Diocese of Balanga

 

Diocesan BEC Director/Priest-in-charge: Msgr.Antonio S. Dumaual

Diocesan BEC Program Coordinator (lay/religious): Fr. Modesto Malandac & Bro. Joe Vicente

 

Is the formation of BECs  a pastoral thrust/priority of the diocese? Yes

If Yes, when was the promotion/forming of BECs adopted as diocesan pastoral thrust/program? 2010

Is the BEC as pastoral thrust reflected in the vision-mission & policies of the diocese? Yes

Diocesan BEC formation team/commission/committee? Yes

Are there Vicariate BEC formation teams? No

Is there coordination and collaboration with other diocesan commission in BEC formation?  no

If there is, which commissions? In the process, but reflected in the organogram of the diocese.

Number of Parishes in the diocese: 36

Number of Parishes-with- BECs:    32

Number of parishes with BEC formation/animation teams: 25

State of Development of these Parishes-with-BECs:

Number of parishes in initial/promotion or piloting stage: 28

Number of parishes where BECs are established in most part of the parish: 5

Number of parishes with BEC that are fully established and fully alive: 3

Number of parishes with BECs fully established but on maintenance mode & stagnating: 2

Location of parishes-with-BECs: both rural & urban areas

Social classes where BECs are found: Rural poor, urban poor, middle class & upper class

Shape/Form of BECs: chapel-centered, chapel-centered with family groupings & cells

Are the BECs considered part of the structure of these parishes? Yes -10 & No- 24

Are there intermediate structures for linking & coordinating the BECs? Yes, barangay level & parish level

Are the BECs represented in the parish pastoral councils?  Yes-25 & No-9

BEC gathering/assembly: Diocesan BEC assembly/exchange, Parish BEC assembly/exchange-4

Programs/activities in BECs Related to Evangelization/Catechesis:

Basic Orientation Seminar, Weekly Bible-Gospel sharing & Occasional Evangelization Seminars; and other such as monthly diocesan formation-meeting/”Alagad seminar” (2 days)

Best Practices in Evangelization: weekly bibliarasal guide w/ simple exegesis & reflection, monthly catechesis for diocesan leaders.

Weaknesses/Areas of Concern related to Evangelization: not all parishes & leaders, assumed 25 parishes are regular.

Program/Activities in BECs related to Worship/Prayer:

Foundation mass or occasional masses

Weekly community bible service/celebration of the word

Prayer service for the dead

Block rosary & novena; and others such as family prayer in the cemetery (Nov.1), Welcome prayer in the BEC for newly baptized, vigil for the dead during the wake.

Best Practices related to Worship/Prayer in BECs: _______________________

Weaknesses/Areas of Concern related to Worship/Prayer in BECs: just starting and not yet adopted in many parishes.

Number of parishes with BEC-based social action component/programs: none (as a program)

Program/activities in BECs related to social action: Mutual aid, ecology & peace-building

Best Practices/Effective means in BEC-based social action program: ______________________

Weaknesses/Areas of Concern in BEC-based social action program: not a parish or regular program, if ever, only occasional or in response to a problem.

Has the diocese adopted the modified-tithing sytem? No

Number of parishes with modified-tithing system/Spirituality of Stewardship (SoS) Program in BECs:  2, but stagnant in the same that there is no continuing promotion.

Best practices in modified tithing/SoS in BEC: _______________________________________

Weaknesses/areas of concern related to tithing/SoS: no effort yet to make it diocesan, depends only with the parish priest although there have been seminars and talks on this for the clergy.

Summing –up: Type of BECs in the diocese

Liturgical-evangelical (bible-sharing & liturgical celebration only):  Most

Holistic (bible-sharing, liturgical with social action component):  Few