The most important role that the usher serves is that of hospitality. The usher is often the first person that worshipers meet when they arrive at church. The usher has the opportunity and the responsibility to represent the rest of the parish in offering hospitality. People’s impression of a parish is significantly shaped by the presence or absence of a welcoming atmosphere where they come to mass. A person who feels welcomed and valued is much more likely to enter wholeheartedly into the celebration of the liturgy, giving thanks to God for the love that God pours out on us. In addition, ushers assist with the offertory collection and with the care of the assembly during mass, including finding seats, assisting with the communion process (when needed), and being able to respond to a variety of emergencies. Women and men are welcome to participate in this important ministry. Please contact Please contact Harry Langen, email@example.com or Rodger Clement, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.