Canisius students clean Blessed Trinity for Mass Mob

by Felicity Werner

News Reporter

On Saturday, March 21 members of the Canisius community helped clean and prepare the Blessed Trinity Church for the Mass Mob that it went on to host the next day. Those present included Joe Van Volkenburg, Kathleen Delaney, Archivist Jake Iannuzzelli, Jonnie Christian, Mike Moller, Joe (AJ) Kwiatkowski, Ruth Coleman, Patty Grasso, Patrick Burke, and Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Terri Mangione. The group was comprised of a mix of Canisius staff, alumni, and students from Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

“Canisius seems to be at its best when we come together in community and want to give back, and Saturday was an example of that,” Van Volkenburg said.

Answering the call from the church for help, the group assembled Saturday morning and set to such tasks as wiping down the pews and cleaning the floors. Everyone was happy to be there to help out, and all present lingered even after the work was finished just to chat and enjoy each other’s company, as well as the provided coffee and danishes.

“When people open up their hearts like this, we end up receiving even more joy than we give,” Van Volkenburg said. “It was just so gratifying for us to work side by side and do the community service and have great conversations, with great people, and to forget for a moment all the stress and things bogging us down and feel fulfilled by our contribution and our pursuit of the Jesuit values.”

The Mass Mob is an important event for the church, in which local members of a Mass Mob Facebook group select one church at a time and then, on an allotted Sunday, crowd into that church to take part in the service and admire its architecture and history. Since Blessed Trinity was going to be the focus of such the spotlight, they needed all the help they could get to prepare for the event.

“Blessed Trinity is always very generous to us when we have a request for volunteers; always absorbing our students, not just on Community Days, but other days during the year,” Van Volkenburg said.

On Saturday, March 21 members of the Canisius community helped clean and prepare the Blessed Trinity Church for the Mass Mob that it went on to host the next day. Those present included Joe Van Volkenburg, Kathleen Delaney, Archivist Jake Iannuzzelli, Jonnie Christian, Mike Moller, Joe (AJ) Kwiatkowski, Ruth Coleman, Patty Grasso, Patrick Burke, and Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Terri Mangione. The group was comprised of a mix of Canisius staff, alumni, and students from Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

“Canisius seems to be at its best when we come together in community and want to give back, and Saturday was an example of that,” Van Volkenburg said.

Answering the call from the church for help, the group assembled Saturday morning and set to such tasks as wiping down the pews and cleaning the floors. Everyone was happy to be there to help out, and all present lingered even after the work was finished just to chat and enjoy each other’s company, as well as the provided coffee and danishes.

“When people open up their hearts like this, we end up receiving even more joy than we give,” Van Volkenburg said. “It was just so gratifying for us to work side by side and do the community service and have great conversations, with great people, and to forget for a moment all the stress and things bogging us down and feel fulfilled by our contribution and our pursuit of the Jesuit values.”

The Mass Mob is an important event for the church, in which local members of a Mass Mob Facebook group select one church at a time and then, on an allotted Sunday, crowd into that church to take part in the service and admire its architecture and history. Since Blessed Trinity was going to be the focus of such the spotlight, they needed all the help they could get to prepare for the event.

“Blessed Trinity is always very generous to us when we have a request for volunteers; always absorbing our students, not just on Community Days, but other days during the year,” Van Volkenburg said.

On Saturday, March 21 members of the Canisius community helped clean and prepare the Blessed Trinity Church for the Mass Mob that it went on to host the next day. Those present included Joe Van Volkenburg, Kathleen Delaney, Archivist Jake Iannuzzelli, Jonnie Christian, Mike Moller, Joe (AJ) Kwiatkowski, Ruth Coleman, Patty Grasso, Patrick Burke, and Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Terri Mangione. The group was comprised of a mix of Canisius staff, alumni, and students from Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

“Canisius seems to be at its best when we come together in community and want to give back, and Saturday was an example of that,” Van Volkenburg said.

Answering the call from the church for help, the group assembled Saturday morning and set to such tasks as wiping down the pews and cleaning the floors. Everyone was happy to be there to help out, and all present lingered even after the work was finished just to chat and enjoy each other’s company, as well as the provided coffee and danishes.

“When people open up their hearts like this, we end up receiving even more joy than we give,” Van Volkenburg said. “It was just so gratifying for us to work side by side and do the community service and have great conversations, with great people, and to forget for a moment all the stress and things bogging us down and feel fulfilled by our contribution and our pursuit of the Jesuit values.”

The Mass Mob is an important event for the church, in which local members of a Mass Mob Facebook group select one church at a time and then, on an allotted Sunday, crowd into that church to take part in the service and admire its architecture and history. Since Blessed Trinity was going to be the focus of such the spotlight, they needed all the help they could get to prepare for the event.

“Blessed Trinity is always very generous to us when we have a request for volunteers; always absorbing our students, not just on Community Days, but other days during the year,” Van Volkenburg said.

Students frequently help the church with outreach programs for the poor and marginalized in order to gain their required volunteer hours. Since Blessed Trinity has been such a great partner to the school in this way and many more, Van Volkenburg was more than eager to help them in their own needs as well. He expressed thanks to every person who came to help, especially the students who took time out of their spring break, students who he said truly embodied the phrase “men and women for others.”

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