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Santo Niño Devotion Spreads in UK and Ireland

  

Devotees in Ireland pull the processional cart of the Child Jesus during the religious procession in honour of Santo Niño. Photo by Dax Baldestamon, Santo Niño Ireland

15 January 2020 LONDON—Filipinos in the UK and Ireland will celebrate the Feast of Santo Niño and revel in the Sinulog Festival this January 2020.  The celebrations, which will mostly take place on 19 January, will be led by different Filipino community organisations together with a number of parishes.

The Feast of Santo Niño is one of the largest and most vibrant religious and cultural celebrations in the Philippines originating in Cebu.  In the Philippines, the feast is celebrated every third Sunday of January and is marked by votive events such as a novena mass, and street and fluvial processions that draw droves of Santo Niño devotees ;  as well as the Sinulog Festival, a dance ritual in honour of  the Child Jesus.

Read the history of the Feast of Santo Niño here.

"Over the years, the Feast of Santo Niño in the UK and Ireland has brought together and strengthened the sense of community among thousands of Filipinos who are devotees of the Child Jesus," said Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo.

This year’s celebration marks the 22nd year since the Feast of Santo Niño was first celebrated in the UK, and the 21st since it was first celebrated in Ireland.  The Feast of Santo Niño was brought to the UK in the 1990s by Filipino volunteers at the Church of Our Lady of Victories in London.  It eventually spread to Ireland upon the reassignment of the church’s parish priest to Dublin.  Since then, the Feast of Santo Niño has become an annual celebration, gathering thousands of Santo Niño devotees all over the UK and Ireland.

"I believe there is a need to celebrate our faith," said Marlou Patindol, the Head Coordinator of Santo Niño Ireland in the community’s commemorative souvenir programme. " No matter where in the Philippines one comes from, no matter what dialect one was taught as a child, no matter what state in life one is in right now, there is a need to show that we, Filipinos, can be together in expressing our gratitude and faith as one."

Below is a guide for all those who wish to take part in one of the biggest Philippine religious and cultural festivals in the UK and Ireland:

United Kingdom

Date / Time

Address

Organizer

Saturday

18 January 2020

2:30 p.m.

St. George’s Cathedral

Southwark Diocese

London SE1 7HY

Filipino Catholic Community (Archdiocese of Southwark)

Sunday

19 January 2020

10:00 a.m.

Parish Hall

St. Vincent de Paul Parish

171 Ligoniel Road

Belfast BT14 8DP

St. Vincent de Paul Parish

Sunday

19 January 2020

2:00 p.m.

Church of Our Lady of Victories

Clergy House, 16 Abingdon Road

London W8 6AF

Church of Our Lady of Victories

Sunday

19 January 2020

3:00 p.m.

Sacred Heart Parish Church

Quex Road, Kilburn

London NW6 4PS

Filipino Community in Harmony of Action, Mobility and Prayer (FILCHAMP)

 

Kapatirang Pinoy sa Mill Hill (KapaMillHill)

 

Brent Filipino Catholic Community, Stonebridge

 

Filipino Parishioners of St. Joseph Parish, Wembley

Sunday

26 January 2020

2:00 p.m.

Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Simon Stock

41 Kensington Church St, Kensington

London W8 4BB

Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Simon Stock

 

Ireland

Date / Time

Address

Organizer

Sunday

19 January 2020

2:30 p.m.

St. Joseph’s Church

Berkeley Road, Dublin 7

Santo Niño Ireland

 

For more information, please contact:

 

STACY DANIKA GARCIA
Third Secretary and Vice Consul
Embassy of the Philippines in London
Department of Foreign Affairs
Republic of the Philippines

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