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The role of usher is the oldest lay ministry in the Catholic Church, continuing from the clerical order of porter which was instituted in the 3rd Century A.D. It was the porter’s duty it was to guard the door of the church against any intruders who might disturb the service. Porter duties were so important that at one point they were included as a rite of ordination, until this ministry was given to lay people by Pope Paul VI in 1972.

Who to Contact

If you are interested in volunteering to serve in this ministry, contact Deacon Art Candido at (516)883-8032


Ushers and greeters welcome parishioners as they enter the church, help them to find seats, take up the collection, and wish everyone a good day at the conclusion of the Mass. They select the persons who make the Offertory presentation, and they distribute the Fatima Focus bulletin to those attending Mass. They select the persons to make the Offertory presentation, and distribute the Fatima Focus bulletin.   They also place information materials at the pews, and clean up the church after Mass.

Ushers and Greeters should offer a warm greeting and a welcoming smile as parishioners arrive for Mass.  They should be able to assist the elderly and disabled to be seated, and should be prepared to handle emergency situations that may arise at Mass, such as parishioner sickness.


Ushers and Greeters assist at each Mass on the weekends and holy days.


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