Francis & Teresa Lim
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lso known as SCC (Small Christian Community) or BEC (Basic Ecclesial Community) in various other Archdioceses, the NCC is considered by Pope John Paul II as "A concrete expression of the Church" and "A home and family for everyone". 1
Just as the Church is One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic, thus is the NCC.
NCCs have to be linked to the Universal Church. Members of an NCC cannot belong to Christ if they reject unity with the other brothers and sisters of Christ. It is the Eucharist or the Breaking of Bread which is the strongest link between the NCCs and the Universal Church. Pope John Paul II says: "The Eucharist brings about the intimate bonds of communion among all the faithful in the body of Christ which is the Church." Through the Eucharist and the Word of God, the many NCCs and other groups in the parish become a "Communion of Communities". 2
NCCs make gospel sharing the basis of their meetings. Through gospel sharing we make Christ present in our midst, He who truly becomes the foundation of the community. Gospel sharing helps us become the Lord's disciples, as He told us, "If you make my word your home, you will be my disciples". (Jn 8:31). And in Lk 8:21 He said, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice." Gospel sharing makes us a new family.
The members of the NCC are neighbours who come from the immediate neighbourhood where they are exposed to the same conditions of life. They gather to meet because of their common faith as members of the Catholic Church. Yet everyone in the neighbourhood is allowed to attend the meetings. All are welcome: rich, poor, different spoken language, young, old, singles, married, non-Catholic family member.
NCCs act and do things together out of faith. The Church the whole world over is responsible for continuing the mission of Christ today. An NCC therefore should feel co-responsible to continue this mission in their neighbourhood. An NCC come together to praise and thank God; learn to forgive one another; create unity and peace; share faith with one another and the catechumens; minister to the sick, weak, abused, youth, elderly and lonely in the neighbourhood; welcome strangers and new residents; speak up against injustice; reach out to others who need help; give prophetic witness of a "new society based on a civilisation of love", as Pope John Paul II says.3
1 Christian Family (Familiaris Consortio), art.85
2 FABC5, Final Statement of Plenary Session, art.8
3 Church's Missionary Mandate (Redemptoris Missio), art.51
Reference: AsIPA text B\2 SCCs Are "A Concrete Expression of the Church"
Since the Parish Missions conducted in 2010 with the help of the Redemptorists, NCCs have been actively formed within the parish.
At current, we have 15 NCCs actively and regularly meeting up on a weekly, monthly or bi-monthly basis. These meetings gather between 5 to 20 people and they engage in Gospel sharing, rosary or divine mercy devotions and end off with casual fellowship. The leading facilitator/coordinator of each NCC will meet with the Parish Priest and NCC Pastoral Coordinator once a month to update, share information and plan ahead together.
To find out more about the NCCs that are actively gathering around your area of residence, you can contact the respective NCC Facilitators.
Home visitations by the Home Visiting Team to neighbourhoods without active NCC gatherings are scheduled yearly to form and activate the community in a selected area and to kick-start regular gatherings and sharing
If your neighbourhood do not have an active NCC gathering yet and you would like to have an NCC community formed with the help and support of the parish team, please contact the NCC Pastoral Coordinator. We would be more than happy to talk with you.