Catholics flooded a Manhattan church that is scheduled to close in August. They're calling it a mass mob and it's based on the concept of a flash mob. These dedicated Catholics are using social media to pack the pews of this endangered church.
It was standing room only at Our Lady of Peace on East 62nd Street at a special 12:30 p.m. Sunday service. Catholics flooded in to show support and convince the archdiocese to remove this historic church from the list of 31 scheduled to close in august.
Digital missionaries helped spread the word via Facebook and Twitter. Parishioners say they also want to showcase the diversity of the Catholic Church.
Our Lady of Peace sits in one of the city's oldest landmarked districts. But its steering committee says it has mastered modern-day financial realities.
Father Bartholomew Daly, the pastor, says that unlike with many churches, he makes sure his is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. That has meant a lot to workers in the neighborhood. Parishioners told us Father Daly makes everyone feel welcome and is an example of faith in action.
Supporters are appealing the closure to the Vatican. A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of New York told me the decision was final, but if there is new information the archdiocese may take a second look although it is unlikely.
But not to the faithful who think this beautiful church built by Italian immigrants is needed now more than ever in a diverse city looking for to be uplifted.
Supporters have already collected thousands of signatures to keep the church open and are vowing to expand their social media campaign to convince church authorities that this church needs to remain in this community.