Mass Mob XXIII will be at St. John Gualbert on Sunday, August 6th

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The next Buffalo Mass Mob will take place on Sunday, August 6th, 2017 for Saint John Gualbert Church’s noon Mass.

Some history of Saint John Gulabert from PoloniaTrail.com:

The creation of St. John Gualbert is the product of a happy accident. In 1888, Dean John Pitass of St. Stanislaus Church was informed by the United German and French Cemetery that Poles would no longer be able to be buried in their graveyard. Pitass began looking for a property that could be turned into a cemetery for the Poles. He found a 22-acre farm in rural Cheektowaga and paid a $5,000 deposit. Shortly after making the down payment, Dean Pitass learned that the city of Buffalo passed a law prohibiting new cemeteries within five miles of the city center. With the center of Pittass’ land at 4.8 miles from downtown, the priest decided to buy the farm himself and look for another location for the parish cemetery. For 26 years the Pitass Farm sat and in 1913 Dean Pitass passed away. His parish’s successor was his nephew Father Alexander Pitass.

Father Pitass wanted to fullfill his uncle’s wishes and in 1914 the land was divided up and sold as lots for houses, with the exception of the center lot which he planned to make into a church. With readily available land, some Polish families moved into the area and by 1917 there were enough to transform the center lot into St. John Gualbert’s parish. Named after Dean Pitass’ patron saint, St. John Gualbert’s would become the center point for the Poles living in the area.

Since the congregation was small, architect Wladyslaw H. Zawadzki presented the parish a simple church plan that was reminiscent of the original 1873 St. Stanislaus Church in Buffalo. To save money the school was attached to the back. For further savings on decorating the church, the walls of the interior were painted white so the stained glass could provide the color. With the parish fully established Father Peter Adamski was installed as the first resident pastor in 1918.

As Cheektowaga developed, so too did St. John Gualbert. In 1921 a large influx of Polish families moved into the area and forcing an addition to the school. By 1925, Father Adamski had 450 families in his care and needed help managing the church. Relief came for the priest when he was assigned first Father Bronislaus Kowalewski and then Father Vincent Cyman. When the school had to be added to for the second time, Father Adamski knew a large footprint would be needed for the parish.

On May 13, 1928, in front of a crowd of 4,000, ground was broken for a modern parish church. The Tudor Gothic inspired edifice with seating for 1,200 would cost the parish $200,000. One of the most striking features of the church is the stained glass. These windows of saints and blesseds were made by the S.G. Zelenski Studio of Krakow, Poland and are the only known set by the firm in the United States.

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After a 2016 decree by Bishop Richard Malone, Saint John Gualbert Church is also a Diocesan Shrine now. The reason for the designation was the donation of over a 1100 religious relics by current pastor Father Michael H. Burzynski.

The church is also celebrating its 100th anniversary year.

We will have more details in the coming weeks on Mass Mob XXIII. Please share with your family and friends.

Here is our Facebook event page for the Mass Mob XXIII:

https://www.facebook.com/events/451443061898617/

Here is Saint John Gualbert’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Gualberts1917/

Saint John Gualbert is located at 83 Gualbert Ave, Cheektowaga, NY 14211.

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Last Minute Details on Buffalo Mass Mob XXII at Saint Anthony’s

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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 such a success.
  • This is our twenty-second Mass Mob!
  • This is our first Mass Mob in downtown Buffalo.
  • This is our first Mass Mob for a Latin Mass.
    • The church has a Mass guide for their Latin celebration to help everyone follow what is taking place. Look for it as you come in.
  • Mass starts promptly at 9:00 am. We always suggest that you plan to be at church at least 15 minutes before Mass.
  • There will be a coffee hour immediately following Mass in church social center. 🙂
  • Saint Anthony Church is located at 160 Court Street in Buffalo directly behind city hall. Click here for directions–>
  • Parking can be found on the streets surrounding the church and in two lots next to the church. The lots are free.1-Fullscreen capture 6232017 94422 AM
  • Click here to read some history on Saint Anthony Church—>
  • Website: http://www.stanthonyofpadua-buffalo.org/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/St-Anthony-of-Padua-Church-248469701970182/
  • We are really looking forward to Sunday…we hope you are, too!
  • Any questions, please contact us by clicking here—>

The Buffalo Mass Mob is heading downtown on Sunday, June 25th

The next Buffalo Mass Mob will take place on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at historic Saint Anthony of Padua R.C. Church in downtown Buffalo.

