Last Minute Details on Buffalo Mass Mob XVIII @ First Presbyterian Church


Just a few last minute details on Buffalo Mass Mob XVIII at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 9th, 2016.

Buffalo Mass Mob is excited to come to Buffalo’s First Presbyterian Church. We can’t wait for Sunday!

Join us.


Mass Mob XVIII will be at Buffalo’s First Presbyterian Church


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.),_New_York)

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!

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, for another wonderful Mass Mob!

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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:

Mass Mob XVII will be at St. Margaret’s Church on August 7th


Buffalo Mass Mob is excited to announce that Mass Mob XVII will be held on Sunday, August 7th, 2016 at St. Margaret Church’s 9:30am Mass. St. Margaret’s is located at 1395 Hertel Ave in the heart of North Buffalo.

Please share with your family and friends, and save the date for Buffalo Mass Mob XVII.

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Here’s the history of St. Margaret Church from the parish’s website:

In the fall of 1916, Most ReverendDennis Dougherty, fifth Bishop of Buffalo purchaced nine acres of land in the north section of the City for a parish to meet the needs of the people in an area that showed promis of rapid grouth. The tract was bounded by Hertel, Saranac, Linden, and North Park. The purchase price was $ 45,000 covered by a bank motgage.

On December 6th, 1916, Reverend Thomas J. Timmons was appointed first pastor and founder of the new parish, Bishop Dougherty wanted in this area. The name chosen was suggested by Father Timmons. He recalled a wish expressed by the late Bishop Colton to name the next parish after his beloved sister Mrs. Margaret Bingham, deceased and St. Margaret of Scotland. Bishop Daugherty was pleased and graciusly gratified Bishop Colton’s desires.

The area that was picked was found to be a swamp on Fr. Timmons first visit to the site. The streets marking the boundries were nothing more then mud lanes having no sidewalks, water mains or sewerage. In his anxiety to have the modern equipment of every kind installed in the area, Father Timmons assumed the burden of the debt.

On Sunday, December 10, the announcement was made in the Cathedrail that Father Timmons was appointed to the new parish and on the following Thursday, December 14th, 1916 those few in the vacinity saw wagons loaded with lumber drive up to the vacant site and unload. At noon of that day a force of carpenters, under the direction of Charles Fimiani began contruction of the first little church erected in exactly fifty hours on the Southwest corner of Hertel and North Park Avenue.

As happens in Buffalo almost every year a blizzard hit on the monring of December 15th, the workers tried and tried but at Father Timmons request work was halted at noon on Saturday, December 16. Mr. Fimiani and Mrs. Adolpgh Yung, Father Timmons first convert who brought steaming pots of coffee gave arguements but the work was stopped. The storm raged on until Wednesday, December 20. Then they returned under adverse conditions. The men shoveled and swept away the accumulated piles of snow and began the construction of the church. On December 23 about 10:30 PM the work was finished.

More information about St. Margaret Church can be found by visiting their website.

We will see you in August!

Last minute details on Mass Mob XVI at Holy Family Church Sunday


Just a few last minute details on Buffalo Mass Mob XVI at Holy Family Church on Sunday, June 5th at 11:30 AM:

  • The church is located at 1855 South Park Avenue at Tifft Street. Click here for directions via Google Maps—>
  • Mass starts at 11:30 AM. As always, we suggest you get there at least 15 minutes early to allow for enough to park and walk through the doors.
  • The main doors for the church are located on South Park Avenue.
  • Buffalo Mass Mob is also using the event as an opportunity to help bolster the parish’s Bishop Kmiec Food Pantry which serves South Buffalo. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to mass.
  • There is some parking available on the church grounds behind the church, ample parking on the streets around the church, and parking in nearby Mulroy Park.Fullscreen capture 632016 123242 AM
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  • For some history on the church, click here—>
  • The church website is
  • If you have any additional questions, please contact us by clicking here—>

We are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Mass Mob XVI @ Holy Family on June 5th to help Bishop Kmiec Food Pantry


Buffalo Mass Mob is also using the Mass Mob XVI as an opportunity to help bolster the parish’s Bishop Kmiec Food Pantry which serves South Buffalo. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to Mass on June 5th.

