The next Buffalo Mass Mob will take place on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at historic Saint Stanilaus Church in East Buffalo’s Polonia neighborhood.
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. Each mass mob has brought hundreds of people to churches whose attendance has dipped over the years. Christopher Byrd, Buffalo Mass Mob co founder says, “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.”
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.
Saint Stanilaus Church, located at Peckham and Townsend Streets in Buffalo, was established as a parish in 1873 by Rev. Jan Pitass and the Society of Saint Stanislaus. The original church was a two-story, wood frame church that was built in 1874. That church was converted to a school shortly after the present-day church was completed in 1886. In 1904, the church’s parish was among the largest in the U.S. with close to 20,000 parishioners and nearly 2,000 children were enrolled in the school. The parish continues to serve Buffalo’s Polish community and Buffalo’s east side. It is often referred to as “The Mother Church of Polonia.”
Buffalo Mass Mob XIX will begin at 8:30 AM. The church will remain open after mass for people to take pictures and tour the church.
For more information on Buffalo Mass Mob, visit www.buffalomassmob.org. For more information on Saint Stanislaus Church, visit www.ststansbuffalo.com.
The Buffalo Mass Mob will be heading to Saint Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr church for Mass Mob XIX on Sunday, December 4, 2016 for 8:30am Mass.
Established in 1873 by Rev. Jan Pitass, Saint Stan’s is the Mother Church of Buffalo’s Polonia. The parish was the first dedicated to servicing the exploding Polish immigrant population on Buffalo’s East Side. It is located at Peckham and Wilson Streets.
We will publish more details in the coming weeks about Mass Mob XIX. Please join us on December 4th at this iconic Buffalo church! Don’t forget to share with your family and friends and invite them.
Saint Stan’s website: http://www.ststansbuffalo.com/
Saint Stan’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StStans/
Our Mass Mob photographer and fellow organizer Arthur Kogutowski captures each one of our Mass Mobs beautifully. This past Sunday at First Presbyterian was no different.
To view the full photo gallery, click on images below.
From Danielle, Chris, Arthur and Greg (organizers of #Buffalo Mass Mob), thank you for making Buffalo Mass Mob XVIII at Buffalo’s First Presbyterian Church a success.
Thank you to First Presbyterian Pastor Elena Delgado for a wonderful sermon and for going out of her way to make all, regardless of religious background, feel welcome inside of the church. Thank you to church’s Business Manager Christina Banas for helping us behind the scenes organize Mass Mob XVIII. It went off without a hitch! And thank you to the First Presbyterian Church community who welcome everyone through the doors on Sunday with open arms.
Thank you to everyone who brought donations for First Presbyterian’s food pantry!
Two videos from Mass Mob XVIII:
The music was truly exceptional and added a lot to Mass Mob XVII.
We will have more photos up by the end of the week!
One last thank you again to YOU! We couldn’t do this without the support of the people who come each time Mass Mob is held. It means a lot our organizers and the churches we visit.
Just a few last minute details on Buffalo Mass Mob XVIII at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 9th, 2016.
- The church is located at One Symphony Circle almost directly across from Kleinhans Music Hall. Click here for directions—>
- Parking is available a Kleinhans Music Hall’s large lot next to hall or on the streets surrounding the church.
- Worship service starts promptly at 10:00 AM.
- For Catholics, this service is not a substitute for regular Sunday Mass.
- At 9:00 AM, Maria Patrick Oakley, Elder at First Church, will be giving a presentation on the history of the Reformed tradition and how it is the same and differs from Roman Catholicism. The presentation will be in the Houghton video classroom on the first floor of the Parish Hall. Look for signs saying “Presbyterian? What’s That?” to show the way.
- Explore Buffalo will be giving guided tours of First Presbyterian Church beginning at 9:15 AM and will also have tours immediately following the service.
- Buffalo Mass Mob is also asking people attending to bring an 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.
- Wondering what a Presbyterian service is like, click here—>
- Click here to view the history of Buffalo’s First Presbyterian Church—>
- Church website: http://www.firstchurchbuffalo.org/
Buffalo Mass Mob is excited to come to Buffalo’s First Presbyterian Church. We can’t wait for Sunday!
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!