Ministers of the Word, or Readers, are special liturgical ministers whose principal duty is to serve the community by proclaiming the readings from Scripture during the celebration of Mass and other liturgies and special occasions when readings from Scripture are included.
The proclamation of the Word of God is truly a ministry in the Church. Readers bring the living Word of God to the liturgical assembly. In and through them, God speaks to the gathered faithful. The ministry of the Word, therefore, is treated seriously and with great dignity.
The documents of the Second Vatican Council remind us that “in the readings, explained by the homily, God is speaking to his people, opening them up to the mystery of redemption and salvation, and nourishing their spirit; Christ is present to the faithful through his own word.” God is, as it were, using the voices of ministers so that his people may hear Him. A thoughtful and prayerful presentation opens the hearts of the community so that the Holy Spirit may speak to each one, enlightening, comforting or challenging them.
Those who have received Confirmation and meet the universal requirements for ministry are encouraged to sharing their gift of public speaking and their love for Scripture in this important parish ministry. For more information, please speak to our Pastoral Associate, Mrs. Jennifer Marran (783-7459).