To find out more about Buffalo Mass Mob XVI at Holy Family Church, click here—>

Buffalo Mass Mob To Hold Rosary Mob III at St. Ann’s Church & Shrine


Buffalo’s shuttered 129-year-old St. Ann Church & Shrine will receive special attention as hundreds will gather for Buffalo Mass Mob’s “Rosary Mob III” at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 07, 2016. 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 Information on the Rosary Mob and Mass Mob is available at

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Buffalo Mass Mob XVI will be at Holy Family Church

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Join us for Buffalo Mass Mob XVI at South Buffalo’s Holy Family Church on Sunday, June 5th, 2016 – 11:30am Mass.

Holy Family Church was founded in 1902 to serve the quick growing neighborhoods being established on the south side of the Buffalo River. The church building was erected in 1907 and is of Romanesque architecture. The interior wails were painted a plain color with only a minimum of decoration on them for relief effect. Then in 1912, Holvag Rambush, a noted Danish artist, came to the parishioners of the church and asked for the commission to paint the walls. In a 1935 Courier Express article, Holy Family Church is said to be the only church in the United States that featured authentic ancient Irish art motifs for its interior decoration. The murals and decorations of the sanctuary were copied from the famous Book of Kells, which was hand printed and illuminated in the Eighth Century and is now in the library of Trinity College, Dublin. Decorative panels in the nave of the church were taken from the ancient book of manuscripts known as the Book of Lindisfarne, named for the island off the coast of England which in the early Christian era was a missionary center for Irish monks. As Holy Family, and South Buffalo grew, in the years since its inception in 1902 four other churches sprung to life to address the needs of an increasing population.

Holy Family Church is now part of the Our Lady of Charity Parish. It is located at 1901 South Park Avenue at the corner of Tifft Street.


Buffalo Mass Mob will release more details about Mass Mob XVI as the date approaches.

Holy Family Trailer Video


Last Minute Details on Mass Mob XV this Sunday at Holy Cross Church


Just a few last minute details on Buffalo Mass Mob XV at Holy Cross Church:

  • The church is located at 345 Seventh Street in Buffalo. Click here for directions via Google Maps—>
  • Mass starts at 10:00 AM. As always, we suggest you get there at least 15 minutes early to allow for enough to park and walk through the doors.
  • The main doors for the church are located on Maryland Street.
  • There is some parking available on the parish ground and there is ample parking on the street around the church.
  • For some history on the church, click here—>
  • The church website is
  • If you have any additional questions, please contact us by clicking here—>

We are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!


The Buffalo Mass Mob heads west to Holy Cross Church

The Buffalo Mass Mob is coming to Holy Cross Church on Sunday, March 13, 2016 for 10:00 a.m. Mass. This marks the fifteenth time the local group is staging one its Mass Mobs to raise awareness of historic houses of worship in the city of Buffalo.

The Holy Cross parish community is located on Buffalo’s West Side. It was established in 1914 by the Buffalo Diocese to serve a growing Italian immigrant community. Today, Holy Cross continues to serve the Italian-American community, but also people with roots in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Central and South America, Asia and Africa. Father Quilin Bouzi, O.M.I., is pastor.

Buffalo Mass Mob was established in 2013. The effort has drawn thousands of people to historic city churches and raised over a one hundred thousand dollars for these houses of worship. The Mass Mob movement, started in Buffalo, has been duplicated by over twenty cities across the United States. It has garnered national and international press.

Holy Cross Church is located at 345 Seventh Street, Buffalo, New York, 14201. For more information about the church, visit For more information on Buffalo Mass Mob, visit

Here is a gallery of Holy Cross pictures: