Lectors proclaim the readings during Mass. These readings are biblical and do not require practice prior to being read at Mass.
Those who proclaim God’s word in the liturgy are ministers. When you answer the call to be a minister of the word, you enter a deeper relationship with God revealed in sacred scripture. You take upon yourself the solemn duty and privilege of bringing the printed word to life, making it flesh. Your proclamation enables God’s word to achieve the purpose for which it was sent.
Fifteen hundred year ago, Saint Benedict wrote: “They should not presume to read who by mere chance take up the book…Only those are to discharge these duties who can do so to the edification of the hearers.”
The ministry has Adult Lectors (age 21 and older) and Youth Lectors (age 16-20).
The Lector Trainer may require practice for special feast days and liturgies. These practice sessions are invaluable since they provide the forum necessary for positive critique by the other lectors in attendance. Lectors are schedule on a quarterly basis together with the other ministries of the altar associated with Mass, via our Ministry Scheduler Pro online scheduling systems.
- Membership in parish one year (at pastor’s discretion but encouraged from point of view of fidelity to the community one wishes to serve.)
- Men or women who are, acknowledged by peers and pastor to be an active Catholic in good standing with the Roman Catholic Church.
- Sacramental reception; Must have received the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church.
- All the faithful, especially those who will serve as lectors should be properly trained on the following:
- Understanding the Liturgy and use of the liturgical principles from Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy and The General Instruction of the Roman Missal
- Theology of the Word
- Theology of Ministry
- Practical training of Proclamation and opportunity for practice and critique
- Call to Protect - Safe Environment - training every two years.
- Six hours of on going formation per year, fulfilled with Lector Retreat at the Parish; classes at Kino Institute may also count towards this requirement.
- Practical training including the importance of fulfilling commitment as scheduled, procedures for approaching the ambo and the dress code put forth by the parish.
If you are interested in serving as a lector please contact the Parish Office at 602-996-5120