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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
November 3, 2020
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From Our Pastors

You may have noticed the underlying current of stewardship in the last several posts from us as your pastors. Fall is the time our parishes have typically addressed fiscal realities and pastoral life and when members of our communities have spoken of their experience and invited us to consider our stewardship. This coming Sunday we hear the parable of those awaiting the wedding feast and how well they tend the lamp oil to keep the light burning during the wait. Tending that which keeps the light of faith alive and burning brightly is very much part of the stewardship we share with all who are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.

In order for us to keep you apprised of the fiscal realities of the parishes, over the coming weeks, we will be having speakers review the fiscal picture from both the past and current fiscal year. Each household will also receive a mailing asking you to consider your stewardship as we move forward. We know that this year has been trying for everyone.

We have worked hard to find creative and effective ways to provide pastoral, spiritual and practical support to you and our broader community during this extraordinary year.

Because of the consistent stewardship by some in our communities along with several bequests, we have navigated the challenges and new costs brought by closure and pandemic thus far. We are so very grateful to all of you who have been sacrificial and generous in your support. The reality of the current fiscal year is that we are operating with extremely modest budgets that rely on the stewardship of a broad base of our registered households. In the near future, you will receive information with more detail on specific stewardship needs for each parish. We are relying on each of our households to help ensure that together we have the resources to keep the light of faith burning brightly now and for the generations to come. If you have not been a consistent steward, now is the time to prayerfully consider your participation anew. If you have been, we thank you and ask you to continue to help our parishes bring the hope of the gospel to our neighbors through your continued support.

Fed at the pilgrim table of the Eucharist may we continue united in faith and purpose until the fullness of the reign of God is ours.

Fr. Michael Callaghan, C.O. and Fr. Mark Lane, C.O.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Despite the challenges of the current days, Assumption is hosting the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to support Hour Children* and to establish a modest food pantry for our Newman Ministry to assist local college students experiencing food insecurity. Here is how you can participate:

  1. Use Pushpay to donate to the Food Drive. We will use funds to purchase bulk food for pantries.
  2. Bring essential items listed below to Assumption and leave in the narthex Tuesday to Friday 9-12 or during weekend liturgies through November 29.
  3. Place your items in the outside bin in the side yard off Cranberry Street marked Food Drive. This will be emptied daily.
  4. Have food delivered to 64 Middagh attention Fr. Michael
  5. Sponsor a cabinet to hold the food for the Newman Ministry Pantry - $350

Pasta * Rice * Stuffing Mix * Mashed Potato Mix * Cereal * Tomato/Pasta Sauce * Canned Vegetables * Canned Soups * Canned Juices * Canned Fruit * Instant Noodles (Packs, Bowls, Cups) * Instant Oatmeal Packets * Mac 'n' Cheese (Boxes or Bowls) * Saltines and Crackers * Hot Chocolate Packets. On canned items choose low sugar and low salt as possible.

*Hour Children provides critical services such as food, housing and social services to women reuniting with their children following incarceration.
Virtual Coffee Hour Zoom
Oratory Coffee Hour continues after Mass on Zoom. Whether you attend Mass in- person or livestream, don’t miss the opportunity to gather as a community online. Bring your own coffee (or tea). Conversation will be provided.

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Meeting ID: 460 014 6818

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Sunday, November 8, 12:30pm
Oratory Christmas Greens and Poinsettia Sale
While disruption of our spaces and navigating the pandemic means we cannot host the Christmas Craft Fair or the Christmas Social this year, we will continue our tradition of holding the Christmas Greens and Poinsettia Sale!

This annual sale will take place with online ordering and payment beginning next Friday, November 6th. We will offer Wreaths in a range of sizes both undecorated and decorated, along with Poinsettias. Greens will be available to pick up the weekend of December 5 at Assumption church. Watch the Link this Friday for all info for ordering.
Centering Prayer Introductory Program via Zoom
Led by Jim Connell
Centering prayer is a receptive method of silent Christian prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer – prayer in which we experience God's presence within us. This digital workshop will introduce the concepts and methods of Centering Prayer to those who are new to the practice or those seeking a refresher. Discover a way to "Be Still and Know that I am God." Please register at If you have any questions, contact Jim Connell at

Saturday, December 5, 2020 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Please remember, if you are able, to keep supporting our parishes as we try to maintain staff, clergy and operations during this time. You can make your donation online through PushPay by clicking on one of the links below.

Or mail checks to:
The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes
64 Middagh Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Attn: ABVM or St. Boniface

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