Lector Ministry

Point of Contact – Dawn Nelson – lectors.sta@gmail.com

Brief Description –

The Lector Ministry serves St Thomas the Apostle in a special way.  We are part of the weekly service unlike any other ministry.  We walk in the processional and recessional and we go to the lectern and profess God’s word to the congregation.  It is an honor to be able to be such an important and visible part of the mass.   St Thomas is very fortunate to have a wonderful group of dedicated Lectors who take the responsibility seriously.  Our Lectors range from 17 to 70+ and every one of them makes sure that they are ready to read when scheduled.  In fact they are so professional that they ready to jump in and read at a moment’s notice should they be called upon in a pinch. 

Lectors know well in advance when they will be reading so they have plenty of time to prepare.  Each lector is given the link to a Lector Prep site with all the readings for the liturgical year.  This gives them assistance with difficult names and words and assists the lector in understanding the meaning behind the message.  This is very important because the lector isn’t simply reading form the Old Testament (1st reading) or the New Testament (2nd reading) but he or she is professing the word of the Lord.  Every lector will pre-read his or her reading several times so that with every pause and inflection in their voice, the congregation understands the meaning trying to be conveyed.  This assists the priest in his explanation during the Homily where he further discusses the readings to fully bring across the message from God. 

Once you have done your reading and you did it well, the power of the Holy Spirit fills you both heart and soul.  It is a feeling that cannot be described or duplicated in any other way.

Meeting Dates – Lectors are scheduled a few times a month based on their availability. We currently do not meet together.

How can someone join? – We will be placing an ad for new lector training in an upcoming bulletin.  We will be looking to hopefully include some Youth Group members as lectors in the future.


Below contains historical information about this ministry.

The Lector Ministry

The Lector Ministry serves St Thomas the Apostle in a special way.  We are part of the weekly service unlike any other ministry.  We walk in the processional and recessional and we go to the lectern and profess God’s word to the congregation.  It is an honor to be able to be such an important and visible part of the mass.  

St Thomas is very fortunate to have a wonderful group of dedicated Lectors who take the responsibility seriously.  Our Lectors range from 17 to 70+ and every one of them makes sure that they ready to read when scheduled.  In fact they are so professional that they are ready to jump in and read at a moment’s notice should they be called upon in a pinch. 

How do Lectors Prepare

Lectors know well in advance when they will be reading so they have plenty of time to prepare.  Each lector is given a book with all the readings for the liturgical year.  This gives them assistance with difficult names and words and assists the lector in understanding the meaning behind the message.  This is very important because the lector isn’t simply reading form the Old Testament (1st reading) or the New Testament (2nd reading) but he or she is professing the word of the Lord.  Every lector will pre-read his or her reading several times so that with every pause and inflection in their voice, the congregation understands the meaning trying to be conveyed.  This assists the priest in his explanation during the Homily where he further discusses the readings to fully bring across the message from God. 

Consider being a Lector

There are those who say “I could never get up there and do that”, that the fear of public speaking is too much to be a lector.  But that is not the case in most instances.  As I said earlier it can make you nervous (which is natural), but because you have read over the reading several times, have decided how you would present it to the congregation, your fear is greatly reduced.  Additionally once you have done your reading and you did it well, the power of the Holy Spirit fills you both heart and soul.  It is a feeling that cannot be described or duplicated in any other way.

If interested in being a Lector, please contact Dawn Nelson at lectors.sta@gmail.com or contact the parish center and leave a message.


What motivated us

Barbara and Steve St. Hilaire, as a married couple, have been lectors together at the same Masses for over a decade.  Barbara says that: “It is wonderful to be able to prepare both readings with your spouse, to meditate on them during the week ahead and to share thoughts about how the Word relates to the Nitti-gritty of life.”  Steve says:  “Getting the pronunciations correctly is important; but it is essential to meditate on the Word well in advance so that the sounds come out of the heart—without being dramatic–and not merely the lips.”  Steve says: “Barbara does the second readings which are mostly from Paul’s Epistles with their compound-complex sentences which flow better from her.”  Barbara says:  “Steve likes to do the first reading which is usually from the Old Testament with its earthy poetic imagery and the swings in emotional content from the desperate pleas for God’s assistance to the heights of joy.”

Barbara and Steven St Hilaire


I have been a lector for almost 20 years, currently at St. Thomas where I am a registered parishioner.  We were trained to read and to relate the readings to people with feeling, to pause at the appropriate places, as if we were telling them the story of  the readings.  I make sure to read the readings several times to grasp the true meaning of the message, so I can relate the real sense of the content.  I see to it that I read the words slowly and clearly so the people can understand all the words that I say and that they can picture in their minds the message in the scripture. It is an important responsibility to me because I know the congregation, some of whom may hear these readings for the first time and want to understand them on a deeper level. These scriptures and their messages really feed my mind and my soul.  I continue to learn so much in my role as a lector.  I pray to God every day that people will learn from the readings and be fed by the message from God. I do my best to arrive on time, be well-prepared, and dressed appropriately to represent the Lord of Lords.

Estrella Aggabao


As a parishioner of St. Thomas, I thought it would be a good idea to join a ministry. I used to alter serve, so I wanted to do something new. Lecturing sparked my interest. Not right away, however, it did take some time. My first time I was a little nervous, being in front of a sizeable crowd. I hoped that I would say the reading right. I received positive feedback from many people, which was definitely reassuring. It is now something that steadies my faith and expresses it to the congregation. Reading, to me is not just walking up to the pulpit, and saying a paragraph. It is acknowledging the message behind it and the mission is to deliver that message during mass. Being part of the youth group, it is important to me to be involved in the liturgy. I am thankful I have the opportunity to share God’s word with my fellow celebrants.

Jack Fruhmann