OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF THE AUGUSTINIAN FRIARS OF THE BASILICA MINORE DEL STO. NIÑO DE CEBU ON THE CELEBRATION OF THE NOVENA AND FIESTA SEÑOR 2021 IN THE MIDST OF CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
It has been our desire to celebrate the novena days and the Fiesta Señor 2021 with the people despite the raging Coronavirus Pandemic that afflicts us. We recall that in November 2020, after a series of planning with the inter-agency stakeholders, we decided to cancel the external mobile activities in order to prevent the people from greater mobility and exposure that spread Covid-19.
At present, it has been a tough challenge for the Basilica administrators with the government and private agencies to manage the flock of devotees and pilgrims at the Basilica in our simplified celebration of the novena and the upcoming feast. For the four days, we have observed that the surge of people coming to venerate and celebrate the Novena Masses has brought us into a conclusion that a greater action should be done to prevent us from the virus. Having this situation in mind and moreover reminded by Christian morals that the utmost goal of the Church is to bring each and every Christian to an integral salvation, not only of the soul but also of the body which includes our health and well-being, we decided to CANCEL ALL PUBLIC MASSES IN THE BASILICA AND TO CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE THROUGH VIRTUAL OR ONLINE AS SCHEDULED STARTING JANUARY 12, 2021, TUESDAY, 5TH DAY OF THE NOVENA UNTIL THE FIESTA SEÑOR, JANUARY 17, 2021.
As this change in our celebration may bring sadness to many of us, but the situation has called us to rise above the situation and to choose this course of action for the common good and benefit of all. We ask for your great understanding and hoping that, with our hearts and minds attuned to God’s mercy to deliver us from the scourge of the pandemic, we can celebrate the entirety of the Fiesta Señor in God’s perfect time.
May we therefore invite you to celebrate the remaining days of the Novena Masses and the Fiesta Señor by tuning in to the Basilica del Sto. Niño’s Facebook Page and Youtube Channel and of the different media outlets in partnership with us. Meanwhile despite the cancellation of the face-to-face Holy Masses, we will still open the Basilica Church and compound.
Thank you very much and Viva Pit Senyor!
AUGUSTINIAN FRIARS OF BASILICA MINORE DEL STO. NIÑO DE CEBU
REV. FR. PACIFICO C. NOHARA JR., OSA
Prior and Rector