“Readers exercise a genuine liturgical function. They ought, therefore, to discharge their office with the sincere piety and decorum demanded by so exalted a ministry and rite, expected of them by God’s people. Consequently, they must be deeply imbued with the spirit of the liturgy, in the measure proper to each one, and trained to perform functions in a correct and orderly manner.” (Vatican II)

“Come Holy spirit, into my mind and my heart as I read these Sacred Scriptures. Inspire me with your grace to proclaim this Living Word with sincerity and reverence. Help me to focus on the Word and discern its meaning so that I can communicate it clearly and enthusiastically. Each time I approach the Ambo, remind me that I am on holy ground and that the Ministry of proclaiming the Scriptures is a sacred trust. I place all my trust in you, that through your power, the people of God will hear and accept the Word into their hearts.”

If you have heard God’s Call to proclaim His Word, we encourage you to explore the opportunity of becoming a Lector here at Saint Joseph’s. Training and preparation are necessary for those persons wishing to be Lectors. Proclaiming the Sacred Scripture is different from other kinds of public speaking. Lectors need to be effective communicators, with a desire to absorb and express the spirit of the liturgy.

How to get Involved

Lectors serve at the Mass that they typically attend. Our greatest need is for Lectors at the 5PM Saturday, and 7AM and 5PM Sunday. We especially need young lectors. Training is done individually, so please contact us at anytime and let’s explore the opportunities for you to serve.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any baptized Catholic can be a Reader. You should have received your Confirmation, be a registered parishioner and regularly attend Mass.
Depending on what Mass you read it can be as often as twice a month or as little as once every couple of months.
All liturgical ministers, especially lectors, must be properly trained for their ministry. This ministry of the Word requires skill in public reading, knowledge of the principles of liturgy, and an understanding of the scriptures. Only properly trained and commissioned lectors should be scheduled for liturgy. (GIRM 101)

Reader training comes in two parts:

  1. You must attend a training session with Mike Melville.
  2. You must attend an annual renewal session for all lectors.