Readers proclaim the Word of the Lord during the Liturgy and, when there is no Deacon present, the General Intercessions. A reader must have a passion for Scripture; an ability to interpret and understand Scripture; and, sufficient public speaking skills to proclaim the Word to the assembly. Training in the specifics of the ministry is provided throughout the year. Parishioners are trained to proclaim the Word of God at all Masses. This ministry is open to men and women of the parish who believe they have the ability to read publicly during Mass. High School students who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation are also encouraged to be a part of this ministry.