HOW TO START AND GROW LCSC IN A PARISH / VICARIATE / DIOCESE

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HOW TO START AND GROW LCSC IN A PARISH

 

(1)  Present LCSC to the parish priest.[1] Get his commitment to embrace LCSC as an official parish movement.[2]

(2)  If necessary, present LCSC to the PPC and get these parish leaders on board.[3]

(3)  Mount the CLS over a week-end.[4] This is for PPC members and other parish leaders.[5] They should be invited personally by the parish priest and strongly encouraged to attend.

(4)  The follow-through after the CLS is a monthly prayer assembly. This is a time of (a) worship,[6] (b) teaching[7] and/or Bible study,[8] with or without discussion groups, and (c) fellowship, with or without refreshments. The CLS graduates are also encouraged to be part of the parish BECs.

(5)  Continue mounting week-end CLSs,[9] systematically inviting parish leaders and workers.[10] Have Batch Coordinators whose task it is to inform, encourage and gather CLS graduates for continuing LCSC activities.

(6)  When there is an adequate number of CLS graduates in a particular chapel (the community subdivision of the parish), mount a three-week CLS (one module per half-day per week) for parishioners within that chapel.[11] The chapel-based LCSC will be led by a Chapel Coordinator.

(7)  The follow-through after the chapel CLS is also a monthly prayer assembly. Thus those parishioners who belong to a chapel will have 2 prayer assemblies during a month–one in their chapel and another for all LCSC graduates.

(8)  As more parishioners join chapel CLSs, the chapel-based LCSC can mount the regular 9-week CLS, with one session per week. This does not preclude week-end or three-week CLSs.

(9)  Offer programs as needed or desired. These can be marriage retreats for couples, youth camps for youth, Liturgical Bible Study (LBS), pro-life modules, migrants program, work with the poor (building Restoration Villages), etc.

 

 

HOW TO START AND GROW LCSC IN A VICARIATE

 

(1)  Once a parish LCSC is ongoing and fairly well established, offer the LCSC to the vicariate, with the help of the parish priest in whose parish LCSC is already established. Meet with the vicar general and the parish priests of the vicariate and explain LCSC.

(2)  For all those parishes that decide to participate, mount a week-end CLS for parish leaders whom the parish priests will send. After the CLS, have the monthly prayer assembly. Continue with these regular week-end CLSs for parish leaders of the vicariate.

(3)  At a certain point, a particular parish that feels confident in mounting its own parish-based CLS should do so. Then #s (5) to (9) above follow.

 

 

HOW TO START AND GROW LCSC IN A DIOCESE

 

(1)  Once a vicariate has experienced LCSC through its various parishes, offer the LCSC to the bishop, with the recommendation of the various parish priests already involved. Meet with the bishop to explain LCSC. With the bishop’s approval, it would be good to also explain LCSC to all the parish priests of the diocese, at one of their monthly gatherings with the bishop.

(2)  When the bishop decides to adopt LCSC as a diocesan movement, mount a week-end CLS for leaders of the various parishes, with participants nominated by their parish priests. This can be a large CLS with hundreds of participants. After the CLS, have the monthly prayer assembly, considering practicality of attendance by CLS graduates from far-flung areas. Continue with these week-end CLSs for parish leaders of the diocese.

(3)  At a certain point, a particular vicariate or parish that feels confident in mounting its own vicariate-based or parish-based CLS should do so. Then #s (5) to (9) above follow.

 

NOTE: All the above is an approach that is from the bottom up. There is nothing to prevent LCSC from starting immediately with a vicariate or with a diocese, as this just necessitates the acceptance and approval of the vicar general or the bishop.

 

 

SUSTAINING LCSC

 

LCSC is grassroots, parish-based re-evangelization. Its basic purpose is to bring Catholics into an active life in the parish, by bringing them into a personal relationship with Jesus, through the CLS and continuing formation. LCSC will not replace any parish program, activity, group, ministry, etc.

To sustain LCSC’s rapid and massive work of re-evangelization, resource persons will be trained. These resource persons are CLS speakers, CLS facilitators, CLS service teams, music ministries, prayer assembly leaders, Batch Coordinators, Chapel Coordinators, Parish Coordinators, Vicariate Coordinators and Diocesan Coordinators.

 


[2] We look to enthusiasm on the part of the parish priest. If that enthusiasm is not there, we should try to see how we can further explain what LCSC is all about.

[3] After the parish priest, the next ones to sell LCSC to are the parish leaders, including the PPC. Either the parish priest does this, or we request a meeting where we can explain LCSC to them.

[4] This is the preferred mode, so as to introduce the CLS quickly and hopefully get all parish leaders on board. If this can be a stay-in week-end, all the better.

[5] And their respective spouses.

[6] Full, charismatic worship.

[7] On any relevant topic. We can make use of our formation programs in CFC-FFL, adapted to a parish setting.

[8] Liturgical Bible Study (LBS), which should be taught to them in one of the prayer assemblies soon after the CLS.

[9] The whole idea is massive evangelization. This also gives those who finished the CLS the opportunity to serve, thus enhancing their own growth.

[10] The parish priest should continue inviting his parish leaders and workers and key parishioners. Those who have finished the CLS could also do their own inviting.

[11] The one week-end CLS could also be used.

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