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Seoul laity council pledges to 'unite in faith'

Workshop attendees say they will find those who have left the church and help them regain their faith

Seoul laity council pledges to 'unite in faith'

A laity council in Seoul meets to discuss the implementation of pastoral guidelines for 2017 on March 4-5. (Photo by The Catholic Times of Korea)

March 14, 2017

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The Catholic Lay Apostolate Council of Seoul pledged to unite in faith by attending more Masses after a two-day workshop on March 4-5 at Korea Women's Center in Gangneung, an eastern coastal city.

The workshop aimed to find ways to implement Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung's pastoral guidelines for 2017. Father Augustine Jo Sung-poong, pastoral director of the archdiocese, first explained the meaning and intention behind the guidelines to 40 assembled lay leaders.

Participants discussed how to implement the guidelines. They decided that local Catholics should come to church at least 10 minutes before the service begins in proper attire, reading and reviewing the Gospel and avoiding food one hour before Mass.

"Our pledge comes as parish priests are increasing the number of daily Masses, urging the faithful to join Eucharistic adorations and preparing more thorough homilies," said Paul Kwon Kil-joong, chairperson of the lay council.

"In addition, we will find people who have left the church and help them regain their faith," he added.

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