ABOUT: Other than the choir, this is the oldest ministry open to lay men and women. These “Ministers of Hospitality” are parish ambassadors — the first representative of our parish that newcomers may see when they come through the door and the last one sending everyone home with the bulletin full of the parish news for the week.
WHAT WE DO: The tasks typically include greeting people as they enter and leave church, locating available seating, taking up the collections, selecting gift bearers, and distributing bulletins.
REQUIREMENTS: Open to men and women, teens, and even whole families. The ideal candidate has the desire to welcome, to be warm and friendly, and build up the parish through this important effort of evangelization. A great deal of coordination “behind the scenes” also is required, so it’s also important to have a willingness to cooperate with and take instruction from his or her team leader. Most important, one’s faith enables them to see Christ’s presence in each individual as well as in the gathered community of believers.
TIME COMMITMENT: There is initial training on procedures, the layout of the church, and handling emergency situations. You may choose to serve weekly or as many times as your schedule allows. Each week the team arrives at church each week about 15 to 20 minutes before Mass to receive last-minute instructions, organize materials, and start greeting people. The team stays about 10 minutes after everyone has left to tidy up the pews and aisles.
INTERESTED? If you are interested in joining any aspect of the music ministry, please contact the Coordinator, Joe McInerney, after Mass or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A typical comment from our ushers:
“I love to see people smile when I open the door for them.
I feel like I’m a welcome sign that lets everyone know they truly have a place here
and are a vital part of the Body of Christ and our St. Luke community.”