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One Night and Seven Churches: Holy Thursday 2014

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For the eighth year in a row on Holy Thursday (April 17), Broadway Fillmore Alive has put together a self-guided tour of seven historic churches in the First Ward, The Valley and the Broadway-Fillmore area partaking in the traditional visitation of the Blessed Sacrament in seven churches on this holy night.

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

The visitation period generally begins after Holy Thursday Mass around 8:30 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 700.

The churches in Buffalo’s historic immigrant neighborhoods 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.

Here is down-loadable brochure and map—->

http://broadwayfillmorealive.org/2.0/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/onsc2014.pdf

High Speed Rail at the Buffalo Central Terminal? Your Help is Needed!

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As New York State moves forward with its plans for high speed rail, there is an opportunity to insert the Buffalo Central Terminal into the conversation for inclusion of the complex as part of high speed rail development.

The New York State DOT is still accepting public comments on the project.   Let’s help ensure that the Central Terminal  is on the state’s radar screen.

From the Central Terminal’s Facebook page:

The NYS DOT has extended the public comment period surrounding the High Speed Rail project. Everyone has the opportunity to voice their opinions on the project, and now is the time to get the Central Terminal on the minds of those who are involved in the project.

A formal letter was sent by Marilyn Rodgers, Executive Director/CEO of the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, to the NYS DOT outlining our position, as well as highlighting a recent resolution adopted by the City of Buffalo Common Council regarding their position favoring the Central Terminal’s reuse as part of this project.

In addition to this, we are asking all of our supporters to comment, and comment often throughout the remainder of the public comment period. The more vocal we are, the better chance of our voices being heard. You can simply click on the link below, and copy and paste the pre-writen statement showing your support of the Buffalo Central Terminal!

Please take a moment to comment, and to share this e-mail with your friends and family.

As always, thanks for supporting the Buffalo Central Terminal!

Here is the link: https://www.dot.ny.gov/empire-corridor/contact

Here’s the statement:

As a supporter of the National Landmark known as the Buffalo Central Terminal, I would like to take a moment to voice my support regarding the Terminal’s use for future High Speed Rail aka Empire Corridor Project – Tier I EIS for the following reasons:

  • The Terminal is an integral Tourism site in New York State due to its architectural design and transportation legacy.
  • The Terminal is currently working with various future tenants and funders for a major adaptive reuse project of the complex which will, in turn, create educational opportunities, an active Arts center, workforce and economic development and neighborhood reinvestment in the Broadway Fillmore District of Buffalo, New York
  • The Terminal is centrally located within a two-mile radius of city-center
  • The Terminal also has secure parking facilities for up to 450 vehicles
  • The Terminal already has a Main Concourse for travelers to dine and shop adding to the tourism and economic values for entrepreneurship and small business development
  • The Terminal will also house education classrooms and shared space accommodations for local, regional, state and national colleges and universities to locate essential classes for certification and degreed programs in adaptive reuse studies thereby creating a benchmark for historic rehabilitation and restoration

I am confident New York State can promote the timely and essential reuse of the original and historic intent of the Buffalo Central Terminal as a center for transportation.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/buffalocentralterminal

The Pilgrimage of the Black Madonna Will Stop at Corpus Christi Church

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The Pilgrimage of the Black Madonna will make a stop at Corpus Christi Church on Sunday, March 23.

Father Peter West, Vice President of Human Life International, will be speaking at the 8:15am and 11:30am Masses.

The icon will be on display throughout the morning before and after Masses in the church.

http://corpuschristibuffalo.org

BFA’s Comments to Buffalo Common Council on Saint Ann’s

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This is the statement read before the Buffalo Common Council yesterday.

Drive down Broadway from downtown to the city line of Buffalo and it’s not hard to notice the number of vacant lots where buildings once stood. This iconic Buffalo street has seen its share of losses over the last three decades. Broadway potentially faces another loss…a huge loss.

Saint Ann’s has been a fixture on Broadway since the 1800s. The church is a living breathing link back to the Broadway corridor’s rich Eastern European immigrant heritage and history. Buffalo’s German immigrants gave Buffalo Saint Ann’s. A church similar to the ones you see throughout Europe. It is a testament to the great melting pot of both Buffalo and America. Its towers have stood tall through the decline of the East Side.

Losing Saint Ann’s will further empty Broadway and the East Side of its history and what remains of its incredible buildings. It is a vital part of the urban fabric of the Broadway corridor. It is already a landmark without the formal designation.

Saint Ann’s meets and exceeds all local, state and national thresholds to be consider a landmark. By approving its landmark status, the council will help ensure this East Side treasure will remain for future generations to appreciate.

Thank you

Christopher Byrd
Broadway Fillmore Alive

http://BroadwayFillmoreAlive.org/

716.218.0232

Please consider contacting council members and ask them to approve Saint Ann’s landmark status.  They will be voting on the issue on 10/08/2013.  For a complete list of their contact info, click here–>

Photos: 5th annual Tour de Farms hit Broadway-Fillmore on 09/14

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The 5th Annual Tour de Farms hit the street of Buffalo and Western New York on Saturday September 14, 2013.

The tour showcases local food sources while promoting  sustainable transportation in traveling to various sites.

Thank you to BFA friend DJ Red for taking and passing the pictures along.

For more about Tour de Farms, visit http://tourdefarmsbuffalo.org/.