The Buffalo Mass Mob is headed to Buffalo’s First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 9, 2016 for 10:00 AM service.
Founded in 1812, First Presbyterian Church was the first faith community in Buffalo. The congregation has worshiped in its magnificent building on Symphony Circle since the late nineteenth century. Greg Witul, Buffalo Mass Mob organizer, “Besides its historic and architectural significance, First Presbyterian is one of Buffalo’s great repositories of stained glass. The Ascension window by the Ford Company is a rare example of stained glass that was manufactured using mercury, while the ethereal light of the New Jerusalem window produced by Tiffany Studios truly captures Ezekiel’s vision of the City of God.”
This is the eighteenth Mass Mob the group has staged since it was founded in 2013. The effort was established to help struggling inner city churches fill their pews. The concept is simple. Buffalo Mass Mob picks a church and asks the public to come en masse to worship on a selected Sunday. This gives visitors a chance to see and experience a historic Buffalo house of worship while giving the host church a boost in the pews and the collection basket. The group has received press from all over the world for their efforts.
Mass Mob XVIII will feature tours of First Presbyterian Church starting at 9:15 AM before service and then after by local historic tour organization Explore Buffalo. Buffalo Mass Mob is also asking people attending to bring a item for the church’s Lyon Food Pantry, in honor of former pastor Geri Lyon. Please bring either rice, cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, beans, tuna, mac & cheese, soup, canned vegetables or toilet paper for the bags the pantry distributes.
Buffalo Mass Mob is open to all and the public is invited to attend.
First Presbyterian Church is located at One Symphony Circle, Buffalo, New York 14201. More information about the church can be found at www.FirstChurchBuffalo.org. More information about Buffalo Mass Mob can be found at www.BuffaloMassMob.org.
Here is our promo video for Mass Mob XVIII.
Explore Buffalo, an architectural and history tour organization, will be giving tours of First Presbyterian Church starting at 9:15am prior to Sunday’s 10:00am service and immediately following service for Buffalo Mass Mob XVIII.
This will be a great opportunity to learn about the history First Church and the church building itself.
You can read more about Explore Buffalo by following this link. http://explorebuffalo.org
We hope to see you on October 9th for Buffalo Mass Mob XVIII!
***For Catholics, this service cannot be used as a substitute for regular Sunday Catholic Mass.
Buffalo Mass Mob XVIII will be held on Sunday, October 9th, 2016 as we come to historic First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo for 10:00am service.
This marks the first time that the Buffalo Mass Mob will be going to a non Catholic church. One of the goals of our group from early on was to visit churches in other faiths as Buffalo Mass Mob grew. First Presbyterian is an wonderful place to take this next step at. We invite everyone who has come to our previous Mass Mobs to join us. Our Mass Mobs are open to everyone. They present a unique opportunity to experience a historic church in its intended purpose. We are excited for the opportunity to share in fellowship with the First Presbyterian Church community.
Website for First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo:
Wikipedia page for the church containing history: (You’ll understand why the church is often referred to as “First Church” after reading.)
We will have more details on Mass Mob XVIII in the coming weeks. This will include information on what to expect at the service and more. Buffalo Mass Mob is excited for the opportunity to give a boost to First Church. It is truly one of the most historic churches in Buffalo. Join us on October 9th!
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF BUFFALO
One Symphony Circle
Buffalo, New York 14201
***For Catholics, this service cannot be used as a substitute for regular Sunday Catholic Mass. Click here to read more about that—>
Here are some pictures of First Church…click to see full view.
Thank you, Buffalo! Buffalo Mass Mob XVII was wonderful.
Thank you to Saint Margaret’s Church and Father Joseph Wolf for being awesome hosts!
Our organizing committee of Danielle Huber, Greg Witul, Christopher Byrd and Arthur Kogutowski are continuously humbled by the response we receive from the Buffalo and Western New York communities in making our Mass Mobs successful.
Here is a video of “The Our Father” from the Mass:
Just a few last minute details on Buffalo Mass Mob XVII at St. Margaret’s Church on Sunday, August 7th at 9:30 AM:
- The church is located at 1395 Hertel Avenue – Buffalo, NY 14216. Click here for directions—>
- Mass starts at 9:30 AM. As always, we suggest you get there at least 15 minutes early to allow for enough time to park and walk through the doors.
- The main doors for the church are located on Hertel Avenue and are handicap accessible.
- There is some parking available on the church grounds behind the church and ample parking on the streets around the church.
