On Community Apotolate
By virtue of the attribute of universality of the People of God whereby they are one though many and they are everywhere though incarnated locally, each part thereof contributes its own charisms to the other parts and to the Church as a whole, when every baptized Catholic lives his or her own life of faith and does his or her Apostolate according to his or her ordained, religious or lay status in the Church or condition in society (Vat. II: Lumen Gentium, no. 13).
All of Christ’s Faithful in communion with one another — the Laity the Religious and the Clergy — are enjoined to carry out with great diligence their different but complementary responsibilities not only in and. for the Universal Church but specially so for and in the Particular Church they belong to (Canon 209 par 1-2CIC).
Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) or Small Ecclesial Communities (SEC) should be vigorously promoted in both urban and rural areas as the venues where the full living of the Christian vocation could readily take place. And in the formation of BECs or SECs, the imperative of re-evangelization must be given highest pastoral priority (P CF-Il: Articles 109).
Wherefore, specifically designed and intended for the formation and promotion of BEC, the Archdiocesan Commission for Community Apostolate is hereby established in this Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction with its defined nature, tasks and composition.
Consonant with the mission enjoined by and the vision contained in the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan, the Archdiocesan Commission on Community Apostolate is a Lead-Servant Body in this Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction categorically constituted and concretely intended for the proclamation and promotion, the formation and preservation and multiplication of Basic Ecclesial Communities all-over the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.
The Archdiocesan Commission for Community Apostolate has the following fundamental tasks with the affirmatory collaboration of the Archbishop:
1. To have Priests and lay Leaders trained in Basic Ecclesial Community building through one and the same training module and action process format, subject to the substantive three-fold community building component of the Study of the Word, the Worship of the Lord and the Service of Neighbor.
2. To put up the needed structures and to take up the consequent apostolic actions for a three year continuous building of evangelized and evangelizing Basic Ecclesial Communities eventually composed of Christian families.
3. To conceive and attend to the realization of more specific projects for the solidification, revitalization, and inter-relationship of Basic Ecclesial Communities initially in the parochial, subsequently in the Vicariate and ultimately in the Archdiocesan levels.
1. De Officio Members
a. All the Presidents or lay Coordinators — or their equivalents — of Parish Pastoral Councils and Chaplaincy Pastoral Councils in the Archdiocese are de officio Members of the Commission as long as they hold tenure of their Offices in the their respective Parishes and Chaplaincies.
b. All the Vicars Forane together with the Vicar General are de officio Members of the Commission as long as they hold tenure of their Offices in the Archdiocese.
2. Appointed Members
a. Subject to the appointment by the Archbishop for Commission Membership, the Archdiocesan Commission on the Clergy nominates at most four Priests, one from every Vicariate.
b. Subject to the appointment by the Archbishop for Commission Membership, the Archdiocesan Commission on the Laity nominates at most four laymen and/or laywomen, one from every Vicariate.
1. Servant-Leaders with their respective standard functions in ecclesiastical structures
a. Chairman: Archbishop.
b. Vice-Chairperson: Vicar General.
c. BEC Program Coordinator for every Vicariate designated by the Archbishop from the Appointed or de Officio Members of the Commission.
d. Secretary: Chosen by open consensus process from the other Appointed or de Officio Members, and confirmed by the Archbishop.
e. Treasurer: Chosen by open consensus process from the other Appointed or de Officio Members, and confirmed by the Archbishop.
2. Service Meetings
a. Regular Meetings: Semestral, every February and August of the year, on a date, time and place duly communicated by the Secretary designate.
b. Special Meetings: Any number according to special need, to be called by the Chairman on a date, time and place accordingly communicated by the Secretary designate.
c. Quorum: Two-thirds of all the constituent De Officio and Appointed Members of the Commission constitutes a quorum for official acts.
3. Service Tenure
a. All de Officio Members retain their service tenure in the Commission as long as they retain Offices in the Parishes, in the Chaplaincies and in the Archdiocese.
b. All appointed Members have a service tenure of one year from their appointment date, open to re-appointments upon re-nominations but not more than three consecutive times.
c. Commission: The Commission as a whole ceases when the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan is officially considered terminated.
F. SOLEMN PROFESSION AND OATH
All the constituent Members of the Commission make the Profession and take the Oath as follows:
a. Profession of Faith.
b. Oath of Commitment to Office.
These Statutes may be revised in part or as a whole upon the majority recommendation of the General Priest Assembly or the majority endorsement of the De Officio and Appointed Commission Members, with the approval of the Archbishop.
These Statutes take effect upon its official promulgation by the Archbishop, and continues to be effective until and unless otherwise so provided by the competent Church authority.
CHRIST OUR GOOD SHEPHERD, BE WITH US ALWAYS!
The Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan
(Central Pangasinan, Philippines)