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Buffalo Mass Mob to Hold Rosary Mob May 10th at Saint Ann’s

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Buffalo Mass Mob is partnering with the Friends of Saint Ann’s to host a Rosary Mob outside of Saint Ann’s Church and Shrine at the corner of Broadway and Emslie in Buffalo on Saturday, May 10, 2014 starting at 10:00am.

Started in 2013, Buffalo Mass Mob has held three “Flash Mob” style events at inner city Catholic churches organized through social media and the internet. Mass Mob participants are asked to simply come worship at Sunday Mass to a designated church. The last Mass Mob held on March 23, 2014 at Saint John Kanty filled the church to near capacity. The organizers’ goal is to bring attention to some of Buffalo’s beautiful and historic churches needing support and remind people how valuable they are to the urban fabric of the city.

The Rosary Mob is a spinoff of the Mass Mob concept. Since Saint Ann’s Church is currently not allowed to hold any Masses, Buffalo Mass Mob thought it would be a great to further the group’s mission and to help bring the community together to show support for the ongoing efforts to save Saint Ann’s Church by praying the Rosary. Christopher Byrd, Buffalo Mass Mob Co-Founder, said, “Saint Ann’s was originally one of the churches we thought of when organizing the group. Working with the Friends of Saint Ann’s in doing a Rosary Mob will help raise awareness about this incredible church and efforts to save it. This is a great opportunity for the community to come show their support for Saint Ann’s.”

When Saint Ann’s Church closed in 2013, a group of people from the parish started saying the rosary outside the church every Saturday since rain, snow or shine. Supporters of Saint Ann’s won an appeal with the Vatican earlier this year to keep the church open as a house of worship. The Friends of Saint Ann’s want to work with the Buffalo Diocese to come up with a feasible plan to restore the church and opens its doors.

The Mass Mob movement, started in the Queen City, has been covered by the Associated Press, the New York Times and other media across the country and the world.  The concept has spread to New York, Rochester, Philadelphia, Cleveland, New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit and other cities.

More information on Buffalo Mass Mob and the Rosary Mob can be found at www.BuffaloMassMob.org.  More information about Saint Ann’s can be found at www.SaveSaintAnns.org.

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Saint Ann’s Benefit May 18th!

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From Saint Ann’s website:

Dear Friends of St. Ann,

It’s time to start planning for a lovely Spring afternoon. Come join us. Connect with old friends or better yet, meet some new ones. Enjoy some delicious food. Win lots of prizes and most importantly, support St. Ann’s. You’re invited to:

A Benefit for St. Ann’s Sponsored by Mary & Myra Pinker and Mary Ann Costello

Forestview Restaurant
4781 Transit Road (near French), Depew, N.Y.
Sunday, May 18, 2014 Noon to 5:00
Entertainment Compliments of Quizmaster, Dennis George
Kudos to the Owners and Staff of Gardenview, Forestview, and McKenzies

Donation: $25.00

For more info and get tickets, follow this link–>

http://saintannbuffalo.org/?p=1589

A Benefit for Saint Ann’s on May 18th!

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From Saint Ann’s website:

Dear Friends of St. Ann,

It’s time to start planning for a lovely Spring afternoon. Come join us. Connect with old friends or better yet, meet some new ones. Enjoy some delicious food. Win lots of prizes and most importantly, support St. Ann’s. You’re invited to:

A Benefit for St. Ann’s Sponsored by Mary & Myra Pinker and Mary Ann Costello

Forestview Restaurant
4781 Transit Road (near French), Depew, N.Y.
Sunday, May 18, 2014 Noon to 5:00
Entertainment Compliments of Quizmaster, Dennis George
Kudos to the Owners and Staff of Gardenview, Forestview, and McKenzies

Donation: $25.00

For more info and get tickets, follow this link–>

http://saintannbuffalo.org/?p=1589

National Catholic Register – St. Ann’s Still Stands: Vatican Rules U.S. Diocese Can’t Close Inner-City Church

SAINT ANN'S(By PETER JESSERER SMITH – NCR)

A long-shot appeal to the Vatican has given a small band of parishioners in Buffalo, N.Y., a chance to save their church as a worship site, after it had been closed by the local diocese.

The Jan. 7 decree handed down from the Congregation of Clergy states that St. Ann’s Church and Shrine, located on Broadway Avenue in Buffalo, cannot be sold or repurposed for profane use. The Buffalo Diocese had closed St. Ann’s as part of a parish consolidation process and was seeking to sell the church, convent and school complex to a private developer for secular uses, after judging that an estimated $8 million-12 million price tag to repair and restore it was something the diocese could not afford.

Read full story—> http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/st.-anns-still-stands-vatican-rules-u.s.-diocese-cant-close-inner-city-chur/#ixzz2u1cnI2pE