Karl R. Josker
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> St. Ann's RC Church
Karl R. Josker
St. Ann's RC Church
679 Broadway, Buffalo
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The last Bishop of Buffalo ordered merger, and the parish has appealed to Rome. While this appeal was pending, the newest Buffalo Bishop released an Order to have this historic landmark demolished, yesterday 8/19/13. If you have an interest in this Church I suggest you act quickly as the future, if the Buffalo Bishops have their way, is the landfill. Please pray for St Ann Church, and write letters of concern to Rome supporting our appeal.
St Ann Church and Shrine is still an active church. Mass every Sunday at 10AM. Adoration first Fridays 3PM - 7pm. New website: saintannbuffalo.org
St. Ann's Church and Shrine is still open for mass every Sunday at 10am. It is open for tours after mass, as well as by appointment. Bus and group tours are welcome. Please stop by and visit. Refreshments served after masses.
Pray to the relics of St. Ann, which is found to provide miraculous healing. Devotions to St. Ann are said at 9:45, the first Sunday of every month.
Call (716) 852-0100 for details on events and to schedule special tours. All donations appreciated. More information on upcoming events can be found at FriendsofSaintAnns.org and SaintAnnsChurchandShrine.blogspot.com. History of the church can be found at SaintAnnsChurchandShrine.com.
The Buffalo Religious Arts Center - and the fact that this building is still being used as a worship center - how satisfying to see it!
A church museum what a BRILLIANT idea! My hobby is church photography, and I focus on historic churches. I don't live in Buffalo; but I visited last weekend, filled my memory card, and wished I had the time to see so much more. Buffalo has such WONDERFUL historic churches, of many denominations. St. Louis and St. Paul's Episcopal are simply fabulous! It breaks my heart to see such magnificent churches closed. While photographing Holy Trinity Lutheran, I also photographed the former Our Lady of Lourdes. As delighted as I was with the beauty of the former, it was equally disheartening to see the state of the latter. The diocese here in Toledo, Ohio has also done its share of slashing and burning. And like in Buffalo, some of them are just empty, once-beautiful shells, sitting abandoned and slowly crumbling. So the idea of turning this splendid building into a church museum, maintaining it and displaying the artwork and treasures from other closed parishes, is such a joyous thought! To preserve something of the heart and soul of these churches -- 150 years down the tubes like it never existed -- Please, God, let that museum happen! And maybe our Toledo Diocese should take a clue.
This church is set to close in July 2008, after the 150th. anniversary. The parish will merge with St. Mary of Sorrows, and Sts. Columba and Brigid parishes. There is talk of making it a church museum, bringing things in from other closed churches, as well as preserving the church and its own wonderful interior ornamentation.
The windows are there, it's just that in more recent years, vandalism takes it's toll on places like churches, and they have taken to covering the outsides of stained glass windows with semi-opaque glass. The light shines through, but they don't look like stained glass from the outside, therefore don't elicit any undue attention.
I was BAPTISED at ST.ANNS,I could see the steeples from my grandmothers yard on Johnson St.They were beautiful.My greatgrandfather used to set his pocket watch with the clock BELLS.
What happened to the windows?
St Ann's used to have two magnificent steeples, but they were damaged by high winds and someone decided to pull them down. When it had those towers, it looked a church in the Rhineland. This was the premier German parish for generations, and the interior is outstanding. It is still hanging on as a working church.