The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Committee on Basic Ecclesial Communities released today the official theme and logo of the 2017 Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities.
The logo: The circles of people whose hands are intertwined symbolize the communion within the BECs. These communities are linked together and make up the parish as communion of communities. It also includes other faith communities and organizations that are in the parish that – although trans-parochial in nature – are called to actively take part in the life of the parish and BECs. The outline of the cross symbolize the vertical and horizontal dimension of communion – communion with the Triune God and with each other. The bread and chalice at the center symbolize the Eucharist which is the sacrament and celebration of this communion. The bible which is also at the center symbolizes the Word of God that is shared and proclaimed which is the source of faith and basis of communion and which nourishes and build up communion. The sun rays symbolize the light of Christ that shines in the life of the members of parish and these communities.
The theme: “Forming BECs as agents of communion, participation and communion” is a call to action for all the members of the parish, the BECs and the trans-parochial faith communities and organizations to work together to build up the BECs where communion is experienced and that actively participate in the prophetic mission of evangelization, in sanctification and liturgical celebration, and in the mission of social transformation and making the kingdom of God – a kingdom of justice, peace, harmony and freedom – a reality.
The logo for 2017 Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities. was created by Fr Cecil Lobrigas (Sisiw Lobrigas).