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God gives everyone spiritual gifts.
By using these special gifts
you can become an important part
of St. Dominic’s parish family.

 
  
       


Ushering is an opportunity to serve God by serving His people, and is a marvelous way to actively and faithfully participate in the functioning of St. Dominic’s.  They see to it that the services flow smoothly and orderly, thus heightening the mood to receive God’s Word. Ushering provides a wonderful way to begin to grow and to continue to serve in a very important role for the church. The role of the usher frequently is underestimated for its importance. Good ushers are “people-persons” who make people coming into the church feel welcome and appreciated. In doing so, ushers contribute greatly to making everyone’s church experience a positive one. Think back to when you first attended a new church – probably one of the ushers had some impact on you and your family. A positive experience from an usher may have led you to join that church; maybe and hopefully it was here at St. Dominic’s! Thus, the opinion the visitor forms of the church is directly influenced by the usher’s attitude, conduct, and appearance.

     

 

Therefore, a good usher always strives to be a blessing to everyone with whom he comes in contact. He goes out of his way in his effort to brighten a person’s day and to be a blessing to everyone he meets. An usher’s influence will always be a positive one if he endeavors to go the extra mile to help everyone.

 

Ushers arrive 15 minutes before the service. They welcome arriving members and guests to our services, pass out the parish bulletin, assist and direct with seating, collect the offering and present it to the altar, direct the orderly flow of communicants to the altar, straighten the pews after the service, help in emergencies, and aid the clergy.

 

 

 

We need reliable, conscientious, energetic, caring and dedicated people to become Ushers. Anyone who is a "people person" may be an usher.  If you would like to become an Usher, please contact Mike Wilson, 872-8022.

 

     
 

An Usher's Prayer

Lord, in your love you gather your people this day, help me to serve them in a Christ-like manner, even as your son Jesus served those who gathered about him.  Make me prayerful, patient, helpful and understanding, and may I radiate the joy that faith brings as I serve their needs.  Give me your strength to support my fellow ministers.  May all who assemble to celebrate our common faith in the risen savior be glad of heart for being here and for having encountered your son in one another, in our priest, at the tables of the book and the bread, and through the ministry of ushers like me.  I ask this in Jesus’ name.    Amen.

-Gregory F. Smith, O. Carm