The ministry of reader calls us to be servants of the Living Word of God. In proclaiming the readings at liturgy, the reader does more than simply read. This is a sacred task of a high order into which only those who are sufficiently qualified are permitted to read. A reader’s spirituality must include an understanding of Holy Scripture as God’s Living Word made present to mankind throughout history, but most fully present in the person of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. 1) Richard R. Gaillardetz, Ph.D. Becoming Word for One Another: A Spirituality for Lectors. Liguori Press. 2002

Overview of the Reader Ministry

There are two roles that readers are responsible for during Mass: 1 Commentator and 2 Readers.

Readers are expected to participate in both roles.

The commentator welcomes the people to Mass and instructs the congregation on who is permitted to receive Holy Communion.

The readers minister to the community by proclaiming the Word of God. Reader 1 reads from the Old Testament and Reader 2 reads from the New Testament.


Good Shepherd Readers are practicing Catholics, in good standing with the Church, members of the parish community, and possess a love of the Scriptures. Our readers can begin as early as 6th grade.  Readers under the age of 18 must have a signed parent agreement which is available at training. 

All readers must be current with the safe environment training, complete reader/commentator training, and attend/complete/pass a scheduled audition.

Reader Training

Training is required. The training involves committing to two sessions that are about 3 hours each. Session 1 is the overview and understanding of the ministry. Session 2 is the practice and audition of both the commentator and reader roles. Training is scheduled as needed and is held in the church.    Attendees must attend both sessions. 

The Next Readers Training will be scheduled soon.  Please watch the bulletin and check back for the next date.  

Ministry Scheduler Pro Scheduling Program

The scheduling of readers and commentators is completed electronically through the Ministry Scheduler Pro online program. Readers/commentators may enter one or more preferred Mass times as well as “not available” dates. Schedules are created once a quarter in light of the preferred Mass times and “not available” dates. For unexpected schedule conflicts, the program also supports substitutions. Once all training has been completed and required information has been submitted, new readers/commentators will receive an email with a password and user name to the Ministry Scheduler Pro program.  

The Readers Ministry devotes time and preparation to understanding the Word of God so they can proclaim the Sacred Scriptures at Sunday and daily Mass and other liturgical services.  Training session required.

Staff Lead:  Amanda Bacon, 817-421-1387

Ministry Lead:  Laura McIrath

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