Devotion Schedule


Venue: St. Benedicts Church, St. Benedicts St., Newton, Auckland

1st Friday Novena & Mass (Novena to Senyor Santo Niño and Mass for the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

6:30pm Eucharistic Adoration and Novena-prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

7:30pm Mass

Novena prayers to Senyor Sto Niño right after mass

2nd Friday & 4th Friday: Rosary and  Novena prayers to Senyor Santo Niño

6:30pm Rosary followed by Novena-Prayers to Senyor Santo Niño

3rd Friday: Novena & Mass in honour of Senyor Santo Niño

6:40pm Rosary

7:00PM Novena to Senyor Santo Niño

7:30pm Mass

Other devotions at St Benedict’s Church organized by the Sto Niño Devotees Group

Every Wednesdays, novena mass to Our Mother of Perpetual Help : Rosary at 6:45pm followed by Novena then mass at 7:30pm

NOTE: Every Monday we hold Liturgy of the Word and Communion at a home and hospital facility


This is a house to house weekly visitation of the Pilgrim Statues of Senyor Sto. Niño in designated homes organized by the Hermano and Hermana covering the different areas of Auckland.

The New Hermanos & Hermanas for 2019
Boyet and Rexy Jose – to cover North & East Auckland
Jose and Milagros Hernandez – to cover West & South Auckland

Sto Niño Devotions & House to House Pilgrim Statue Permanent Coordinators 

Milford area = Alex & Carmela Andales

Palmerston North = Wilfred & Rhea Villocido

Central Auckland = Roland & Chichi Abadingo

Inner-West Auckland = Boboy & Joy Caballero

Wider part of West Auckland = Alfred & Merced Belleza

Waiuku, Port Waikato & Bombay = Mrs Ging Neil & Family

Manurewa & Takanini = Lorna Gayatin & Family

CFC – Papakura & North Shore Families & Danaoaons – Lito & Mary ann Bitoon

Papakura & Pukekohe= Judith Hastings & Family

Glenfield, Totara Valley and Wider North Shore = Emerson & Bernadette Nufable

Albany = Cathy Tomaquin & Family

Howick, Flat Bush & Dannemora = Edgar & Maves Fiel

South Auckland = Yvette Esplaguera & Family

Invercargill – Maria Beth Batucan-Pilgrim & Family

Ryan and Jojie Pablo – Hastings, Hawkes Bay

Click on this link to find directions to St. Benedict’s Church, 1 St Benedicts Street, Newton 1010

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Pit Senyor Matag Adlaw

Pray the Rosary

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, initiated the worldwide prayer of the Holy Rosary.

The NZ Filipino Devotees of Senor Santo Nino invite all devotees to continue to pray the Holy Rosary everyday at anytime of the day.

May we also invite you to pray the Perpetual Novena to Senor Santo Nino.

Pray the Holy Rosary Daily (an excerpt)

The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in

which we live has given a new efficacy to the

recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that

there is no problem, no matter how difficult it

is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in

the personal life of each one of us, of our

families… that cannot be solved by the Rosary. 

There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how

difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the

prayer of the Holy Rosary.” – Sister Lucia of



O Mary Immaculate, who revealed thyself at

Fatima to Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta as “Our

Lady of the Rosary,” renew in my heart the joy

of true devoiton to Thee.

May the contemplation of the mysteries

contained in the Life, Passion and Glory of thy

Divine Son be for me strength in weaakness,

assurance in doubt, courage in suffering, and


O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, in these

times of trial and confusion, obtain for me, by

the Precious Blood of thy Son, pardon for my

sins,. the salvation of my soul, and the 

necessary means to secure it.  Protect my

family from the dangers that surround us and

keep us secure under thy protection.  Grant that

the Holy Catholic Church may triumph over her

enemies, and that the Kingdom of Christ may

be propagated on earth.

Our Father, Hail Mary, glory Be.

Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, pray for us.

The Oratio Imperata

God our Father,
we come to you in our need
to ask your protection against the COVID 19 that has disturbed and even claimed lives.

We pray that you guide the people
tasked to find cures for this disease and to stem its transmission.

Protect the medical experts
that they may minister to the sick with competence and compassion.

We pray for those afflicted.
May they be restored to health soon.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Give us the grace in this trying time
to work for the good of all and to help those in need.
We implore you to stop the spread of this virus and to save us from our fears.

Grant all these through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever. Amen.

We fly to Your protection, O Holy Mother of God.

Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.

St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
St. Rock, pray for us.
St. Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us
St. Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.
Sto. Niño de Cebu, have mercy on us.
Divine Mercy, have mercy on us.

The Pontifical Equestrian Order of St Sylvester

Kiwi-Filipinos now Papal Knight and Dame

by Rowena Orejana

The Kiwi-Filipino couple who first brought the devotion to the Santo Niño to Auckland 26 years ago have been made a knight and a dame of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of Saint Sylvester Pope and Martyr.

Oscar and Miriam Batucan, founder and organisers of the NZ Filipino Devotees of the Senyor Sto. Niño, were made knight and dame of the Sylvestrine Order by Pope Francis in recognition of their active participation in the life of the Church in Auckland.

The award was given upon recommendation of Auckland Bishop Patrick
Dunn, who described Mr and Mrs Batucan as “stalwarts in the Filipino community over many years, especially in the Santo Niño devotion”.

The award was given to the couple by vicar-general Msgr Bernard Kiely on
behalf of Bishop Dunn at the Eventfinda Stadium, formerly the North Shore
Events Centre, on January 19.

