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.

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

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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.

http://www.stnbuffalo.com

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

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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—>

BuffaLOVEJOY T-shirtraiser for Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church Ends Next Week

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Buffalo Mass Mob’s BuffaLovejoy t-shirt-raiser ends on 10/21/2017.

If you haven’t ordered one yet, you can at https://teechip.com/buffalovejoy.

All the proceeds will go directly to Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church to help fix the church’s historic dome.

The BUFFALOVEJOY shirt is a great way to help the church and celebrate Buffalo’s Lovejoy neighborhood.

Please join us for Mass Mob XXIV at the church on Sunday, October 15 at 10:00am.

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Buffalo Mass Mob XXIV will be at Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in Lovejoy

***Please check out our fundraiser for the church by clicking here—>


The Buffalo Mass Mob will be heading to the city’s Lovejoy neighborhood for the second time when Mass Mob XXIV takes place on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church. We will be mobbing the church’s 10:00am Divine Liturgy service.

Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church was established in 1894. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Here is some history of the church and parish community from the Buffalo as an Architectural Museum website.

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The church is tucked away at 45 Ideal Street in the Lovejoy neighborhood. Like other older worship communities in Buffalo, the church has seen a decline over the years. The church is also in the midst if trying to raise money to fix the church’s dome. Mass Mob friend and local preservationist, Chrissy Lincoln, brought the church and dome to our attention. We decided it would be a good place to bring the Buffalo Mass Mob and help raise awareness about the church.

Website for the church: https://www.peterandpauloca.com

It’s a beautiful church, PLEASE JOIN US ON October 15th!

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.