procession
- Assist with the Processional/Recessional and special Processions
- Be sensitive when performing Usher duties, not to distract from the liturgy
- Hand out bulletins after Mass and leave a supply in the Narthex
- Straighten up church and Narthex after Mass
- Additionally, ushers will handle any emergency situation
For information please call the rectory at 314-352-8100.