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.
Mark you calendars!
The fourteenth Buffalo Mass Mob will take place on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at Saint Luke’s Mission of Mercy on Buffalo’s East Side.
Saint Luke’s Mission of Mercy is located in the former Saint Luke’s Church complex on Sycamore Street. The parish church closed in 1993. But the mission holds weekly Mass inside of the church. We will post more details within the next week as we firm up plans with the mission.
Here is a link to Saint Luke’s Mission of Mercy’s website:
Here is a link to the history of Saint Luke’s Church:
Here’s a link to Buffalo Rising’s article:
Here are some last minute details for Buffalo Mass Mob XIII at Saint Katharine Drexel Parish’s Church of Saint Francis of Assisi.
- Mass starts promptly at 10:00am.
- Sunday is also the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. The parish will be celebrating the feast for the namesake of it’s church.
- The church is located at 135 North Ogden Street…click here for directions—>
- Parking. The church has two lots and there is ample street.
- After Mass, the parish will be hosting a small reception with light refreshments at the church hall behind the church.
- The Island Museum is offering free admission tomorrow after Mass from 11:30am until 1:30pm. It is a fantastic museum with a lot of neighborhood history. You can find out more about the museum by visiting their website http://www.ironislandmuseum.com/. It is located at 998 East Lovejoy Street about a 1/2 mile from the church…click here for directions—>
- We are looking forward to coming to Lovejoy this Sunday!
Here is our promo video for Mass Mob XIII…
Thank you for all your support!
The organizers of Buffalo Mass Mob have started a new Facebook group focusing on Buffalo’s sacred sites. The idea is to use the social media platform to help sacred sites from around the region to connect, network, and promote themselves.
From the Buffalo Sacred Sites Facebook group:
Buffalo Sacred Sites is a Facebook group established to share events, ideas, and to network with other sacred sites in Buffalo and Western New York to help raise awareness, promote sacred sites preservation and support.
If you want to find out about what is going on at various sacred sites throughout the region or share information, follow the link below to the group and join.
Sacred sites throughout the region are an important part of the fabric of our great city.