Ushers assist people with seating if necessary. They gather the collection, arrange for the gifts to be brought forward, and secure the collection. They render assistance to members of the congregation as needed.
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- I. Preparation
The ushers plan to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start time for liturgy and make sure that the baskets for the collection and the gifts for the offertory are at the table at the back of the church.
Upon arrival, please be sure to sign the check-in sheet and make contact with the individual serving as the captain for that mass.
- II. Dress
The ruling principal for dress is modesty. Ushers should not be dressed to draw attention to themselves. Rather, they should be dressed to reflect the reverence and respect required for this ministry. Dress should not physically hamper the conducting of the duties of the usher.
At minimum, men should be dressed in a nice shirt and slacks.
Women may wear slacks, skirts, or dress outfits. They should be knee length or lower. They should cover backs and shoulders.
- III. Prayer
Before mass begins, the ushers should take a few moments to mentally review what their duties are. They should reflect on the importance and significance of their ministry.
They should ask God to help them serve God and their brothers and sisters well.
- IV. Greeting and Seating
A greeter should be stationed at the wooden doors leading to the driveway, another by the clear doors leading to the green space in front of the Church, and a third by the St. Francis painting.
At least two ushers should remain by the entry doors for duration of the mass to help facilitate access and egress for parishioners during the mass.
- V. Collection and Offertory
For each mass there will be one usher who will act as the captain for the mass. This position will be assigned on a rotating basis. The captain for a given mass will be responsible for making sure that
- there are six total ushers for the mass
- a family, or individuals have been identified to help bring gifts up at the offertory
- the baskets for the collection and the gifts for the offertory are at the table at the back of the church.
- Before liturgy begins, the usher captaining the mass should ask families or individuals to help bring the gifts up at the offertory. They should be instructed to proceed to the back of the church when the ushers begin taking up the collection. When the collection is complete, they should proceed forward with the gifts and give all the gifts to the Priest, then bow as the Priest bows and return to their seats.
- Baskets for the collection should remain on the table at the back of the church. Make sure that the baskets are in their proper place. Make sure that there is one usher for each aisle of the church as well as one for the Cry Room, any overflow in the Chapel, plus the transepts.
After the general intercessions, the ushers use the baskets to collect monies from the congregation. The usher use two baskets for each of the four main sections of the church starting one at the front of the section and the other at the back of the section. Ushers in each aisle should make sure that the baskets keep flowing until they meet in the middle of each section. When an usher is done with the job they are working on, they should help the other ushers finish their jobs. Collected monies are transferred to one basket and brought forward with the offertory. They are given to the priest who places them in the sanctuary.
a. A sixth usher should collect monies from any overflow in the Chapel, the north transept, the Cry Room, and the south transept.
b. At each mass on pew sections B and C it is best to start the back baskets on the center aisle side of the two shorter pews.
c. Ushers collecting from sections A and B should take note of the sixth usher’s progress and collect from the transept behind section A if necessary,
d. Ushers should take communion early to allow them to be available to handout bulletins as parishioners leave mass.
e. If there is a second collection, it is taken up immediately after the gifts are brought forward in the same manner as the first collection. When the collection is complete, two unrelated ushers straighten the loose bills, collect the change, and place them with the collection envelopes (and other correspondence which may be in the offertory) in a tamper proof deposit bag. The bag is marked with the date, Mass time, 2nd collection, and usher initials. Ushers place the deposit bag in the drop box.
f. On especially busy services when the day chapel is used for Mass overflow seating a seventh usher may be needed to collect from that area. The person should use one, or two baskets, and travel down the alley between the pews.
- Baskets are returned to their proper place at the back of the church.
- Immediately after Mass, the usher captaining the mass and one other user who is not related to
the captain will transport the money from the sanctuary to the vestry. The ushers who are not retrieving the collection should hand out bulletins.
- In the vestry, the two ushers who are transporting the money will straighten the loose bills, and collect the change. One usher will count the money and then the second user will verify the count. If the counts agree, the money will be placed with the collection envelopes (and other correspondence which may be in the offertory) in a tamper proof deposit bag by the supervising usher. The bag is marked with the date, Mass time, 1st collection, and both ushers initial will initial the bag. Ushers place the deposit bag in the drop box.
- VI. Other Assistance
- Ushers should be ready to provide other assistance to the congregation as needed.
- If an emergency occurs, the ushers should call 911.