The Buffalo Mass Mob is heading to Saint Stanislaus Church for Mass Mob XIX

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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.

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THE BUFFALO MASS MOB IS COMING TO EAST BUFFALO’S CORPUS CHRISTI CHURCH

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The Buffalo Mass Mob is coming to Corpus Christi Church on Sunday, August 23, 2015. This marks the twelfth time the local group is staging one its Mass Mobs to raise awareness of historic houses of worship in the city of Buffalo.

Corpus Christi Church, located in East Buffalo’s Historic Polonia, was established in 1898 by Fr. Hyacinth Fudzinski, a Franciscan Conventual friar, to accommodate a rapidly growing Polish immigrant community in one of the most densely populated neighborhoods of Buffalo. The church faced closed closure in 2003 when the Franciscan’s announced they would be leaving. Through the combined efforts of parishioners, local clergy and preservationists, the church was saved from closing when the Pauline Fathers agreed to take over in 2004. Since then, Corpus Christi has seen multi-million dollar restoration to help preserve the church. The church campus is also listed as a state and national historic landmark.

Buffalo Mass Mob was established in 2013. The effort has drawn thousands of people to historic city churches and raised over seventy-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.

On coming to Corpus Christi Church, Buffalo Mass Mob organizer Greg Witul says “Corpus Christi is a true artistic masterpiece, from the architecture to the stained glass and murals. But unlike a work in a museum, this piece of art was meant to experienced with celebration and music, friends and family. Hopefully with Mass Mob XII we can fill Corpus Christi again and enjoy it as it was originally intended.”

Buffalo Mass Mob XII begins at 11:00am. There will be church tours before Mass starting at 10:00am. Corpus Christi Church will also be celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa featuring music by Canada’s Ludowa Nuta Polish folk group. Afterward, there will be a refreshments, food and raffles tickes for the upcoming Dożynki Polish Harvest Festival for sale inside the church’s social and athletic club.

Corpus Christi Church is located 199 Clark Street, Buffalo, New York, 14212. For more information about the church, visit www.CorpusChristiBuffalo.org. For more information on Buffalo Mass Mob, visit www.BuffaloMassMob.org.