Lectors proclaim the scripture at Mass and other liturgical celebrations so as to bring alive the Words of God in the hearts of the faithful gathered. The lector has a special love of the Word of the Lord, studies and prays with scripture, has an understanding of God’s Word, an ability to communicate, the willingness to proclaim the scripture in a public place, a love for the liturgy of the Church, and an appreciation of its calendars of feasts and seasons.
— From Guide for Lectors; LTP Publications

The reader proclaims God’s Word to the assembled faith community. It is both that simple and yet that sublime. The ministry itself is relatively simple and yet it requires a genuine willingness to serve the Lord and the parish community in a more outright and visible manner. The purpose of the reader ministry is to deliver the Word in such a way that the Christian community is nourished by God’s Word spoken to them through the Sacred Scriptures.

In the Liturgy of the Word, God is speaking to His people and Jesus Christ is still proclaiming His Gospel. Readers – men, women and young people – who accept this duty and privilege, minister not only to God in a deeper relationship but to the Church community by bringing the printed Word to life, making it flesh for the assembled community.


Men, women, and young people are needed to participate in the reader ministry. Qualified candidates for this public ministry are those of good faith who are eager to serve the Lord and their fellow Christians within the liturgical celebration of the Mass.

Readers are needed for both English and Spanish Masses. Normally each reader serves at one Mass per month.


All readers (regardless of prior service in another parish) are asked to attend an introductory class. At this class, readers receive training and information about the art of proclaiming the scriptures.

All readers receive a workbook for study and participation.

Time Commitment

Time commitment involves two components:

  • First, the introductory training class; after training readers are assigned on a regular schedule according to their Mass of choice

  • In addition to time during the Mass at which one reads, there is individual preparation of prayer and practice using the Reader Workbook to ensure a responsible and authentic proclamation of God’s Word to the assembly.

Readers are asked to be flexible  in their willingness to serve at various weekend and holy day masses.

In short, Lectors help to  proclaim the Word of God during weekend masses. They read the first and second readings, the prayers of the faithful, and the weekly announcements.

The ministry of Lector is one of the most visible roles of service at liturgy. We appreciate all of you who are willing to take that ministry seriously, prepare well for it, and help bring the living Word of God to our parish community.

For more information contact Fr. Bismarck.


El Ministerio de Lectores es el más visible de los servicios litúrgicos. Apreciamos tu deseo de prepararte bien para este ministerio y ayudar a proclamar la Palabra viva de Dios a nuestra comunidad.

Para más información llama a Diana Aponte al (973) 589-3305.

Lector's Guide / Guia de Lectores