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About serving as a Lector at OLV Parish
Volunteers in this ministry are responsible for the effective proclamation of the Liturgy of the Word: the readings and prayers of the faithful that precede the Gospel. It is a ministry that, like several others, evolved after Vatican II as a lay person’s calling to special service to the faith community. Currently at Our Lady of Victory and Our Lady of Hope, 40-50 individuals offer their time and talent at weekend and weekday Masses. Volunteers are most welcome, and training will be provided.
Please call the Parish Office at (508) 775-5744 if you are interested in serving in this ministry, or send an email to email@example.com.
Ministry of the Month
St. Francis wanted to be a channel of God's peace. In a way, our lectors are channels of God's word. Every time we come to Mass, He speaks to us through a fellow parishioner, a man or woman who reads from the Hebrew scriptures and New Testament the lessons of the day. We answer by saying "thanks be to God." The lector or reader also leads us in the petitions or prayers of the faithful, all of which form part of the Liturgy of the Word.
Approximately fifty men and women volunteer as lectors, our Ministry of the Month. They serve at thirteen weekend and weekday Masses at Our Lady of Victory and three weekend Masses at Our Lady of Hope. They represent every segment of our large and diverse faith family. Lectors may be students as young as middle school. They are couples, parents, college students and retired members of the parish. In a word, our lectors are GIFT, i.e. Generations in Faith Together, leading us in prayer and proclaiming the word of God for all to hear.
As we read in our parish directory, the position of lector evolved after Vatican II along with several other ministries. The role is defined as "a lay person's calling to special service to the faith community." These readers are responsible for the " effective proclamation of the Liturgy of the Word." They arrive at the church about fifteen minute before the beginning of Mass, having spent time studying and preparing the readings of the day. As a general rule, two lectors read at a Sunday liturgy and one on weekdays.
This ministry offers a unique opportunity to serve the Lord and one another. A friend put it this way: "I can't believe I am doing this--reading the word of God to my friends and neighbors. I was sure I would be nervous, and I'm not. Must be the Holy Spirit." New lectors are always welcome. Anyone who would like to join this ministry may contact the parish office. Training will be provided.