Lector at Mass

Lectors proclaim the word of God to the assembly.  The ministry of the Word should be treated seriously and with great dignity.  Effective proclamation involves delivering the message with clarity, conviction and at an appropriate pace.  In the absence of a Psalmist, the Lector may proclaim the Responsorial Psalm and/or the Intentions in the absence of a Deacon.


  • A fully initiated practicing Catholic whose life gives witness to the Word which they proclaim.

  • Possess the necessary ability and talents to proclaim the Word of God in a clear, dignified and effective manner; and with knowledge and understanding of the scriptures.

  • Lectors should be dressed in a manner which reflects the dignity of the Word of God.

  • If married, be in a valid marriage according to the law of the Catholic Church.

Time Commitment

  • Lectors are scheduled on a rotating basis, one or two times per month at the mass they generally attend.  Preparation, including the attended Mass, is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes each time.


  • Training is provided to assist Lectors to develop their abilities as proclaimers of God's Word.  Preparation, prayer, study and practice are key to one's development as an effective minister of God's Word.


If you are interested in volunteering to be a Lector, please contact Joanne Gagnon.  She can be reached by phone at 413-313-2789 or by email at jcgmng@outlook.com