MARILAO, Bulacan, May 8, 2016 – As a response to the need for more powerful and effective speakers to spread the Good News in the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs), Diocese of Malolos’ Office of the Promotion of Basic Ecclesial Communities (OPBEC) held a Speakers’ Bureau Training at the Mother of Mercy Chapel in Loma de Gato, Marilao, May 5.
The OPBEC aims to continue such enhancement trainings and seminars “to promote the formation of BECs as a new way of being Church in fulfilling its three-fold mission as priestly, kingly and prophetic in the advancement of the Kingdom of God.”
Elizabeth Javier – Magturo, Diocesan BEC coordinator reviewed and explained the standard format that each BEC group or “Buklod” should follow in holding meetings or “Pagpupulong sa Kristiyanong Komunidad” (PKP).
Fr. Roger Cruz, diocesan BEC director, shared some points on creativity to help them become a good facilitator. “Be flexible and creative. You have the freedom to insert gestures and other actions as long as the basic elements are followed,” the priest explained. “We ask you to share this to each ‘buklod’ so we may have uniformity.”
The participants were also given time to group themselves and practice the PKP format. Each group then did a mock PKP in front while Magturo and the other participants observed and wrote down their comments and reactions.
The current batch of BEC coordinators and representatives from various vicariates and parishes will be the first of several more groups to attend the workshop for more active leaders and well-equipped speakers in the diocese.
Meanwhile, Franklin S. Flores, BEC coordinator of Sto. Nino Parish in Bustos, shared his observations about the BEC’s younger members during his 5 years in the apostolate. He said he was “deeply concerned” that during PKPs, the youth would leave the room or the premises. Thus, he initiated efforts to form BECs that are composed of youth members in their parish.
Catherine Germino, a BEC member from Mother of Mercy, Loma de Gato, Marilao, said in an interview that the BEC, for her, is “a community where she finds unity and cooperation,” especially when it comes to sharing individual concerns in the “buklod” during PKPs. “With the concern, help, and prayers of my brothers and sisters in the ‘buklod,’ I am confident that even the most difficult problems that I may encounter can be eased,” Germino told CBCP News.
Mother of Mercy Chapel is located 15 minutes away from the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Sta. Rosa I, Marilao, Bulacan. (Myraine Carluen Policarpio / CBCP News)