Buffalo Mass Mob XXV will be at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church

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Mark your calendars!

Buffalo Mass Mob XXV will be at Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church on Sunday, January 21st, 2018 at Noon.

This will be our 25th Mass Mob. We are very proud of reaching this number. None of what we have accomplished would have been possible without the people who come to the Mass Mobs. Thank you.

Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church is located at 308 Fillmore Avenue in East Buffalo.

Here is some early history of the church:

St. Nicholas Parish started in 1894, but the present Church at Fillmore and Oneida was built 90 years ago, in 1919. What follows is a brief history of our Parish both before the building of the new church and then after.

Our people began to settle in Buffalo at the end of the 19th century, when the first immigrants came to the Black Rock area of the city around 1882. Their first church was built in 1894 on Ideal Street.

The first pastor of this church was Rev. Mykola Stefanowycz (1895). This church was eventually taken over by the Russian Orthodox. In 1905, the Catholics from the East Side, organized as the Brotherhood of St. Nicholas, constructed a little wooden church at 193 Central Avenue.

The lots for the church were purchased at a cost of $300.00 and $1,800.00 was spent on the construction of the building. Fr. Ivan A. Zaklinskyj blessed the church, while Bishop Charles H. Colton, the local Latin rite ordinary, presided. In 1910, the parish was honored by a visit from Metropolitan Andrew Sheptycky, when he was on his way to the

Eucharistic Congress in Montreal, Canada. As the number of parishioners increased, it became evident that the church was too small for the worshippers.

Rev. John Ortynsky, in the church announcements of July 9, 1913, addressed the congregation by saying, “I remind you once again about buying the lots and I am asking every parishioner to offer something, according to his ability, for the purchase of the property. If we do not succeed, people would laugh at us by saying, ‘they started, but they have been unable to finish.’” The land mentioned above was located at the corner of Fillmore Ave. and Oneida Street. To the pastor and the parishioners, this location was more suitable for the construction of a church and, therefore, he encouraged the members of the parish to contribute toward the purchase of the land.

Even while preparing for the construction of the church, difficulties were experienced. Once again, the voice of the pastor could be heard in the church on November 16, 1913. He said, “I warn those who want to introduce disorder in the church that they will be sorry for their actions. Order must be kept until the matter is clarified.”

Finally, the property was secured for the church. It was blessed on September 13, 1914 by Rev. Nicholas Voloshtuk. The ground breaking ceremony took place on May 20, 1917. On October 26, 1919, the laying of the church cornerstone was performed. The dedication of the church was on November 25, 1920. Rev. John Ortynsky was the pastor.

Plans for the church were drawn by W. H. Zawadzki. His fee was $2,000. The general contractor was Bellanca and Sorgi. Excavation was done by Frank Piekarski ($1,600); pouring the concrete for the basement was done by Butler and Mills ($2,000); plumbing by Thomas Park; and heating by A. Victor & Co. The lawyer for the project was Charles L. O’Connor.

The building fund campaign was started on February 8, 1917. Rev. John Ortynsky issued authorized certificates for the collectors in Ukrainian, English, and Polish. Parishioners Wasyl Rebizant, Theodore Skorobohatyj and Joseph Yakovenko began to pay visits to the members of the parish, asking for donations. In our archives we have a journal whose 81 pages are filled with these donations.

The idea of a new church was dear to the parishioners and they used every opportunity to collect funds. A few parishioners went even to other parishes and brought in donations from friends and relatives

An interesting part of the history is that the Saint Nicholas Church was originally started at our last Mass Mob church, Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church.

We will have more details in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, you can visit Saint Nicholas Church’s website.

http://www.stnbuffalo.com

Buffalo Mass Mob is looking forward to our twenty-fifth Mass Mob!

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Photos: Buffalo Mass Mob XXIV at Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church

These are the photos from Buffalo Mass Mob XXIV at Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church taken on 10/15/2017 by Arthur Kogutowski, a Buffalo Mass Mob organizer.

Click on images to open photo album…

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We will be making an announcement about Buffalo Mass Mob XXV soon.

Thank you, Buffalo and we’re still selling t-shirts!

