Message from the Pastor to the Lay Readers
Lay Reader ministry is one of many ministries in the life of the church in the Diocese of Montreal. It is made up of dedicated and committed Christian people endeavoring to serve God in ways that nurture and nourish individual parishes and the Diocese as a whole.
It is a ministry that carries with it a commitment and responsibility to the Bishop and to each parish in which lay readers serve. As ambassadors for Christ, Lay Readers work to encourage others to respond to God’s grace, to grow in unity as God’s people, and to foster reconciliation and peace in their part of God’s world. It is a diverse ministry whose service varies according to Parish needs.
As Pastor to the Lay Readers it is my privilege to journey alongside the Lay Readers, assisting in their continued education and offering my encouragement and support as they carefully and prayerfully carry out their ministry.
If you sense God’s call to this work of ministry, I invite you to talk with your parish priest. You will need his or her support and encouragement in discerning God’s call to this ministry, and his or her recommendation before applying to becoming a licensed Diocesan Lay Reader.
For more information on the role and expectations of Lay Readers in the Diocese of Montreal and on how to become a Diocesan Lay Reader, please go to the Lay Reader Association’s website at http://layreaders.org
May the Lord bless all who seek to serve Him and his Church in this ministry.
Yours in Christ,