THE ANNUAL LAITY week is here again. The Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria (CLCN) has directed that the programme should take place in all the archdioceses and dioceses in Nigeria from Sunday 11March to Sunday 18 March. The theme is “Nigeria: Citizenship, Rights and Responsibilities.”
All is now set in Ibadan archdiocese for this annual event. The ceremony will be flagged off on Sunday 11 March, with an opening Mass to be presided over by the Catholic Archbishop of Ibadan Archdiocese, Most Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin at St Paul’s, Omi-Adio, Ibadan at 10 am.
During the Mass, merit award will be given to distinguished lay faithful in the archdiocese in appreciation of their contributions to the development of the archdiocese.
Also, some of our fathers in the faith will be appreciated for their laudable services to the development of the archdiocese and for supporting the growth of Lay activities in the archdiocese.
Other activities of the Laity week will continue on Monday 12 March with an interactive lecture entitled: “Towards a stronger and more united Nigerian Laity.” The venue of the lecture is Fr Dollan Hall, St Joseph, Oke-Ado, Ibadan at 4.30pm.
On Tuesday, there will be lectures at all the parishes. Lectures at all the deaneries will follow on Thursday at 4:30 pm.
On Friday, there will be visitation to some orphanages and homes of motherless babies and gifts will be given to the babies.
At 9 am on Saturday 17 March, all the Lay faithful in the archdiocese are to assemble at St Eunan’s, Odo-Oba, Ibadan for the Lenten retreat with the theme: “Genuine citizenship, conversion of heart and patriotic action.”
Rev. Fr Sylvester Odugbemi is the retreat master.
The final of the annual youth quiz competition will hold after the retreat.
The laity week will be rounded off on Sunday 18 March with a thanksgiving Mass and fund-raising for the laity council in all the churches and Mass centres in the archdiocese.