(based on DPA-I Decrees)

PROVISIONS ON LAY MINISTRIES, ORGANIZATIONS AND MOVEMENTS

  1. ORGANIZATIONS

4.1 LAITY

4.1.1 DEFINITION OF TERMS

4.1.1.1 The term “ministry leaders” shall apply to all lay persons who exercise certain roles of service in the following ministries: GKK, Kriska, Catechetics, FLM, LLL, Youth, Liturgy, Social Apostolate and other ministries which may be established.

4.1.1.2 Ministry leaders shall be classified as elected, appointed, or commissioned:

4.1.1.2.1 Elected – usually those elected as officers of the ministry such as: chair, vice-chair, secretary, treasurer and auditor.

4.1.1.2.2 Appointed – usuall those appointed/hired for special tasks, such as coordinator, lecturer, and the like.

4.1.1.2.3 Commissioned – usually those trained, tasked and sent to serve as LLL ministers, catechists, Kriska alagads, Family and Life Workers, among others.

4.1.1.3 In the selection of ministry leaders, a uniform standard of qualifications should be applied. A general policy defining duties and functions, rights and privileges, renewal, prohibitions and sanctions, cessation and re-admittance of ministry leaders should also be applied.

4.1.2 QUALIFICATIONS FOR MINISTRY LEADERS

All ministry leaders should have the following qualifications:

4.1.2.1 Witnessing Catholics

4.1.2.2 Physically, intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally fit

4.1.2.3 Ability to read, write and communicate

4.1.2.4 Possess basic knowledge of creed, code and cult

4.1.2.5 Understand and accept principles and processes of BEC

4.1.2.6 Satisfactorily fulfilled the required training/seminars

4.1.2.7 Endorsed by their own GKKs, ministry, and approved by competent authority

4.1.2.8 Have time and are willing to work towards the realization of the Vision/Mission/Thrust of the Diocese of Marbel.

4.1.3 DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS

The duties and functions of ministry leaders should be the following:

4.1.3.1 Attend, if concerned, meetings and other activities of the ministry at the GKK, Parish and Diocesan Levels

4.1.3.2 Participate in programs and activities of respective ministries in the GKKs, Parishes, and Diocese

4.1.3.3 Support morally and financially their respective ministries in the GKKs and parishes

4.1.3.4 Coordinate with other ministries, programs and groups whose orientation in Gospel-inspired

4.1.3.5 Continually improve themselves through on-going religious formation programs and other related seminars.

4.1.4 RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES

4.1.4.1 Ministry leaders have the right to financial support from their respective GKKs when they attend meetings, seminars, recollections and other activities related to their positions or work

4.1.4.2 They also have tight to financial support from their respective parishes when they are sent to diocesan meetings, seminars, retreats and recollections

4.1.4.3 Ministry leaders occupying diocesan positions have the right to financial support from the diocese when they fufill an official function or are sent on official mission by the diocese

4.1.4.4 Each Parish should exert serious efforts to provide for the emergency needs of their ministry leaders, such as sickness, accident, death and calamities.

4.1.4.5 The Parish should also provide for the pastoral development of their ministry staff like attending seminars, trainings, conventions outside the parish or diocese.

4.1.5 RENEWAL

4.1.5.1 All commissioned ministry leaders should renew their commitment every two years

4.1.5.2 Any commissioned ministry leaders who wishes to renew his/her commitment should submit in writing his/her application for renewal to the Parish Ministry Coordinator which should be endorsed by parish priest, at least, one month before his/her commission expires.

4.1.5.3 Such renewal should be preceded by a re-endorsement by his/her GKK and a retreat.

4.1.6 PROHIBITIONS AND SANCTIONS

4.1.6.1 All ministry leaders are forbidden to join any religious fanatical group or groups disapproved by local church. Such groups are: Banal na Pag-aaral, Society of St. Pius X, Sagrado Corazon Senor, Tadtad, PBMA, and similar others.

4.1.6.2 They are also forbidden to advocate violence

4.1.6.3 Any ministry leader who violates the previous two provisions should be dismissed after due process.

4.1.7 CESSATION

Any ministry leader shall cease to serve in the ministry through any of the following causes:

4.1.7.1 Habitual absence from scheduled meetings and neglect of duties

4.1.7.2 Expiration of term of office or commission

4.1.7.3 Non-renewal of term or commission unless the term is temporarily extended by the parish priest, provided, however, that such extension should not exceed three (3) months

4.1.7.4 Permanent incapacity

4.1.7.5 Voluntary resignation accepted by the recognized authority

4.1.7.6 Dismissal due to grave causes and loss of confidence as determined by his/her own parish priest.

4.1.8 RE-ADMISSION

A commissioned ministry leader who ceased to function may be re-admitted provided he/she meets the requirements and qualifies for re-admission.

4.1.9 OTHER MATTERS

4.1.9.1 ON PARISH MINISTRIES AND PROGRAMS

4.1.9.1.1 A structure for regular meeting of parish Coordinators or heads of ministries and programs should be established in every parish. Such meeting should be at least once a month.

4.1.9.1.2 The Parish priest should sit down with his leaders during the meeting to listen and provide pastoral leadership

4.1.9.1.3 Parish leaders should undergo skills training in pastoral management

4.1.9.1.4 The different Ministries and programs should prepare an annual plan

4.1.9.1.5 Significant percentage of the parish income should be allotted for ministries and programs.

4.1.9.2 RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATIONS AND MOVEMENTS

4.1.9.2.1 The Programs and activities related to catechesis, social apostolate and worship of the ROs and Movements should be coordinated with the respective ministries and programs of the parish

4.1.9.2.2 That after their seminars, graduates of these Movements should involve themselves in the ministries and programs of the parish.

4.1.9.2.3 Regarding programs and apostolates of the ROMs, the following Guidelines should be followed:

4.1.9.2.3.1 They should avoid duplicating the programs and apostolates of other groups or ministries in the parish

4.1.9.2.3.2 Each group should prepare short and long-term plans to be presented and discussed in the PPC. No program should be implemented without the approval of the parish priest

4.1.9.2.3.3 ROM plans and programs should be integrated with the parish pastoral plans and programs

4.1.9.2.3.4 ROM programs should include the following: education in the faith of members, spiritual formation and also social apostolate as envisioned by PCP-II

4.1.9.2.3.5 Regarding admission of members in the ROMs, the following Guidelines should be observed:

4.1.9.2.3.6 Each group to set its own criteria and policies on admission of members

4.1.9.2.3.7 Such criteria and policies should have the approval of recognized authorities in the parish and diocese.

4.1.9.2.3.8 Lay are encouraged to limit membership to at most two (2) ROMs. They are advised to be officers of only one ROM.

4.1.9.3 ON NON-RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATIONS AND MOVEMENTS:

4.1.9.3.1 In order to be allowed to organize in the Diocese of Marbel, any lay organization and movement should follow the following procedure:

4.1.9.3.1.1 Notify the Bishop of intention

4.1.9.3.1.2 Supply the Bishop with necessary information regarding their organization or movement

4.1.9.3.1.3 Ask the explicit permission of Bishop to come into the Diocese

4.1.9.3.2 In order to be recognized in the Diocese of Marbel, any lay organization and movement should agree to the following conditions:

4.1.9.3.2.1 That the group should be parish-based and should cooperate with the pastoral thrust of the parish through the PPC.

4.1.9.3.2.2 That the group should be under the supervision and control of the parish priest and the Bishop of the diocese

4.1.9.3.2.3 That the group should follow the Vision-Mission-Thrust of the Diocese

4.1.9.3.2.4 That the group should adopt social dimension in their programs and apostolates.

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