Serving Hyde Park’s Catholic Community since 1869

5472 South Kimbark Avenue,
Hyde Park, Chicago IL, 60615-5297
Phone: (773) 324-2626 Fax: (773) 891-0602


“The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue,
that I may know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.”
(Isaiah 50:4)

The call to proclaim the Living Word of God is an honor and a responsibility. The lector helps set the tone for the liturgy by preparing the stories from our long history. Lectoring is much more than reading. It is a ministry of proclamation, giving strong voice to the Word of God found in Sacred Scripture, and announcing the Prayers of the Faithful.

Who we are: We are a group of St. Thomas the Apostle parishioners interested in taking a more active role during the Mass and in serving the God’s people at our parish during liturgical celebrations by proclaiming the Word.

What we do: We serve at the Saturday Vigil, Sunday and Holy Day Masses, or other liturgical Celebrations by:

  • carrying Book of the Gospels in the gathering procession (in the absence of a deacon),
  • proclaiming the Word of God to the assembly,
  • announcing the General Intercessions to the faithful (in the absence of a deacon).

Time commitment: The schedule is set based on an individual’s Mass preferences and availability.

Requirements: Confirmed Catholic, eighth grade and older, who love the Scriptures, possess a good speaking voice, and are willing to study and pray over the Scriptures. Training provided.

Contact: parish office, (773) 324-2626 or

“Yours is a share in the work of the Lord’s Spirit who opens our hearts to God’s holy word.
Yours is the task of telling our family story, the story of salvation.
Yours is to proclaim the true and saving word of God.
You are the messenger of God’s love for us.
Your task is to proclaim a word that challenges, confronts and captures our hearts.
You proclaim a word that heals and comforts and consoles. (…)
Yours is nothing less than the ministry of the Lord’s voice calling out in the midst of God’s people.”

Austin Fleming, “Preparing for Liturgy, a Theology and Spirituality”