AFRICA/GHANA - Lay people need to intensify their involvement in the pastoral activities of the Church

Tuesday, 4 July 2017 laity  


Accra (Agenzia Fides) – The laity in Ghana should begin to intensify their involvement in the Pastoral activities of the Church by assisting Priests to provide spiritual and emotional support to Christ’s faithful and all persons who needed such assistance. The request came from Fr. Simon Kofi Appiah, Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast, during the Summer Seminar for the laity of the Archdiocese of Accra, which gathered more than 400 participants from all parishes.
According to information sent to Fides by Agenzia Canaa, Fr. Appiah, head of the Laity Week, said laity could explore various ways to use their resources and time to promote positive feelings of Christian duty and self-worth in their communities. He therefore urged laity to participate in formation programs to understand the importance of their role in the Church's pastoral ministry.
The laity must look out for one another and inform members of their Pastoral Councils and the Priests about the needs of the weak, the sick, lonely and those who lead their lives on the fringe of societies.
Augustine Acheampong Otoo, layman in the parish of St. Martha in Kasoa was one of the speakers at the Seminar organised to officially launch the Archdiocesan Laity Week. He appealed to the laity to love one another and take care of the needy in the Church and society at large to bring joy to many and collaborate with the Clergy and not to replace them. He also called for a unity of purpose between the Church hierarchy and the lay faithful as well as respect for one another. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 4/7/2017)