BEC Purok Masikap, Puerto Princesa
Diocese of Palawan
It started sometimes of March, 1999 thru home visit by the MSLT sisters
and catechist. It was followed by the formation of groups. Every week there
was a session. After 10 successive sessions there was an election of officers
or should I say new set of officers because there was already existing
set of officers then on October 23, 1999. the first project was the repair
of our Chapel. It was dilapidated, made of indigenous materials and flooded
every time there was heavy rain.
Community Description :
No. of families - 300 families
Economic Status - poor
Social conditions - poor
Distinctive features - They know each other through their vices and
means of living such as : fishing, wholesaling and retailing of fish, tricycle
driving, carpentry, etc.
Organizing Process :
Home visit /dialogue of life
Announcement of BEC formation/lecture after mass
Lecture/talks of prepared topics
Election of officers : coordinators and facilitators
Weekly rotation of Bible study by group
General Assembly – twice a month
After a year, the sister was transferred and another sister came who
really is hardworking and deepens the knowledge of each member that even
if she’s not around leaders continue their given tasks and is continuously
doing until now. The group was divided into "Kapitbahayan" of 6-10 families.
They were taught the seven steps gospel sharing. Until now the group continues
doing the activities that sustain the community to go on. Conflicts such
as families, relatives and political issues were resolved even if the sister
coordinator/facilitator is not around. There is an increase attendance
of church goers especially when there are important occasions. There were
also problems especially the attendance of men in our gospel sharing but
the community/group still pursued the activity and also participated whatever
activities in the sharing.
Four reasons for success :
5. Learnings and Insights from Experience :
patience and perseverance of the leaders
continuous gospel sharing
regular gathering of leaders and members
lessened conflicts among leaders/members
Contact Person :
Even if the group is not complete, leaders were there to go on with their
tasks and or Bible study and sharing ;
That even drunkards were made to attend recollections, do confession and
received communion and is looking for ward to the bible studies when they
are doing fishing.
That previously a member who was hesitant / apprehensive of attending because
of the leaders encouragement and life sharing are now actively participating
in every activity called for by the leaders.
Leaders were trusted due to the fact that when they call for a meeting,
more people are now attending than previous days.
Openness in the life sharing is now being done by the members even if not
encourage to do so, which makes for reconciliation among members.
During our third anniversary ; it seems more were touched by a realistic
sharing of priest who were then a priest of another place whose audience
has the same means of livelihood he is mentioning. That the priest should
take the initiative of bringing the church to the people and not the people
to the Church.
Finally, meetings, seminars, celebrations for all leaders and members and
other activities were sustained.
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan