PLM - Readers

Readers proclaim the word of the Lord.  The Reader Ministry makes a truly satisfying and meaningful contribution to Eucharistic celebrations at Saint Francis of Assisi Church.

St. Benedict says in his Rule: “They should not presume to read who by mere chance take up the book . . . Only those are to discharge these duties who can do so to the edification of the hearers.”  When one answers the call to be a minister of the word, one enters a deeper relationship with the word of God as revealed in sacred scriptures.  The Reader takes upon themselves the duty and privilege of bringing the printed word to life—making it flesh.  The ministry as a Reader gives voice to God’s healing and challenging words as it goes forth irrevocably to the ends of the earth, achieving the purpose for which God sent it.  In a very real sense, the Reader becomes a prophet—one who speaks for God.

A Reader is expected to attend coaching sessions, pre-read and prepare reading(s), learn the proper pronunciation of unfamiliar words, and read at a pace that encourages thoughtful reflection of the Word and it’s meaning as it relates to our contemporary lives.

If anyone would like to take advantage of the spiritual benefits offered by the acceptance of the duties of the Readers, please contact Pat Lawson via email at [email protected] or by phone at (518) 423-0118 or completing the Volunteer Information Request Form below.

Volunteer Information Request Form

I am interested in receiving information and/or talking with a Ministry Leader regarding the following Ministry. I have reviewed the information on the webpage regarding this Ministry and would be interested in speaking with the Ministry Leader.

I understand that if I decide to join in this ministry, I will need to complete a Volunteer Application Form and, as a part of the Diocese of Venice Safe Environment requirements, all volunteers must take a Safe Environment Training program. Some volunteer opportunities involving children and vulnerable adults also require a fingerprint and background check. (The Parish will pay the fee for this).

Please fill in contact information below.

A Ministry Leader will be in contact with you in the immediate future. Thank you for your interest in sharing your time and talent. This is NOT a Volunteer Application Form but a form to request additional information about the ministry(s) you may be interested in.


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