Ministry of Readers

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”

                                                                           2 Timothy 3: 16-17 

Reader Coordinator:  Patricia Coyle: Click here to e-mail or call 412-486-4100

The Reader serves the members of the parish by proclaiming the First and Second Readings as well as the General Intercessions during the Liturgy of the Word at Mass or other liturgical celebrations. For the members of the parish to be able to fully appreciate the inspired Word of God, Readers must be able to proclaim with clarity, self confidence and full appreciation of Scriptural texts.

There are two Reader Ministries at St. Mary’s of the Assumption:   Adult and Youth

Adult ReadersAdult Reader

The Adult liturgical reader is:

  1. A baptized member of the Catholic Church who has been duly prepared and trained
  2. At least high school age and who has the necessary vocal skills and maturity to proclaim the Word of God
  3. Devoted to preparing and practicing the Scriptural texts before any liturgy
  4. Willing to participate in the entire spectrum of Ministry, including annual meetings, special liturgies, and service for the parish such as festival staffing

The Adult liturgical reader has:

  1. A love for the Bible and a desire to share this Word with others
  2. Adequate availability to abide faithfully to a schedule
  3. Adequate public speaking skills to be able to proclaim a variety of biblical texts (narrative, dialogue, poetry, etc)
  4. Completed the mandatory diocesan child protection clearance process

Youth Reader

Youth Readers

Any youth in Grade 5-8 may participate in the Youth Reader Ministry if they have the maturity, self-confidence and vocal skills to proclaim the Scripture to a full assembly during Mass.  Youth Readers are trained and are scheduled to read on the third Sunday of the month at one liturgy.  Youth Readers have the opportunity to read 2-3 times per year.  All texts are supplied to the Youth Readers to practice with their families in preparation for liturgy.

Notice To All Volunteers In This Ministry