The Pontifical Order of St Sylvester is one of five Orders of Knighthood awarded directly by the Pope as Supreme Pontiff and head of the Catholic Church and as the Vatican City head of state.

Mr Batucan said the award came as a surprise.

“We didn’t expect it. We received a call (from Bishop Patrick Dunn’s office)
asking for our full names. So, I gave it to them. I didn’t think anything of it,”
he said.

“I feel like I’m walking on clouds,” he added. “I’m so amazed at being acknowledged.”

Mrs Batucan said she was overwhelmed by the honour.

“We keep on doing things to serve the Lord. Sometimes, we didn’t know if what we were doing is right or not, if we were reaching people with the grace of God, but we just kept going,” she said.

“We have been serving the Church for 26 years without any expectations. We just love serving the Lord.”

Msgr Kiely, in his homily, acknowledged the Filipino community’s contribution to New Zealand, citing their courage in leaving their homeland behind and making a new life in this country.

“We acknowledge an important dimension in what it is to be a Filipino:
your faith,” he said.

He said their devotion to the Child Jesus is marked by child-like “simplicity,
obedience and trust in God”, but noted that, at the same time, it is a “mature discipleship”.

Msgr Kiely also prayed for the tens of thousands of Filipinos affected by the explosion of Taal Volcano in the Philippines.

The Mass started with the traditional Sinulog dance, with women in Filipino native costumes moving two steps forward and one step back. The huge statue of the Santo Niño was processed in and displayed on the right-hand side of the stage, while hundreds of smaller statues decorated the front of the stage.

Filipino priests Frs Gilbert Ramos, Carlos Guleng, Sam Pulanco and Larry
Rustia were concelebrants at the Mass. Fr Pulanco, a devotee of the Sto Niño, led the crowd in singing and dancing at the end of the Mass.

The original statue, one of the oldest Christian relics in the Philippines, is presently housed at the Basilica Minore Del Sto. Niño in Cebu City in the Philippines.

The nearly 500-year-old statue was a gift to Filipino chieftain Rajah Humabon’s wife, Amihan, by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521.

Pope Francis had been invited by the Catholic Bishops Conference of
the Philippines to revisit the country next year to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the country’s conversion to Christianity.

In Praise of the Bayanihan Spirit

Sto Nino Devotees:

“We are fortunate to have received funding from foundation North.”

By Mel Fernandez

AUCKLAND – The first celebration of the Sinulog Festival in Auckland was held on the third Sunday of January in 1994 at the Mt. Roskill War Memorial Hall with around 200 people in attendance. Over the years this religious event has been growing from strength to strength and now it’s attracting large crowds – it is estimated that over 10,000 people took part in the 2020 event.

The lead organisers of this annual event are Oscar and Miriam Batucan, who hail from Cebu – where the Sinulog festival originates. Theirs is an inspiring story of wanting to preserve a unique religious tradition for fellow Filipino migrants who are a long way from their mother land.

“We’ve been running our events for the past 26 years,” says Miriam. “Our activities are church based, so we are both a socio-religious group and a cultural group. We focus on our community’s needs outside the Church. The Church service is only one hour a day or so and for the rest of the time we are available to assist them with their needs, especially those of the new arrivals.”

Settling in NZ
According to Miriam it is not difficult for Filipinos to integrate into New Zealand society, “first and foremost because we have been educated using English as a medium of instruction and also because of our adaptability”.

The Sto Nino Group has been helping new migrants settle into New Zealand by providing a series of education seminars – for example information about NZ’s education system, budgeting and tax, health and safety.

They also make visits to the homebound and have outreach programs that take them to retirement villages and offer help to job seekers.

Attendance figures
Membership for this group is measured through attendance at their events. “We don’t have an official registry as such, but from an attendance of 200 in 1994 we now attract 10,000 people over the 10-day celebrations. This figure excludes attendance during the quarterly programs,” says Miriam.

“Basically, the Sto Nino Devotees Trust was incorporated in 1994 to enable us to further our charitable activities with the aim of funding organisations and also to give people a chance to avail themselves of tax rebates for donations made to registered charities,” explains Miriam Batucan. “And it is also a way for us to have a legal entity – a prerequisite for accessing grants from funding organizations.”

Facing the challenges
“One of the biggest challenges we have is finding a permanent venue for our activities,” says Miriam. “For the drum line and music workshops we have to store and transport equipment every time we run a workshop. It is quite expensive to keep on hiring a venue and a van.”

Oscar Batucan added: “Another challenge we face is accessing funds to run our range of activities. Without funding and the sourcing of logistics we will not be able to run these activities or cater to the needs of our community.

“We are fortunate to have received funding from Foundation North. We heard about them while attending a funding presentation organised by Auckland Council. The staff at Foundation North will guide applicants on the best way to present their documents. Their Quick Response Grants have been a great help with running our annual events.”

Looking to the future
The Sto Nino Devotees Trust is keen to blaze new pathways to serve their community. “Other than what we are currently doing now, we plan to run a livelihood program for the unemployed and for elderly people who might want to earn some income for themselves,” says Miriam.

“In the pipeline is a music, drama and movement program for disabled kids, as well as a caring workshop for people who want to take an active role in caring for the disabled, the sick and the elderly in the community.

“The ultimate measure of our success will be when we can establish a community centre or hub that will provide a permanent base for our current and future programs for Filipino migrants as well as for other ethnic communities.”

Filipino Heroes – Faith Community Leaders

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