Thank you, Buffalo! Mass Mob XXVIII was beautiful. Thank you to all the wonderful parishioners at Ss, Columba-Brigid Church for making everyone feel like family. Everything from Father Jud Weiksnar’s homily to the music to the reception afterward was fantastic. A special thank you to everyone who brought donations for the Food Pantry and Family Promise
Here is some video from Mass Mob XXVIII. We will have some photos to share in the coming days.
One week from today, Buffalo Mass Mob XXVIII! One of the things we do with some of our Mass Mobs is have people bring in donations for a ministry or organization at the parish. With Ss. Columba-Brigid Church, we are asking people attending to consider bring something for the parish’s food pantry or for Family Promise, an organization assisting homeless families. The lists of critical needs for both are below.
Jelly and Jam
Family Promise https://fpwny.org
Towels – bath and wash cloth (new or lightly used)
Full and queen size bed sheets
Diapers and pull-ups of all sizes
Household cleaners of all kinds
You can just bring to the church Sunday. Please help if you can. Mass Mob XXVII starts at 10:00am next Sunday!
For more info about Mass Mob XVIII, click here—>
Buffalo Mass Mob XXVIII will be held at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church located at 75 Hickory St. – Buffalo, New York 14204. Formed out of the Saint Columba and Saint Brigid Churches. Columba-Brigid’s original church was destroyed by fire in 2004. The new church opened in 2006.
From Pastor Father Jud Weiksnar, “You could say that Mass Mob fits right into what we are proposing for a new parish mission statement: ‘We the church of Ss. Columba-Brigid are a welcoming, inclusive, multicultural Catholic community inspired by the Holy Spirit to celebrate the Risen Christ in how we worship, how we serve others, and how we work for justice.’ And we’re thrilled to be hosting Mass Mob.”
The 10 a.m. Mass on July 29 will be bilingual, in English and Spanish. If you’ve never been to a bilingual service, it’s a marvelous experience. ¡Ustedes son muy bienvenidos! You are most welcome to join us! (And please stay for refreshments afterwards.)
Facebook event page for Mass Mob XXVIII: (invite your friends and family)
Ss. Columba-Brigid’s website:
The Buffalo Mass Mob is heading to Our Lady of Fatima Shrine is Lewiston for Mass Mob XXVII on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018.
From Visit Buffalo Niagara:
Since 1954, Our Lady of Fatima Shrine has become a place of natural beauty, art, communal prayer, and renewal to thousands who visit the unique buildings and grounds each year. The magnificence and natural beauty of the Shrine is highlighted by an awe-inspiring Dome Basilica covered with two layers of glass and plexiglass, with a contour of the Northern Hemisphere of the globe. The impressive approach to the Basilica is down the Avenue of the Saints (over one hundred life-size marble statues represent Saints from every race and walk of life) and around the serenity of the Rosary Pool. Two flights of stairs, with 63 steps, lead to the top of the Dome, where, in graceful majesty, stands a huge statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The statue, carved from Vermont granite, is 13 feet high and weighs ten tons. From the top of the Dome, visitors can view the entire Shrine grounds and surrounding countryside.
Buffalo Mass Mob will be attending 12:00pm Mass. Our group is really excited to afford an opportunity for Western New Yorkers to experience this unique sacred site in the region. It fits in with our goal to help create more awareness and appreciation for sacred sites in Western New York.
Our Lady of Fatima is a destination for visitors from all over the United States and the world. There is a lot to see and experience there.
Please join us on June 3rd!
Click here to view a brochure on the shrine—>
The Buffalo Mass Mob is heading to Our Lady of Hope Church on the city’s west side for Mass Mob XXVI. The Mass is on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 11:00am.
The former Annunciation Church became Our Lady of Hope on 2009.
From the church’s website:
In 2009 the newly merged parish of Our Lady of Hope began on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. This new community was the merger of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Loretto, and Annunciation parishes on the West Side of Buffalo. Since that day, Our Lady of Hope has grown in diversity and purpose.
Since the merger, Our Lady of Hope has attracted new parishioners from growing immigrant communities on the west side.
