No more physical, public novena masses in Basilica

On January 11, 2021, Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu Church announced there will be no more public masses in the Basilica but Novena masses will continue through online or virtual starting tomorrow, January 12, 2021 until the Fiesta Señor day on January 17, 2021.

Moreoever, the Church assured that the Sinulog novena masses will be livestreamed with no changes on the schedule on Basilica’s Facebook Page and other broadcast partners.

The Basilica will also remain open to the public from 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Pilgrims and devotees are strictly advised to observe and follow the minimum health protocols implemented in the Basilica.

This announcement was made after the entire Cebu recorded a surge of new COVID-19 cases last week. As of January 10, Cebu’s active COVID-19 cases rose to 668.

“It has been our desire to celebrate the novena days and Fiesta Senor 2021 with the people despite the raging coronavirus pandemic that affects us. We recall 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 COVID019.”

– Rev. Fr. Pacifico C. Nohara Jr., OSA, Prior and Rector of the Augustinian Friars of the Basilica

Where to watch Live Novena Mass Online?

Here are the official Sinulog Foundation Inc. channels where you can watch the Live Novena Masses online:


DAY 2-8: January 9-15, 2021

  • 5:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 6:30 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 8:00 AM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 9:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 11:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 12:30 PM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 2:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 3:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano) Mass for the Opening Salvo of Sinulog Festival
  • 5:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 6:30 PM – Holy Mass with Traditional Sinulog (English)

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