The Ministry of the Word provides Lay Ministers who prayerfully and powerfully proclaim the Word of God at daily and weekend Masses, and special occasions. The Ministry of the Word is open to all fully formed Catholics 16 and older. Those wishing to serve should be persons of great faith and devotion to God’s Word. Readers must feel comfortable speaking in public, using a microphone, and making appropriate eye contact. In addition, a Reader must use careful enunciation, proper posture and movement and the correct rate of speed. It is important to be able to gain and keep the attention of the listeners and to convey enthusiasm and reverence.
The first step is to fill out an application (link below). The application requests personal information and requires that a person be a Catholic in Good Standing. This application will be reviewed by the Pastor
Upon approval by the Pastor, prospective Readers must attend three training sessions on the Tuesday nights from 7 PM to 7:30 PM before they are scheduled to read. Trainings are held every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. Ministers of the Word serve at the weekday Masses in the Church and all weekend Masses. Readers are also sometimes called to serve at the Children’s Opening of the Word (CLOW) at the 8:45 Sunday Mass.
The reader must be able to commit sufficient quality time for personal preparation and prayer with the assigned reading for the week. Ongoing formation in this ministry includes attendance at preparation meetings on the Tuesday prior to Sunday assignments and reflection days and scripture study classes throughout the year. Diocesan Safe Environment training is also required.
If you have good oral communication skills and a real love for the Word of God, pray and reflect on whether you feel called to proclaim the Word. If so, perhaps you should apply for this ministry. After all, as Christians, we are all called to proclaim Christ to the world.
Deacon Larry Brockman 407-405-3684
or Lynn Ramsey 407-876-2211 ext 241 – firstname.lastname@example.org
For Prospective Readers
For Current Readers
Ministry Scheduler site (requires a username, password; used to set and retrieve schedules for Masses, request substitutes)