Roman Catholic Church

St. Stephen’s

9748 State Route 812, Croghan, NY 13327

DESCRIPTION: The Lector proclaims the Word of God through the reading of Scripture at Mass and at other Liturgical services/celebrations. In this ministry we are able to publicly witness our faith, and to come to know the Word of God more deeply. This ministry is open to parishioners who have the gift of a good speaking voice and are at least 16 years of age.

QUALIFICATIONS: Women and men who take on the ministry of Lector are presumed to be of good faith, eager to serve their fellow Christians and willing to engage in ongoing formation.  The mere wish or willingness to serve as Lector does not qualify one for the ministry. Basic abilities are required.

What is important is that the Lector has an adequate speaking voice, self-confidence, maturity, poise, and sensitivity to the diversity of one’s audience, and an affinity for reading scripture.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Lectors are generally scheduled on a rotating basis at the Saturday evening and Sunday celebrations. Lectors usually serve at least once a month but may be called upon to serve at other liturgical services/celebrations. Changes in assignment are expected to be handled by the Lectors themselves.

PREPARATION: Individual preparation and ongoing training is offered within the Parish.

CONTACT: Parishioners interested in this ministry must submit their request in writing to the Pastor at St Stephen’s, to begin the process of discernment. If you wish to explore this ministry further, please call St. Stephen’s Parish Office at 315-346-6958 or email the Parish Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.