- For some history on the church, click here—>
- The church website is http://www.stmargaret-parish.com
- If you have any additional questions, please contact us by clicking here—>
We are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!
The Buffalo Mass Mob is heading to Saint Margaret’s Church on Sunday, August 7, 2016 for 9:30 AM Mass. This is the seventeenth Mass Mob the group has staged since it was founded in 2013 to help struggling inner city churches fill their pews. The concept is simple. Buffalo Mass Mob picks a church and asks the public to come en masse to worship on a selected Sunday.
The events are almost entirely organized through social media. The previous sixteen Mass Mobs have drawn hundreds of people and raised thousands of dollars for churches with typically small attendance. Christopher Byrd, one of the co-founders of Buffalo Mass Mob, said, “These houses of worship helped shape and define the city as we know it. It’s 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.”
The Buffalo Mass Mob movement, started in the Queen City, has been covered by local, national and international press and has inspired groups in over twenty other cities to start their own.
Buffalo Mass Mob’s Danielle Huber put together this nice video promo for Mass Mob XVII at Saint Margaret’s.
Buffalo Mass Mob is excited to announce that Mass Mob XVII will be held on Sunday, August 7th, 2016 at St. Margaret Church’s 9:30am Mass. St. Margaret’s is located at 1395 Hertel Ave in the heart of North Buffalo.
Please share with your family and friends, and save the date for Buffalo Mass Mob XVII.
Here’s the history of St. Margaret Church from the parish’s website:
In the fall of 1916, Most ReverendDennis Dougherty, fifth Bishop of Buffalo purchaced nine acres of land in the north section of the City for a parish to meet the needs of the people in an area that showed promis of rapid grouth. The tract was bounded by Hertel, Saranac, Linden, and North Park. The purchase price was $ 45,000 covered by a bank motgage.
On December 6th, 1916, Reverend Thomas J. Timmons was appointed first pastor and founder of the new parish, Bishop Dougherty wanted in this area. The name chosen was suggested by Father Timmons. He recalled a wish expressed by the late Bishop Colton to name the next parish after his beloved sister Mrs. Margaret Bingham, deceased and St. Margaret of Scotland. Bishop Daugherty was pleased and graciusly gratified Bishop Colton’s desires.
The area that was picked was found to be a swamp on Fr. Timmons first visit to the site. The streets marking the boundries were nothing more then mud lanes having no sidewalks, water mains or sewerage. In his anxiety to have the modern equipment of every kind installed in the area, Father Timmons assumed the burden of the debt.
On Sunday, December 10, the announcement was made in the Cathedrail that Father Timmons was appointed to the new parish and on the following Thursday, December 14th, 1916 those few in the vacinity saw wagons loaded with lumber drive up to the vacant site and unload. At noon of that day a force of carpenters, under the direction of Charles Fimiani began contruction of the first little church erected in exactly fifty hours on the Southwest corner of Hertel and North Park Avenue.
As happens in Buffalo almost every year a blizzard hit on the monring of December 15th, the workers tried and tried but at Father Timmons request work was halted at noon on Saturday, December 16. Mr. Fimiani and Mrs. Adolpgh Yung, Father Timmons first convert who brought steaming pots of coffee gave arguements but the work was stopped. The storm raged on until Wednesday, December 20. Then they returned under adverse conditions. The men shoveled and swept away the accumulated piles of snow and began the construction of the church. On December 23 about 10:30 PM the work was finished.
More information about St. Margaret Church can be found by visiting their website. http://stmargaret-parish.com/
We will see you in August!
It’s hard to believe that we have done sixteen Mass Mobs already. It’s also hard to believe that it’s almost one week since our last one at Holy Family Church.
These photos were taken by Buffalo Mass Mob organizer and our wonderful photographer Arthur Kogutowski. Arthur has a way of capturing each Mass Mob perfectly to get the sense of being there.
To view gallery, click or tap on image below—>
Stay tuned for info on the next Buffalo Mass Mob slated for Sunday, August 7th, 2016!
As is the usual, we were blown away by the number of people who showed up for a Buffalo Mass Mob. Our sixteenth was amazing. The pews were packed. Holy Family Church was electric. People brought a lot of donations for the Bishop Kmiec Food Pantry.
Father Bryan Zielenieski and the entire Our Lady of Charity parish community were wonderful hosts for Mass Mob XVI.
Thank you, Buffalo.
Thank you, Our Lady of Charity Parish.
We will have more pictures up later in the week of Buffalo Mass Mob XVI.
Here is a video of the ‘Our Father’ at Mass Mob XVI…