Mass Mob XXII will mark the first time the the group will go to a church in downtown Buffalo. It will also mark the first time the the group will attend a Latin Tridentine Mass. This is where a Mass is celebrated in its traditional Latin language form. Saint Anthony’s has held a Latin Mass at the church for over a decade. Danielle Huber, Buffalo Mass Mob organizer, says, “We’re excited to Mass Mob our first downtown church and to see first-hand how they embrace their location.  In addition, it’ll be a unique experience to participate in a Latin mass.” (There will be a special missal at mass to help guide people through Latin.)

Buffalo Mass Mob started in 2013 as way to draw attention to struggling Buffalo inner city churches. A mass mob is similar to a flash mob, but the idea centers around inviting people to come worship at a church organizers select. The mass mobs have brought thousands of people to churches whose attendance has dipped over the years. Originated in the Queen City, the mass mob movement has garnered national and international attention. Buffalo Mass Mob has also inspired people in other cities to organize their own.

St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church was founded in 1891 by Father Antonio Gibelli of the Missionary Fathers of St. Charles Borromeo to provide for the religious well being of the large number of Italians immigrants settling in Buffalo during the 19th century. The parish quickly became the social center the of the city’s 20,000 plus Italian population. Within a year, Gibelli had established the first Italian language school in the United States. The church continues celebrate its Italian heriatge.

Buffalo Mass Mob XXII will begin at 9:00 AM. A coffee hour will be hosted by the parish community immediately following mass. Saint Anthony’s is located directly behind city hall at 160 Court Street, Buffalo, New York 14202. The Mass Mobs are open to all.

For more information on Buffalo Mass Mob, visit www.buffalomassmob.org. For more information on Saint Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, visit http://www.stanthonyofpadua-buffalo.org.

Buffalo Mass Mob XXII will be at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church

The next Buffalo Mass Mob will take place on Sunday, June 25, 2017 for St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church’s 9:00am Latin Tridentine Mass.

St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church was founded in 1891 by Father Antonio Gibelli of the Missionary Fathers of St. Charles Borromeo to provide for the religious well being of the large number of Italians immigrants settling in Buffalo, NY during the 19th century.

The parish quickly became the social center the of the city’s 20,000 plus Italian population. Within a year, Gibelli had established the first Italian language school in the United States. | Source: Camerata di Sant’ Antonio (June 2011) |

This is the first time the Buffalo Mass Mob will be attending a traditional Latin Tridentine Mass. The Latin Mass was the norm in the Catholic Church before 1964. Now, there are a number churches around the country (including a handful in Buffalo) which have regular Latin services. In the coming weeks, we will provide a primer on the Latin Mass. We are excited to be bringing the Buffalo Mass Mob to Saint Anthony’s. Going to their Latin Mass will be a wonderful experience for all attending. This also marks the first time Buffalo Mass Mob heads downtown for Mass.

Saint Anthony’s is located at 160 Court Street behind Buffalo’s city hall.

We will have more detail in the coming weeks.

Photos: Buffalo Mass Mob XXI at Coronation of the BVM

Here are photos from Buffalo Mass Mob XXI at Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary which took place on Sunday, May 7, 2017. These photos are by Buffalo Mass Mob organizing team member, Arthur Kogutowski. Arthur does a fantastic job capturing each of our Mass Mobs in stunning detail.

Click on image to open photo album—->

Thank you again, Buffalo!

The Mass Mob Team,

Danielle, Greg, Chris and Arthur

Rosary Mob IV @ Saint Ann’s Saturday at 9:30am

Buffalo’s shuttered St. Ann Church & Shrine will receive special attention as people will gather for Buffalo Mass Mob’s “Rosary Mob IV” at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The Friends of St. Ann’s, a group of preservationists, and Buffalo Mass Mob are co-organizing the event.

The public is asked to converge outside of the shrine, 651 Broadway at Emslie, to pray the rosary en-masse to show solidarity with parishioners who can no longer worship inside the edifice.

The rosary mob is a re-thinking of the original idea of a “Mass Mob” that was to have taken place at St. Ann’s in August of 2013. It never happened because the church was closed. This is the third “Rosary Mob” at the church. The first was in May of 2014.

“Saint Ann’s was originally one of the churches we thought of when organizing the group,” said Christopher Byrd, co-founder of Buffalo Mass Mob. “Working with the Friends of Saint Ann’s in doing a Rosary Mob will help raise awareness about this incredible church and efforts to save it. This is a great opportunity for the community to come and show their support for Saint Ann’s.”

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has closed the structure to the public since 2012.

