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—>

Last Minute Details on Buffalo Mass Mob XXII at Saint Anthony’s

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  • 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-second Mass Mob!
  • This is our first Mass Mob in downtown Buffalo.
  • This is our first Mass Mob for a Latin Mass.
    • The church has a Mass guide for their Latin celebration to help everyone follow what is taking place. Look for it as you come in.
  • Mass starts promptly at 9:00 am. We always suggest that you plan to be at church at least 15 minutes before Mass.
  • There will be a coffee hour immediately following Mass in church social center. 🙂
  • Saint Anthony Church is located at 160 Court Street in Buffalo directly behind city hall. Click here for directions–>
  • Parking can be found on the streets surrounding the church and in two lots next to the church. The lots are free.1-Fullscreen capture 6232017 94422 AM
  • Click here to read some history on Saint Anthony Church—>
  • Website: http://www.stanthonyofpadua-buffalo.org/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/St-Anthony-of-Padua-Church-248469701970182/
  • We are really looking forward to Sunday…we hope you are, too!
  • Any questions, please contact us by clicking here—>

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.

Rosary Mob IV @ Saint Ann’s Saturday at 9:30am

Buffalo’s shuttered St. Ann Church & Shrine will receive special attention as people will gather for Buffalo Mass Mob’s “Rosary Mob IV” at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017. 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 www.SaintAnnBuffalo.org. Information on the Rosary Mob and Mass Mob is available at 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.

 

UPDATED: Last Minute Details for Mass Mob XX at Saint Lawrence Church

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UPDATED!!!

Just a few last minute details on Buffalo Mass Mob XX at Saint Lawrence Church on Sunday, February 26th, 2017.

  • This our twentieth Mass Mob!
  • Saint Lawrence Church is located at 1520 East Delavan Avenue in Buffalo. Click here for directions–>
  • Parking…there is limited parking in the church lot, there’s also parking on the streets surrounding the church…Pine Hill Elementary School on Delavan Avenue has also graciously allowed for parking in their lot a couple blocks from the church. (***There will be shuttle cars marked if you would prefer a ride to church from Pine Hill.) There is handicap parking and entrance to Saint Lawrence from Wright Avenue entrance.1-fullscreen-capture-2222017-122807-pm
  • Mass starts promptly at noon. (We always suggest trying to arrive 15-20 minutes earlier.)
  • There will be a Bake Sale after Mass in school behind church.
  • Saint Lawrence will also have tours of their various ministries after Mass as well.
  • Our ‘Roof Raiser’ to help raise some funds for Saint Lawrence Church’s much need roof replacement will continue through Sunday. We have raised over $4000 and would to raise some more before it shuts down. Please consider donating! Any amount is welcome and will help. Use this link to contribute—>  https://www.gofundme.com/saintlawrencechurch
  • 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.
  • Church website: http://www.stlawrencebuffalo.org/
  • Church Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StLawrenceCatholicChurchBuffalo
  • See you on SUNDAY!
  • Any questions, please contact us by clicking here—>

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Last Minute Details for Mass Mob XX at Saint Lawrence Church

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Just a few last minute details on Buffalo Mass Mob XX at Saint Lawrence Church on Sunday, February 26th, 2017.

  • This our twentieth Mass Mob!
  • Saint Lawrence Church is located at 1520 East Delavan Avenue in Buffalo. Click here for directions–>
  • Parking…there is limited parking in the church lot, there’s also parking on the streets surrounding the church…Pine Hill Elementary School on Delavan Avenue has also graciously allowed for parking in their lot a couple blocks from the church. (***There will be shuttle cars marked if you would prefer a ride to church from Pine Hill.) There is handicap parking and entrance to Saint Lawrence from Wright Avenue entrance.1-fullscreen-capture-2222017-122807-pm
  • Mass starts promptly at noon. (We always suggest trying to arrive 15-20 minutes earlier.)
  • There will be a Bake Sale after Mass in school behind church.
  • Saint Lawrence will also have tours of their various ministries after Mass as well.
  • Our ‘Roof Raiser’ to help raise some funds for Saint Lawrence Church’s much need roof replacement will continue through Sunday. We have raised over $4000 and would to raise some more before it shuts down. Please consider donating! Any amount is welcome and will help. Use this link to contribute—>  https://www.gofundme.com/saintlawrencechurch
  • 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.
  • Church website: http://www.stlawrencebuffalo.org/
  • Church Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StLawrenceCatholicChurchBuffalo
  • See you on SUNDAY!
  • Any questions, please contact us by clicking here—>

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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.