The turnover/enthronement ceremonies of the four Santo Niño statues took place during the Sunday masses celebrated in three (3) churches in the Raval district of Barcelona where a big concentration of Filipinos reside. The enthusiasm shown by the Filipinos who attended the masses is an indication of how the Santo Niño is well-loved and venerated not only in the Philippines but all over the world.
Consul General Maria Theresa Lazaro and personnel from the Consulate participated in all three turnover ceremonies to witness the historical events.
Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción y San Lorenzo – Santo Niño de Ternate and the Santo Niño de Cebu
The Santo Niño de Ternate and the Santo Niño de Cebu were welcomed on 12 June 2022 during the 6:00 pm mass.
Father Francis de Guzman, gave a historical background of the Santo Niño de Ternate and His connection to a good number of his parishioners who are originally from the region where the said Santo Niño is enshrined.
Parroquia de la San Pedro Nolasco - Santo Niño de Pandacan
An emotional ceremony on 19 June 2022 saw the Santo Niño de Pandacan welcomed by churchgoers during the 12noon mass at the church. Spaniards and Filipinos alike took part in the turnover ceremony during which the Santo Niño was paraded inside the church for everyone to see.
Father Domingo Lorenzo, expressed his appreciation to the Consulate for sharing the Santo Niño de Pandacan in his parish as this will give an opportunity to his parishioners even when they are overseas, to venerate this well-loved Filipino icon.
Parroquia de la Mare de Deu de Betlem - Santo Nino de Tondo
The International Mass on 26 June 2022 was the occasion for the enthronement ceremony for the Santo Niño de Tondo organized by Iglesia Betlem’s Brazilian parish priest, Father Adilson Tolentino. “Today’s International Mass is very special because the international community and the Filipino community although of different backgrounds and cultures, share a common fraternal love and devotion to Jesus as witnessed in today’s ceremony” intimated Father Adilson as he closed his homily message.