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.

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Thank you again, Buffalo!

The Mass Mob Team,

Danielle, Greg, Chris and Arthur

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

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.

Buffalo Mass Mob XXI will be at Coronation BVM Church on May 7th!

The next Buffalo Mass Mob will be held on Sunday, May 7th at 9:00am at the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. The church is located on Buffalo’s West Side at 348 Dewitt Street.

Some history on the church:

The church now has a significant Vietnamese membership in its parish community and has Vietnamese language Mass on Sunday’s. Their Pastor, Rev. Peter Hai Nguyen, is Vietnamese.

The Buffalo Mass Mob is excited to go to Coronation BVM. Please join us!

We will have more details as the date approaches. If you have any questions, please contact us.

 

Photos and Video: Buffalo Mass Mob XX at Saint Lawrence Church

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Here is a photo album of pictures from Buffalo Mass Mob XX at Saint Lawrence Church taken by Buffalo Mass Mob team member Arthur Kogutowski. He captures each of Mass Mob beautifully.

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You can watch full Mass by clicking here–>

Here are additional videos from Mass Mob XX…

Thank you, Buffalo!

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Thank you, Buffalo. Mass Mob XX at Saint Lawrence Church was a wonderful experience. The Mass was beautiful, the parish community was very warm and welcoming, Fr. Ron Sajdak had a wonderful sermon, and you, the people who support Buffalo Mass Mob, came out in large numbers to make everything a success. Between the Mass today and the response to our GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for the Saint Lawrence’s roof campaign, we feel blessed.

We will have pictures and video to share over the coming days. Stay tuned.

Here is a WGRZ story about Mass Mob XX from today—>

http://www.wgrz.com/news/local/mass-mob-helps-raise-money-for-church-roof/414900632

BUFFALO MASS MOB HOPES TO RAISE THE ROOF AT SAINT LAWRENCE CHURCH

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The Buffalo Mass Mob is heading to the city’s Saint Lawrence Church on Sunday, February 26, 2017 for noon Mass. This will be the twentieth Mass Mob the group has staged since it was founded in 2013 to help raise awareness of inner city churches and give the church a boost. The concept is simple. The group 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.

In addition to bringing the Mass Mob to Saint Lawrence, the group is raising funds to help the parish meet its goal to replace the roof on the church building. The parish has been fundraising for over a year while the building has a blue tarp across to prevent leaks and damage. A GoFundMe page has been set up by Buffalo Mass Mob. The initial goal was to raise $500 before the date of Mass Mob XX, but that was reached in one day after effort launched. Now with over $3000 raised, the group is hoping to raise even more before February 26. Christopher Byrd of Buffalo Mass Mob says, “We were blown away when we met the goal quickly. Buffalo is such a giving and caring community. Our group decided to keep the effort going. Whatever we raise will go a long way to help the church get a new roof.”

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The Saint Lawrence parish community is also happy for the support. “We are so excited that Mass Mob is coming here to help us out,” says Fr. Ronald Sajdak. “Seeing people outside the parish supporting the effort is a real affirmation, not only for our small parish community, but for all the work we’re doing in the community with all the ministries. It says that the church community, though we’re small in number, has tremendous value to the neighborhood and around.”

The Buffalo Mass Mob is also asking people coming to Mass Mob XX to bring a non perishable food item to donate to the parish’s Rev. Joseph F. Moreno Food Pantry. While anything is welcome, the pantry is especially in need of jelly, tea bags, salt and baked beans.

Saint Lawrence Church is located at 1520 East Delavan Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215.

For more information on Saint Lawrence Church, visit http://www.stlawrencebuffalo.org.

The GoFundMe page, https://www.gofundme.com/saintlawrencechurch.

For more information on Buffalo Mass Mob, visit http://BuffaloMassMob.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloMassMob.

Buffalo Mass Mob sets sights on raising funds for Saint Lawrence Church roof

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Saint Lawrence Church in Buffalo has been trying to raise money to put a new roof on its church since 2016. The parish has raised about $25000 of its goal of $95000 to date. Right now, the church has a blue tarp covering most of the roof to protect the building. With the Buffalo Mass Mob coming to the church on Sunday, Febraury 26, 2017 for noon mass, our Mass Mob group wants to raise $500 towards helping put a new roof on Saint Lawrence before that date. This would be a nice way to  boost to the effort, Please contribute what you can.

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To find out more about Buffalo Mass Mob, please vist BuffaloMassMob.org.

To find out more about Saint Lawrence Church, please visit stlawrencebuffalo.org.

Saint Lawrence Church is located at 1520 E Delavan Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215.

Please join us for Buffalo Mass Mob XX on February, 26th, 2017!

Help spread the word by sharing on Facebook and Twitter and with family and friends.

Thank you!