Careful historian and Doctor of the Church, lover of God and of truth, you are a natural model for all readers of God’s inspired Word. Move lectors to prepare for public reading by prayerfully pondering the sacred texts and invoking the Holy Spirit. Help them to read in such a way that those who hear may attain learning and edification. Amen

Prayer to St. Bede, the Venerable – Patron Saint of Lectors
A lector reading at the 2022 Confirmation Mass

We are all called to share our gifts and talents in the world–please consider sharing yours by proclaiming the Word of God during the Mass! Lectors help our parish community to grow in faith, as “faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17, NIV) In order to be a lector, you must be:

  • a baptized and confirmed Catholic in good standing with the Church
  • willing to study and pray over the sacred scripture
  • possessed of a good speaking voice
  • able to proclaim the readings before the assembly with clarity and authenticity
  • available to devote the requisite time to preparing for this ministry
  • willing to undertake additional training and formation as needed

If you meet the above qualifications and wish to be a lector at St. Mark parish, you will be asked to:

  • complete one training session that will cover our procedures and general best-practices (scheduled as needed for new lectors)
  • attend very occasional meetings or trainings if there are significant changes to how lectors serve in our parish
  • serve as lector at Sunday Masses on average of once a month as scheduled by the coordinator
    • You will be given the opportunity to make the coordinator aware of existing conflicts and preferred Mass times to serve, which will be taken into account when scheduling
  • consider being a lector at Holy Day Masses, funerals, and other non-Sunday Masses as needed by the parish–you do not have to accept every opportunity offered!

If you have questions or would like to join the lector ministry, please use the contact form below and the lector coordinator will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your interest in ministry to our parish!