Church
of the
Good Shepherd
NAME OF SERVICE: Readers (Lectors)

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE:

In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, the term "lector" or "reader" can mean someone who in a particular liturgy is assigned to read a biblical text other than the Gospel, the reading of which, at Holy Mass, is reserved specifically for an ordained deacon or priest. This lay ministry is held in high esteem by the Church.

This ministry has taken on particular importance as the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales have designated 2020 as 'The God Who Speaks': A Year of the Word to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini - Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Exhortation on 'The Word of the Lord', and the 1600th anniversary of death of St Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin.

Our readers at Holy Mass are drawn from volunteers across the parish congregation, young and old, male and female. There is a rota of readers to ensure that each week-end Mass is covered.

Readers should remember they are proclaiming the Word of God and as such should always carry out their ministry responsibly, with dignity and respect.

WHERE/WHEN?

Our team of readers specifically cover the readings (the First Reading, Acclamation of the Psalm and Second Reading) at the Saturday Vigil Mass and each Mass on Sunday. They also assist with the bidding prayers at these Masses. Additionally, our readers will assist at other Masses when available.

HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED?

New readers are most welcome. There are sign-up sheets available at the back of church. Coaching and guidance is provided.

HOW CAN I GET HELP FROM THE SERVICE?

Our readers help the parish congregation engage fully with the liturgy of the Mass.

CONTACT DETAILS:

Fr Philipp Ziomek or the parish administration suite (0115 9268288)
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