As Game Day starts tomorrow, we wanted to give you all reminders of what ushering this shifts entails. As mentioned prior, we are in deep need for next weekend’s (9/8 Ball State) game and of course need help the following two masses as well.
To get you ready, let’s review some of the questions you may have about the mass!
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, the times determined by Campus Ministry are currently 4:30 PM for each. The first pre-game mass is tomorrow before the Michigan game. This year there will be two more pre-game masses: September 29th before the Stanford game and November 10th before the Florida State game.
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. If this is full, the Bookstore is another option. 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, ushers will obtain a parking pass from a House Manger prior to the day of the game. When you arrive to campus, you enter through the Dorr Rd gate (which is off 933 where WNDU is). Parking will be by the Bookstore in the Bookstore (aka BK1) Lot.
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. The pre-game times will depend on the Mass start time, but usually it will be 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?
The usher uniform, of course!
When ushers arrive early, where should they go?
The Notre Dame game is on the big screen inside the Browning Cinema and ushers of post game masses are invited to watch until the briefing begins.
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 a large crowd.
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 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.
If any of you are Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion, please let us know and you can perform this duty during Communion. Each mass has a separate Eucharistic Minister shift you can sign up for.
Also remember if you are Catholic, the mass counts as your weekly obligation plus you get usher hours for it. There you go! Let’s have a great season!