Thank you for your special service to the Lord, to the Church, and to our parish community. The Word of God is living and active, sharper than a two-edged sword! At no time is its proclamation more grace-filled than at Mass. Your service is not simply a job, but a great privilege and responsibility. You must first of all listen to God’s Word, understand it, and live it, so as to proclaim it to others. The same Lord who speaks will lead you to worship Him truly present in the Most Holy Eucharist. Your reverence must be expressed externally in each moment, posture, and gesture, so as to honor Our Lord and to inspire our people to worship Him.
This ministry at times requires sacrifices from you and your family; for example, the sacrifice of arriving early and showing up when you are assigned to a time that is inconvenient. I thank you for being dependable, so that the community may rely upon your faithful service. When circumstances make it really impossible for you to read at your assigned time, be sure to get a reliable substitute in advance. The Lord will reward you many times over.
May this guide lead you to faithful fulfillment of your important role and to grow in God’s love.
–Fr. Larry and the Oblates of St. Joseph
Who can be a Lector?
- man, woman or young person (grade 5 or older)
- a person in full communion with the Catholic Church
- a person serious about the practice of their faith
- a person who is willing to complete a parish training and meetings for their ministry