Basic Ecclesial Communities or BECs redefine the way of the church in the community. These movements, active in different societies, aim to take a grassroots approach - in neighborhoods, villages and houses. The church describes the BEC as a "community of Disciples, whose members live in communion and participate in the mission of Christ as a prophetic, priestly, servant community and as a Church of the Poor."

The Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP II) defined the BEC as "small communities of Christians, usually of families who gather around the Word of God and the Eucharist. These communities are united to their pastors but are ministered to regularly by lay leaders."


The Basic Ecclesial Communities of the parish commonly engage in neighborhood Eucharistic celebrations throughout the six Sub-Parish Pastoral Councils within the church's jurisdiction. The communities also engage in faith-sharing activities to foster brotherhood and unity and to evangelize the people especially the common and poor ones living in these communities.