Parañaque City, June 17, 2014—With just a few weeks ahead of its patroness’ feast day, Baclaran Church prepares for the important annual occasion through a series of daily novena masses with different guest priests presiding each day.
While customarily the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help holds novena masses only on Wednesdays, this rule is not observed nine days before the feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in order to highlight the significance of the event.
Starting on Wednesday, June 18, the first of these novena masses is set to be held.
These “misa novenario” will last until June 26, Thursday, the eve of the feast day.
The complete schedule is as follows:
June 18 4:45 p.m. Tuguegarao Archbishop Sergio L. Utleg, D.D.
June 19 5:45 p.m. Rev. Fr. Ulrich B. Gacayan, R.C.J.
June 20 5:45 p.m. Rev. Fr. Hernandez Mendoza
June 21 5:45 p.m. Rev. Fr. John Francis Frederick Manlapig
June 22 5:30 p.m. Manila Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales
June 23 5:45 p.m. Rev. Fr. Calixto Lumandas
June 24 5:45 p.m. Rev. Fr. Mark Emman Sese
June 25 4:45 p.m. Rev. Fr. Vitaliano Dimaranan, S.D.B.
June 26 5:45 p.m. Rev. Fr. Ramón García, S.D.B.
On June 27, Friday, the feast day proper, Caloocan Bishop Emeritus Deogracias Iñiguez, Jr. will celebrate mass at 12:30 p.m. and Bishop Ireneo Amantilli, C.Ss.R., D.D. at 5:30 p.m.
A blessing of the “Our Mother of Perpetual Help” icon will be conducted in between masses.
Processions are also scheduled after the 5:30 masses. Everybody is invited to join. (Raymond A. Sebastián)