Hospitality Ministers are Our Greeters for Worship
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The students who serve in this ministry are much more than collection takers and distributors of the order of service. They are representatives of a caring university community. They welcome visitors, assist new worshippers and help the disabled experience an accessible environment.
The best hospitality ministers are helpful and outgoing, they realize that they have a role to be the welcoming face of our university community. Many people who come to celebrate the liturgy may only talk to the ministers of hospitality. In this way, the ministers of hospitality must be able to provide a friendly and welcoming smile. Ministers of hospitality must be able to balance their facilitation of movement and action with a sensitivity to people's feelings and personal needs. If the need arises, they should also be prepared to assist in an emergency.
The door of the church is a symbol of our baptism, that is our entry into Christian life. Ushers and greeters welcome the followers of Christ at the door. Matthew 7:7 reads: "Ask and it will be given to you search and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened." Ministers of hospitality are graced with the opportunity to extend Christ's love in this way to both friend and stranger.
Each team of ministers serves at one liturgy. Ministers need to arrive twenty minutes before Mass and stay about ten minutes after the assembly has left.
We train and incorporate new hospitality ministers throughout the semester.