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.


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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 | lisajohnston@archstl.org | 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...

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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...

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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...

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | @aeternusphoto

St. Mary of Victories Church is located just south of the Gateway Arch, along Interstate 55 and the exit ramp to the Poplar Street Bridge. The parish was founded in 1843 for German immigrants and became a Hungarian church and cultural center in 1956. It is one of the few consecrated churches in the archdiocese and has hundreds of sacred relics.

St. Mary of Victories is tucked away behind a labyrinth of interstate off-ramps and old industrial buildings. It's the church you see quite literally next to I-55 (on the east side) heading north...

The sign outside St. Augustine Church read: "Welcome Mob Mobsters."

Inside, there weren't any mobsters in the literal sense. The only "mob" going on was the crowd of about 400 people who...

Msgr. Robert Gettinger, center, led Advent prayers before Mass Dec. 20 at St. Augustine Church in north St. Louis. The church will host Mass Mob V in January 2016.

A visit to St. Augustine's website reveals the parish has a "joyful spirit and soulful authentic liturgy."

That spirit also is the foundation for a flourishing outreach to the community...


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