Buffalo Mass Mob XXV will be at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church

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Mark your calendars!

Buffalo Mass Mob XXV will be at Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church on Sunday, January 21st, 2018 at Noon.

This will be our 25th Mass Mob. We are very proud of reaching this number. None of what we have accomplished would have been possible without the people who come to the Mass Mobs. Thank you.

Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church is located at 308 Fillmore Avenue in East Buffalo.

Here is some early history of the church:

St. Nicholas Parish started in 1894, but the present Church at Fillmore and Oneida was built 90 years ago, in 1919. What follows is a brief history of our Parish both before the building of the new church and then after.

Our people began to settle in Buffalo at the end of the 19th century, when the first immigrants came to the Black Rock area of the city around 1882. Their first church was built in 1894 on Ideal Street.

The first pastor of this church was Rev. Mykola Stefanowycz (1895). This church was eventually taken over by the Russian Orthodox. In 1905, the Catholics from the East Side, organized as the Brotherhood of St. Nicholas, constructed a little wooden church at 193 Central Avenue.

The lots for the church were purchased at a cost of $300.00 and $1,800.00 was spent on the construction of the building. Fr. Ivan A. Zaklinskyj blessed the church, while Bishop Charles H. Colton, the local Latin rite ordinary, presided. In 1910, the parish was honored by a visit from Metropolitan Andrew Sheptycky, when he was on his way to the

Eucharistic Congress in Montreal, Canada. As the number of parishioners increased, it became evident that the church was too small for the worshippers.

Rev. John Ortynsky, in the church announcements of July 9, 1913, addressed the congregation by saying, “I remind you once again about buying the lots and I am asking every parishioner to offer something, according to his ability, for the purchase of the property. If we do not succeed, people would laugh at us by saying, ‘they started, but they have been unable to finish.’” The land mentioned above was located at the corner of Fillmore Ave. and Oneida Street. To the pastor and the parishioners, this location was more suitable for the construction of a church and, therefore, he encouraged the members of the parish to contribute toward the purchase of the land.

Even while preparing for the construction of the church, difficulties were experienced. Once again, the voice of the pastor could be heard in the church on November 16, 1913. He said, “I warn those who want to introduce disorder in the church that they will be sorry for their actions. Order must be kept until the matter is clarified.”

Finally, the property was secured for the church. It was blessed on September 13, 1914 by Rev. Nicholas Voloshtuk. The ground breaking ceremony took place on May 20, 1917. On October 26, 1919, the laying of the church cornerstone was performed. The dedication of the church was on November 25, 1920. Rev. John Ortynsky was the pastor.

Plans for the church were drawn by W. H. Zawadzki. His fee was $2,000. The general contractor was Bellanca and Sorgi. Excavation was done by Frank Piekarski ($1,600); pouring the concrete for the basement was done by Butler and Mills ($2,000); plumbing by Thomas Park; and heating by A. Victor & Co. The lawyer for the project was Charles L. O’Connor.

The building fund campaign was started on February 8, 1917. Rev. John Ortynsky issued authorized certificates for the collectors in Ukrainian, English, and Polish. Parishioners Wasyl Rebizant, Theodore Skorobohatyj and Joseph Yakovenko began to pay visits to the members of the parish, asking for donations. In our archives we have a journal whose 81 pages are filled with these donations.

The idea of a new church was dear to the parishioners and they used every opportunity to collect funds. A few parishioners went even to other parishes and brought in donations from friends and relatives

An interesting part of the history is that the Saint Nicholas Church was originally started at our last Mass Mob church, Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church.

We will have more details in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, you can visit Saint Nicholas Church’s website.

http://www.stnbuffalo.com

Buffalo Mass Mob is looking forward to our twenty-fifth Mass Mob!

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Photos: Buffalo Mass Mob XXIV at Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church

These are the photos from Buffalo Mass Mob XXIV at Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church taken on 10/15/2017 by Arthur Kogutowski, a Buffalo Mass Mob organizer.

Click on images to open photo album…

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We will be making an announcement about Buffalo Mass Mob XXV soon.

