The sixteenth Buffalo Mass Mob will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at South Buffalo’s Holy Family Church for 11:30 AM mass.
Established in 2013, the Buffalo Mass Mob has visited churches throughout the city of Buffalo. The group was created to raise awareness of historic houses of worship in the city. The concept is a twist on flash mobs, But what Buffalo Mass Mob does is ask participants to do is to show up at a designated church and attend mass. The effort is designed to give the selected church some publicity, packed pews, and a financial boast in the collection basket. Christopher Byrd of Buffalo Mass Mob says, “Buffalo’s historic churches are an important part of the city’s heritage. They are architecturally significant, contain a treasure of religious art, and are important to the urban fabric of the built environment. These buildings help define Buffalo and need to be preserved for future generations.”
Holy Family Church was established in 1902 as the Irish immigrant population continued to grow in South Buffalo. The church building was erected in 1907. The church is now part of the Our Lady of Charity Parish. It’s located at 1901 South Park Avenue at the corner of Tifft Street. Father Bryan Zielenieski, administrator of the parish, said this about the Buffalo Mass Mob coming, “Come see a diamond in the ruff in South Buffalo, and see how a gem in the city can bring you closer to God. Our Lady of Charity parish can’t wait to celebrate with you at Holy Family Church!”
Buffalo Mass Mob is also using the event as an opportunity to help bolster the parish’s Bishop Kmiec Food Pantry which serves South Buffalo. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to mass.
To find out more about Buffalo Mass Mob, visit their website at http://buffalomassmob.org.
To find out more about Our Lady of Charity Parish, visit their website at http://ourladyofcharityparish.com.