January 10, 2015, 6:30 PM - January 18, 2015, 8:30 PM
Location: Fr. Dewan Hall
The African American Ministry celebrates the rich history of Blacks in America. Please join us for dinner and exciting entertainment. The program will begin at 6:30 PM with dinner followed by St. Joseph's Gospel Choir, other musical entertainment and a guest speaker.
An annual event at St. Columba honoring the Santo Niño, starting after the Solemnity of the Epiphany. A novena will take place from Friday to the following Sunday ending with a feast celebration in the Father Dewan Hall which will follow a 3 p.m. Mass celebrated by Rev. Gary Villanueva. All are welcome. For more information, contact the rectory at (301) 567-5506.
The image of the Santo Niño is kept in the Santo Nino Chapel of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu. It is considered the oldest religious relic in the Philippines. The Santo Niño de Cebú (Spanish: Holy Child of Cebu) is a Roman Catholic title of Jesus Christ associated with a religious vested statue of the infant Child Jesus venerated by many Filipino Catholics who believe it to be miraculous. It is the oldest religious Christian image in the Philippines, and was originally given in 1521 as a baptismal gift by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan via Antonio Pigafetta, who physically handed it to Lady Humamay, the chief consort of Rajah Humabon, along with a statue of the Our Lady and a Cross.
The image merited a Papal recognition on 28 April 1965 when Pope Paul VI issued a papal bull for the Canonical Coronation and Pontifical High Mass via the papal legate to the Philippines, Cardinal Ildebrando Antoniutti who concelebrated it's 400th centennial anniversary.
The image measures approximately twelve inches tall, and is believed to be originally made in Flanders, Belgium. The statue is clothed in valuable textiles, and bears an imperial regalia that includes a gold biretta crown, globus cruciger, and various sceptres mostly donated from devotees in the Philippines and abroad.
The Santo Niño image is replicated in many homes and business establishments, with different titles reinterpreted in various areas of the country. The Holy Child's feast is liturgically celebrated every third Sunday of January, during which devotees carry a portable Santo Niño image onto the street fiesta dancing celebrations. The image is one of the most beloved and recognizable cultural icons in the Philippines, found in both religious and secular areas. It is permanently encased within bulletproof glass in a chapel at the Basílica Menor del Santo Niño.