Last minute details for Buffalo Mass Mob XXIV at Sts. Peter and Paul 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.
  • This is our twenty-fourth Mass Mob!
  • This is our first Mass Mob at an Orthodox Church.
  • The Divine Liturgy starts promptly at 10:00 am on Sunday, October 15th. We always suggest that you plan to be at church at least 15 minutes before worship services begin.
  • What is the Divine Liturgy? You can read a breakdown of what it is by clicking here—>
  • There will be a reception immediately following the Divine Liturgy in the parish hall behind the church. Please come and learn more about Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church and its worship community. All are welcome! 🙂
  • Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church is located at  is located at 45 Ideal Street in the hear of Buffalo’s Lovejoy neighborhood. Click here for directions–>
  • Parking…there is ample street parking on Ideal Street and other streets (Benzinger, William and Luddington) surrounding the church.
  • If you would prefer to park in a lot, the Buffalo Vietnamese Temple (the former St, Agnes Church) will have their lot opened to park. It’s about a 1/2 block from Sts. Peter and Paul. The gates to the parking lot will be opened for both the Ludington Street and Ideal Street. Click here for directions—>
  • Father Vlad Zablotskyy, who leads the Sts. Peter and Paul worship community, also has his own online cooking show…you should check it out on YouTube.  https://www.youtube.com/user/OCCookingShow/videos Father Vlad also has a chicken coop and bakes a mean sourdough bread.
  • As most of our Mass Mobs are at Catholic Churches, we need to remind you that attending the Divine Liturgy on Sunday can’t be a substitute for the Catholic obligation to attend Mass.
  • Buffalo Mass Mob is still selling our BuffaLOVEJOY t-shirts to help Sts. Peter and Paul Church raise funds to restore its historic dome. Click here for more info on how you can purchase—>
  • We are really looking forward to Mass Mob XXIV, please join us Sunday.
  • Sts. Peter and Paul’s website: https://www.peterandpauloca.com/
  • For more history on the church, click here—>

For the love of Lovejoy: Buy a shirt, help a church

When Buffalo Mass Mob was made aware of the issues facing Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Lovejoy, we decided to bring our group there for a Mass Mob to help increase visibility for this neighborhood treasure and place listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another thing decided is that we had to do something else to help raise some money for the church’s dome project. Sts. Peter and Paul needs to raise close to $55,000 to fix its majestic and historic dome. That’s when we got the idea to sell some t-shirts to aid project. Buffalo Mass Mob doesn’t know how much we can raise, but whatever we (you) do will surely help.

The design of the shirt celebrates one of Buffalo’s truly unique neighborhoods. If you love Lovejoy, you will want one of these. Please share with your friends!

The fundraiser ends on 10/21/2017. Order now!

Here is the link to order the shirt in either grey or navy blue…

https://teechip.com/buffalovejoy

The church receives 100% of the proceeds generated by the sale.

If you would prefer to donate directly to the church, click here—>

Please join us on 10/15/2017 for Buffalo Mass Mob XXIV at Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church! Click here for more info—>

Thank you, Buffalo and Photos from Mass Mob XXIII

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From Arthur, Chris, Danielle and Greg, THANK YOU! Buffalo Mass Mob XXIII is in the books, and it was a great experience for all who came. Between the music, liturgy, the post Mass Mob reception, everything was wonderful and the St. John Gualbert parish community were excellent host. Mass Mob continues to be a great celebration of the region’s incredible sacred sites. St

Photos, click on images below to open gallery in Facebook. (You don’t need to be a member of Facebook to view.)

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Here is video of the Our Father from the Mass Mob XXIII.

We will be announcing Mass Mob XXIV soon…stay tuned.

 

Last Minutes Details on Buffalo Mass Mob XXIII at St. John Gualbert

  • 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-third Mass Mob!
  • This is our first Mass Mob in Cheektowaga.
  • Mass starts promptly at 12:00 pm. We always suggest that you plan to be at church at least 15 minutes before Mass.
  • There will be a reception immediately following Mass celebrating St John Gualbert’s 100th birthday. There will be free pizza, cake, vendors, live music, dance and service. Connect with Catholics from all over the Diocese! All are welcome! 🙂
  • St. John Gualbert is located at  is located at 83 Gualbert Ave, Cheektowaga, NY 14211. Click here for directions–>
  • Parking…there is a lot in front of the church and ample street parking on the roads surrounding the church.
  • Click here to read some history on St. John Gualbert Church—>
  • St. John Gualbert’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Gualberts1917/
  • We are really looking forward to Sunday…we hope you are, too!
  • Any questions, please contact us by clicking here—>

The Buffalo Mass Mob heads to Cheektowaga’s Saint John Gualbert Church on August 6th

The Buffalo Mass Mob is heading to Cheektowaga’s Saint John Gulabert Church and Shrine on Sunday, August 6, 2017 for noon Mass. This will be the twenty-third Mass Mob the group has staged since it was founded in 2013. 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 use of social media.

The goal of group is to raise awareness of historic sacred sites in and around Buffalo. Christopher Byrd, one of the organizers of Buffalo Mass Mob, said, “These historic houses of worship helped shape and define the region 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, and encourage people to attend Mass more at historic churches.”

Saint John Gualbert parish was established in 1917 in anticipation of an increase by people of Polish heritage moving to the fledgling suburb of Cheektowaga. The parish is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017. 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 Buffalo Mass Mob movement, started in the Queen City, has been covered by local, national and international press, and has inspired groups in other cities start their own.

Saint John Gulabert Church is located at 83 Gualbert Avenue, Cheektowaga, New York 14211.

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.

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.