PRESS RELEASE: Buffalo Mass Mob brings BuffaLOVE to LOVEjoy

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On Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 10:00am, Saint Katharine Drexel Church will host Buffalo Mass Mob XIII. The Buffalo Mass Mob group identified Saint Katherine’s as a historic and architecturally significant church that would benefit from a boost of attendance. We are utilizing social media to publicize the mass date and time with the intent of packing the pews like they once were decades ago. Our objective is to raise awareness about the neighborhood church, re-energize, fill the coffers, and to pray together.

Saint Katharine Drexel welcomes all. They say, “What we mean by is ‘all people are
welcome,’ single, twice divorced, under 30, gay, filthy rich, black and proud, poor as dirt, can’t sing, no habla ingles, married with pets, older than God, more Catholic than the Pope, workaholic, bad speller, screaming babies, three-times divorced, passive-aggressive, obsessive, compulsive, tourists, seekers, doubters, bleeding hearts….. and YOU!!”

The church, which is tucked away on one of Lovejoy’s neighborhood side-streets, has a
very unique setup because the service is actually presented in the middle of the room and the pews circle all of the way around. It was built in 1959 and designed by Albert Rumschick. In addition, the magnificent windows of the church tell the life of Saint Francis. The parish was formed in 2007 with the joining of St. Agnes, St. Frnacis, and Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary parished. The parish is on the site of the former Saint Francis of Assisi Parish.

The day of Buffalo Mass Mob is also a special day for the parish as it is also the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Our city is known for its incredible architecture. Part of this architectural mix are the many churches located throughout Buffalo. These houses of worship helped shape and define the city as we know it. It is Buffalo Mass Mob’s hope to help create more awareness and appreciation for sacred sites in Western New York through the simple act of experiencing them in their intended purpose and encourage people to attend Mass more at Buffalo’s historic churches.

Inspired by the successful Buffalo Cash Mob and a Facebook Mass done at Saint Adalbert Basilica a couple of years ago, Buffalo Mass Mob has, in grassroots fashion, allowed people to support and experience some of Buffalo’s wonderful churches in need of a boost. The concept is simple. The Buffalo Mass Mob picks a church and you come to Mass there.

Twelve Buffalo Mass Mobs are in the books. We have visited virtually every neighborhood in Buffalo, from Blackrock to Riverside, from the West Side to the East Side, from Kaisertown to the Old First Ward and South Buffalo. Our first Mass Mob was at Saint Adalbert Basilica on 11-2-2013 and we can’t wait to pack the pews in Lovejoy on October 4th! We’ve been very successful thus far. The results have included new parishioners to churches, large spikes in the dollar amounts placed in coffers, re-energizing, making people aware that these churches exist, education via tours regarding the history, architecture, and preservation, and the joy that is brought to everyone seeing the pews being filled once again! It is an such an easy way for anyone to support the wonderful churches we have here in Buffalo. All that you need to do is show up!

Parish website: http://www.stkatharinedrexel.net/

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As a child, Ms. Danielle Huber liked to explore and be adventurous. Those attributes have followed her into adulthood. Every opportunity she gets, she is engaged in what her beloved city has to offer. One day she might take a stroll down Lincoln Parkway and the next she might have her eyes buried in a rare book at the Grosvenor Room at Central Library. She also likes to sit at the waterfront and just get lost in her thoughts or eat lunch behind the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society. She says, “Buffalo is my playground!” She was born and raised in West Seneca, NY which is a suburb of the city. She graduated from West Seneca East Senior High School in 2001 where she proceeded to go Medaille College. After four years of hard work and dedication, she earned a Bachelors of Science in Education. Within months she got a job teaching at a Charter School, where she has made herself a home. She has had the wonderful privilege of teaching fourth and second grade. In addition, she attended Buffalo State College where she obtained a Masters Degree in Education and Columbia University's Teachers College. Her passion is history and more specifically, Buffalo History. Now that she finished her Masters, she intends on continuing her education to be able to proceed with all of her desired endeavors! Who knows, one day you may be voting for Danielle Huber for Mayor!

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