History of Annunciation R.C. Church from the Buffalo as an Architectural Museum website:
Please invite your family and friends to Mass Mob XXVI! Our Lady of Hope is an interesting church with a wonderful history and a promising future.
To find out more about Our Lady of Hope, visit their website and Facebook page.
Each time we put together a Mass Mob, there are a number of uncertainties. The biggest one is how many people will show up. We do a lot to get the word out through social media and traditional media. Until the day of the Mass Mob happens, we are always nervous. But what happens time and time again is that Buffalo comes through and helps pack a church like we did yesterday at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in East Buffalo. Without people, Mass Mob would not be a success. Thank you.
Mass Mob would not be a success either without the extraordinary response we receive from host churches. St. Nicholas Church, led by Pastor Reverend Marijan Procyk, rolled out the welcome mat for Mass Mob XXV yesterday with open arms. Between Reverend Procyk’s message of unity from the pulpit to the wonderful way the parishioners embraced guests to the church to the nice reception featuring Ukrainian food after the Divine Liturgy, our twenty-fifth Mass Mob was a memorable experience for all who attended. Thank you.
Everything about yesterday is why we do Buffalo Mass Mob…to give a local church some exposure while bringing people together to celebrate and experience a sacred site they would have otherwise never been to.
A little side note. St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic hosts a weekly ‘Friday Kitchen’ fundraiser for the parish. It features wonderful ethnic food. If you are looking for something different to do for lunch on a Friday, definitely check it out. You can find out more about it by clicking here—>
Here is video of the Lord’s Prayer from Mass Mob XXV:
Here are some photos from Mass Mob XXV:
(click on images to open in full view gallery)
- 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 25th Mass Mob! It’s something our group is really excited about achieving. When we started, we had no idea how long Mass Mobbing would go on. As we head to Saint Nicholas on Sunday for our 25th, we hope to continue on as long as we can.
- Facebook event page for Mass Mob XXV—> https://www.facebook.com/events/328888990852611/ Please share!
- Attending Sunday’s Mass Mob at Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic church fulfills Sunday obligation for Catholics. Catholics can also receive communion at the church. One note though, communion is distributed on tongue only.
- The essential elements of the public worship of the Catholic Church, in the Sacrifice of the Eucharist and the administration of the sacraments, are the same in all Catholic rites. What is called the “Mass” in Western Churches is called “Divine Liturgy” in Eastern Churches like the Ukrainian Catholic Church.
- Here’s a primer on the Divine Liturgy
- Worship in the Ukrainian Catholic Church is characterized by a great sense of God’s holiness, a reverence for the sacred, a humble dependence on the power and mercy of God and faith in the intercessory power of the Mother of God and all the Saints. There is a strong tradition of congregational singing without instrumentation, with traditional melodies adopted to our liturgical texts. The majority of the Divine Liturgy is said in English, with some responses and prayers said in Ukrainian.
- The Liturgy consists of three main parts: The Preparation, during which the priest prepares the bread and chalice for Communion; The Liturgy of the Word, which includes particular readings, prayers and a homily; The Liturgy of Sacrifice, the main part of Divine Liturgy when the Creed is recited, the Holy Gifts are Consecrated and Communion is received.
- Click here to view the Divine Liturgy—>
- There will be a handout at the church either inside the bulletin or as a separate sheet explaining the Divine Liturgy, too.
- Rev. Marijan Procyk, pastor, will also offer some guidance on Sunday.
- The service starts promptly at 12:00 noon. As always, we suggest that you plan to be at church at least 15 minutes before worship services begin.
- Parking, there is ample street parking on the streets surrounding the church. There is also a lot at School 40 on Oneida Street across from the church. Click here for directions to 308 Fillmore—>
- We are really looking forward to Mass Mob XXV, please join us Sunday.
- Saint Nichols Ukrainian Catholic Church’s web site: http://www.stnbuffalo.com/
- For history on the church, click here—>
Hope to see you on Sunday! Our Mass Mobs are open to the general public.
Any questions, please contact us by clicking here—>