Who is a lector?
“Lector” is the Latin word for “reader”. A lector is a parishioner who contributes to the liturgy of the Mass by proclaiming that day’s readings from scripture.
A set lector roster is produced every month. Depending on the particular Mass you sign up for, you’ll be required to read about once a month. If you can’t make it on your scheduled day, it’s up to you to find one of your fellow lectors to cover for you. Studying the readings can help make your proclaiming of the scripture more confident and meaningful to your listeners.
Why do people become lectors?
For many reasons …
• To be more involved in the Sacrament of the Eucharist
• To demonstrate your commitment to the life of the Church
• To get more active in our parish community
• To deepen your own experience of the Mass
• To develop a closer relationship to the scripture
• To help your fellow parishioners enjoy a richer experience of the Mass
How can I become a lector?
The main requirements are a commitment to regular attendance at Mass, and the ability to read aloud, in a clear and relaxed voice.
All lectors first have to go through a training program – to help you better understand the role of scripture in our Catholic liturgy, and to learn how to address some of the challenges of reading.
Who do I speak to about becoming a lector?
If you have any questions or would like more information on becoming a lector you can contact the parish office.