The sixteenth Buffalo Mass Mob took place at South Buffalo's Holy Family Church on Sunday morning.
Established back in 2013, the Buffalo Mass Mob has visited various churches throughout the city of Buffalo. The group was created to raise awareness for historic houses of worship in Buffalo.
The concept is a twist on the popular "flash mob," but instead of dancing or singing, participants are asked to show up at a designated church and attend mass.
The goal is to give the selected church some publicity, higher attendance, and some extra donations 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."
Holy Family Church was established in 1902 as the Irish immigrant population continued to grow in South Buffalo. It is located at 1901 South Park Avenue at the corner of Tifft Street.
Buffalo Mass Mob also used the event as an opportunity to help the parish's Bishop Kmiec Food Pantry, which serves South Buffalo.