Diocesan BEC Director/Priest-in-charge: Rev. Fr. Nelson C. Orqueta
Diocesan BEC Program Coordinator (lay/religious): Francisco R. Mansueto, Jr.
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? 2003 diocese, late early 90’s as district under Archdiocese of Manila
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? Yes
Is there coordination and collaboration with other diocesan commission in BEC formation? Yes
If there is, which commissions? Formation Ministry
Number of Parishes in the diocese: 46
Number of Parishes-with- BECs: 43
Number of parishes with BEC formation/animation teams: 40
State of Development of these Parishes-with-BECs:
Number of parishes in initial/promotion or piloting stage: 24
Number of parishes where BECs are established in most part of the parish: 15
Number of parishes with BEC that are fully established and fully alive: 2
Number of parishes with BECs fully established but on maintenance mode & stagnating: 2
Location of parishes-with-BECs: urban areas and city
Social classes where BECs are found: urban poor, middle class and on trial approach in upper class
Shape/Form of BECs: chapel-centered with family groupings and kawan with family groupings(cells).
Are the BECs considered part of the structure of these parishes? Yes
Are there intermediate structures for linking & coordinating the BECs? Yes, Vicariate, Parish & zone levels.
Are the BECs represented in the parish pastoral councils? Yes
BEC gathering/assembly: Diocesan BEC assembly/exchange, Parish BEC assembly/exchange, Diocesan BEC Day, Parish BEC Day; Regular Vicariate/Parish Meetings, Regular Diocesan Coordinating Council and Pastoral Team meetings; and Diocesan consultations.
Programs/activities in BECs Related to Evangelization/Catechesis:
Basic Orientation Seminar & Weekly Bible/Gospel Sharing, values formation, BEC
awareness sessions, Catechesis for children and adults, BEC Pastoral Cycle, deepening of the
Sunday Gospel and Bibliarasal.
Best Practices in Evangelization: BEC Pastoral Cycle, catechesis both adult and children; Bible sharing.
Weaknesses/Areas of Concern related to Evangelization: lack of catechists, attendance, conflict of schedules, migration, mobility of parish servants, old age.
Program/Activities in BECs related to Worship/Prayer:
Regular BEC mass (street/kawan mass), prayer service for the dead, sick call and
communion, block rosary, novena for BEC fiestas.
Best Practices related to Worship/Prayer in BECs: Pagdalaw ng Patron sa mga BECs, station of the cross, street masses, Bible sharing, block rosary, BEC Pastoral Cycle.
Weaknesses/Areas of Concern related to Worship/Prayer in BECs: irregular attendance and commitment, lack of liturgical formations.
Number of parishes with BEC-based social action component/programs: 46
Program/activities in BECs related to social action:
IGP/Livelihood, Cooperatives, political education, good governance, ecology, medical and
dental mission, scholarship program.
Best Practices/Effective means in BEC-based social action program: Pastoral cycle, coordination with social service and development ministry and public affairs ministry, medical missions, Heart Alert
Weaknesses/Areas of Concern in BEC-based social action program: _______________________
Has the diocese adopted the modified-tithing sytem? Yes
Number of parishes with modified-tithing system/Spirituality of Stewardship (SoS) Program in BECs: 12
Best practices in modified tithing/SoS in BEC: KAMPIKO(Kaloob mo, Panginoon ko, Ibalik ko), Balik Handog, monthly pledges.
Weaknesses/areas of concern related to tithing/SoS: mostly do not participate, need for follow-up, not fully accepted, need awareness and formations.
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
Notes on BEC Pastoral Cycle:
The best practices for EVANGELIZATION, WORSHIP AND SOCIAL ACTION:
We had an ongoing implementation of BEC Pastoral Cycle to enhance BEC dynamics in all parishes. BEC Pastoral Cycle is all about REFLECTION, ACTION, EXAMINATION and CELEBRATION.
REFLECTION is all about listening to the Word of God, reflect on the scriptures. A process of discerning of what our faith has to say about the realities in our midst. It could be through the process of Bible sharing, Bible study, Catechetical formation and recollection and retreat. And from their reflection and discernment the group will draw a transformative plan.
ACTION is a response to the challenge of the Gospel, a common action of the group, something for the community that show solidarity and could be an outreach program. It is a way of implementing the transformative plan, we made during reflection , and it could be a service of the poor or marginalized, education or awareness raising, advocacy or transformation of causes, faith formation, etc.
EXAMINATION is another form of reflection, an evaluation that helps the community see where they are and to improve their future work.
CELEBRATION is a celebration of faith and of friendship; it could also be a celebration in the form of fellowship and by way of recreation. Whatever a group decides to do, celebrating achievements is vital and could be an opportunity to recruit new people to join the group and other concern.