Reader Ministry

Lay Readers

It is necessary that those who exercise the ministry of reader, even if they have not received institution, be truly suited and carefully prepared, so that the faithful may develop a warm and living love for Sacred Scripture from listening to the sacred readings. (GIL paragraph 55)

Lay Readers are deputed to read the scriptures in the place of an instituted lector. The primary role of the Reader is to proclaim the readings from sacred scripture, except for the Gospel, during Holy Mass and other sacred celebrations. Readers emphasize the important points using variation in speed and volume to avoid a singsong or monotone presentation. Proclaimers is probably a better descriptive noun for our readers.


Readers are scheduled to prepare and read approximately one to two times per month during Holy Mass on Saturday, Sundays, Holy Days, and other special services throughout the Church year. At Masses without a deacon, readers also offer the Prayers of the Faithful. They occasionally will be called to read Holy Scriptures at funerals and weddings.

This ministry is available for all baptized and confirmed Catholics in good standing who are registered with our parish.

Get in Touch

We have a twice a year refresher sessions for experienced Readers and offer personal training for those interested in joining this ministry.

Please contact one of our ministry co-chairs, Mike Syptak (757-690-4949, or Patti Komornik ( 757-875-1173,, if you would like more information.

Bishop Knestout encourages anyone aware of sexual abuse of minors on the part of clergy or staff of our diocese to notify civil authorities,
call the Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-833-454-9064, and reach out to the Diocesan Victim Assistance at 1-877-887-9603.