“We have been praying outside of St. Ann’s Church since 2013 and are hoping hundreds will join us so we can show them the dedication of our core of parishioners, who sadly have been kept away from their iconic shrine since its closing,” remarked Martin Ederer, a St. Ann parishioner who is also history professor at SUNY Buffalo State. “If we could only show these people the incredible interior of St. Ann’s, they would know why we are still here seeking a solution we can all be proud of.”

The church was built by the congregation of St. Ann in 1878-1886 and features stained glass windows by Royal Bavarian Art Works in Munich, Germany, and statuary that is considered rare and priceless. The gothic structure was designed by the famed Francis Himpler of New York City. The church’s congregation opened the east side landmark without debt over 125 years ago.

The shrine in Buffalo has, since 1886, conveyed the same graces as the international shrine in Baupre, in the province of Quebec. It is a shrine to St. Ann and one of few parishes built solely by the hand of its parishioners, common German immigrants. The main tower rises over 12 stories tall and contains the largest swinging bell in Buffalo. The clock in the high tower is a weight-driven 1895 Howard mechanical pendulum clock that had to be hand-wound once a week until its weight rewind system was electrified in the late 1930s. The clock, designed to strike every fifteen minutes, still functions.

Supporters of Saint Ann’s won an appeal with the Vatican in 2014 to keep the church open as a house of worship.

“The Friends of Saint Ann’s want to work with the Buffalo Diocese to come up with a feasible plan to restore the church and open its doors,” stated Ron Bates, a parishoner and member of the Friends of St. Ann’s.

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.

More information on St. Ann’s Church and Shrine, including a video of the church’s history, is available at www.SaintAnnBuffalo.org. Information on the Rosary Mob and Mass Mob is available at www.BuffaloMassMob.org.

Thank you, Buffalo! Mass Mob XXI is in the books

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Thank you to all who came to Mass Mob XXI @ Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary today. On Good Shepard Sunday, we all came and shared some love with the parish, and the parish shared love back. It was wonderful.

We will have some photos posted later in the week, and have an announcement where Mass Mob XX will be on June 27th!

From Danielle, Greg, Chris and Arthur of Buffalo Mass Mob, we appreciate the support.

#PackThePews

Last Minute Details on Buffalo Mass Mob XXI at Coronation of BVM Church

Just a few last minute details on Buffalo Mass Mob XXI at Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church on Sunday, May 7th, 2017.

  • This our twenty-first Mass Mob!
  • Read this awesome article on Buffalo Rising about Buffalo Mass Mob XXI and Coronation of BVM Church by Buffalo Mass Mob’s Danielle Huber. Click here—>
  • Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church is located at 348 Dewitt Street in Buffalo. Click here for directions–>
  • Parking…there is parking in the lot behind the church, there’s also parking on the streets surrounding the church. Keep in mind though, that to access church lot you will have to do so from West Street. The street runs one way and can be accessed Forest Avenue, too. Also keep in mind that Dewitt Street is also one way in opposite direction of West Street, but runs two way from Forest Avenue just for a block and you will have to turn left on Pooley Place.
  • Click here to read some history on Coronation of BVM Church—>
  • Coronation Church also has a large Vietnamese congregation, and has a Vietnamese language mass on Sundays. The church’s pastor is Rev. Peter Hai Nguyen.
  • See you on SUNDAY!
  • Any questions, please contact us by clicking here—>

Buffalo Mass Mob XXI will take place on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church

Buffalo Mass Mob XXI will take place on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church on the city’s West Side starting at 9:00 am.

Buffalo Mass Mob started in 2013 as way to draw attention to struggling Buffalo inner city churches. A Mass Mob is similar to a flash mob, but the idea centers around inviting people to come worship at a church organizers select to give a one day boost in the pews and in the collection basket. Christopher Byrd, Buffalo Mass Mob co-founder said, “The concept is simple. We want to showcase Buffalo’s historic churches, but we want the community to see them in their intended purpose. A lot of the city’s churches have fallen off people’s radar screens. This gives people who come to a Mass Mob an opportunity to share in the living and breathing history of a church and an understanding of how important they are to the cultural and historic fabric of Buffalo.​ It is also a great opportunity​ for people from different faith communities to come and worship together.”

Originated in Buffalo, the mass mob movement has garnered national and international attention. Buffalo Mass Mob has also inspired people in other cities to organize their own. The Mass Mobs have drawn thousands people to historic houses of worship throughout the city. The effort has also raised over $100000 for the churches.

Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, located at 348 Dewitt Street in Buffalo, was established in 1950 as a result overcrowding at nearby Annunciation Church on Lafayette Avenue.

More information on Buffalo Mass Mob can be found by visiting http://www.BuffaloMassMob.org.