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Chapter VII:

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The Church: The Filipino Experience in the Light of Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP II)
- an urgent calling
- Catholic Church in the Philippines held a council in Manila
from January 20 to February 17, 1991.
The Church of the Poor
Basic Ecclesial Community
3.1 BEC Defined
PCP II describes Basic Ecclesial Communities:
- are small communities of Christians, usually of families who gather together around the Word of God & the Eucharist.

BEC Activities
It is the intention of PCP II that the BECs become a locus and an instrument of shared encounter by individuals and families, forming an intimate community. The BEC carries this out by doing activities such as:
1. bible Sharing
2.Pastoral Planning
3. Doing it in a
4.Genuinely Participatory Way
BEGINNING of BEC in the Philippines
- BECs are expressions of the Second Vatican Council’s call for renewal, firstly in Mindanao “Prelature Nullius” of Tagum - pioneer of BEC building in the 1930s.
- According to Fe Mendoza (2005) the Foreign Mission Society of Quebec were responsible for the establishment of BECs, then taken over by Maryknoll missionaries.

THUS, the family as domestic church calls all its members — parents and children, to become witnesses and evangelizers of Christ, each in their own ways of Christian duty and obligation in the spirit of mutual love, concern and understanding.
Chapter VII:
The Church and the
Grassroots

Fourfold Dimension of PCP II
1. Filipino culture as the Context
2. The Spirit of the New Evangelization
3. Christ as Focus
4. Pastoral Orientation
QUESTION 1
What dimension of the PCP II has Christ at center and seeks to enrich the Filipino faith?
2.1 Jesus' Preferential Option for the Poor
QUESTION 2
When was the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines held?

A.Jan. 20 - Feb. 20, 1991
B. Jan. 20 - Feb. 17, 1991
C. Jan. 17 - Feb. 17, 1991

- made evident in his public ministry
when he called " the poor to be blessed"
- led a striking life of poverty
- PCP II emphasizes Jesus' call
* the call to be the "Church of the Poor" is even made more urgent and necessary.
2.2 Church of the Poor Defined
What does it mean to be a "Church of the Poor"?
PCP II - redefined the Filipino Church in its preferential option for the poor
1." Church of the poor" - means a Church that embraces & practices the evangelical spirit of poverty
2. Members & leaders have special love for the poor
3. The Poor are not discriminated
4. Pastors and other Church leaders will give preferential attention & time to those who are poor & generously share their own resources

5. Church will be in solidarity with the poor & relieve their need & in them strives to serve Christ.
6. Church will not only evangelize the poor but the poor in the Church will themselves become the evangelizers.
7. Pastors & leaders will learn to be with, work with& learn from the poor.

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8. Pastors & leaders of "Church of the Poor" will not compete for the prestigious offices & parishes and will not ambition for titles & honors.
9. Rich sectors, pastors, leaders will have a love or preference for the poor.
10. Willingness to follow Jesus Christ through poverty & oppression in order to carry out the work of salvation.
QUESTION 3
What did PCP II refer to as Jesus' call that wanted his disciples to imitate?
A. Chastity
B. Poverty
C. Simplicity
QUESTION 4
Give one example of the meaning of "Church of the Poor".
Bishop Francisco F. Claver:
- A community of Believers at the grassroot level which meets regularly under the leadership of a lay minister to express their faith in common worship to discern on their common living of the faith to plan and act on common decisions regarding the life of faith in community, as community.
Family as Domestic Church
The church recognizes the essential role of family in its
evangelizing mission.
In line with this, PCP II describes the indispensable and
essential role of the family in the life of the Church.

- The Family is the Church in the home
The Catechism of the Catholic Church stresses such truth:
“The Christian family constitutes a specific revelation and
realization of ecclesial communion and for this reason it can
and should be called a domestic church”


- Parents stand as crucial instruments for the proper education of their children. The Catechism of the Catholic Church recognizes that “The fecundity of conjugal love cannot be reduced solely on the procreation of children, but must extend to their moral education and spiritual formation… the right and duty of parents to educate their children are primordial and inalienable.

Duties of Parents
Duties of Children
On the other hand, “the respect of children, whether minors or adults, for their father and mother is nourished by natural affection born of the bond uniting them. The respect that children show to their parents must be grounded on their sincere gratitude for “the gift of life, their love and their work” who brought them “into the world and enabled them to grow in stature, wisdom and grace.”
Conclusion
This chapter brings the Church closer to us, even into our home and family, the domestic church. We come to realize that the church is concerned with our own sorrows and struggles and share our joys and triumphs. If you honestly reflect about it, there is no way that we cannot be reached by the church, thereby making ourselves as evangelizers at the grassroot level in bringing the gift of the person of Christ to all.
QUESTION 5
These are small communities of Christians, usually of families who gather together around the Word of God and The Eucharist.

A. Basic Eucharistic People
B. Basic Ecclesial Groups
C. Basic Ecclesial Communities

QUESTION 6
Give 3 examples of BEC Activities.
QUESTION 7
WHAT clearly stresses that the Christian family constitutes a specific revelation and realization of Ecclesial communion and should be called a domestic church?
A. Catechism of the Catholic Church
B. Catechism of the Catholic Community
C. Catechism of God's Church
The Duties of parents cannot be reduced solely on the procreation of children, but also must extend to their…??

A. Spiritual Education
B. Academic Education
C. Moral Education

QUESTION 8
QUESTION 9
What Commandment of God states what children should do to their parents?


QUESTION 10
We are all evangelizers at the grassroot level in bringing the gift of the person of ________ to all.
A. God
B. Christ
C. Santa Claus
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