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Diocesan BEC Director/Priest-in-charge: Rev. Fr. Rogelio Cruz

Diocesan BEC Program Coordinator (lay/religious): Elizabeth Javier-Magturo


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? 2008

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? none

Is there coordination and collaboration with other diocesan commission in BEC formation?  Yes

If there is, which commissions? Commission on Formation & Commission on Social Action & Commission on Liturgy

Number of Parishes in the diocese: 108

Number of Parishes-with- BECs:    52

Number of parishes with BEC formation/animation teams: 29

State of Development of these Parishes-with-BECs:

Number of parishes in initial/promotion or piloting stage: 16

Number of parishes where BECs are established in most part of the parish: 13

Number of parishes with BEC that are fully established and fully alive: 4

Number of parishes with BECs fully established but on maintenance mode & stagnating: 8

Location of parishes-with-BECs: rural areas only-10         urban areas/cities only-5        both rural & urban areas 20

Social classes where BECs are found: Rural poor -24             Urban poor-16       Middles class -18         Upper class- 2

Shape/Form of BECs: Chapel centered only-5      chapel-centered w/ family groupings-6         cells only-17

Others: family groupings in various villages -3

Are the BECs considered part of the structure of these parishes? Yes-30    No-2

Are there intermediate structures for linking & coordinating the BECs?

barangay level-17  zone/district level-2         parish level-15     vicariate level  ______

Are the BECs represented in the parish pastoral councils?  Yes-29    No-3

BEC gathering/assembly: Diocesan BEC assembly/exchange-Yes, the Toldang Tipanan, Parish BEC assembly/exchange-12 & Parish BEC Day-12; Parish-wide meetings of BEC Leaders-8; District meeting-2; Vicarial BEC Assembly, Parish BEC Sunday Mass, Street Masses and Monthly Prayer Meeting, Quartely Fellowship, Monthly Fellowship/Mass and Kawan Meeting, House-to-House Prayer Meeting, BEC Follow up seminar & BEC Pilgrimage

Programs/activities in BECs Related to Evangelization/Catechesis:

Basic Orientation Seminar-23, Weekly Bible/Gospel-sharing-22 & Occasional Evangelization seminars-10   Others-11: continuous formation for facilitators and assts.

Bi-monthly bible sharing, Bible trivia, Basic Bible seminar, street mass & novenas, mass before the BEC sharing, monthly bible sharing, daily bible & gospel sharing, orientation and lectures during street masses.

Best Practices in Evangelization: Bible sharing/house-to-house visitation/faith sharing and bible trivia/holy mass and Basic Bible Seminar/continuous training of teachers/ weekly bible sharing for facilitators and coordinators/ streetmass/bible sharing every meeting/gathering of buklods/ Bible reading and Bible study/faith sharing, devotion and novenas/parish monthly recollection/Catholic Life in the Spirit-Seminar/Block Rosary and Spirit Empowerment seminar

Weaknesses/Areas of Concern related to Evangelization: lack of bibles/lack of trained facilitators/people are not aware of the Bible/lack of interest and poor attendance/lack of materials for evangelization/lack of local workers/lack of commitment/no bible sharing group/different religion and lack of interest in the gospel/lack of cooperation/few leaders/misunderstanding among neighbors and social differences/difficult to gather neighbors/lack of interest in the bible sharing/hard to form groups with members not having attended seminars/lack of funds.

Program/Activities in BECs related to Worship/Prayer:

Regular BEC mass (monthly or bi-monthly) -12

Weekly Community Bible-Service/Celebration of the Word-12

Prayer Service for the Dead-17

Block rosary-15


Others-6: visitations and gatherings/first Saturday procession/Toldang Tipanan/Couples for Christ/Street Masses/Daily Bible Service and daily BEC Mass.

Best Practices related to Worship/Prayer in BECs: creativity/worship service and prayer meeting/encouraging members to go to Church every Sunday/praying for one another/novena, procession,fellowship mass/street mass/mass and dasal pulong (PKP)/bible sharing/monthly meeting with faith sharing/weekly bible sharing/community prayer-vigil for the sick, the dying and the dead/street mass and block rosary/Give Me Five-damayan

Weaknesses/Areas of Concern related to Worship/Prayer in BECs: busy/activites confined to faith sharing and bible reading/lack of prayers/lack of prayer leaders/hanap-buhay/regular day of prayer and worship is not yet organized/some cannot read/poor eyesight

Number of parishes with BEC-based social action component/programs: 1

Program/activities in BECs related to social action:

Mutual aid-3, IGP/Livelihood-3, cooperative-2, Sustainable agriculture-1, governance-1

political education-3  ecology-3   peace building-3   Others-2: segregation of waste; support parishioner on local employment

Best Practices/Effective means in BEC-based social action program: social concerns/coordination w/ cooperative during medical mission/during calamity

Weaknesses/Areas of Concern in BEC-based social action program: busy/time management

Has the diocese adopted the modified-tithing sytem? Yes

Number of parishes with modified-tithing system/Spirituality of Stewardship (SoS) Program in BECs: 6

Best practices in modified tithing/SoS in BEC: pondo ng pinoy, damayan, monthly mass offering (not limited to BEC members only), orientation on stewardship and tithing

Weaknesses/areas of concern related to tithing/SoS: some members are poor, some members have no job

Summing –up: Type of BECs in the diocese

Liturgical-evangelical (bible-sharing & liturgical celebration only):  all-6   most-9   few-5

Holistic (bible-sharing, liturgical with social action component):  all-0        most-1   few-9