DOP CIRCULAR NO. 2017 – 060

30 May 2017

TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, PARISH ADMINISTRATORS, RECTORS, PAROCHIAL VICARS, CHAPLAINS, GUEST PRIESTS, PRIESTS ON LOAN,  RELIGIOUS PRIESTS IN THE DIOCESE OF PARAÑAQUE, VICARIATE COMBANE HEADS AND PARISH COMBANE HEADS IN THE DIOCESE OF PARAÑAQUE
SUBJECT: NATIONWIDE SIMULTANEOUS CELEBRATION OF THE YEAR OF THE PARISH AS COMMUNION OF COMMUNITIES (PARISH BEC DAY)

Reverend Monsignori and Fathers:

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has designated 2017 as the Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities.  The priority of this year is forming and revitalizing the  Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) in every parish as agents of communion, participation and mission with the active involvement of other faith communities, lay organizations, movements, and associations.

Part of the celebration for this year is the Nationwide Simultaneous Celebration of the Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities (Parish BEC Day) on June 10, 2017, the eve of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.  This is a parish-based and parish-wide assembly that aims to gather all the BECs and other faith communities in an atmosphere of fun and camaraderie, with the Holy Trinity as their source and model of communion, participation, and mission.

In this regard, the Diocesan Commission on BEC Animation and New Evangelization (COMBANE) would like to propose the following activities to guide your communities in planning for your Parish BEC Day:

Formation – a talk or discussion on the Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities together with a sharing of experiences of the members of BECs and faith communities on their experiences, challenges, and dreams for their respective communities

Communion – activities like agape or community table fellowship, community parade, cultural presentations, fun games, and other community-building activities that will strengthen their sense of communion, participation, and mission in the parish

Celebration – since it falls on a Saturday, an anticipated mass for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity presided by the Parish Priest may serve as the central or culminating activity of the day

 

The following is a SAMPLE SUGGESTED schedule of activities for the Parish BEC Day:

 

3:00 PM          Arrival and Registration, Community Parade

4:00 PM          Talk on Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities

Sharing among BECs and Faith Communities

Preparation for the Holy Eucharist

6:00 PM          Anticipated Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

7:00 PM          Community Dinner

Presentations and Fun Games

You are free to adjust the above time schedule, rearrange suggested activities, or include other  activities that will make your Parish BEC Day a fruitful and memorable one as long as the elements of formation, communion and celebration are present.

May our celebration of the Parish BEC Day contribute in promoting and nurturing the Basic Ecclesial Communities as the “New Way of Being Church” among our parishes in the diocese.

Sincerely yours,

REV. FR. KEVIN LUTHER C. CRISOSTOMO

Chairperson

Attested by:

REV. FR. CARMELO O. ESTORES

Chancellor