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Thank you, Buffalo! Mass Mob XXIV at Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church on Sunday was very cool. From Fr. Vlad to the parish community, everyone was very warm and welcoming. It was a great experience. We will have more pictures in the coming days.

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T-shirts!

We are still selling t-shirts through 10/21 to raise some extra funds for Sts. Peter and Paul Church’s Dome Project.

The t-shirts are $16.00 and are Lovejoy themed! 100% of the proceeds go to the church.

To purchase, visit https://teechip.com/buffalovejoy.

If you would like to give directly to the church, visit https://www.peterandpauloca.com/dome-repairs/

Sts. Peter and Paul Church is on the National List of Historic and is a true treasure in Buffalo’s Lovejoy neighborhood.

 

Last minute details for Buffalo Mass Mob XXIV at Sts. Peter and Paul Church on Sunday

  • First off,  the Buffalo Mass Mob group (Danielle Huber, Christopher Byrd, Greg Witul and Arthur Kogutowski) thanks you for your continued support in helping make Mass Mobbing such a success.
  • This is our twenty-fourth Mass Mob!
  • This is our first Mass Mob at an Orthodox Church.
  • The Divine Liturgy starts promptly at 10:00 am on Sunday, October 15th. We always suggest that you plan to be at church at least 15 minutes before worship services begin.
  • What is the Divine Liturgy? You can read a breakdown of what it is by clicking here—>
  • There will be a reception immediately following the Divine Liturgy in the parish hall behind the church. Please come and learn more about Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church and its worship community. All are welcome! 🙂
  • Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church is located at  is located at 45 Ideal Street in the hear of Buffalo’s Lovejoy neighborhood. Click here for directions–>
  • Parking…there is ample street parking on Ideal Street and other streets (Benzinger, William and Luddington) surrounding the church.
  • If you would prefer to park in a lot, the Buffalo Vietnamese Temple (the former St, Agnes Church) will have their lot opened to park. It’s about a 1/2 block from Sts. Peter and Paul. The gates to the parking lot will be opened for both the Ludington Street and Ideal Street. Click here for directions—>
  • Father Vlad Zablotskyy, who leads the Sts. Peter and Paul worship community, also has his own online cooking show…you should check it out on YouTube.  https://www.youtube.com/user/OCCookingShow/videos Father Vlad also has a chicken coop and bakes a mean sourdough bread.
  • As most of our Mass Mobs are at Catholic Churches, we need to remind you that attending the Divine Liturgy on Sunday can’t be a substitute for the Catholic obligation to attend Mass.
  • Buffalo Mass Mob is still selling our BuffaLOVEJOY t-shirts to help Sts. Peter and Paul Church raise funds to restore its historic dome. Click here for more info on how you can purchase—>
  • We are really looking forward to Mass Mob XXIV, please join us Sunday.
  • Sts. Peter and Paul’s website: https://www.peterandpauloca.com/
  • For more history on the church, click here—>

BuffaLOVEJOY T-Shirtraiser extended through October 21st

Buffalo Mass Mob has extended the t-shirt sale to help with the restoration of Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church’s dome through October 21st.

To order, follow this link—> https://teechip.com/buffalovejoy

This is from our original post on the t-shirt raiser:

When Buffalo Mass Mob was made aware of the issues facing Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Lovejoy, we decided to bring our group there for a Mass Mob to help increase visibility for this neighborhood treasure and place listed on the National Register of Historic PlacesAnother thing decided is that we had to do something else to help raise some money for the church’s dome project. Sts. Peter and Paul needs to raise close to $55,000 to fix its majestic and historic dome. That’s when we got the idea to sell some t-shirts to aid project. Buffalo Mass Mob doesn’t know how much we can raise, but whatever we (you) do will surely help.

The design of the shirt celebrates one of Buffalo’s truly unique neighborhoods. If you love Lovejoy, you will want one of these. Sts. Peter and Paul Church is part of the fabric of what makes Lovejoy great. Please share with your friends!

The church receives 100% of the proceeds generated by the sale.

If you would prefer to donate directly to the church, click here—>

Please come to Buffalo Mass Mob XXIV at the church on Sunday, October 15th at 10:00am. Click here for more info—>

BuffaLOVEJOY T-shirtraiser for Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church Ends Next Week

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Buffalo Mass Mob’s BuffaLovejoy t-shirt-raiser ends on 10/21/2017.

