St. Louis Mass Mobs celebrate historic churches

Begun in April 2015, the St. Louis Mass Mobs have been celebrated at 5 churches in St. Louis. Read the stories and see the pictures from previous Mass Mobs, plus check back for information about the next one as it becomes available.

Father Lawrence Herzog celebrated the first all school Mass of the year. Little Flower Parish in Richmond Heights will host the next St. Louis Mass Mob. Formally dedicated on Dec. 18, 1949, the church is totally in the round with the altar in the very center of the building; the pews form a circle around the altar.

Students at Little Flower School explained that being planted right in the middle of a neighborhood is what makes their school appealing.

"Everybody knows everybody, and they're all...

When the first Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of the Presentation more than 100 years ago, the community made do with what it had — a temporary altar made of two boards, a soap box for a...

Newly ordained Father Mark Rivituso celebrated his first Mass at St. Wenceslaus Church.

When St. Wenceslaus hosts the next St. Louis Mass Mob later this month, parishioners will still be on a high from celebrating the ordination of its first homegrown bishop less than two weeks prior...


A large sign advertising a "St. Louis Mass Mob" greets motorists exiting I-64/40 at Bellevue Avenue. Just around the corner, St. Luke the Evangelist, a beautiful 1920s Gothic church, will be the...

Lisa Johnston | | Twitter: @aeternusphoto A "Mass Mob" descended upon St. Mary of Victories Church on Palm Sunday. Chaplain Father Brian Harrison is a member of the Oblates of Wisdom, a religious community who offers the Novus Ordo (Vatican II) Mass in Latin.

As she served donuts in the parish hall, Emma Balogh beamed as she revisualized the standing-room-only crowd at St. Mary of Victories Church.

The last time the Downtown church hosted a...


Sue Redfearn has known St. John Nepomuk most of her life. Her parents' parents were from the Old World, and Redfearn carried on the family's Czech heritage as she attended school and received the...

Deacon Stanley Peterson visits the St. Ann Shrine, which was installed at St. Nicholas Parish a month ago, after the closing of Visitation-St. Ann Parish. St. Nicholas, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary, will host the next St. Louis Mass Mob Sunday, Oct. 9.

The sound of the organ, the smell of the incense and the sight of the priests' vestments prompted a young Lucinda Kaid to ask her parents to join the Catholic Church.

"The church was at the...

Bishop Edward M. Rice delivers the Homily during a Mass dedicating the new Shrine of St. Peter Claver at St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic Church in The Ville neighborhood of St. Louis in 2013.

On the walls at St. Matthew the Apostle Church are two large stained-glass windows depicting the birth of Christ and the birth of the Church at Pentecost.

The windows and what they...


Surveying the church during his homily, Father David Wichlan proclaimed that the May 22 Mass Mob was the largest crowd he's seen in 26 years as pastor of St. Rita Parish.

He was hopeful a...

Betty Hermann directed her granddaughter, Molly Speez, in placing a rose at the foot of a statue of St. Rita Cascia on the saint’s feast day, May 22, 2015. The saint is the patronness of St. Rita Parish in Vinita Park, which is hosting the next St. Louis Mass Mob on Sunday, May 22. “I pray to her for my family, because she was a woman of faith,” Hermann said.

In the years following the 1904 World's Fair, parts of north St. Louis County transformed from farmland to subdivisions as it accommodated a real estate boom.

Vinita Park was one of those...

Future Mass Mobs

Mass Mob VI: St. Mary of Victories, March 20

Mass Mob VII: St. Rita, May 22

Mass Mob VIII: St. Matthew the Apostle, July 10

Mass Mob IX: St. Nicholas, Oct. 9

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Video from the first St. Louis Mass Mob