The role of ushers at the Eucharistic assembly, along with all the other lay ministries in the church today, is being cast in new light. Ushers are genuine “people persons” and exercise a true liturgical ministry of hospitality that helps to build community. They are not mere stagehands or money-collectors; instead, their service has become a real blessing to the people and a boost to the quality of worship as they strive for excellence in their ministry.
The warm friendliness and open hospitality of ushers greeting and welcoming congregates to the Mass provides an essential ingredient that prepares the congregation for the work of the Holy Spirit in the celebration to make all who share in it “one body, one spirit in Christ”. They guide the movement of people and the maintenance of good order and reverence during the Mass.
Usher activities include greeting and seating, tabulation of attendance, facilitating the offertory collection and procession and guiding the communion processions. Ushers also select volunteers for the offertory procession. And, at the end of Mass, after the celebrant leaves the congregation, the ushers distribute bulletins, and other written information, and bid a pleasant farewell as members depart. Ushers are also responsible for straightening up and getting the church ready for the next Mass.
Please see the Usher Guidelines for more information on the responsibilities of an usher.
Open to all Saint Andrew’s parishioners who are responsible individuals. Each usher is assigned even or odd numbered months.
Please arrive 15 minutes before Mass starts and stay 15 minutes after, to help distribute bulletins and to straighten up the church, ready for the next Mass. Total around 36 hours/year (6 months/year x 4 Sunday/month x 1.5 hour / Sunday).
Steve Shakal, 919-469-8406, or
Kristin Meyer, Parish Council Liaison,