Diocese of Novaliches Celebrates 5th Diocesan Big Day

September 28, 2013 marked a historical day for the practitioners, lay leaders and animators  of Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC’s) in the Diocese of Novaliches* as they celebrated successfully their 5th Diocesan BEC
Big Day in Glorieta Covered Court, Tala, Caloocan City.

The event’s theme, “11 Years of BEC: Celebrating Faith in Action and Lay Empowerment,”
highlighted the importance of integral faith and the role of the laity in the building and strengthening of BECs as the main pastoral thrust of the Local Church of Novaliches since its foundation in 2002. The event was also one
of the activities during this Year of Faith and the Closing Ceremony of the Laity Week.
The festive event started at 8 o’clock in the morning until 3 o’clock in the afternoon. The
program included the sharing of parish experiences from five parishes that were given different topics: “BEC in the Gated Villages”; “The Role of PPC in BEC Building”; “BECs, Ministries and Lay
Organizations”; “BEC and Social Services”; and “BEC as Faith in Action.” After the sharing of parish stories, Rev. Fr. Danny Pilario, CM, the guest speaker, enthused the attendees with his sharing of experiences and challenges in BEC building. The Commission on Youth I-share team and other presenters from different parishes led the animation activities.

The celebration was  graced by their highly energetic and BEC-oriented bishop, Most Rev.
Antonio T. Tobias, D.D. who stayed during the morning activities. He was the main presider in the culminating Eucharistic Celebration in the afternoon. Many priests also concelebrated in the Eucharistic celebration. Participants from their respective parishes brought different kinds of goods for the mass offering; these were turned over to Caritas Novaliches for the disaster relief operation.

The whole event was organized by the Diocesan BEC Team (DBT) in collaboration with different
Commission Heads, Vicariate and parish leaders. At least 1,930 BEC practitioners, parish lay leaders, animators and priests from 62 parishes were mobilized to participate in the eventful celebration. Delegates from the dioceses of Cubao, Caloocan and Archdiocese of Manila also attended.