"I was ... a stranger and you welcomed me." (Matthew 25:35)
As a Minister of Hospitality you are the voice of welcome and the first person to greet your brothers and sisters who have come to be nourished at the table of the Lord. You, too, present the face of Christ as you extend the warmth of Christian fellowship to all who come to worship. You play an important role in creating a welcoming atmosphere and setting the tone for all who take part in the Mass.
The concept of the ministry of hospitality is a fairly recent expansion of the traditional role of the usher which was a common function in every parish prior to Vatican Council II. With the liturgical reform that resulted from Vatican II, the role of greeter developed.
A winning smile coupled with a firm knowledge of what is taking place at Mass will help you create and maintain a spirit of welcome, a sense of reverence, and a prayerful atmosphere for all. This ministry is open to both men and women and people from all age groups. It is one of the few liturgical ministries where a family can serve together which creates a wonderful witness of family, faith and community.