The office of Lector (or liturgical reader) is one of the oldest recorded ministries in the Church. An important office in the early Church, the lectorate went into decline in subsequent centuries, becoming little more than a stepping stone to the priesthood, before its revival after the Second Vatican Council. In the early days of the Church, the lector not only read the biblical texts (except the Gospel) at liturgical assemblies, but also, by virtue of his responsibility for the Word of God, he was called upon to literally safeguard the Sacred Books during the persecutions, keeping them from falling into the hands of the persecutors who would certainly destroy them. While reading ability was (and is) a necessary qualification, a candidate’s holiness was (and is) considered essential for installation as a lector. The duties of a lector today are primarily to read the word of God (except the Gospel) at Mass and to recite the psalms between readings in the absence of a psalmist. In addition, the lector presents the general intercessions and reads the announcements before the congregation is dismissed.


July – September 2019 Schedule

Please contact the Rectory at 540-277-2943 or

Chet Lewandowski at 540-722-7231 or chetl@verizon.net

for more information on this important ministry.

Father Paul M. Grankauskas


540-277-2945 (FAX)

Rectory Hours:
Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 4 PM

Faith Formation:
Calvin Smith at


Office Hours:
Thursdays and Fridays, 9 AM - 4 PM
Saturdays by appointment
Sunday, after class until 1 PM

Office of Youth Ministry

Music Ministry:
Stacy Sefton at


Eucharistic Minister / Lectors:
JoAn Drake at


John Sengewalt at


Becky Jackson at


Men’s Club:
Meets the last Saturday
each month 8AM in Hobert Hall.
Coffee and Donuts on first
Sunday of each month.
George Darnell at


Women’s Group:
Meets the first Tuesday
of each month
Ruth Hayes at


St. Bridget’s Email:

St Bridget of Ireland

St Bridget of Ireland
Catholic Church

1024 W. Main St.
Virginia 22611


St. Bridget of Ireland is in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington