Last Minute Details for Buffalo Mass Mob 36 at Saint Benedict Church

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  • 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 a success.
  • Facebook event page for Mass Mob XXXVI
  • The Sunday, December 15th Mass starts promptly at 10:00am. As usual, we suggest you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning.
  • Directions.The church is located at the corner of Main Street and Eggert Road.
  • Parking. There is plenty of parking at St. Benedict’s. Their biggest lot is at Main Street and Westfield Road. There is also have another smaller lot off of Eggert Road, just after the rectory. It is closer to the church and allows easier access to our Eggert Road entrance handicapped ramp. There are four handicapped reserved spots near the rectory garages off of Eggert Road close to the ramp. Fullscreen capture 12132019 121142 PM
  • Church website, https://www.saintbenedicts.com/.
  • Church Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/StBenedictsAmherst/.
  • The church is really excited to host Mass Mob. We are excited to come.
  • See you on Sunday!
  • Any questions, please contact us by clicking here—>

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The Buffalo Mass Mob is headed to St. Benedict R.C. Church on December 15th

The Buffalo Mass Mob will gather on Sunday, December 15th at Saint Benedict R.C. Church in Amherst for 10:00am Mass. This marks the first time that the Mass Mob comes to Amherst.

Some history of Saint Benedict Church from their school’s website:

“New Catholic Parish Here – To Be Created in Eggertsville-Snyder. Father Tobin Rector.”

These were the words that headlined an article in the November 25, 1920 edition of the Amherst Bee and which were later recalled in that same paper in November 11, 1970, by a writer covering the 50th anniversary of St. Benedict’s and its consecration.

Upon publication of that original article in 1920, there was a church to be built but one with no name. The article written and published in the Amherst Bee in 1970 noted that while Catholic churches were named arbitrarily at the discretion of the Bishop, no set rules were yet in place that specifically pertained to giving a new parish its name. Enter Benedict XV, Pope in 1920, whose obvious guiding spiritual figure and founder of the Benedictine order was St. Benedict (later named Patron of Europe) – and you have the history of how St. Benedict’s got its name.

Monsignor William F. Tobin, a native of County Waterford, Ireland, served as the first pastor of the parish, having been appointed to his position in October 1920 by Bishop Turner. From the moment when he celebrated the first Mass in the Eggertsville Fire Hall on November 21, 1920, along with the 18 parish families who made up the parish congregation, he would pave the way for the Church of St. Benedict as we know it today.

With fondness can the parishioners of St. Benedict’s look back upon the history of those men and women who built the church with a spirit of commitment and service. Names such as Wesley Crittenden; Mrs. Charles Magrum; George, Frank, Joseph, Gerald, Eugene, Peter and Paul Bruan; Charles Krantz; Perter Lauchran; J.P. McCarthy; Joseph Meyer; Philip Ronecker; Mrs. Peter Lauchran; Oscar Sauter and Michael Sauter Jr.; Jerry Sullivan; Jacob Schwam; William Schultz; Howard Wix and of course, Msgr. Tobin; are only a few of the many, many people who are responsible for the growth of the parish throughout the years. These are the individuals who donated countless hours of service to working on construction of the church after a demanding work day. As the story goes, Msgr. Tobin kept a prized photograph of those who helped build the church, which was known as the “Twilight League.” The name was intended to be reflective of the transition these workers performed from their day jobs to their night jobs. That work involved construction of the original wooden structure of the church, completed in 1921 at a cost of about $5,472.55, and which in its original form, provided a seating capacity of 300. That Structure would serve the parish for the next ten years until 1930 when a new combination church and school were built, complementing the first rectory that was built in 1928 for the three parish priests who would reside there.

You can read the complete history by clicking here.

Please invite your family and friends as we head to Amherst for out next Mass Mob. We will be posting additional details as we get closer to Mass Mob XXXVI.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2454203564794808/

Saint Benedict Church’s website: https://www.saintbenedicts.com/

Last Minute Details for Buffalo Mass Mob XXXV at Saint Bernard’s

  • 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.
  • Facebook event page for Mass Mob XXXV
  • The Sunday, September 29th Mass starts promptly at 11:30am. As usual, we suggest you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning.
  • Directions.The church is located at the corner of S. Ogden and Clinton Streets.
  • Parking. The church parking lot is next to the church and is accessible from Clinton Street. Handicap access to church is available through the lot entrance to the church. There is also ample street parking all around the church.
  • The church is really excited to host Mass Mob. We are excited to come.
  • See you on Sunday!
  • Any questions, please contact us by clicking here—>

The Buffalo Mass Mob is heading to Kaisertown’s St. Bernard Church

Buffalo Mass Mob XXXV will be held on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at St. Bernard’s Parish in Buffalo’s Kaisertown neighborhood for 11:30am Mass. St. Bernard’s is located at the corner of S. Ogden and Clinton streets. This is the second visit to the Kaisertown neighborhood for the Mass Mob. The first was in January of 2015 for Mass Mob VIII at St. Casimir Church.

Here is an early history of the church courtesy of the Buffalo as an Architectural Museum website.

You can view the parish’s latest bulletin by clicking here—>

Their Facebook page link, https://www.facebook.com/pg/St.Bernard.R.C.Church/.

The Administrator for the parish is Rev. Marcin Porada.

As the date for Mass Mob XXXV gets closer, we will publish more details.

Facebook event page for Mass Mob XXXV, https://www.facebook.com/events/563113827557370/.

Last Minute Details for Mass Mob 34 at Saint Mark’s

  • 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.
  • Facebook event page for Mass Mob XXXIV
  • The Mass starts promptly at 12:00pm. As usual, we suggest you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning.
  • After Mass, the church is the neighborhood headquarters for the Buffalo Garden Walk. The walk runs until 4pm. You can view the brochure for the event by clicking here—>
  • Directions.The church address 401 Woodward Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214 at the corner of Amherst Street.
  • Parking. The church parking lot is behind the church and is accessible from Summit Ave. There is also ample street parking all around the church.
    • There is disability parking in the lot. There is a ramp entrance to the church on Woodward Ave.
  • The parish is excited about Sunday, and so are we.
  • You can connect with the parish via Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/saintmarkchurch/ and via their website, http://saintmarkbuffalo.com
  • See you on Sunday! Please contact us with any questions—>
  • Mob on!

Buffalo Mass Mob 34 will take place on July 28th at St. Mark R.C. Church

The Buffalo Mass Mob is heading to the city’s historic Parkside neighborhood for Mass Mob 34 on Sunday, July 28th, 2019 at St. Mark’s R.C. Church’s 12:00pm Mass.

Here is an early history of St. Mark’s from Steve Cichon’s BuffaloStories.com:

A very young priest, Fr. John McMahon, was offered the chance to become pastor of the parish. His background as pastor at Mt. Carmel Church would serve him well. Mt. Carmel was down near the Commercial Slip in Buffalo’s rough and tumble waterfront /canal district, right next to where the Crystal Beach boat would dock. The area, known as “The Hooks” in those times, was filled with interesting characters from many different walks of life, while Parkside and Central Park were still greatly undeveloped. It was many of these rough and tumble sorts who made up the 30 or 40 families who started St. Mark’s. The families were mostly those of men who were dockworkers at the commercial slip at the canal terminal. There were also 70 or 80 servants, virtually all Irish, among the congregation. They were the maids and butlers in the larger Parkside and later Central Park homes.

St. Mark was a mostly Irish parish, which differentiated it from the other close by parishes like the former St Vincent De Paul (the building is now The Montante Center on the Canisius College Campus) and Blessed Trinity Church (on Leroy Street) which were mostly German parishes. The new parish began June 25, 1908.

Almost immediately, parishioners started raising money for a permanent church. In 1914, ground was broken; work was completed the next year. The statuary near the altar of the current church– likenesses of Jesus, Mary, Joseph and Anthony– were the only artifacts that made their way from the original church to the current building. It was at this time that the rectory, a wooden frame Parkside Home that predates St Mark’s, had a stone facade built up, to give it the same look as the church.

St. Mark was different from other new parishes of the time, in that the parishioners built a stand alone church first without a school. Many new parishes of the time, like North Buffalo neighbors St Margaret’s and Holy Spirit, built combination church/schools, with the church on one floor, the school on another. Parishioners settled on waiting a few years for a school, which was built in 1920-21, and still stands today. That first pastor, Father McMahon, would spend 20 years at St Marks, until he was named the Bishop of Trenton, NJ in 1928.

St. Mark’s first church, a small wooden structure, was constructed in the summer of 1908, where St Mark’s School now stands. More specifically, the church was where a hedge now stands in front the school on Woodward, parallel to the northernmost wall of the school building. The building to the left predated the church, but is currently serves as the rectory, enclosed in the same stone as the church.

As usual, Buffalo Mass Mob is excited to introduce people to a church and parish community they might not be familiar with. St. Mark is a really beautiful church. It sits at the corner of  Amherst St. and Woodward Ave. The parish is led by Pastor Fr. Joseph Rogliano.

The church’s website, http://saintmarkbuffalo.com/.

The church’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/saintmarkchurch/.

Here are some pictures of Saint Mark available through Google, click here to view—>

We hope to see you on July 28th!

 

 

Last Minute Details for Mass Mob 33 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Buffalo Mass Mob XXXIII at Our Lady of Perpetual Help on May 26th

Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) will host the Thirty-Third Buffalo Mass Mob. The Mob will be attending the Sunday, May 26th, 2019 10:30am Mass at the church. Join us!

This is the second time the Buffalo Mass Mob will be visiting OLPH. The first was our second Mass Mob on January 12, 2014. In the five years since we last visited, a lot has happened at the church. A five-year renovation project where the church’s naive was totally stripped down and rebuilt was completed earlier this year. There was a point where the parish community didn’t know if the they could afford the repairs and were worried about OLPH closing. But the church did raise the funds and the future looks great for the parish.

Our first Mass Mob at OLPH literally packed the church. We want to do that again on May 26th. It’s a way to celebrate the new life breathed into OLPH and get a chance to see the renovations for yourself.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, at 115 O’Connell Street in Buffalo’s First Ward,  was formed as the population in the South Park/Louisiana Street area increased, the Catholic Diocese perceived a need for a third church presence there. Consequently, the Bishop, J. E. Quigley, designated that a new parish be formed within the boundaries of St. Stephen’s on Elk Street and St. Brigid’s on Fulton Appointing Rev. R. C. O’Connell to organize it, in March, 1897, he purchased the site on which the church stands. The Bishop placed the cornerstone in November, with the basement completed, the congregation began holding services there. In March, 1900 Bishop Quigley formally dedicated the completed structure.

Our goal with the Buffalo Mass Mob is to bring some attention to Buffalo’s historic churches and to remind people how valuable they are to the city’s fabric and their need to be supported.

Facebook event page.

https://www.facebook.com/events/442017736545309

Thank you for your continued support!