If you haven’t ordered one yet, you can at https://teechip.com/buffalovejoy.

All the proceeds will go directly to Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church to help fix the church’s historic dome.

The BUFFALOVEJOY shirt is a great way to help the church and celebrate Buffalo’s Lovejoy neighborhood.

Please join us for Mass Mob XXIV at the church on Sunday, October 15 at 10:00am.

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For the love of Lovejoy: Buy a shirt, help a church

When Buffalo Mass Mob was made aware of the issues facing Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Lovejoy, we decided to bring our group there for a Mass Mob to help increase visibility for this neighborhood treasure and place listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another thing decided is that we had to do something else to help raise some money for the church’s dome project. Sts. Peter and Paul needs to raise close to $55,000 to fix its majestic and historic dome. That’s when we got the idea to sell some t-shirts to aid project. Buffalo Mass Mob doesn’t know how much we can raise, but whatever we (you) do will surely help.

The design of the shirt celebrates one of Buffalo’s truly unique neighborhoods. If you love Lovejoy, you will want one of these. Please share with your friends!

The fundraiser ends on 10/21/2017. Order now!

Here is the link to order the shirt in either grey or navy blue…

https://teechip.com/buffalovejoy

The church receives 100% of the proceeds generated by the sale.

If you would prefer to donate directly to the church, click here—>

Please join us on 10/15/2017 for Buffalo Mass Mob XXIV at Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church! Click here for more info—>

Buffalo Mass Mob XXIV will be at Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in Lovejoy

***Please check out our fundraiser for the church by clicking here—>


The Buffalo Mass Mob will be heading to the city’s Lovejoy neighborhood for the second time when Mass Mob XXIV takes place on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church. We will be mobbing the church’s 10:00am Divine Liturgy service.

Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church was established in 1894. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Here is some history of the church and parish community from the Buffalo as an Architectural Museum website.

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The church is tucked away at 45 Ideal Street in the Lovejoy neighborhood. Like other older worship communities in Buffalo, the church has seen a decline over the years. The church is also in the midst if trying to raise money to fix the church’s dome. Mass Mob friend and local preservationist, Chrissy Lincoln, brought the church and dome to our attention. We decided it would be a good place to bring the Buffalo Mass Mob and help raise awareness about the church.

Website for the church: https://www.peterandpauloca.com

It’s a beautiful church, PLEASE JOIN US ON October 15th!

Thank you, Buffalo and Photos from Mass Mob XXIII

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From Arthur, Chris, Danielle and Greg, THANK YOU! Buffalo Mass Mob XXIII is in the books, and it was a great experience for all who came. Between the music, liturgy, the post Mass Mob reception, everything was wonderful and the St. John Gualbert parish community were excellent host. Mass Mob continues to be a great celebration of the region’s incredible sacred sites. St

Photos, click on images below to open gallery in Facebook. (You don’t need to be a member of Facebook to view.)

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Here is video of the Our Father from the Mass Mob XXIII.

We will be announcing Mass Mob XXIV soon…stay tuned.

 

Last Minutes Details on Buffalo Mass Mob XXIII at St. John Gualbert

  • First off,  the Buffalo Mass Mob group (Danielle Huber, Christopher Byrd, Greg Witul and Arthur Kogutowski) thanks you for your continued support in helping make Mass Mobbing such a success.
  • This is our twenty-third Mass Mob!
  • This is our first Mass Mob in Cheektowaga.
  • Mass starts promptly at 12:00 pm. We always suggest that you plan to be at church at least 15 minutes before Mass.
  • There will be a reception immediately following Mass celebrating St John Gualbert’s 100th birthday. There will be free pizza, cake, vendors, live music, dance and service. Connect with Catholics from all over the Diocese! All are welcome! 🙂
  • St. John Gualbert is located at  is located at 83 Gualbert Ave, Cheektowaga, NY 14211. Click here for directions–>
  • Parking…there is a lot in front of the church and ample street parking on the roads surrounding the church.
  • Click here to read some history on St. John Gualbert Church—>
  • St. John Gualbert’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Gualberts1917/
  • We are really looking forward to Sunday…we hope you are, too!
  • Any questions, please contact us by clicking here—>