Although the Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities came to a close, Diocesan BEC Director Rev. Fr. Antonio Dela Cruz reminds members their role does not end with the liturgical year but actually reinforces it.
“Mabibigyan lamang ng kahulugan ang ating Bibliarasal, ang ating pagkakaroon ng Bukluran, kung matutugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga nangangailangan nating mga kapatid sa ating parokya,” he underscored during the Diocesan Culminating Activity for The Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities held at the MRB Court, Barangay Commonwealth, Q.C. last November 11, 2017.
During his Opening Remarks, he emphasized that the BEC must and will always remain to be significant as it has the ability to be agents of transformation. He underlined that big things start from small beginnings and big tasks are accomplished by taking small steps.
Fr. Dela Cruz recalled the BEC’s beginnings and developments in the Diocese. He highlighted the role of the BEC in social action like in the Diocesan Community Based Drug Rehabilitation Program AKAP (Abot Kamay Tungo sa Pagbabago) and the Documentation of EJK Killings.
He gave examples also of how various BEC Communities responded to the disaster stricken areas in the Diocese or other parts of the Country. These are proofs, he said, that the BEC is making headway in addressing the ills of our society, with each BEC community contributing to it in its own way.
He also highlighted other key programs initiated by the BEC and the various programs of the Diocese that helped the BEC to grow, such as the Gawad Himig Bukluran, Gawad HEART Bukluran Leader, and the Gawad Mga Mumunting Kwentong BEC / Bukluran. He said these made big progress in the growth of BEC in the parishes.
“Pagigtingin ang mga programang naumpisahan ng BEC sa mga darating na taon,” he urged members to continue with these programs before ending his speech.
The Diocesan Culminating Activity was attended by more than four thousand delegates from the 69 parishes of the Diocese. It was started with the procession of the image of the Our Lady of Mercy, the Patroness of the Diocese; and ended with a liturgical rite that presented the transition from the Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities to the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons. (~Glenn Velasco)