NYC MASS MOB PRESS RELEASE October 9, 2015
Released through Paul Pannone, New York
Contact: Michael J. Cadigan
NEW YORK — The next New York City Mass Mob will take place at the Catholic Church of St. Agnes in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn on 18 October 2015 at the 9:15 A.M. Mass.
St. Agnes, selected after a social media-driven vote in July that featured four New York City Catholic churches on the Mass Mob website,massmobnyc.com.
Founded in 1878, the present neo-Gothic edifice. designed in 1904 by renowned Brooklyn architect Thomas F. Houghton. Featuring furnishings from the leading artists and decorative arts firms in the day — including the famed Rambusch Firm in New York — St. Agnes features spectacular stained glass made in Munich, Bavaria, by the celebrated firm of Franz Zettler. The windows are unique in many respects, but those in the nave feature the life and martyrdom of the church’s patron, the fourth-century Roman martyr, Agnes.
“The parish family of St. Paul and St. Agnes is excited about Mass Mob descending on our beloved St. Agnes Church,” said Msgr. Joseph Nugent, who pastors the south Brooklyn community. “We hope to heighten awareness that St. Agnes and her sister church, St. Paul, are alive and well, and open for business!”
October’s Mass Mob Sunday at St. Agnes will be a busy one, as after the church kicks off its “Sounds on Sackett” concert series later that day, featuring Brooklyn talent on the church’s newly restored Brooklyn-made concert grand piano.
New York City Mass Mob is a grassroots movement that strives to showcase and support the great heritage of the Catholic Church in the New York City area, bolster and support communities, and stir the passions of those who seek involvement with something greater than themselves.
“Mass Mob” was inspired by the popular term “Flash Mob,” where a large group of people appear at a place, at a determined time, and start dancing or playing music, often to bring attention to a specific cause.
Most of the Catholic churches of New York City, built by immigrants in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and served as precious houses of worship for those families who arrived in the new world. Many of these churches are still around today, and Mass Mobs are ways to raise their profile, strengthen their communities and introduce people, young and the old, celebrating the Eucharist.
St. Agnes Church, located at 433 Sackett Street, is accessible from the G, F, 4 and 5 trains. For more information, contact the parish at 718.625.1717 between 2 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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