With the very successful First Buffalo Mass Mob at Saint Adalbert Basilica in the books, we decided to ask ask the public to submit suggestions to choose the church we are going to attend on January 12, 2014. Through our website, people made hundreds of suggestions. From the churches submitted, we took the top three and will now have a final round of voting.
The final round of voting begins for the January 12, 2014 Buffalo Mass Mob. The three churches who received the most votes in the first round were Saint Clare, Corpus Christi and Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Originally established in 1875 as St. Stephen’s Parish as the population of South Buffalo exploded, Saint Clare Parish was formed in 2007 with the merging St. Stephen, Holy Apostles Peter & Paul, SS. Rita & Patrick, St. Valentine and Precious Blood into the church located at 193 Elk Street in Buffalo.
Corpus Christi at 199 Clark Street in Buffalo 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 original church was an existing frame house that immediately became too small for the ever-increasing congregation. A second church/school building with a seating capacity for 1,000 also was outgrown within 10 years of its construction. The cornerstone for the current church was laid in 1907.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help at 115 O’Connell Street in Buffalo was formed as the population in the South Park/Louisiana Street area increased, the Catholic Diocese perceived a need for a third church presence there. Consequently, the Bishop, J. E. Quigley, designated that a new parish be formed within the boundaries of St. Stephen’s on Elk Street and St. Brigid’s on Fulton Appointing Rev. R. C. O’Connell to organize it, in March, 1897, he purchased the site on which the church stands. The Bishop placed the cornerstone in November, with the basement completed, the congregation began holding services there. On 21 March, 1900 Bishop Quigley formally dedicated the completed structure.
Our whole goal with the Buffalo Mass Mob is to bring some attention to Buffalo’s historic churches and to remind people how valuable they are and their need to be supported.
Voting for the final church will end on December 17, 2013.
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