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Brief Background of the Laity Commission

The Catholic Laity are the ordinary members of the Catholic Church who are neither clergy nor recipients of Holy Orders or vowed to life in a religious order or congregation. Their mission, according to the Second Vatican Council, is to “sanctify the world”. The Laity represent Christ and his Church and bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church. The laity forms the majority of the estimated over one billion Catholics in the world.

The commission comprises of the following committees with their executive members and duties in the commission:

Executive Committee Members

 

Responsibility

Name

1

Chairperson

Mr. Kalemba Christopher

2

Vice Chairperson

 

3

Secretary

 

4

Treasurer

 

5

Committee Member (Male)

 

6

Chaplain

 

Duties of the Committee

  1. To encourage all men to find out issues that have kept them behind, issues that have ashamed them and prevented them from performing their duties so that find means of resolving them.
  2. To encourage men to love their religion.
  3. To encourage men to love their country and also to promote love amongst themselves.
  4. To encourage men to participate in developmental projects and to discourage them from merely expecting donations.
  5. To unite catholic men and to encourage them to fulfil their responsibilities to the nation and the church.
  6. To strive and maintain men’s status and to strive not to lower themselves.
  7. To find ways of solving problems in their lives through trainings and retreats.
  8. To be a bridge uniting all Catholic men within the diocese to all other men outside the Diocese and other parts of the world.
  9. To encourage men to participate in religious activities, politics and other leadership positions.
  10. To help them promote their talents, to work hard and to sustain themselves.
  11. To encourage them to celebrate their annual feast day.
  12. To encourage the men to understand their responsibilities in educating their children.

Executive Committee Members

 

Responsibility

Name

1

Chairperson

Ms. Imelda Muwonge

2

Vice Chairperson

 

3

Secretary

 

4

Treasurer

 

5

Committee Member (Male)

 

6

Chaplain

 

Objectives of the Committee

  1. To bring together all women movements within the Diocese.
  2. To promote the women apostolate within the Diocese.
  3. To be a channel connecting the women to all Diocesan leaders.
  4. To be a bridge connecting all women within the Diocese to the National women’s council and to other women movements in the whole world.
  5. To enable women help each other and develop themselves in Christianity and finance and to strive to maintain their self-status.
  6. To help the women to work together in all activities that promote development in the country and the church by working with all the other people.

Duties of the Committee

  1. To organize trainings that enable all women to understand and fight for their self-esteem and their self-respect.
  2. To ensure that women clubs are re-energized.
  3. To set up shops in trading centers from where they can sell their products ad to look for markets.
  4. To strive and promote good health in their families.
  5. To encourage all the women to participate in developmental projects like farming, livestock and trading.
  6. To encourage all women to find out issues that keep them lagging behind, issues that bring them suffering and issues that make them ashamed, to think deeply about these issues and to find ways of overcoming the.
  7. To encourage women to participate in national politics and in church leadership.

Executive Committee Members

 

Responsibility

Name

1

Chairperson

 

2

Vice Chairperson

 

3

Secretary

 

4

Treasurer

 

5

Committee Member

 

6

Chaplain

 

Duties of the Committee

  1. Bring together all catholic professionals and to encourage them to achieve objectives of their professions.
  2. Encourage them to love each other, bring them together, help each other and advise each other.
  3. To be a voice for all professionals in the Diocese.
  4. To encourage the professionals to participate in religious activities, leadership and politics.
  5. To put up Professional Associations in the whole Diocese.
  6. To promote higher standards of their professions.
  7. To celebrate the professionals’ day every year.
  8. Encourage parents to educate their children and to encourage the children to work hard on their studies.
  9. To encourage professionals who are outside the Diocese to participate in building and developing our Diocese.
  10. To widen the scope of the so called professionals to enable the committee have professionals of different categories.
  11. To show professionals what is expected of them, what they achieve when they come together and to enable them market their professionalism to the public.
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