One participates in this ministry by calling the contact person, Eric Ambrose, and arranging to meet to review the duties of an Usher/Minister of Hospitality. If you would like to contact Eric, please call the parish office to express your interest in becoming a Usher/Minister of Hospitality. Just leave a number where you can be reached, along with a good time to call.
The role of the Usher/Minister of Hospitality is to greet the congregation as they enter church, to assist them in locating seating, to arrange for participants in the presentation of the offertory gifts, and to take up the collection. They will also be alert to the needs of the congregation during the Mass, i.e. to assist someone who may become ill during the services and to call for medical assistance if it is needed.
Special talents, gifts or requirements
needed for this ministry
Because the Usher/Minister of Hospitality may be the first person a new member or visitor meets when they enter church, the Usher/Minister of Hospitality should be a welcoming person, able to greet graciously, able to talk to others, and need to be familiar with their basic duties. Because the Ushers/Minister of Hospitality will have to be attentive to the needs of the congregation, a person should be able to stand during the length of the liturgy.
Duration of the ministry
The length of the ministry will depend on the individual's availability, but a minimum of one year would be expected.
Rehearsal times or training sessions
There would be a training session with the contact person of the Ushers/Ministers of Hospitality as well as opportuniies to participate in on-going formation programs offered by the parish. These would be at most, once or twice a year.
Expected dress requirements
As with all visible ministers at the Eucharist, dress should be one's "Sunday Best", and be appropriate for the Eucharistic celebration. There is no specific dress code other than that which all ministers are expected to observe.