Choose to be brave (Year of the Laity – Philippines)
HE Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) declared the celebration of The Year of the Laity (YOL) from December 01, 2013 to November 23, 2014. The Episcopal Commission on the Laity (ECLA) chaired by Most Rev. Jesse Mercado, Bishop of Parañaque, was tasked to handle the formation, celebration and legacy of YOL. Bishop Mercado, the National Director of Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (Laiko), tapped Laiko and the CBCP Episcopal Commissions to make the YOL a success. The CBCP appointed Fr. Rico Ayo of the Diocese of Parañaque to head the YOL Secretariat.In a message, the CBCP President, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, urged everyone not to be afraid to be Catholics. He told them to be brave and get involved in Church’s parishes, the Church’s organizations and the Church’s schools.
The theme of the YOL is “Filipino Catholic Laity: Called to be Saints… Sent Forth as Heroes.” The goal is to form and inform Catholics on the basic catechisms about Baptism and Confirmation. Focus is on the disillusioned and hurting Catholics; those who do not care about the faith. The primary role of the Laity is the transformation of the world, not the Church.