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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
July 10, 2020
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From our Pastors

This past Tuesday parishioner Tracy Garrison-Feinberg shared a moving, informative, and challenging personal portrait of being a woman of color, “a seventh generation decedent of enslaved peoples,” and a Catholic, at this point of time in the history of our country and Church.

Almost 80 people participated in the zoom meeting and the feedback has been very positive. We are very much looking forward to this coming Tuesday at 6 PM when the opening remarks will be by parishioner Nicole Marcellin.

Please join in as we continue to listen, learn and plan for a more aware community that can make a contribution to a more just and equitable society.

Fr. Mark Lane, c.o. and Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o.
The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes Look at Racism 
Continue the conversation!
The second of three Tuesdays is 7/14, 6pm via Zoom

Our speaker this week is parishioner Nicole Marcellin. Nicole is an immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago who has lived in the US for over 22 years. She has been a science educator for the last 14 years and loves working with children. About 7 years ago she first visited St Boniface and loved the warmth of the parish community. She officially became a member 3 years ago and has been on the Parish Council for the last two years.

In preparation for the session, Nicole asks that you read a New York Times opinion piece by writer Tiffanie Drayton titled " I'm a Black American. I had to get out. The racism was too much. I Fled" : and pages 8-20 of “ Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism" by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops ( USCCB) 2018.

These are the reflection questions we will address in the breakout groups:

  • What is the relationship between intent and impact? (After observing her friend’s presentation, Jane told her classmate David “Your presentation was outstanding, you’re so smart! Every time you present I can’t believe that you are a product of the Pink Houses projects!” What was Jane’s intent? What was her impact on David? 
  • Can you recall a time when you unconsciously/consciously treated someone unfairly because they looked different to you?

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Meeting ID: 868 7943 4804 Password: 043028

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Join us for our third virtual Coffee Hour
this coming Sunday, July 12 at 11:30 AM

Our topics for discussion will be:

  • How do you feel about returning to Mass?
  • How did attending the Zoom session on racism affect you? 

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Sunday Mass Schedule
Saturday 5:00pm and Sunday 9:00am

St. Boniface
10:00am and 6:00pm

Remember to wear your mask. Only 25% capacity.
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:
Helen Knepple, Kathleen Folan, Henrik Gustavsson, Tom Janczys, Lyn Montgomery, Mary-Fred Bausman-Watkins, Nancy Nurviano. 

Rest In Peace:
Joseph Maiello, Sister Shawn Carruth.

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.
WE NEED YOUR HELP in order to serve you better.
We need you to subscribe to our YouTube site" BrooklynOratory "

Currently we post to the BrooklynOratory YouTube site masses, musical meditations and other messages. Many people are using it and we have had some good feedback. But not everyone who uses it has become a subscriber. The YouTube policy requires that we have over 1000 SUBSCRIBERS in order to optimize features. We currently have about 700. One feature we can use is to livestream masses and other events from a cell phone. Several months ago both parishes installed cameras for live streaming to our website, YouTube and Facebook. Assumption is up and running but St. Boniface has been delayed because there is no provider currently with connectivity on our section of Duffield Street. We have the word from Spectrum that they will run one but we do not yet have a timeline. In the meantime, we will have to record and post as we did at both parishes during the early days of lockdown. Or, if we get enough subscribers, we can use the cell phone method. Please SUBSCRIBE now!
 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:

Or mail checks to:
64 Middagh St.,
Brooklyn NY 11201 
Attn: ABVM or St. Boniface

Donations for the Annual Catholic Appeal can now be made via Pushpay.
New Address for the Parish Office of the Brooklyn Oratory Parishes
Please direct all letters, checks, and inquiries by postal mail to:
The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary & St. Boniface
64 Middagh St.
Brooklyn NY 11201

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