Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pastoral Visit To Zone / BEC Leaders

Since last year, the priests of the parish together with the Parish BEC Animating Team (BECAT) members have been visiting the various zones in the parish. The reason for such a visit is certainly the sincere intention of the priests and the BECAT to listen to the problems and difficulties faced by our BEC and Zone leaders and to encourage them in their important ministry in helping build this parish into an authentic Communion of Communities. After a break of a few months due to Lent, and the months leading up to the Parish Feast and thereafter, the pastoral visits have been resumed.

Each visit begins with a time of prayer and reflection, leading the leadership of the zone to reflect on the nature of their pastoral ministry and commitment towards it. The BEC leaders, thereafter, will give their respective report of the state of affairs in each BEC. A dialogue with the priests and the BECAT team follows, as suggestions on how to face or resolve some of the problems highlighted are discussed and fine-tuned. At the end of the end of the visit, the priests and the BECAT Team members pray over the Zone and BEC leaders as a sign of recommissioning.

Let us join together to pray for our BEC and Zone leaders that will be men and women committed to their special vocation in this pastoral ministry of building small communities:

Heavenly Father,
We gather today in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ
and the by power of the Spirit
that we may commend these Zone and BEC leaders into your loving care.
May they be enthusiastic in their ministry and proclaim your presence through word and deed.
May the Word of God find a home in their hearts
May it connect with their lives and nourish and encourage them
May your Word give them meaning and direction
so that they may serve those placed under their pastoral care
and leadership with humility and commitment
We pray that empowered by the Spirit,
they may bring joy to people who are sad,
And hope to people who are desolate
and courage to people who are afraid.
We make this prayer in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

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