MANILA – A year-round Scripture-centered activity initiated by the St. Paul Bible Ministry (SPBM) called “Communio” aims to strengthen the Basic Ecclesiastical Communities (BECs) through creative Biblico-catechetical encounters, in response to the Church’s celebration this “Year of the Parishes as Communion of Communities.”
SPBM secretary Br. Anthony Cometa explained that Communio, “a Biblico-catechetical encounter around the Table of the Word during the Year of the Parish’ uses creative ways to proclaim the Gospel and hopes to reach BECs through the Scriptures.
“Through this Communio, we want to educate and catechize those in the peripheries—our BECs— [to tell them] that God lives in communion with them; no matter what realities of life they are facing at this moment,” he explained.
“From the Bible, living in communion as the community of believers is the life that God wanted us to have, the gross disrespect for human life and his right to live is really a crisis that we are facing now, so we have to redeem our sense of communion and the importance of living in a peaceful community,” added Cometa, specifically mentioning the war in Syria and the Philippines’ ongoing drug war.
The event, which is both Biblical and catechetical in nature, is also anchored on this year’s celebration of the Year of the Parish as mandated by the CBCP, as part of the nine-year novena in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Catholicism in the Philippines.
According to the religious brother, during the group’s planning, Fr. Gil A. Alinsangan, SSP, SPBS project coordinator, wanted to focus on the Biblical foundations of communion as the main topic for this year’s Bible lecture series in line with the Year of the Parish celebration.
5 years and running
This initiative is now on its fifth year and was launched last March 25, Solemnity of the Annunciation, with Bishop Teodoro Bacani, DD as the main speaker.
The topic during the launching focused on “The Parish as the Womb of Communities,” where the prelate emphasized that “Our communion with God is the basis of our communion with each other in the community.”
This Bible lecture series targets BEC leaders and parish lay officers but is open to the public. The lectures are held in various locations from 8.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
There is a registration fee of Php150. For inquiries, interested parties may contact Br. Anthony Cometa at (02) 777-20-04 or email firstname.lastname@example.org