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Laity Council set to mark diamond Jubilee

HONG KONG (SE): The Catholic Laity Council should focus on helping in the formation of young people and discerning their mission during the Year of Youth, Father Benedict Lam Cho-ming, vicar general of the Diocese of Hong Kong, told council members and parish representatives during its annual general meeting at Holy Cross Church, Shau Kei Wan, on March 8.
 
Father Lam expressed his appreciation for the work of the council over the past year. He encouraged members to read the apostolic exhortation of Pope John Paul II Christifideles Laici, (On the Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World) published in 1988, and respond to its call for the laity to discover their roles and mission in the Church. 
 
The annual meeting reported that in the past year, the council made efforts in evangelisation projects through media, such as posting spiritual messages on YouTube and other social media. 
 
At the request of parishes, the council also conducted workshops for members of parish councils to study the diocesan pastoral guidelines, which were released last year in order to train parish leaders as well as gather their views on future plans.
 
The annual report also stated that a task force under the council had granted subsidies to 24 organisations to support different evangelisation projects last year. 
 
A total of $460,000, gained through a VISA card issued by the council and Wing Lung Bank, was offered to deaneries, Catholic schools and Church organisations to sponsor their evangelisation activities.
 
The annual also saw the swearing into office of Rosa Lai Yuk-fai, the president, along with new office bearers, for the term of 2018 to 2020. 
 
After sharing their plans for the future, they were commissioned by Father Lam.
 
The Laity Council will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year. The spiritual director of the council, Father Francis Lau Tak-kwong, together with Father Lam, held a simple ceremony to mark the diamond jubilee at the end of the meeting. 
 
The council will organise a talk on the unity of the Church in April and a pilgrimage to early missionary spots in Hong Kong in June as part of its jubilee celebrations. 
 
A thanksgiving Mass marking the jubilee is scheduled for January 8 next year.

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