DIOCESAN COMMISSION FOR LAITY
The emergence of the leadership of the Laity in the Christian communities is the clarion call of the Church. It is a call to renew the face of the
Church and build it up into a community of love, fellowship and equality so that all the members become participants in the mission of Jesus
Christ. In response to this call, serious measures must be taken to renew our parishes based on the communion vision of the Church.
More than half a century ago, on 20th February 1946, Pope Pius XII told the College of Cardinals, "the Laity ought to have an ever more
clear consciousness, not only of belonging to the Church, but being the Church - they are the Church." However, the golden era of the Laity
dawned in the Church with Vatican II.
The Formation of Small Christian Communities, promotion of lay ministries and the effective functioning of participative bodies are the
concrete steps to be taken for the empowerment of the laity and the enhancement of their leadership. Can. 225 of CIC clearly states, "Since
lay people, like all Christ's faithful, are deputed to the apostolate by Baptism and Confirmation, they are bound by general obligation and
they have the right, whether as individuals or in association to permeate and perfect the temporal order of things with the spirit of the gospel.
In this way, particularly in conducting secular business and exercising secular functions, they are to give witness to Christ."
A community of living witnesses to Christ. MISSION STATEMENT:
Establishment of Christ-centered community, based on Love, Justice and Equality through empowerment of its members.
An enlightened committed and united laity by 2010
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