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!

 

 

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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!

Last Minute Details for Mass Mob 32 at St. Teresa R.C. Church on Sunday

Saint Teresa’s Fenceraiser Fundraiser

The Buffalo Mass Mob is heading to South Buffalo. Our thirty-second Mass Mob will be held on Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at St. Teresa’s R.C. Church located at 1974 Seneca Street for 11:00am Mass.

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Saint Teresa’s Church is in need of new fencing and gates for their Mineral Springs parking lot. The cost estimate is $12,OOO. The Mass Mob goal is to raise $1,000 to help them with this hefty undertaking.

A new fence and gate is imperative for many reasons but the main reason is for safety.

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Recently Saint Teresa’s had to install a new boiler in the church which cost about $25,000 and this past fall had a new sewer and water line installed at a cost of $18,000. The parish is 120 years old and the old buildings and infrastructure are constantly needing updates.

St Teresa’s is probably one of the most unique parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo.  One reason is because the Medina Sandstone Gothic style beauty has been placed on the New York Sate Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places, both in 2016.  Additionally, St. Teresa is home to a restored Heritage pipe organ.

Nine parishes have become part of St Teresa’s over the past 10 years. St John the Evangelist was the first parish merger.  The came St Clare’s three years ago. Approximately 10 years before, the following parishes we’re merged to make St Clare’s: St Stephen, St Valentine, Sts Peter and Paul, St Patrick, St Rita, St Monica and Precious Blood.

We thank you in advance for your consideration of helping St Teresa’s reach their goal of installing a new fence and gate to help keep parishioners and the community safe!  We hope that you help us #ProtectSacredSites and #PackThePews at #Buffalo #MassMob XXXII.

To donate, visit this GoFundMe page—> https://www.gofundme.com/st-teresa039s-fence-fundraiser

Please join us for Mass Mob 32 on Sunday, March 24th!

The Buffalo Mass Mob is Heading to St. Teresa’s R.C. Church in South Buffalo

The Buffalo Mass Mob is heading to South Buffalo. Our thirty-second Mass Mob will be held on Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at St. Teresa’s R.C. Church located at 1974 Seneca Street for 11:00am Mass.

The parish was established in 1897. Here’s a history of the church from “Buffalo as an Architectural Museum” website, http://buffaloah.com. The church is listed on local, state and national lists of historic places.

Please join us on March 24th! The parish is excited to have our group coming.

To find out more about the parish, visit their website, http://www.stteresabuffalo.com.

The Facebook event page for Mass Mob XXXII, https://www.facebook.com/events/2170787203235872/.

We will have more details in the coming weeks.

Last Minute Details for Mass Mob XXXI at Blessed Sacrament 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.
  • Facebook event page for Mass Mob XXXI
  • The Mass starts promptly at 11:00am. As usual, we suggest you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning.
    • A special tour of the church’s 33 stained-glass windows will take place after the Mass.
    • There will also be a coffee reception after Mass.
  • Directions and Parking

Mass Mob XXXI at Blessed Sacrament Church in Buffalo on January 27th

Buffalo Mass Mob begins its sixth year by heading to the city’s Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church on Sunday, January 27th, 2019 for 11:00am Mass.

Blessed Sacrament has an interesting history.

From the church’s website.

Blessed Sacrament Church, Buffalo, has enjoyed a very long and distinguished history closely linked to several of the bishops of the Diocese of Buffalo.

Founded in 1887 as the chapel for the second Bishop of Buffalo, Bishop Stephen Vincent Ryan, the chapel was soon expanded to meet the needs of a growing congregation and named Blessed Sacrament Church.

A growing city and a growing Catholic population called for even more expansion and plans were put in place to build a new cathedral adjacent to the church that would hold 1,500 people. In 1915, St. Joseph’s New Cathedral was dedicated. However, after sixty short years, the Cathedral was demolished due to severely deteriorating materials that could not withstand the Buffalo winters. At this point, in 1976, the parish was recommissioned, once again, as Blessed Sacrament Church.

This history comes from the Buffalo as an Architectural Museum website.

The Rev. Paul R. Bossi is the current pastor of Blessed Sacrament.

The parish is excited to have Buffalo Mass Mob come to church. And we are equally excited to bring the Mass Mob to this wonderful church. We will be posting more details  in the coming weeks about Mass Mob XXXI.

Blessed Sacrament Church’s website, http://blessedsacramentbuffalo.org/ and Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/blessedsacramentbuffalo/.

Facebook event page, https://www.facebook.com/events/767247750292138/.

Last minute details for Mass Mob XXX at St. Adalbert Basilica

  • 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. We are excited to be coming back to St. Adalbert Basilica where it all started in 2013.
  • Facebook event page for Mass Mob XXX, https://www.facebook.com/events/464505424044749/
  • The Mass starts promptly at 5:30pm. As usual, we suggest you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning.
    • Candles for the mass’ remembrance of deceased loved ones can be purchased at the basilica before the mass (cash only please). Names will be written on the candles and added to the list to be read aloud and prayed for.
    • There will be a light reception after Mass in the church. It is a great opportunity to mingle with the St. Adalbert Basilica community. It will also give you a chance to walk around the basilica and really take in all the beauty of this historic house of worship.
  • Directions and Parking

Here’s a video of St. Adalbert Basilica:

The Buffalo Mass Mob Turns Thirty

When Buffalo Mass Mob started five years ago, the goal was to get fifty to a hundred people to show up to a Mass Mob to help give a church a boost in the pews. The first at St. Adalbert Basilica did substantially better that. The second at Our Lady of Perpetual Help packed the church full. The third at St. John Kanty did the same. That’s when the group knew were truly onto something that was bigger than they ever expected. From there, Buffalo Mass Mob has been packing the pews in and around Buffalo since then. 

To celebrate their thirtieth Mass Mob and five year anniversary, Buffalo Mass Mob is going back to St. Adalbert Basilica on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 for the church’s annual Mass of Remembrance at 5:30pm. It is almost exactly five years to the day when the first Mass Mob was held there.

The Mass of Remembrance is an opportunity to remember those who have passed on. You can participate by ordering a candle from the church. You can include a name of a departed loved one on the candle when ordering. The candles will be available at the church prior to Mass for pickup. During the service, each name submitted to the church will be read aloud. At that time, people who ordered a candle will be asked to bring their candle(s) up to the altar. The candles will be placed around the altars of the church. It is a beautiful ceremony. You can download a candle form by visiting the St. Adalbert’s website, www.SaintAdabertBasilica.org.

The Mass will also feature the wonderful voice of soprano vocalist Brittany Mruczek, accompanied by Steve Kroczynski on guitar. There will be a reception after Mass in the back of the church. It will be a great chance to walk around and tour the church and mingle with people from St. Adalbert’s worship community. Established in 1886, St. Adalbert Basilica is only open to the public a handful of times a year. Mass Mob XXX will be a great opportunity to experience this truly special place. It is located at 212 Stanislaus Street in East Buffalo.

Buffalo 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 by encouraging people to attend Buffalo’s historic and heritage churches. The group has received national and international press for their efforts. They have also inspired people in other cities to start their own Mass Mobs. More information about Buffalo Mass Mob can be found on the group’s website, www.BuffaloMassMob.org.

Photos of Saint Adalbert Basilica: