The lector proclaims the Word of God during Mass, allowing all to hear and absorb the Holy Scriptures. Lectors proclaim the Scriptures so that they command the rightful attention and reverence of all gathered. A lector must have the skills to interpret and understand Scripture and sufficient public speaking skills.

Parishioners high school age and older are invited to help proclaim the Word of God for each Mass. Those interested must attend a required training where they will receive a workbook and more information regarding responsibilities, scheduling, and expectations.

For St. Patrick Church of Merna, please contact Lindsey Adams at lindsey@stpatrickmerna.org or (309) 662-7361 ext. 230 for more information or to volunteer.

For St. Mary Church in Downs, please contact Deacon Gary Koerner at deacongary2012@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.