‘BECs help reach the marginalized’
CALOOCAN City – Shedding light on the role of community groups that regularly come together to share God’s Word, a lay leader said Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) help the Church reach out to those at the margins of society.
“Through this (BECs), we, Catholics, are able to reach those at the margins of communities,” said Novaliches Diocesan BEC lay director Joe Mar Maulion at the Diocese of Novaliches’ 4th Parochial Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) Big Day celebration on Sept. 2 at the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Camarin, Caloocan City.
He went so far as to call BECs the new form of being Church, and emphasized its purpose for parishes and its people.
“Because of the small groups, each member of the community experiences mutual help, compassion and true fellowship,” said Maulion in Filipino.
Despite a heavy downpour, various ministries, communities, and clergy members gathered to join this year’s celebration with the theme “Maria sa Puso ng Komunidad.”
Following a procession, Fr. Luciano Felloni presided over a BEC Mass where he encouraged BECs and the ministries to “remain faithful servants and followers of the Lord, especially when serving the community.”
‘Being a servant’
Fr. Daniel Franklin Pilario, CM from St. Vincent School of Theology also gave a talk on the parish as a communion of communities.
“… Being a servant is a process, it starts with the family and friends, to the community, the Church, and ultimately, the laity,” explained the priest.
The BEC Pastoral Team together with Fr. Felloni, and members of various BECs from Our Lady of Lourdes, Christ the King, Sto. Niño, St. Michael de Archangel, Ina ng Laging Saklolo, Regina dell Amorre, and Mary the Queen participated in the procession in color-coded shirts, holding banners representing their communities.
The Diocesan BEC Big Day of the Diocese of Novaliches will be held on Nov. 11. Pamela Mendez/CBCPNews