Resources for Readers

For Readers


Readers Workshops

Our Team is currently offering a couple of online workshops for parish readers. 

Workshop 1 offers a general and brief introduction to the Liturgy of the Church and a more specific overview of the Liturgy of the Word at Mass, as well as an overview of the practical skills required for reading in church.

Workshop 2 offers a general introduction to the Bible and a group study of a specific reading, using the 4 senses of Scripture, to equip parish readers so as to prepare and understand the depth of  the texts they read.

Outline of the Diocesan Readers' Workshops

Workshop 1

  • Introduction to the Liturgy of the Church

  • Introduction to the Liturgy of the Word

  • Reading the Word with clarity and conviction with group work 

Workshop 2

  • Introduction to the Bible 

  • Understanding the reading

  • Preparing a reading with group work

One to one Practice time to be arranged 

Commissioning, with award of Diocesan Recognitio 

Sign up for our next Workshops 

Workshop 1 (Liturgy and practical skills): 4th December 10am-1pm
Register here for Workshop 1
Workshop 2 (Introduction to the Bible): 11th December 10am-1pm
Register here for Workshop 2



When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his own word, proclaims the Gospel.

General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 29

Practise your reading with a Diocesan Listener

We are blessed to be helped by a group of 25 diocesan listeners, who are all experienced church readers and are volunteering their time to help others proclaim the word of God with clarity and conviction at Mass. 

After attending the readers workshops, you will be invited to sign up for a 15 minutes online practice with one of our diocesan listener. This practice is not an assessment, but an opportunity to receive help to proclaim the word of God to the best of your ability, as an act of faith and worship of God and love for your fellow parishioners.


Proclaiming the word is a wonderful gift, and none of us can claim to do it perfectly. Our listeners are here to help you read the word of God well, with faith and understanding.

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Sign up for reading practice


Practise your Reading with a Listener

Our team of Listeners is available for all parish readers in the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth.

They are offering their time and skill for reading practice, whether you are a new or seasoned reader. 

Simply fill the contact form to sign up for a 15 minutes reading practice.

Young readers (under 18) must be accompanied by an adult to sign-up.

Sign up for practice

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Extra Resources to download for Readers

Proclaiming the Word

A simple guide for Reading at Mass, from Leeds Diocese

Ministers of the Word

Guidelines from the Liturgy Office of the CBCEW

Practical Tips for Readers

How to introduce the Books of the Bible as a Reader

General Instruction of the Roman Missal

Download the Church's norms for the celebration of the Mass 

Find the right Pronunciation

Contact us about Formation for Readers

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'The proclamation of God’s word at the celebration

entails an acknowledgment that Christ himself is present,

that he speaks to us,

and that he wishes to be heard.' 

Pope Benedict XVI