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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and the Sto. Nino del Mundo Prayer Group announces the celebration of the Feast of Sto. Nino del Mundo at the 10:00 AM mass on Sunday, October 25, 2020.
The mass will be presided by Fr. Hector Cruz, SM.
The veneration of Sto. Nino (the Holy Child) has been closely incorporated in Philippine Catholicism since the country’s discovery by explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. On the baptism of the reigning chief into Christianity, Magellan gifted a statue of the Child Jesus to Rajah Humabon. To this day, the statue is the oldest Christian artifact in the Philippines. The image, which became one of the most venerated cultural icons, has since then been replicated in different parts of the country and given other titles, one of which is Sto. Nino del Mundo.
Sto. Nino del Mundo (Holy Child of the World) depicts the Holy Child in imperial attire, holding a scepre on one hand and a golden globus cruciger on the other.
The devotion to Sto. Nino del Mundo was brought to OLPH by Fil-Am Tampa residents, Angel and Joji Vicedo, and the feast has been celebrated here since. As Joji remembers, it was in 1991 when she and her husband, Angel were looking for a church that could house their Sto. Nino del Mundo Prayer Group.
“One day we were driving around Ybor City, and luckily we saw this beautiful church, Our Lady of perpetual Help (OLPH)”, she said, “We attended Sunday mass and afterwards we met Fr. Stokes and Fr. Fahey and introduced ourselves. We asked them if they do Novena for OLPH, and we were informed that it was being done by the Ladies Guild in the morning. We noted our desire to have our Novena every Wednesday night at 7PM. Likewise, we mentioned to him about Sto. Nino del Mundo Prayer Group activities that entail bringing the statue to families weekly for the family prayer meetings and OLPH Novena.”
“We also asked Fr. Stokes if we can have a special mass for Sto. Nino in the month of October at 3pm, with procession outside the church following the mass,” she continued. “They consented to all of this, and from then on, every year sometime in October, we celebrated His feast day and it was very well attended by the Filipino community of Tampa Bay, devotees to Sto. Nino, Mama Mary, Holy Family and OLPH parishioners.”
The photo insert in the poster shows some devotees during the Feast of Sto. Nino del Mundo: Alice Enriquez, Angel and Jojie Vicedo, and Tess Martinez.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church is located at 1711 E. 11th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605. For more information about the Feast of Sto. Nino del Mundo, please contact Joji at (813) 541-1028 or visit www.olphtampa.org.