Members of the Laity during the Theological Pastoral Congress for the Year of The Youth held in the St. Paul Shrine of Casa Milan, QC last November 17, 2018. (Photo credit: Annaliza Bruce)

The Laity of the Diocese of Novaliches is one of the most active in the country. Collectively represented by the Council of the Laity of Novaliches (CLaN), the Laity has been an ever supportive partner of the Diocese in the realization of its programs and activities.

The origin of the CLaN may be traced to the canonical establishment of the Diocese. Prior to 2002, CLaN was known as the District Lay Advisory Council (DLAC) of the District of Novaliches. On February 1, 2003, DLAC met with Bishop Bacani to present the proposed constitution of the new lay organization. On March 21, 2003, Bishop Bacani appointed a set of officers to operationalize the CLaN. Its setup became more formalized with the installation of Bishop Tobias who approved the CLaN Constitution on April 2, 2004. The first president of the CLaN was Estelita A. Macalaguim of the Divine Savior Parish.

As the Diocese progressed, parish councils and church organizations were strengthened. Vicariate coordinating councils were established. Offices and positions assumed by the Presbyterium were restructured in November 2004 where CLaN was defined as a Lay Advisory Council to the Bishop in line with other Advisory Councils such as the College of Consultors, Finance Council, Presybteral Council and the Council of Religious Congregations.

CLaN came up with a Vision and Mission Statement to align with the direction of the Diocese. Currently, its officers are Estelita A. Macalaguim, President; Fatima Estacio, Vice President; Marilyn Bibat, Treasurer; Rosario Aranda, Secretary; Rev. Fr. Marlou Lemaire, Bishop Delegate; and Most Rev. Antonio Tobias, D.D., Bishop.

In 2010, the CLaN launched its Scholarship Program for the poor but deserving youths to become professional Catechists. As of December 31, 2012, CLaN had 29 cathechists trained under this program.