Ushers


History

Liturgical MinistriesThe ministry of ushers is the oldest lay ministry in the Catholic Church. The ushers of today have descended from a long line of people of God who have gone before them. During the time of Christ, the doorkeepers of the temple numbered in the hundreds and were the forerunners of today's ushers.

The more immediate predecessor of today's usher can be found in the clerical order of porter, instituted in the 3rd Century A.D. 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 porter duties were so important that they came to be included in the rite of ordination, where they were specified as: "to ring the bells, open the church and sacristy, to open the book for the preacher." 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 bells or open the church, their primary duties and responsibilities include greeting and welcoming parishioners as they enter the church, help them to find seats, taking up the collection and wishing everyone a good day at the conclusion of the Eucharistic Celebration.


Our Mission

Our mission of the usher at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church is that of hospitality. Our service is making parishioners and guests feel welcome and comfortable as we gather for our Eucharistic celebration. Our ushers are able to see the presence of Christ in each person as they arrive.


Qualities of an Usher

Liturgical MinistriesThis ministry is open to all parishioners; men and women; senior citizen, parent and teenager. Ushers are friendly people who welcome all ages and nationalities. Their faith enables them to see Christ's presence in individuals and in the gathered community of believers.


Ushers are honest and dependable. They can handle emergency situations with courage and composure. They carry a dignity about themselves even when performing menial tasks. Those duties include:

Would you like to be an Usher?
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Time Commitment:
Usually about 11/2 hours per Mass and begins 15 minutes before Mass begins, includes duties during Mass, and 5-10 minutes after Mass for clean up of pews.

Training:
"On the job training" is provided by working alongside experienced Ushers

General Routine:

Contact: To join this ministry or to obtain more information, please call the Parish Office to contact the Usher Coordinator, or please approach any of our Senior Ushers after Mass