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St. Peter's Ushers

Director of Ushers: Mark Boyance


Be advised that it is the policy of this parish that no one (except for those listed below) to enter the sacristy during Mass. The only exception to this rule are the ushers who are placing the collection in the vault, and priests, deacons and servers who have a liturgical reason to go into the sacristy.

Ushers are to lock the vault immediately upon placing the collection in it. The vault is to be opened by the Sacristan, only when another person is present. The collection is to be taken to the office by two people immediately after Mass.

Eucharistic Ministers to the homebound and hospitalized are to pick up supplies between Masses.

Violations of the policy are to be reported to Fr. Charles or Nancy Goodwin.

 

Attention All Ushers & Prospective Ushers

There will be a Training Session for all current and prospective ushers on Saturday, October 12th at 10:00 a.m. in the church. If you have any particular questions or concerns, please notify Mark Boyance ahead of time. The parking lot will be closed that weekend, (except for Mass times). Arrangements have been made for you to enter through the St. Peter Street Parking lot entrance starting at 9:45 a.m. So please be on time. Thank you for your service!

 


Ushers as Ministers of Hospitality

Ushers are usually the first official representative of the church that people meet when they arrive. The ushers' dress, attitude, words, demeanor, body language all speak a message to the worshipper. As God's servants to his people, ushers would take care that nothing interferes with the awesome character of this encounter between God and his people at this time and place.

Ushers as Liturgical Ministers

Ushers are leaders. As such they reflect the devotion, reverence and joy of encountering God in our worship service. Ushers should not be physically or emotionally absent from worship. They must be mindful that they are there to assist those who are preparing to worship God by creating a quiet and reverent atmosphere within the church.

Ushers as Ministers of Evangelism

There are some who may be wary of coming to a church and it would take very little to make this visit their last. If they feel genuinely welcomed and helped by the usher, then the usher has assisted in bringing the Gospel to these people.

History of Ushers in the Catholic Church

The ministry of ushers is the oldest lay ministry in the Catholic Church. In the Old Testament ushers were called "gatekeepers." Their ministry was so important that they were given living quarters in the temple. According to 1 Chronicles 9, their duties included opening the temple every morning, providing care and protection for all the precious vessels, preparing certain food items used in ritual sacrifices, and guarding the temple. By the time of Christ, these gatekeepers had become know as the "Temple Guard." They were ordered to arrest Jesus, but according to John 7 they instead became interested in Jesus' message.

 

By the third century A.D., a clerical order known as "porters" (overseers of the doors) was instituted. During those times, it was the duty of the porters, or ushers, to guard the door of the church against any intruders who might disturb the service. The porters' duties were so important that they came to be included in the rite of ordination, where they were to ring the bells, open the church, and to open the book for the pastor. In 1972, Pope Paul VI abolished the order of porter and this important task was given over to the laity.

 

While today's ushers don't ring the bells or open the church, their primary duties and responsibilities include greeting and welcoming parishioners as they enter the church, helping them to find seats, taking up the collection and wishing everyone a good day at the conclusion of the Eucharistic Celebration.

The Role of the usher at St. Peter's Catholic Church

The role of the usher at St. Peter's is one of offering a friendly, welcoming presence to those coming to worship, of providing leadership during emergencies and performing such tasks as taking up the collection, presenting the gifts, assisting parishioners during Communion, disseminating the church bulletin and participating in cleaning the church after completion of the Mass.

 

 

 

   
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