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.

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 Gingging 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

Hastings, Hawkes Bay – Ryan and Jojie Pablo

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

Financial Statement for year ended 31 March 2021 reviewed by SBA – Onehunga

Click on the link to view details of the Financial Accounts for year ended 31 March 2021 reviewed by SBA – Onehunga

500 Years Celebration

Given the significance of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the image of Santo Niño in Cebu, the devotees in New Zealand will launch quincentennial celebrations from January 2022. Keep an eye on this space for upcoming updates on plans.

Message of Thanks



9-days Novena-Masses and Fiesta of Senor Santo Nino in New Zealand 2021 celebrated with very grateful hearts. A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL GENEROUS AND KIND HEARTS!!!

Thank You Bishop Michael Gielen – Auxiliary Bishop of Auckland for your warm presence at the Santo Nino Fiesta 2021. Fr Mario Dorado – Chaplain to the Auckland Catholic Filipino Chaplaincy.Fr Sherwin Lapaan, Parish Priest St Mark’s Parish, Pakuranga.Fr Carlo Cruz – Assisting priest at St Joseph’s Takapuna

Priests who presided during the 9-days novena masses:Mons Bernard Kiely; Fr Mario Dorado; Fr Larry Rustia; Fr Gilbert Ramos; Fr Sherwin Lapaan; Fr Sam Pulanco; Fr Carlo Cruz; Fr Carlos Guleng; Fr Rodney Smythe.

First and foremost, I would like to thank God for another milestone in our journey of faith in this beautiful land of Aotearoa, New Zealand. 27 years of holding annual devotions to Senor Santo Nino here in Auckland. Devotions we hold close to our heart, handed down from generations to generations, growing from strength to strength.When in an adopted homeland, we migrants need something we can hold on to when faced with many challenges that every other migrant has gone thru. Our belief in this Child God, Majestic King has helped us survive the day to day struggles we encounter as we strive to inculturate into the new environment, the new homeland we call New Zealand. 2020 has been a difficult year for all of us but it never stopped us from practicing our faith because of the presence of virtual masses and, virtual prayer meetings.

We thank all our Kababayans, our countrymen, who extended a helping hand to those who struggled during these times of need. Yes, news of this unprecedented global health crises may have shaken us. We faced so many uncertainties. But as the song goes, “WALK WITH FAITH IN YOUR HEART”. “WE MAY NOT KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS, BUT WE KNOW WHO HOLDS THE FUTURE.”

On behalf of our co-organizers and trustees, we would like to Thank Bishop Pat Dunn for guiding us and supporting us in our devotional activities through the years. Very special thanks to Bishop Michael Gielen for taking time to celebrate mass and be with us today. May I thank ALL volunteers who have given their time and resources to help make another fiesta celebration a tremendous success. Success even in the midst of the fear of Covid 19 and the anxiety of when we will be able to get the vaccine. VOLUNTEERS, without you, the world will have lots of services to be done but no one to do them. Thank you to everyone who served in the Mass Today: Ministers of Word and Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, altar servers, families who brought offertory gifts. Fiesta choir: The awesome HUNI (Holy Cross Papatoetoe Filipino choir) Various Filipino choirs who supported us during these 9 days of prayer: Devotional groups and community groups who have joined us and supported us every year for the past 27 years.

To our Patrons for the fiesta:Mr & Mrs Rex & Joan Yap of NZ Home Loans; Florencio & Serinia Caupit; Ramon & Nympha Marinas; Judith Hastings & Family; AS Juinio & Family; Rexy & Boyet Jose & Family; The Flores Family. To all our Patrons all thru the 9-days Novena-masses – Thank you!!! We have 16 Area Coordinators in various parts of Auckland and outside Auckland including Invercargill, Hastings, Napier and Palmerston North who help us spread the devotions to Senor Santo Nino.They can visit you in your home and pray with you. Visit our website and register your name for a visit. Our website is: www.santo – to get their contact details.Thank you Auckland Catholic Filipino Chaplaincy for your great support. Thank you Bert & Eva Ricacho for gathering together our wonderful readers. Thank you Diane Edmonds and the Sinulog Liturgical Dancers; Thank you Ron Bate & Ching Madawe and Katilingbang Bisaya sa NZ (KBNZ) as well as Samutsari for your Sinulog dance Performances choreographed by Trini Maddisson and to the Youth Hiphop dancers. Thank you to ALL those who worked behind the scenes. I would love to give out names but I will not do that in case I miss out anyone. Please accept our sincere thanks. Together let us journey with Jesus and Mother Mary for the rest of the year 2021. We, the devotees of Senor Santo Nino, organize and hold devotional activities throughout the year at St Benedict’s Church, Newton, Auckland. We organise Wednesday novena-masses at St Benedict’s honouring the Mother of Perpetual Help. We hold First Friday devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We hold novena Devotions to Senor Santo every Friday from 6pm With mass on the 3rd Friday of each month from 7PM.

This year, we will start live streaming our 3rd Friday Novena- masses to Senor Santo Nino. SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel, Sinulog NZ, to get notification of our live masses and events. FOLLOW our Facebook page Sinulog in New Zealand for notification on upcoming events and updates.Visit our website: Once again, A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL.

By God’s grace, see you in Jan 2022 for our 500 years celebration of Christianity in the Philippines, hopefully back at EventFindA Stadium.

