"I was a stranger and you welcomed me." Matthew 25:35
Ushers are signs of familiarity and stability for the worshiping community. Extending hospitality imitates God’s gracious welcome and furthers the assembly’s ability to worship. Ushers serve with discretion, creating an atmosphere conducive to prayer and worship. Their role is one of hosting with warmth, friendship, respect, and with a true attitude of service.
At least fourteen ushers are needed for every weekend or holy day Mass at the Church of St. Vincent de Paul. Primary responsibilities of ushers include:
Helping seat assembly members as they arrive
Taking up the collection
Assisting the gift bearers
Guiding the communion procession
Distributing bulletins after Mass
Being prepared to assist our emergency in house first responders in case of medical emergencies.
Assisting parishioners in case of illness or emergency
Preparing the worship space for the next liturgy by picking up trash, etc.Requirements:
The ministry is open to all women and men.
Guidelines for the ministry and one-hour training on hospitality, the flow of the liturgy, and responsibilities and procedures are provided to assist those interested in becoming ushers. Watch the bulletin for when the next training session will be held. We have yearly CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) training sessions.
For more information about being an usher at St. Vincent’s, contact the parish office or indicate your interest to one of the usher teams.