According to the ancient tradition and the teaching of the Church, the readings at Mass other than the Gospel are proclaimed by ministers called Lectors. Lectors bring the living Word of God to the liturgical assembly. In and through them, God speaks to the gathered faithful. The ministry of the Word, therefore, is treated reverently and with great dignity.
The Word of God is not merely read during the liturgy. It is proclaimed. Proclamation is a special ministry which presupposes faith and also rouses faith in those who hear the Word proclaimed. Effective proclamation requires the delivery of the message with clarity, conviction and appropriate pace. It also requires serious study and preparation. The Lector is willing to commit to a quarterly schedule, to prepare properly for service and to arrive on time dressed appropriately for the assigned Mass.
Retreats that meet the continuing formation requirement for our Lectors are held yearly in the Fall. Lector Workbooks for the new liturgical year are distributed at that time.
For more information or to join this ministry, please contact Lector coordinators, Carol Gianoli at (708) 349-4092.