The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels — entry courtyard with fountain, in Downtown Los Angeles, California. (photo courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/)

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels — entry courtyard with fountain, in Downtown Los Angeles, California. (photo courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/)

On Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 3:30 pm, a mass sponsored by Santo Niño Cruzada USA with the participations of the Cathedral Knights of Columbus and a Sinulog Group will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to celebrate its 28th year anniversary of the solemn Feast of Santo Niño, the Divine Infant Jesus.

During the 16th century, the first Santo Niño statue was given by the Spaniards to the Queen of Cebu. Although the devotion to the Divine Infant has roots in Europe, Filipinos are known for their fervent devotion to the Infant Jesus, celebrating with religious and civic activities. As a result, Filipino immigrants brought their Santo Niño to the United States to be their spiritual recourse, assistance and protector.

We celebrated the first Feast of Santo Niño on January 10, 1986 at then Saint Vibiana’s Cathedral in Los Angeles. It was in the summer of 1988 that the original group of Santo Niño devotees was formally organized under the name, Cruzada de Santo Niño, and had the election of officers