Oct 30

All Souls Day Rosary

Join the Friends of Saint Ann’s to Pray the Rosary on All Souls Day – We will remember in a special way all of our people of St. Ann’s Church and the souls of our loved ones.

Apr 28

Rosary Mob IV at Saint Ann’s on Saturday, May 13th

Buffalo’s shuttered St. Ann Church & Shrine will receive special attention as people will gather for Buffalo Mass Mob’s “Rosary Mob IV” at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The Friends of St. Ann’s, a group of preservationists, and Buffalo Mass Mob are co-organizing the event.

The public is asked to converge outside of the shrine, 651 Broadway at Emslie, to pray the rosary en-masse to show solidarity with parishioners who can no longer worship inside the edifice.

The rosary mob is a re-thinking of the original idea of a “Mass Mob” that was to have taken place at St. Ann’s in August of 2013. It never happened because the church was closed. This is the third “Rosary Mob” at the church. The first was in May of 2014.

“Saint Ann’s was originally one of the churches we thought of when organizing the group,” said Christopher Byrd, co-founder of Buffalo Mass Mob. “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 and show their support for Saint Ann’s.”

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has closed the structure to the public since 2012.

“We have been praying outside of St. Ann’s Church since 2013 and are hoping hundreds will join us so we can show them the dedication of our core of parishioners, who sadly have been kept away from their iconic shrine since its closing,” remarked Martin Ederer, a St. Ann parishioner who is also history professor at SUNY Buffalo State. “If we could only show these people the incredible interior of St. Ann’s, they would know why we are still here seeking a solution we can all be proud of.”

The church was built by the congregation of St. Ann in 1878-1886 and features stained glass windows by Royal Bavarian Art Works in Munich, Germany, and statuary that is considered rare and priceless. The gothic structure was designed by the famed Francis Himpler of New York City. The church’s congregation opened the east side landmark without debt over 125 years ago.

The shrine in Buffalo has, since 1886, conveyed the same graces as the international shrine in Baupre, in the province of Quebec. It is a shrine to St. Ann and one of few parishes built solely by the hand of its parishioners, common German immigrants. The main tower rises over 12 stories tall and contains the largest swinging bell in Buffalo. The clock in the high tower is a weight-driven 1895 Howard mechanical pendulum clock that had to be hand-wound once a week until its weight rewind system was electrified in the late 1930s. The clock, designed to strike every fifteen minutes, still functions.

Supporters of Saint Ann’s won an appeal with the Vatican in 2014 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 open its doors,” stated Ron Bates, a parishoner and member of the Friends of St. Ann’s.

The Buffalo Mass Mob movement, started in the Queen City, has been covered by local, national and international press and has inspired groups in over twenty other cities to start their own.

More information on St. Ann’s Church and Shrine, including a video of the church’s history, is available at www.SaintAnnBuffalo.org. Information on the Rosary Mob and Mass Mob is available at www.BuffaloMassMob.org.

Apr 21

Benefit for Saint Ann Church and Shrine, Saturday May 20th

Benefit for Saint Ann Church and Shrine

Lake Erie Italian Club
3200 South Park Avenue
Saturday, May 20, 2017
1:00 PM until 5:00 PM


Quizmaster, Dennis George
Delicious Hot Lunch Buffet 1:30 until 3:00
by Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant
Soft Drinks and Coffee are on the house. Cash Bar available
Donation is $25 per person.
100+ Theme Baskets
50/50 Split Drawings
Pricey Prizes Raffle
Large Prize Drawings
For Tickets Please Call (716)308-7954

You can also purchase tickets online with Debit/Credit Card via PayPal button below!

 (Print and bring PayPal receipt to event as it will serve as ticket(s) to event.)

Mar 28

REMINDER: Our German Mass is this coming Sunday, April 2nd

Join us for our annual Saint Ann’s German Mass on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017!

Lasset uns beten!
A Celebration of Western New York’s German Catholic
St. Louis Church
780 Main St. (at Edward)
Buffalo, New York

Click here for directions—>

Mar 17

Upcoming Saint Ann’s events – Save the Dates

Mar 05

St. Ann’s Annual German Mass on April 2nd

Join us for our annual Saint Ann’s German Mass on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017!

Lasset uns beten!
A Celebration of Western New York’s German Catholic
St. Louis Church
780 Main St. (at Edward)
Buffalo, New York

Click here for directions—>

Feb 14

The Passing of Sister Rosemary Anthony

Sr. Rosemary Anthony OSF
April 13, 1932 – February 11, 2017

A daughter, a sister, a nun for 65 years, an aunt, a teacher, a principal, a friend, a St. Ann Church & Shrine supporter, and an avid Buffalo Bills Fan. Rosie, as she was known will truly be missed.

After a brief illness, Sr. Rosemary passed away quietly at Mt. St. Mary’s Hospital, after just seeing her family. Her wake will be held on Friday evening from 3 to 7, at Stella Niagara, 4421 Lower River Rd. Stella Niagara NY 14144. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at Stella on Saturday at 10 A.M. Fr. Greg Jakubowski will preside.

Donations may be sent to Sisters of St. Francis at the above address or Friends of St. Ann’s, P.O. Box 782, Buffalo, NY 14240. Condolence cards may be sent to Sr. Donna Anthony, 517 Highgate Ave. Buffalo, 14215.

Jan 19

Albert Lenhard Family Scholarship

Albert Lenhard Family Scholarship


The Albert Lenhard Family Scholarship Fund was established in 1985

through a bequest of the estate of Albert M. Lenhard. The Scholarship was

developed to assist applicants who wanted to continue their formal education

beyond high school at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

To be eligible for the Scholarship the candidate will have to be residing in

the geographic boundaries of the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo: (Blessed

Trinity, SS Columba Brigid, St. Ann, St. Katherine Drexel, St. Lawrence and St.

Martin De Porres).

The recipients of the 2017 Scholarship this year were both from St. Ann’s

prior to its closing.  One of our Altar Servers, Christopher Augustin, a Senior at

Canisius High School, and Jean Bosco Ndayishimiye, husband and father of

four, who’s working on his LPN license. Congratulations. You’re both so

deserving. They both attend Mass at SS. Columba-Brigid’s where Fr. Roy

Herberger is the pastor.


Jan 17

Photos: Martin Luther King Jr. Mass and Celebration held at Holy Cross Church

These are photos taken at the Martin Luther King Jr. Diocesan Mass and Celebration at Holy Cross Church on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Thank you to all from the Saint Ann’s community who came and participated.

Click on images for full view

Jan 15

Sr. Rosemary Anthony in Stella Niagara Infirmary

For those of you that attended St. Ann’s School or Church, you certainly know Sr. Rosemary Anthony as either principal or perhaps even your teacher. She was recently placed in the Infirmary at Stella Niagara, where she, we’re sure, is getting the best of care. Please keep her in your prayers so that she will be able to come home without pain very soon.

Cards may be sent to:
4421 Lower River Rd. Infirmary, Stella Niagara NY 14144-1001


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