Sir Oscar Batucan KSS and Dame Miriam Batucan DSS

Thanksgiving Message from 2020 Hermano/Hermana

Thank you for this blessed opportunity to be part of 2020-2021 Sinulog NZ Fiesta Celebration. As an outgoing North Shore Hermano and Hermana we would like to thank all our fellow Santo Nino devotees and families for welcoming the image of Santo Nino in your home. May Senyor Santo Nino hear all your prayers and petitons in your novena.

🙏Viva Pit Senyor!

❤️ God bless, Rey and Evic.

2021 9-Days Novena/Mass Schedule

January 7 to 15, 2021
Venue: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 43 Wyndham Street, Auckland
Rosary starts at 6:00 pm on Sundays, 6:45 pm on other days

Day 1 Thursday, 7 January 2021
Choir : HUNI (Holy Cross Papatoetoe Filipino Choir)

Sponsors & Pilgrims : All devotees of Senor Sto. Niño & Organizers/ All Sugbuanons (Cebuanos), Sto Niño Devotees – Papakura and Pukekohe, Waiuku, Bombay & Port Waikato, Sto Niño Devotees-Howick and Flatbush areas, Pakuranga & Dannemora

Area Coordinators : Edgar & Maves Fiel, Ging Neil & Judith Hastings

Day 2 Friday, 8 January 2021
Choir : Laetare Children’s Choir

Sponsors & Pilgrims : Sto Niño Devotees – Papakura, Sto Niño Devotees – Manurewa, Takanini & South Auckland areas, Devoteees of Our Lady of Manaoag, Devotees of Nuestra Senyora dela Soledad (Pangasinan), Sto Niño Devotees – Invercagill, Sto Niño Devotees – Palmerston North, Auckland Catholic Charismatic Renewal – Jesus Good Shepherd, St. Patrick’s Cathedral Parishioners, Indian, Samoan, Korean, & Spanish Catholic groups, Sto Nino de Leyte Devotional Group, Leyte Samar NZ Solidarity Foundation

Area Coordintor : Lorna Gayatin & Pia Espleguera

Day 3 Saturday, 9 January 2021
Choir : Voice
of God Catholic Charismatic Renewal Family Choir

Sponsors & Pilgrims : St John Paul II Catholic Community – Albany, Sto Niño Devotees – Glenfield & Albany areas, St Thomas More, Assumpta Church Beach Haven, Sto Niño Devotees – Totara Valley & wider North Shore Areas

Area Coordinators : Diosy & Cathy Tomaquin, Emerson & Bernadette Nufable

Day 4 Sunday, 10 January 2021
Devotees joins the St Patrick Cathedral’s Parish Mass

Day 5 Monday, 11 January 2021 Special Anointing of the Sick
Choir : Gaudette Angelic Choir

Sponsors & Pilgrims : Divine Mercy Devotees – Fr Rory Morrissey, Legion of Mary – Filipino Praesidium, Legion of Mary – Northshore, Legion of Mary – Balmoral, Legion of Mary – National Body, Legion of Mary – South, Legion of Mary – Papatoetoe, Leyte-Samar Waraynon NZ, Devotees of the Black Nazarene, Filipino Catholic Community, Divine Mercy Devotees, Lady of Peñafrancia Devotees, Mga Bicolanos

Area Coordinator : Roland and Chichi Abadingo

Day 6 Tuesday, 12 January 2021
Choir :Voice of God Catholic Charismatic Renewal Family Choir

Sponsors & Pilgrims : Voice of God Charismatic Group & Families, Lightbringers Group, Sto Niño Devotees – Central Auckland, Sto Niño Devotees – Mt Wellington, Panmure & Ellerslie, San Pedro Calungsod Devotees NZ, Sto Niño Devotees – Danao, Cebu, Ilonggo Integrated Association Inc and Devotees of our Lady of Candelaria – Western Visayas Region VI

Area Coordinator : Lito & Mary Ann Bitoon, Boboy & Joy Caballero

Day 7 Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Choir : Tawag Awit – Our Lady of Lourdes, Glen Eden Chapter

Sponsors & Pilgrims : Katilingbang Bisaya sa New Zealand (KBNZ) Families & Friends, Sto Niño Devotees – Inner West Auckland and Wider West Auckland, Mother of Perpetual Help Devotees – St. Benedicts, Kapatiran Prayer Fellowship

Area Coordinator : Alfred & Merced Belleza

Day 8 Thursday, 14 January 2021
Choir : St Joseph Parish Takapuna Choir

Sponsors & Pilgrims : Sto Niño Devotees – Milford, Takapuna, Northcote, Birkenhead, Glenfield and the Other North Shore Areas, Lady of La Naval and Capampangans, UFCSA North Officers & Members Auckland, Our Lady of Fatima – Meadowbank, Knights Basketball, Sinulog Amigos

Area Coordinator – Alex & Carmela Andales

Day 9 Friday, 15 January 2021 Special Blessings for the Children
Choir : Couples for Christ

Sponsors & Pilgrims : Couples for Christ and its Family Ministries

Area Coordinators : Oscar & Miriam Batucan

16 January 2021 Saturday (FIESTA MASS) to be celebrated by Bishop Michael Gielen at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 43 Wyndham Street, Auckland


Old Farmers car park at Hobson St. opens after 6:30 pm – $4.00 parking

Durham Lane Carpark opens after 6:30 pm – $2.00 parking

The Area Coordinators assigned on a particular day will welcome and usher in church goers and invite the families visited by Senor Santo Niño throughout the year in their respective areas.

Sinulog 2021