For those of you who don’t know, the Saint Ann’s parish community is still holding weekly Sunday Mass. Though the congregation can’t use the physical church, Mass is being held inside their school building in the basement parish hall.
The congregation is a great group of people and I am always welcomed there as if I was part of their extended parish family.
Please show support for their efforts to keep Saint Ann’s ALIVE…come to worship there peridocally, support their fundraisers, etc. The church and its people are neighborhood treasures.
Though the Saint Ann’s faith community can’t hold Mass inside of their church, they will have Christmas Day Mass at 10:00am inside of the convent behind the church om Emslie Street. Everyone is welcome!
(By Jay Tokasz – Buffalo News) A comprehensive engineering study of St. Ann Church is expected to be completed within a few weeks and will help determine the fate of the ornate 1886 edifice on Broadway at Emslie Street.
Arbour Construction Management and Siracuse Engineers, both Buffalo firms, are currently examining the building and trying to determine a fix for structural problems that prompted then-Bishop Edward U. Kmiec in April to suspend all activities inside the church.
Kmiec has since retired and been replaced by Bishop Richard J. Malone.
Though unable to hold regular masses inside of Saint Ann’s church because the Buffalo Diocese deemed the building unsafe for activities back in April, parishioners have been gathering weekly to celebrate Sunday mass behind the church’s in its grotto. Last night was the second Mass in the church’s annual triduum in honor of St. Ann…the parishes namesake.
The people of Saint Ann’s are keeping the faith.
Please support the people of Saint Ann’s and consider going to their Sunday Mass at 10:00am.
I wrote this in an email to someone a couple of weeks ago about church closures in the neighborhood and think it relevant to add here.
I understand the dynamics involved. But I don’t have to agree with or like the decisions made to throw away these parish communities and churches like they mean nothing at all. Instead of throwing them away, the diocese could use them to minister and evangelize like they do in third world countries…make them beacons of hope for a neighborhood that needs hope. In the process, they could help save these glorious buildings of faith. People wonder why the Catholic church is dying in America. It is not hard to figure out why.
It is easy to look at these old churches with only $$$ in mind. But spiritual capital is what should be really looked at and how to increase that. The diocese should be into that instead of removing their presence from the inner city and troubled neighborhoods. Frankly, I think they are taking the easy way out.