Buffalo Mass Mob XXVI will be at Our Lady of Hope Church on April 15th

The Buffalo Mass Mob is heading to Our Lady of Hope Church on the city’s west side for Mass Mob XXVI. The Mass is on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 11:00am.

The former Annunciation Church became Our Lady of Hope on 2009.

From the church’s website:

In 2009 the newly merged parish of Our Lady of Hope began on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. This new community was the merger of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Loretto, and Annunciation parishes on the West Side of Buffalo. Since that day, Our Lady of Hope has grown in diversity and purpose.

Since the merger, Our Lady of Hope has attracted new parishioners from growing immigrant communities on the west side.

History of Annunciation R.C. Church from the Buffalo as an Architectural Museum website:

Please invite your family and friends to Mass Mob XXVI! Our Lady of Hope is an interesting church with a wonderful history and a promising future.

To find out more about Our Lady of Hope, visit their website and Facebook page.



Thank you, Buffalo–our 25th Mass Mob was incredible

Each time we put together a Mass Mob, there are a number of uncertainties. The biggest one is how many people will show up. We do a lot to get the word out through social media and traditional media. Until the day of the Mass Mob happens, we are always nervous. But what happens time and time again is that Buffalo comes through and helps pack a church like we did yesterday at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in East Buffalo. Without people, Mass Mob would not be a success. Thank you.

Mass Mob would not be a success either without the extraordinary response we receive from host churches. St. Nicholas Church, led by Pastor Reverend Marijan Procyk, rolled out the welcome mat for Mass Mob XXV yesterday with open arms. Between Reverend Procyk’s message of unity from the pulpit to the wonderful way the parishioners embraced guests to the church to the nice reception featuring Ukrainian food after the Divine Liturgy, our twenty-fifth Mass Mob was a memorable experience for all who attended. Thank you.

Everything about yesterday is why we do Buffalo Mass Mob…to give a local church some exposure while bringing people together to celebrate and experience a sacred site they would have otherwise never been to.

A little side note. St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic hosts a weekly ‘Friday Kitchen’ fundraiser for the parish. It features wonderful ethnic food. If you are looking for something different to do for lunch on a Friday, definitely check it out. You can find out more about it by clicking here—>

Here is video of the Lord’s Prayer from Mass Mob XXV:

Here are some photos from Mass Mob XXV:
(click on images to open in full view gallery)

Last Minute Details About Buffalo Mass Mob XXV @ St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church

  • 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 25th Mass Mob! It’s something our group is really excited about achieving. When we started, we had no idea how long Mass Mobbing would go on. As we head to Saint Nicholas on Sunday for our 25th, we hope to continue on as long as we can.
  • Facebook event page for Mass Mob XXV—>  https://www.facebook.com/events/328888990852611/  Please share!
  • Attending Sunday’s Mass Mob at Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic church fulfills Sunday obligation for Catholics. Catholics can also receive communion at the church. One note though, communion is distributed on tongue only.
  • The essential elements of the public worship of the Catholic Church, in the Sacrifice of the Eucharist and the administration of the sacraments, are the same in all Catholic rites. What is called the “Mass” in  Western Churches is called “Divine Liturgy” in Eastern Churches like the Ukrainian Catholic Church.
    • Here’s a primer on the Divine Liturgy
      • Worship in the Ukrainian Catholic Church is characterized by a great sense of God’s holiness, a reverence for the sacred, a humble dependence on the power and mercy of God and faith in the intercessory power of the Mother of God and all the Saints. There is a strong tradition of congregational singing without instrumentation, with traditional melodies adopted to our liturgical texts. The majority of the Divine Liturgy is said in English, with some responses and prayers said in Ukrainian.
      • The Liturgy consists of three main parts: The Preparation, during which the priest prepares the bread and chalice for Communion; The Liturgy of the Word, which includes particular readings, prayers and a homily; The Liturgy of Sacrifice, the main part of Divine Liturgy when the Creed is recited, the Holy Gifts are Consecrated and Communion is received.
      • Click here to view the Divine Liturgy—>
      • There will be a handout at the church either inside the bulletin or as a separate sheet explaining the Divine Liturgy, too.
      • Rev. Marijan Procyk, pastor, will also offer some guidance on Sunday.
  • The service starts promptly at 12:00 noon. As always, we suggest that you plan to be at church at least 15 minutes before worship services begin.
  • Parking, there is ample street parking on the streets surrounding the church. There is also a lot at School 40 on Oneida Street across from the church. Click here for directions to 308 Fillmore—> 
  • We are really looking forward to Mass Mob XXV, please join us Sunday.
  • Saint Nichols Ukrainian Catholic Church’s web site: http://www.stnbuffalo.com/
  • For history on the church, click here—>

Hope to see you on Sunday! Our Mass Mobs are open to the general public.

Any questions, please contact us by clicking here—>

Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church is site of Buffalo Mass Mob XXV

Buffalo Mass Mob twenty-five will take place on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at East Buffalo’s Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church for noon worship.

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 organizer 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. Though a religious event, Mass Mobs are open to anyone from community regardless of religious affiliation.”

Saint Nicholas Parish was established in 1894 in Buffalo’s Lovejoy neighborhood to support the growing Ukrainian immigrant population in the city. The parish built a new church on Fillmore Avenue in 1919 after its community had outgrown their small church on Ideal Street. The parish continues to serve the local Ukrainian community.

Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Church is located at 308 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14206. Parking for Mass Mob twenty-five will be at School 40 on Oneida Street or on streets surrounding the parish.

***Mass Mob XXV fulfills Sunday obligation for Catholics. Communion will be distributed on tongue only.

More information on Buffalo Mass Mob can be found at www.BuffaloMassMob.org.

More information on Saint Nicholas Church can be found at www.stnbuffalo.com.

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


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.


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




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…


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—>