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Basic Ecclesial Communities An Expression of a Renewed Church in the Philippines. Rev. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, STD. The PCP II Vision of a Renewed Church and the Ecclesiology of Basic Ecclesial Communities
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Rev. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, STD
The Basic Ecclesial Communities: An Ecclesiological Perspective
Community of Disciples
living in communion
participating in the mission of Christ
as a prophetic, priestly & kingly people
and as a Church of the Poor
“Our vision of the Church as communion, participation and mission, about the Church as priestly, prophetic, & kingly people, and as a Church of the Poor- a church that is renewed - is today finding expression in one ecclesial movement. This is the movement to foster Basic Ecclesial Communities.” par 137
Church of the Poor
BECs carry out their prophetic & evangelizing mission whenever they come together in their homes and chapels for their bible-service to reflect on the word of God and their concrete situation.
Liturgy of the Word
In response to the armed conflict, they can establish peace zones and be part of the peace movement that pressures the government and revolutionary forces to pursue the peace process.
Historical & Phenomenological Perspective
BECs as generic term for small faith-communities emerging at the grassroots (BCCs, SCCs, GKKs, GSK, MSKs, KrisKa, Damayan & other local names)
They are communities, not organizations, prayer groups, societies or associations. They are not specialized groups but stable environment. The members often live in close proximity and interact with each other regularly.
They are basic communities, because of their size, the quality of relationship among the members and their social location (base, grassroots)
They are referred to as ecclesial because they are considered as a way of being Church.
They are the church at the microcosm, the church at the grassroots – in the neighborhood & the village.
They are small communities of Christian, usually of families who gather around the Word of God & the Eucharist.
These communities are united to their pastors but are ministered to regularly by lay leaders. The members know each other by name & share not only the Word of God & the Eucharist but also their concerns both material & spiritual
They have a strong sense of belongingness & responsibility for one another (par 138)
BECs consciously strive to integrate their faith & their daily life.
They are guided & encouraged by regular catechesis.
Poverty & their faith urge their members towards
solidarity with one another,
action for justice
& towards a vibrant celebration of life in the liturgy.
Council of Leaders
Parish Pastoral Council
a cause of great hope for the Church,
and a solid starting point for a new society based on a civilization of love.
John Paul II