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According to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), “the Lector is instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. He may also announce the intentions for the Universal Prayer and, in the absence of a psalmist, recite the Psalm between the readings.” For more details about this ministry, see the USCCB site.

To volunteer to serve as a lector, please schedule a conference call with Julie Rittenhouse. She will provide an overview of this ministry. You can reach her at

Training is required. The training is twofold: practice sessions and shadowing of other St. Patrick lectors for a predetermined time.

The frequency of service ranges from once a month to every eight weeks. depending on personal preference and the specific Mass schedule. Assignments are emailed to ministers on a bi-annual basis. If a minister is not available for a scheduled Mass they are asked to secure a substitute.