PRESS RELEASE: New York City MASS MOB in Carroll Gardens Gothic Church

NYC MASS MOB PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                                     October 9, 2015

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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,

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

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Jim Duhe, Associate Publisher and VP of Bridal Guide, to receive Lifetime Achievement Award in a struggling Wedding Business

By Paul Pannone

What was once called a cottage business, made up of smaller, independent store owners has today, because of consolidation, acquisitions, mergers and manufacturer manipulation of the market pushed out smaller operators leaving behind struggling stores. Most of which can expect more sweeping changes to continue, as manufacturers look only to larger buyers to sustain their output manufacturing capacity coming primarily out of China.

Among primary reasons for the decline in wedding business is a lessening desire of a younger generation to rush down the aisle before finishing school and having a solid footing with their careers.

“The fact is weddings are happening; people are getting married, but as the numbers decline, the market to service the lower numbers must continue to adjust: downward,” Duhe recently told eWedNewZ.

In over 35 years of service, Jim Duhe has watched the wedding business transform itself several times and has become the go-to person by friends and peers he’s made along the way, who’ve come to expect his honest, lucid assessment of topics ranging from fashion styles, effective marketing/advertising to his favorite topics, including the men’s formal wear category.

In a release this week, plans to honor Duhe’s service reads as follows:

New York, NY (September 22, 2015)— Bridal Guide is pleased to announce that Jim Duhe, Associate Publisher and Vice President of Fashion, has been chosen as the 2015 recipient of The Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Bridal Market Chicago. Jim will be honored for his long-standing career and tremendous contributions to the bridal industry at the DEBI Awards in Chicago on September 29, 2015.


In over 35 years in the wedding business, Jim Duhe told eWedNewZ despite the ever-changing landscape of bridal, we can expect more changes as we head into 2016.

When hearing of the award, Jim said, “In spite of 35 years of tremendous changes in the bridal marketplace, some things remain the same. The energy of the retailers and their commitment to excellence are constant. Business contacts are friends; work is fun. It’s emotionally overwhelming to receive this honor. There are many who may be more deserving of this award but I can assure you that no one could appreciate it more.”

Jim Duhe began his career in bridal magazine publishing nearly 35 years ago as a secretary at Brides magazine. By 1981, he moved to Modern Bride as the national Fashion Advertising Manager. Also, he was the creator and founding Publisher of Your Prom magazine. Jim joined the Bridal Guide team in 1991 and plans to remain an active force in the industry until he retires…in 2035.

About Bridal Guide
Reporting the highest pass-along readership of any magazine, Bridal Guide delivers unique editorial to more than 4 million readers of each issue. With Bridal Guide and its companion website,, brides are treated to a fresh, practical perspective on wedding receptions,  fashion and beauty, honeymoons, registry and more, with original, fun ideas and the best advice straight from our editors, industry experts and real brides. Bridal Guide’s print magazine and iPad/iPhone edition, as well as our mobile-responsive website and an active social media community, deliver the ultimate 360-degree planning experience.

As the wedding business turns to find the next phase of stability, friends and constituents of Jim Duhe say they will continue to value his counsel and friendship to help them weather the storm and whatever comes.
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