Friday, March 13, 2015

Spring into the Mass Mob

Cleveland Mass Mob  XI
Saint Mary of the Assumption (Collinwood)
10 a.m. Sunday 22 March 2015
15519 Holmes

After a winter's hibernation the migratory parish of pilgrims is back. The first Cleveland Mass Mob of the new year will be south of Interstate 90 and the railroad tracks, in the northeastern part of Cleveland, Collinwood, which was annexed in 1910. The parish to be visited is Saint Mary (founded in 1905). It is one of two remaining Slovene nationality parishes in the larger metropolitan area. Cleveland is the chief locale of the Slovene diaspora. The 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday March 22nd will have elements of the old country's traditions in choir and costume.

This will be Cleveland Mass Mob XI. In this the second year of mobbing, the gatherings will center on the fourth weekend of the month. Some twenty cities have declared this type of ecclesial mobbing activity. The success and frequency has varied. This national phenomena began in Buffalo, and only Buffalo's mob is older. More recent mobs, and newspapers, have acknowledged Cleveland as a model. Cleveland has had the most mobbings, and its practice is to announce the next mobbing in the church of the present mobbing.

Mass Mob is a celebration of community, and sacred space, with the presence of Jesus. We wish to attract people to come for a Mass, a celebration of Liturgy and Eucharist, in a parish community of an historical, and beautiful church. Keep Massing and Mob On!

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