Diocese of Butuan

 

Diocesan BEC Director/Priest-in-charge: Msgr. Bienvinido A. Betaizar, PC

Diocesan BEC Program Coordinator (lay/religious): Benjamin R. Suemith

 

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? 1996

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? Commission on Evangelization (Catechetical and Family and Life), The other commissions such as Worship, Services, Temporalities, Organizations, Youth are still a work in progress.

Number of Parishes in the diocese: 52

Number of Parishes-with- BECs: 52

Number of parishes with BEC formation/animation teams: 52 (8 members are full-time/paid in 6 parishes and 388 members are volunteers in the other parishes. In 7 parishes, the teams are not active).

State of Development of these Parishes-with-BECs:

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

Number of parishes where BECs are established in most part of the parish: 49

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

Number of parishes with BECs fully established but on maintenance mode & stagnating: 3

Location of parishes-with-BECs: (estimate only, incomplete data)

Rural areas only-20 urban areas/cities only-2 both rural & urban areas-30

Social classes where BECs are found:

Rural poor-44 Urban Poor-32 Middle-class-38 Upper Class-4

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

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

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

zone/district level, parish level, chapel level & vicariate level

Are the BECs represented in the parish pastoral councils? Qualified yes because some parishes (7) do not include them.

BEC gathering/assembly: 52 parishes, not regularly held for many parishes, depends on the parish priests.

Diocesan BEC assembly/exchange

Parish BEC assembly/exchange

Programs/activities in BECs Related to Evangelization/Catechesis:

Basic Orientation Seminar

Weekly Bible/Gospel-sharing

Occasional Evangelization Seminars

Family Evangelization Program

Best Practices in Evangelization: Family evangelization program (includes home visitations & home liturgies on bible & rosary, neighborhood liturgies on bible, rosary & advent, neighborhood sessions on nationalism, recollections for families, couples, mothers & fathers, bible sharing.

Weaknesses/Areas of Concern related to Evangelization: Minimal participation of men especially fathers in recollections and neighborhood sessions, minimal youth participation in encouragements or push from parish priests, lack of committed volunteers, low attendance of members due to other priorities like livelihood.

Program/Activities in BECs related to Worship/Prayer

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

Weekly Community Bible-Service/Celebration of the Word (Kasaulogan sa Pulong)-majority

Prayer service for the dead, Block rosary & Novena

Others: Dawn rosary, seasonal activities like Flores de Mayo, October rosary, Advent neighborhood liturgies

Best Practices related to Worship/Prayer in BECs: Kasaulogan sa Pulong, block & dawn rosary

Weaknesses/Areas of Concern related to Worship/Prayer in BECs: same as the factors mentioned above in relation to evangelization

Number of parishes with BEC-based social action component/programs: 52, but mainly on mutual aid (dayong), political education, ecology, & bayanihan (pahina)

Program/activities in BECs related to social action:

Mutual aid, IGP/Livelihood, Cooperatives, Sustainable agriculture, good governance, political education, ecology & peace-building

Best Practices/Effective means in BEC-based social action program: mutual aid (dayong), political education & bayanihan (pahina).

Weaknesses/Areas of Concern in BEC-based social action program: lack of IGPs, coops & related economic activities because of lack of funding, manpower & skills.

Has the diocese adopted the modified-tithing system? Qualified Yes as this is not a diocesan wide system.

Number of parishes with modified-tithing system/Spirituality of Stewardship (SoS) Program in BECs: 26 (estimated only, incomplete data)

Best practices in modified tithing/SoS in BEC: In terms of sharing, 60% goes to parish and 40% to the chapel/BEC, in some parishes 80-100% participation.

Weaknesses/areas of concern related to tithing/SoS: Not majority of the families are participating in the tithing, delinquency or irregular in payments.

 

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