Yours is the first of Christ’s faces to greet God’s people as they assemble for prayer. Your greeting of welcome is the first wish that “The Lord be with you!”
The usher does something that everyone else in church does too: welcoming and offering hospitality. Ushers are the community’s way of being sure that this happens, being sure that the first face everyone sees as they walk through the doors of St. Joseph is smiling, being sure that strangers are welcomed and made to feel at home. Those are things that everyone in the community is responsible for, but the usher is one who is specifically assigned to this ministry. They are the first to arrive and the last to leave.
It is the ushers who greet people warmly, introduce strangers, help people sit together, pass out songsheets, provide hearing assisted devices and offer hospitality. They also take up the collection, help the communion procession flow well and distribute bulletins and such in the course of wishing everyone goodbye and directing them to post-mass coffee and donuts. An usher is the one person we turn to with a question or need during the liturgy. They stay late and straighten up the church so it is welcoming for the people arriving for the next Mass.
The woman or man who will make a good usher is one who has a good sense of liturgical prayer. A deeper awareness of what is going on even as they may be tending to a practical issue. Secondly, they are the one who has a gift for hospitality. They are equally comfortable welcoming strangers as well as the “regulars.”
The ministry of usher is open to adults, high school age or older, who enjoy providing a hospitable environment for all who walk through the doors of St. Joseph.
For more information or to become a part of this important ministry and team, please contact usher captain Bruce Mirkin at (206) 391-6155 or email ushers@.