The Link
The newsletter for The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes

"I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons."
-St. John Henry Cardinal Newman, C.O.
 The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Boniface
October 9, 2020
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From Our Pastors

"We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”

The quote is from Dorothy Day, the legendary New York Catholic social activist. Published in her 1952 autobiography “The Long Loneliness”. Her perspective seems particularly apt today, when isolation has made loneliness more real for some, and heightened an awareness that love and community are the only solution for the many social ills that beset our country and our world.

Without the usual ability to connect via community how do we keep love alive? When political debate seems to delight in dividing rather than uniting, are we in danger of losing the ability to talk to each other? When name-calling and fault-finding have become the currency of debate have we lost a shared language in which to communicate? When factions insist on their exclusive rights and refuse to compromise how do we serve the common good?

It appears more important than ever to find ways to connect. To reach out. To listen. To learn. To share. To see the other and seek to understand.

From the beginning of the pandemic we have sought ways, innovative and tested, to provide connections. Community connections based on the abundant love of God revealed to us in Jesus.

Jesus who so clearly joined together, in the one great commandment, the love of God and neighbor and self.

Each of us has the power to make that love real again in our day. Reach out to someone. They may be feeling alone and hungry for love and community. You can be the giver of that gift. And in doing so you may know more deeply the truth of St Francis’ peace prayer: “it is giving that we receive.” In fact, it is giving that we create the space to receive something we cannot give ourselves: the grace of God via the love of another.

Every human being needs to be seen, heard, understood, known... loved. Every human being needs, at least at some level and at some time, community.

Write a note. Make a phone call. Send an email or text. Maybe reach out to someone you have not be in contact with for some time or for some reason. Make an invitation to meet for a cup of coffee or a walk in the park (appropriately physically distanced and masked, of course). Communicate in whatever way seems appropriate, but find ways to connect beyond the mandatory or perfunctory.

Be the love you want to receive. Community is more difficult these days but it is still possible. Indeed, the love it makes possible may be more necessary than ever.

Fr. Mark Lane, C.O. and Fr. Michael Callaghan, C.O.
Please Keep the sick of the community in your prayers: Wanda Morgan, Thomas Diorio, George Crossett, Dan Sacher, Victoria Shoy.

Rest In Peace: Margaret Fissinger, Eileen McGarry, Iris Mabra, Betty Ugo, Ed Merkle.

If you would like add someone to the prayer list, email the parish office at or go to the website and complete the information there.
All Souls Day is November 2
Please send in the names of your loved ones so we can remember them at masses during November. Email or include them with your All Souls envelope.
Mass Intention Schedule

10/10, 5pm_John Heller
10/11, 9am_For the People of the Parish
10/12_No Mass
10/13_For the students & staff of St. Francis College
10/14_Terence J. McGurn
10/15_In Honor Sr. Angela Case, SSJ (50th Anniversary)
10/16_Jason D. Swinehamer

St. Boniface
10/11, 10am_Fr. James Bucaria
11:15am_For the People of the Parish
6pm_In honor of Sr. Judith Miryam, O.P. (25th Anniversary)
10/12_No Mass
10/13_Pat Lally
10/14_Magdalena Cruz
10/15_Joan Dwyer
10/16_Francis Donlin
Oratory Coffee Hour - Sunday, October 11, 12:30pm
Topic: Oratory Parishes Coffee Hour
Time: Oct 11, 2020 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 460 014 6818
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Invite All Our Oratory Friends!
It’s Been Too Long! Some of Us Have Traveled Too Far! Let’s Connect—over a glass of wine (or two).

Oratory Women's Community is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Oratory Women's Community Wine Social
Time: Oct 11, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 654 301 9713
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Anti-Racism Task Force
The Anti-racism task force group began meeting to work on plans for action items developed following the 3 sessions where members of color in our church communities talked about their experiences with racism. We will focus on actions within our parishes and local communities. An overall goal is that anti-racism will become an imbedded aspect of all committees and groups at the Brooklyn Oratory. Here’s the link to the three videos.
ABVM Mass Time Survey 
As we look at the varying needs of the community, we ask you to respond to the Mass Survey through this link. Along with Mass time possibilities, there is a question for families with children. Please give us your feedback in the next two weeks. Thanks.
The Parish Office will be closed on
Monday and Tuesday, October 12 and 13.

NO 12:10pm mass at St. Boniface on Monday, October 12.

The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes 
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Boniface
Roman Catholic Communities in
Downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights
Both parishes operate from one office:

64 Middagh Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201