Feast day Celebration of Santo Niño de Cebu at the Shrine
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Join us as we celebrate the feast of Santo Niño de Cebu at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois.
When the Spanish landed on the many islands now known as the Philippine Islands in the early 16th century, they were welcomed by King Humabon and Queen Juana of Cebu, as well as Christianity. On the day that Queen Juana was baptized, the Spanish presented her with a wooden statue of Santo Niño – the Holy Child Jesus. 45 years later, the city of Cebu was burned down, including all churches. During the cleanup, a soldier found a wooden box that contained the Santo Niño statue totally unscathed. The miraculous statue quickly became the symbol of faith for all Filipino people and can still be found at the Minor Basilica of Santo Niño de Cebu in Cebu City where millions of pilgrims come on pilgrimage each year.
In preparation for the celebration at the Shrine in January 2017, a nine-week novena is being prayed, beginning on November 20 and ending on the feast day celebration. A traveling statue of Santo Niño de Cebu is being welcomed in nine homes. Please join in the novena prayers as you prepare to celebrate with us on January 22nd.
Feast Day Celebration Schedule
|11 a.m.||Solemn Procession of Santo Niño de Cebu
Outside of Shrine Church, weather permitting
|11:30 a.m.||Mass Celebration of Santo Niño de Cebu
|12:45 p.m.||Sinulog Celebration
Shrine Guild Center