“To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive. . .”
~ from The Prayer of Saint Francis

The Ushers assist with seating and offertory collections at weekend and Holy Day Masses.

Before Mass

Ushers greet and welcome mass attendees at the church entrance ways and serve as representatives of the parish. They take note of any known doctors or nurses in attendance, should anyone need medical assistance during the mass. Also, they assist attendees as needed with finding a seat, paying particular attention to those with special needs. During crowded services, assisting with seating is especially important.

During Mass

Ushers sit at the back of the church and participate fully in the service. When late-comers arrive, ushers help minimize disruptions by asking them to momentarily stand by during the readings and the Priest's homily. Ushers are also responsible for passing around the collection baskets. During communion, they assist the Eucharistic ministers by pointing out those who cannot proceed through the communion line and therefore need communion brought to them.

After Mass

Once the Mass is over, ushers stand by the church doors to distribute the weekly bulletin. Depending on the church and the time of year, they may prop the doors open or stand outside. Ushers field any questions from visitors. They also straighten up all the pews. This task may include collecting trash, putting hymnals in their proper places, picking up articles left behind and raising kneeling benches.

If you are interested in becoming a Usher at Holy Cross

please contact Sue Unger at 503-953-8328 or