THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
LCSC AND BEC
The LCSC movement intends to mainstream Catholic lay evangelization,
in response to the Church call to the New Evangelization.
Its banner program is the Life in Christ Seminar (LCS), intended
for participants to have a personal encounter with Christ
(to meet Christ), and thus get them started on living the
way of Christ. The LCS proclaims the full gospel, but is still
just the very initial first step in the continuing process
of evangelization. As a work of the parish, LCS graduates
are to be integrated in the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs)
and hopefully also join groups and ministries and services
within the parish.
LCSC also provides continuing programs and formation, as and
if desired by the parish priest. Its 4 banner pillars are
(1) Live Pure (youth chastity), (2) Live the Word (Liturgical
Bible Study), (3) Live Life (pro-life advocacy), and (4) Live
Full (the No One in Need movement). Further, LCSC has many
formation programs that can be made available to the parish.
In connection with what Pope Francis says about BECs, LCSC
provides precisely what is needed.
“new evangelical impulse” -- LCSC is into
rapid and massive evangelization, intended to reach every
lapsed Catholic down to the grassroots.
renewal of the Church” -- LCSC helps Catholics to
meet Christ, live Christ and share Christ, which make
up the fullness of life as a Christian. It does not compete
with other parish programs or groups, and can actually
be the tie that binds everyone to a common work of evangelization
is a responsibility for all Christians” -- LCSC
brings Catholics to share Christ, to participate in the
work of proclaiming the gospel. Every Catholic becomes
“greater knowledge of the Word of God” --
The Liturgical Bible Study (LBS) provides a practical
but effective way of sharing the gospel, within the context
of small groups and families. It helps prepare children
to appreciate the gospel on the following Sunday.
commitment” -- The No One in Need (NON) movement
does a holistic work of building communities among the
poor of the parish, involving renewal of faith, shelter,
health, education, livelihood and values formation. NON
communities become natural physical BECs.
lay services and education in faith for adults”
-- LCSC offers many teachings and formation modules on
many aspects of faith, family, life and work with the
within the context of local parishes” -- LCSC is
a work owned, operated, overseen, pushed by the parish.
It is not an outside group or movement that is serving
in the parish, but is of, by and for the parish.
the direction of the hierarchy” -- LCSC, wherever
it is established, is approved and overseen by the bishop
through his priests. It is right in line with the thrusts
of the Church, especially in responding to the New Evangelization.
offer instrument for evangelization, Pope writes
In a message to the 13th Inter-ecclesial Meeting
of the Basic Ecclesial Communities, Pope Francis said that
the small groups should show “a new
evangelical impulse and the capacity to relate to the world
for the renewal of the Church.”
is a responsibility for all Christians, the
Pope wrote in his message. He recalled the Latin American
bishops’ statement, issued at a meeting in Aparecida,
Brazil, that indicated base communities could be an instrument
for promoting ““greater
knowledge of the Word of God, social commitment
in the name of the Gospel, the appearance of new
lay services and education in faith for adults.”
Pope’s message to the meeting, which is being held this
week in Brazil, cautioned that the basic ecclesial communities
should work within the context
of local parishes, under the direction of the hierarchy.
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