ABOUT: “The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.” (Isaiah 50:4) If this Scripture touches something
inside of you, we invite you to consider joining us as a lector at Mass.
WHAT WE DO: We proclaim the first two readings from the Old and the New Testament during the Liturgy of the Word, lead the Prayers of the Faithful, and sometimes read the announcements for
the week at Sunday and holy day Masses.
QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS NEEDED: This ministry is open to all parishioners who are confirmed and of at least high school age and who have a special reverence for the Word of God and a desire to
proclaim it with distinction. Occasionally younger children may serve at Masses with Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Training is provided and a special lector's edition of the Liturgy of the Word serves as an additional aid to understanding each week's readings.
TIME COMMITMENT: Right now we have about 30 lectors, so everyone is scheduled on a rotating basis, usually once or twice a month. Everyone’s Mass preferences and availability to serve is taken into consideration when making the schedule.
INTERESTED? If you are interested in this ministry, please contact the coordinator, Tom Smedinghoff, by phone at 708-366-2329 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“Being a lector has strengthened my faith. I believe that Sacred Scripture
is the Word of God, and I have deep respect for God's presence in that Word.
I don’t take this lightly. As I approach the pulpit, I tend to get a little nervous
because I want to proclaim the Word in the best way to get across God’s message,
so I say a prayer as I walk up the steps to the pulpit and God
somehow always makes it sound just perfect.”