“Your presence here makes all the difference”
Ushers at St Barbara’s Church act as hosts and hostesses to warmly welcome the people of God to each liturgical celebration as well as perform various duties as required of them.
Before the start of Mass, ushers assist parishioners to find a seat for Mass, escorting less-abled individuals to their pew, if necessary.
Ushers also have the task of discretion, knowing how to welcome, and when and where, to seat the latecomer.
As part of the Offertory Procession, ushers are responsible for the collecting of the offerings and presenting them to the priest on behalf of the congregation.
If no one has come forward to indicate they are “gift-bearers” for the Mass, then the ushers will ask a family or individuals to perform this ministry. Prior to the rite of Holy Communion, ushers approach the disabled or elderly parishioners and gently ask if they need the priest to bring the host to them. Ushers are also responsible for ensuring an orderly procesion of able-bodied parishioners to receive Holy Commuuion at the altar.
When Mass has ended, the ushers distribute the parish bulletin to exiting parishioners and then are responsbile for tidying the pews after Mass. And, in the event of an emergency, ushers also have the primary responsibilty of procuring the appropriate assistance.
If you enjoy greeting people, then please consider joining this ministry. Any member of St Barbara's Church is welcome to become an usher, regardless of gender; mature people 12 and over who have a spirit of service are welcome and encouraged to become an usher. Training is provided to new ushers.
Ours is the first of Christ’s faces to greet God’s people as they assemble in prayer. The utterances that pass our lips is the word that welcomes parishioner and visitor alike to be at home in the Church. We greet each person as Jesus would greet them. We welcome all at the entrance of the Lord's house. Some will come rejoicing and others in fear, some will come healed and others to seek healing.
Some may fall ill while at prayer, we see to their needs, as they would see to ours.
When our brothers and sisters in the Lord thank and praise us for our work, we take delight in the welcome they have found, and rejoice in the work God has accomplished through us.
Ushers are required to be at Church half an hour before Mass begins, and usually stay about five minutes after Mass has ended. St. Barbara's ushers group meets on a semi-annual basis, usually to briefly review policies and procedures.
Paul Varatto; Phone: 724-744-7114