Feast Day of Santo Niño de Cebú

The feast day of Santo Niño de Cebú is celebrated on the third Sunday in January in the Philippines, and by Filipino communities around the world. The devotion incorporates an image of the Christ Child, as a representation of a vision of St. Teresa of Avila, in remembrance of the conversion of the Philippines to Christianity. The annual Sinulog Festival often includes a novena, the rosary and other prayers, as well as Mass.

Fr. Eric de Pena, OFM Conv. (Parochial Vicar) and Fr. Jobe Abbass, OFM Conv. (Parochial Vicar and Province Delegate of the Marian Apostolate) join in the procession at St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church, Elmhurst, NY. (See more photos)

Above photos: At our Elmhurst, NY ministry ~ Saint Adalbert Parish, their annual Santo Niño (Holy Child Jesus) Sinulog Festival was celebrated on Sunday, January 29, 2023. Open to all, the festival began with the Rosary and Prayers to the Santo Niño, followed by 2:00 p.m. Mass. They also enjoyed fellowship and food reception after Mass, in the school cafeteria. Those in attendance were encouraged to bring their Santo Niño images to be blessed during the festival. In preparation for the feast day, they held a special Santo Niño Triduum of prayer and reflection, in their lower church, Friday and Saturday, as prayer moments of inspiration for living a devotion to the Holy Child Jesus.

Enjoy this video of one of the dances at St. Adalbert’s taken by Friar Eric:

While at the festival, friar Marvin even found relatives in California! (More photos)

On Saturday, January 28, 2023, one of our Province’s Novices, friar Marvin Paul Fernandez, OFM Conv. attended the Feast Day of Santo Niño with the parishioners of Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Church, (near our Novitiate in Arroyo Grande, CA), hosted by the Filipino Community of San Luis Obispo County and Vicinity.