Diocese of Cotobato

 

Diocesan BEC Director/Priest-in-charge: Fr. Mario C. Combong

Diocesan BEC Program Coordinator (lay/religious): Sr. Teolina Pascual, OND

 

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? 2000

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? Yes

If there is, which commissions? Commissions on Youth, Family & Life, Catechist, Lay Leaders & Liturgy.

Number of Parishes in the diocese: 31

Number of Parishes-with- BECs: 30

Number of parishes with BEC formation/animation teams: 28

State of Development of these Parishes-with-BECs:

Number of parishes in initial/promotion or piloting stage: 30

Number of parishes where BECs are established in most part of the parish: 30

Number of parishes with BEC that are fully established and fully alive: 0

Number of parishes with BECs fully established but on maintenance mode & stagnating: 0

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

Social classes where BECs are found: Rural poor, Urban poor & Middle class

Shape/Form of BECs: 8-15 families as BEC

Are the BECs considered part of the structure of these parishes? Yes

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

Are the BECs represented in the parish pastoral councils? Yes

BEC gathering/assembly:

Parish BEC assembly/exchange

Parish BEC day

Programs/activities in BECs Related to Evangelization/Catechesis:

Basic Orientation Seminar

Weekly Bible/Gospel-sharing in some parishes

Occasional Evangelization Seminars in 30 parishes

Others: Parish Pastoral Program

Best Practices in Evangelization: series of 1 day seminar done in chapel level (BEC Orientation Seminar, Basic Bible Seminar, Tithing, Marriage Enrichment Seminar in BECs, Year of Faith (three modules on Faith Formation, Jubilee Cross going around the Diocese).

Weaknesses/Areas of Concern related to Evangelization: less support of some priests, lack of lay volunteers, lack of finances.

Program/Activities in BECs related to Worship/Prayer

Regular BEC mass (monthly or bi-monthly) in chapel level

Weekly Community Bible-Service/Celebration of the Word in chapel level

Prayer service for the dead, Block rosary & Novena

Best Practices related to Worship/Prayer in BECs: Initial & Foundation Mass, 7 steps of Gospel sharing, Liturgy on anniversaries.

Weaknesses/Areas of Concern related to Worship/Prayer in BECs: mostly women, lack of lay volunteers, lack of skills.

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

Program/activities in BECs related to social action:

Mutual aid, IGP/Livelihood, Cooperatives, governance, political education, ecology, peace-building

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

Weaknesses/Areas of Concern in BEC-based social action program: Most of the parishes have no social action component. Some are occasional.

Has the diocese adopted the modified-tithing system? Yes

Number of parishes with modified-tithing system/Spirituality of Stewardship (SoS) Program in BECs: 31

Best practices in modified tithing/SoS in BEC: Tithing are collected and gathered in BEC level. Tithing is supporting already most of the Pastoral Program of the parishes.Weaknesses/areas of concern related to tithing/SoS: some still do not participate, complaints.

 

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