EWTN Catholic Q&A
Gospel Reading at Mass
Question from Betty Lampitt on 10-28-2007:

Our Pastor did now read the Gospel at mass yesterday. He permitted three (3) grade-school children to "take parts" in reading the Gospel. I was flabbergasted. Is this something new - that lay people read the Gospel?

Answer by Rev. Mark J. Gantley, JCL on 11-02-2007:

Isn't that cute? Maybe he'll let them read the words of consecration also. Then it'll not only be illicit but also invalid.