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One Night and Seven Churches Holy Thursday, 04/05/2012

For the sixth year in a row on Holy Thursday, Broadway Fillmore Alive has put together a self-guided tour of seven historic churches in the Broadway-Fillmore area partaking in the traditional visitation of the Blessed Sacrament on this holy night. Holy Thursday is on April 05, 2012.

Churches on this year’s tour include: Corpus Christi, Saint Ann, Saint Stanislaus, Saint Luke’s Mission of Mercy, Saint Adalbert Basilica, Saint John Kanty and Saint Clare.

The visitation period generally begins after 7:00 pm and the churches remain open till around 11:00 pm.

In our first year, we had about 50 requests for the tour info. The number of requests over the last few years has risen to over 500.

The churches in Buffalo’s historic Polonia are awe inspiring and are deeply rooted in tradition. This is a way to experience their religious, artistic and cultural beauty while spending some time in prayer and reflection in this most sacred time of year on the Roman Catholic calendar. It also provides an opportunity for people who want to explore all these architectural gems on one night.

To download the brochure, click here—>

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  • Gary says:

    Thank you for posting. I haven’t done seven churches since I was a kid.

    28 March, 2012 at 3:58 pm
  • Kim Pollock says:

    Awesome–thanks for doing this. I love 7 churches and never visited them as a child. I had no idea what I was missing!!

    3 April, 2012 at 10:32 pm
  • Michal says:

    Nice job on this website! But a correction on the “visitation period” generally beginning “after 7pm”. Rather, it follows The Mass of the Lord’s Supper (which itself often begins around 7pm), the beginning of the Pascal Triduum. I would encourage all to attend this beautiful liturgy at one of the churches. It can be a distracting annoyance if, during the Mass, spectating non-participating “tourists” pop in. Let us remember that, even after Mass, when the Blessed Sacrament is reposed, the idea is, while appreciating the splendor of these houses of worship, to spend some time in prayer and adoration of Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Word Made Flesh, who is Present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in The Blessed Sacrament. Let’s not forget the “reason for the season”. Hey, a little catechesis never hurts, especially in the aftermath of post-Vatican II religious ed :)

    5 April, 2012 at 12:22 pm
  • Mary says:

    Love condescending Catholics like Michal. And the church wonders why it is losing people in droves.

    If you actually read the brochure on the seven churches, it shows visitation after mass.

    Hey, a little internet savvy never hurts, especially when you try to knock something.

    5 April, 2012 at 1:39 pm
  • Christopher Byrd says:

    The idea behind ONSC is to help raise awareness of the neighborhood’s churches and see them in their intended purpose.

    :-)

    5 April, 2012 at 5:34 pm
  • Judy says:

    ONSC was a very successful effort for BFA. A conservative estimate of folks through St. John Kanty is in the neighborhood of 500. They came in buses, they came as a family, they came alone. It was a beautiful thing to experience the young, the old and the in-between, as well as people’s reverence and interest in the church itself. Some SJK alumni came through, visiting their roots. Thank you to everyone who visited us throughout all of the beautiful celebrations starting on Palm Sunday and culminating with Masses on Easter Sunday!

    9 April, 2012 at 7:54 am

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