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
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