The ministry of ushers and greeters is a very rewarding and welcoming ministry whose roots in the church go back to the 3rd century, when they were known as porters. Their main job was to guard the church doors against disruptive intruders. The mission today is just the opposite; the ushers and greeters are the welcoming face of the church; the first ones to greet you as you enter Church for Mass, and among the last to wish you a good week and hand you a bulletin as you leave Mass. In between they take up the collection as well as seat parishioners, take attendance, select a family to bring up the gifts at the Offertory, assist during Communion, collect the poor box and votive light donations, and work with the Pastoral Council member at the Welcome Desk to locate medical personnel in case of emergency.
The ushers and greeters are entrusted with promoting a sense of welcoming and belonging to all of the faithful assembled for worship. Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the One who sent me.” (Mt. 10:40).