Here are some common questions regarding the game day masses:
What time will mass begin?
For post-game masses, the start time is 30 minutes following the last second of the game.
For pre-game masses, a time will be determined by Campus Ministry. The Michigan State Pre- Game mass on September 17th will be at 4:30 pm (shift start at 3:00).
Where can ushers park?
For post-game masses, ushers should arrive on campus during halftime of the football game, and for this reason require NO PASSES whatsoever for entry. At this time, parking attendants will not be stopping vehicles entering campus. From there, find any open space in the Stayer lot northeast of the center and the lot directly east of our building. If these lots are full please use the bookstore lots. If a parking attendant would happen to stop you simply inform them of your role as a volunteer usher for the mass at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
For pre-game masses, parking includes a Parking Services approved BK1 LOT PASS that will be distributed to you by a house manager prior to game day. Enter campus through the Dorr Rd Gate (off 933 where WNDU is, across the street from Holy Cross campus). The parking attendant should open the gate if you have your pass displayed. At the end of Dorr Rd. turn right and take Holy Cross Drive and then on the left, inside the Bookstore lot is the BK1 Lot. After the Mass is over please exit campus the way you came in.
How do ushers gain entry into the Performing Arts Center?
Because the building is locked to prevent crowds of people using our facility unattended, the north and south vestibules of the building will be checked at 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00. For pre-game masses we will check the doors at 2:30, 3:00 and 3:30. If it’s raining outside please know you CAN always access the vestibule of the center; it’s the INNER doors which remain locked.
What do ushers wear?
Ushers would wear their uniform as usual.
When ushers arrive early, where should they go?
The Notre Dame game is typically being played on the big screen inside the Browning Cinema, and ushers are invited to watch until the briefing begins. After the briefing ushers can watch the end of the game as well and be ready to open house immediately following.
What is my role during mass?
Ushers will perform their usual roles of greeting and seating patrons. The seats aren’t assigned, just like at a regular mass, so please ask patrons to fill in as we anticipate full houses for all the masses.
Then during the mass, ushers will continue to help patrons find seats and assist with the offertory baskets. Each usher will be assigned a location and specific rows to pass along the baskets. You will be given these assignments during the briefing. Following the collection, each usher with a basket will bring it back to the usher locker room and place the monies in a container that will be collected by NDSP immediately following offertory.
Finally, our ushers will help the Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion (aka Eucharistic Minister) find their distribution location, and guide patrons out of rows for Eucharist distribution. Distribution maps will be passed out during the briefing covering the number of rows you are serving and which rows we will have reserved to use as pass-through rows.
Do ushers need to be Catholic?
No, all are welcome and encouraged. If you are not familiar with the Catholic Mass we will go over the order of events in the briefing. We ask all ushers who are familiar with the mass to please lend a hand as well.
Any ushers who are Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion can perform these duties during the mass. There is a separate shift for EUCHARISTIC MINISTER that you can sign up for.