Ministers of Hospitality serve as ushers and greeters each Sunday Mass, Holy day Mass, and other special liturgies as needed. Ushers and Greeters are often the first contact parishioners have upon entering the church. Their warmth and friendliness are crucial to a parishioner’s experience of the church.

Responsibilities include: greeting people at the check-in tables as they arrive, helping people find a seat, dismissing people to receive Holy Communion, and straightening (and potentially disinfecting) the worship space to prepare for the next Liturgy. This ministry provides a great opportunity for families to serve their parish communities together.

Our parishioners are invited to consider being welcoming and friendly faces as our Parish family comes together for Mass.

For St. Patrick Church of Merna, please contact the Parish Office at or (309) 662-7361 for more information or to volunteer.

For St. Mary Church in Downs, please contact Deacon Gary Koerner at for more information or to volunteer.