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Catholic flash mobs fill pews, lift prayers at NY churches
Fox 43 ^ | 2/02/14

Posted on 02/02/2014 4:36:19 PM PST by Libloather

(FOXNEWS) BUFFALO, N.Y. – You’ve heard of flash mobs? Behold the Mass mob. Playing off the idea of using social media to summon crowds for parties or mischief, mobs of Buffalo-area Roman Catholics have been filling pews and lifting spirits at some of the city’s original, now often sparsely attended, churches.

It works this way: On a given Sunday, participants attend Mass en masse at a church they’ve picked in an online vote and promoted through Facebook and Twitter. Visitors experience the architecture, heritage and spirit of the aging houses of worship and the churches once again see the numbers they were built for, along with a helpful bump in donations when the collection baskets are passed.

“I call these churches faith enhancers. You can’t help but walk in and feel closer to a higher power,” said Christopher Byrd, who hatched the idea in Buffalo last fall and has organized two Mass mobs so far, both of which drew hundreds. He’s heard from other cities about starting their own.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: buffalo; catholic; church; flash; mobs; newyork; romancatholicism

1 posted on 02/02/2014 4:36:19 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Love it! Wonderful use of social networking


2 posted on 02/02/2014 4:41:36 PM PST by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: hoosiermama

if only we could find our backbone,we could overtake all the evil in the world...


3 posted on 02/02/2014 4:43:29 PM PST by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: Libloather
Sounds good to me.Now if only these same Catholics would stop voting for Rats......
4 posted on 02/02/2014 4:43:58 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

True. Let your alms be given in secret so that your heavenly father may reward you in secret also. (or something like that).

This sort of thing smacks of exhibitionism.


5 posted on 02/02/2014 4:51:43 PM PST by bakeneko
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To: hoosiermama

listened to a local call in show discuss this.

A man called in to praise this act and said that more people should be in church.

When the host asked him what church pew he filled, the called danced a bit and said, I don’t go to church, I am sort of a nature guy.

Fool like him doesn’t realize that his half baked perspective is why pews are empty everywhere.


6 posted on 02/02/2014 5:07:17 PM PST by Chickensoup (V)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Catholics who attend church are far less inclined to vote for RATs. I suspect the same is true of Protestants as well.


7 posted on 02/02/2014 6:27:42 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Chickensoup
Fool like him doesn’t realize that his half baked perspective is why pews are empty everywhere.

He's less the reason that pews are empty than the hollowed out preachers who teach the leftist Gospel of social justice rather than the real Gospel of Jesus Christ.

But, yes, for those who make that excuse, they need to find a church which preaches the real Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even if they have to switch brands to do so.

8 posted on 02/02/2014 6:30:34 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Libloather
It works this way: On a given Sunday, participants attend Mass en masse at a church they’ve picked in an online vote and promoted through Facebook and Twitter. Visitors experience the architecture, heritage and spirit of the aging houses of worship and the churches once again see the numbers they were built for, along with a helpful bump in donations when the collection baskets are passed.

Not church growth per se, only the "we'll go if we make it an event" brief appearance of growth. Only one church gets a boost, and only for one Sunday.

9 posted on 02/02/2014 8:01:36 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Libloather
Holy men fill churches every week.Preach Jesus Christ from the Gospel and the Saints.Easy.
10 posted on 02/02/2014 8:08:58 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: NYer; Salvation

Ping.


11 posted on 02/02/2014 8:11:04 PM PST by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: Libloather

This is so cool.

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12 posted on 02/02/2014 8:13:14 PM PST by Mears
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To: Gay State Conservative
Now if only these same Catholics would stop voting for Rats......

It's a safe bet that THESE are not the ones voting for the Rats.

13 posted on 02/02/2014 8:19:50 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Vigilanteman

People who attend religious servicescregularly indeed are far more likely to vote Republican. I recall that when Michael Barone analyzed the exit polls from the 2000 presidential elections he found that the only group whose Bush vote percentage did not increase among the subset who attend religious services on a regular basis were black Protestants (who voted overwhelmingly for Gore irrespective of how religious they were).


14 posted on 02/02/2014 8:24:31 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Doesn’t surprise me since that particular crowd uses Christianity as a fig leaf for their main religion of getting free stuff from the government.


15 posted on 02/02/2014 8:38:38 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: lightman

A blessed day to you.


16 posted on 02/02/2014 8:47:34 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Libloather

God Bless those Catholic flash mobs!


17 posted on 02/03/2014 2:43:01 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: fatima

AMEN!


18 posted on 02/03/2014 2:43:20 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Libloather; Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; ...

h/t to lightman for the ping!


19 posted on 02/03/2014 3:10:02 AM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: Libloather

I think that is wonderful. They might turn a few stragglers that came along for the “event” into regular attenders. The financial boost, although temporary, I’m sure is welcome in these churches. We have a church in Kansas City that did a major turn around with a wonderful, dear old priest. People drive from all over the KC area to attend Our Lady of Good Counsel. It’s packed with homeschool families on a regular basis. Beautiful old church in a run down neighborhood. Who knows what might come of this? I love it! Would be nice to see it spread to other cities.


20 posted on 02/03/2014 6:45:23 AM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: Libloather
"New York flash mob tweeting for meeting at a Sunday Mass"

*** is much better than ***

"New York flasher (Weiner) tweeting his..."(oh, never mind!)

21 posted on 02/03/2014 9:06:53 PM PST by Heart-Rest (Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Gal 6:7)
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To: samiam1972

My sentiments as well.


22 posted on 02/05/2014 9:34:28 AM PST by victim soul
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