Ministry of Lector
"Readers exercise a genuine liturgical function. They ought to discharge their office, therefore, with the sincere devotion and decorum by so exalted a ministry and rightly expected of them by God’s people. Consequently, they must be deeply imbued with the spirit of liturgy, in the measure of proper to each one. And they must be trained to perform functions in a correct and orderly manner."
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, #29 Vatican II
St. Mary Parish Ministry of Lector Handbook
Those participating in the Lector ministry are called to proclaim the Word of God for Masses offered on Saturday, Sundays, Holy Days and other special services throughout the Church year. The Lector’s task is to reveal God’s presence in the liturgy of the living Word for our parish community.
Those who may serve in this ministry: A baptized Catholic who attends Mass weekly, lives according to the teachings of the church and has the necessary public speaking ability. The Lector proclaims the Scriptures from the depths of their lived faith.
Commitment: Lectors are asked to attend Mass when scheduled. The quarterly schedules are available in the Gathering Space and on-line. If unable to lector when scheduled, it is the Lector’s responsibility to call another lector; names and phone numbers are on the schedule.
Training is offered twice each year: New Lectors receive a short training session to review parish procedures and guidance in proclaiming the Word of God. Once serving, Lectors are provided seasonally with a workbook to help them understand the readings in historical / spiritual / liturgical context.
"We announce to you the eternal life which dwelt with the Father and was made visible to us. What we have seen and heard we announce to you, so that you may have fellowship with us and our common fellowship be with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ."
(1 John 1:2-3)