Zones will be divided into three groups. Our three priests will be assigned to one group in the manner reflected below:
Brief Background and Objective of Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC)
The Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) is a movement in the Catholic Church of religious and lay-people. The BEC is a new way of being Church. Already in many approaches to the building of small communities that make up the parish, much attention is given to the family and to clusters of families, such that all pastoral programmes of parishes are aimed at building up family life.
Participation among members of a community comes in two ways - everyone gives, everyone receives. This means enabling lay people to participate more fully in the life of the Church and its task of mission. Even Pope Francis has been promoting the BEC movement.
Our BEC Challenges
In the previous Archdiocesan Parish Pastoral Assembly in 2016, the BEC cluster had identified several areas of concern:
BECs lack vibrancy due to poor leadership and people who lack interest, spirituality, focus or are too busy
BECs are unable to meet the needs of various groups.
HFK’s plan for our BECs
One of the main focus areas of our parish this year will be on BECs. Zones will be divided into three groups where each of our three priests will journey closely with one group over the next few months for the following:
Actively engage through zone/BEC masses and hold regular discussions/dialogues with BEC leaders to better understand the respective zone issues/concerns
Organise occasional gatherings among the zones within each group to get to know and learn from each other. With this, each priest will be able to identify and better serve the varying needs of each group particularly if there are homebound parishioners or those who require sacraments
Participate in BECCOT sessions held once a month instead of once every two months. At every session, each group will have the opportunity to update the priests about their progress or challenges and together brainstorm solutions