- This event has passed.
Santo Nino de Cebu Mass Peoria
July 22, 2017 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Bishop David William V. Antonio from the Philippines will concelebrate and Fr. Jim Pankiewicz will celebrate Mass on July 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm at St. Joseph Church in Peoria, Illinois. The Mass is for the 19th anniversary of the enthronement of the Santo Nino de Cebu at St. Joseph Church. Following this special Mass there will be a procession and blessing of all the Santo Nino icons present, and Benediction. The celebration will continue with a Filipino potluck in the parish hall. The Santo Nino devotion originated in the Philippines. A stature of the Infant Jesus, believed to be a baptismal gift given to Queen Juana by Ferdinand Magellan, was found in a chest in 1564 and was placed temporarily in a chapel on Cebu until a basilica was named to enthrone it. The Augustinian church in Cebu City, the oldest in the country, became the site. The devotion has become widespread. Many Filipinos have a statue in their homes, where it faces the front door to greet visitors.