Appropriate Age Level: Middle school through adult.

Special Skills Required: Above average reading ability.

The duty of a lector is to proclaim the Word of God with reverence. He or she must enjoy reading and be comfortable in front of a group. Besides the readings, the lector reads the prayer of the faithful. To help lectors prepare, each lector receives a copy of the “Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers.” Lectors are asked to read and study these readings beforehand. They are asked to arrive 15 minutes before mass in order to look over the readings and prayers.

A lector is scheduled approximately once every two months. Training sessions occur one or two times per year, or as needed.