Diocese of Kalookan Celebrates BEC Week

From August 7 to 13, 2011 the Diocese of Kalookan held a week-long BEC celebration with the theme: “Bagong Mukha ng Simbahan tungo sa B uhay na Ganap” (New Way of Being Church towards Fullness of Life.” The following are the objectives of the event:

  1. To reflect on the significance and implications of PCP II vis-a-vis the mandate of the DPP on building BECs towards the fulfillment of the Vision-Mission-Goals of the Diocese of Kalookan.
  2. To campaign for promotion, animation and establishment of Basic Ecclesial Communities in all parishes of the Diocese
  3. To strengthen coordination and partnership among social action ministries towards effective service to the grassroots level of the local Church.

The launching activities took place on August 7, Sunday, with motorcade within respective vicariates at 8:30 to 9:30 am. This was followed by the assembly at the San Roque Cathedral pastoral center where Bishop Deogracias Iniguez welcomed the delegates. During the program which started with the opening liturgy, a creative presentation of the theme was done by the various vicariates. After the presentation of delegates, the participating ministries were presented: Restorative Justice Ministry/SSDM, BECs with livelihood program. The activities of the BEC week were announced.

Day 2, August 8, the morning was spent in the presentation of the programs of the different Ministries followed by an open forum.  In  the afternoon a Job Fair was held care of Labor Ministry. Medical services were also provided.

Day 3, August 9,  a conference  was held in the morning on the theme: DPP and BEC with Fr. Constantino De Conti as speaker.

Day 4, August 10, the theme of the assembly was Simbahan/BEC at ang  Barangay. The speaker was Fr. Tim Guarin.

Day 5, August 11, from 2 to 5 pm, a simultaneous Vicariate BEC assemblies were held (5 vicariates) which focused on BEC Assessment and Planning.

Day 6, August 12, the first half of the morning was spent in the reporting of Assesment by each vicariate. At 10-12 noon, an input on BEC and PCP II was given by Fr. Amado Picardal, CSsR, executive secretary of the CBCP-BEC committee. In the afternoon, the synthesis and tentative DBM plan for 2011-212 was drawn out. This was followed by the election of DBM-CG.

Day 7, August 13, the  culmination of the BEC week was held at 8 am with a concelebrated mass presided by Bishop Deogracias Iniguez. The new DBM-CG  were inducted and the SSDM were commissioned. After the cultural presentation by selected parishes from the 5 vicariates Bishop Iniguez gave the inspirational message. Finally, Fr. Rudy Abao, MSC (diocesan BEC director) gave the closing remarks.

The BEC week was organized by a committee composed of: Fr. Rudy Abao MSC, Sr. Rosemary Plaza MSM (diocesan coordinator), Tess Soriano (lay coordinator), Ruby Dimalanta, Monica Bularan, Fely Libunao, Norma Toring, Warren Bularan, Star Llaneta, Maria Escot, and Jun Simon.