The 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.
A person’s willingness to serve God in the capacity as an usher reflects their commitment to Christ. 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. Men and women are welcome to apply to be ushers. Ushers assure the comfort of the assembly in the worship space and perform various functions during the liturgy.
An usher’s presence and actions continue the hospitality that Christ Jesus embodied in His ministry. Ushers greet, direct, and assist worshipers at the Liturgy of the Mass. Ushers also take up the collection, distribute bulletins and other materials, and keep the pews orderly.