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

November 30, 2023

Online giving:

Oratory Evening Prayer: Monday, December 4

Come and join in the prayer of the Fathers of the Oratory. We’ll listen to the Sunday scriptures, reflect, share, and encourage one another in the spirit of St. Philip Neri. Oratory Evening Prayer gathers on the first Monday of the month from 6:15 to 7:15pm in Assumption Hall. You are welcome!

Contemplation: The Way Forward

Advent Retreat

Saturday, December 9, 9:30am to 3:30pm

Questions? Email:

All are welcome to spend a day of renewal and reflection in "Contemplation: The Way Forward." Please join us and Fr. Michael Halloran to explore the riches and pathways to contemplation. Meet us in the Assumption Parish Hall, and invite family and friends by sharing the link below. Walk-ins are welcome. Details about the retreat, and a form to let us know you're coming, click below:

Details here.

Coffee Hour at Assumption

Coffee hour after the 9:30 am Mass on Sunday, December 3.

World Aids Day

For 35 years, World AIDS Day has been observed on December 1st, when people from around the world unite to show support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. There are an estimated 39 million people living with HIV in the world today. More than 1.3 million people tested positive for HIV in 2022, and more than 600,000 people died of HIV-related illnesses last year. World AIDS Day is a reminder that HIV/AIDS has not gone away. We will be commemorating World AIDS Day after the 11:15 Mass at St Boniface on December 3. If you lost a loved one to the AIDS epidemic and would like their name added to the list of names to be read during the service, please contact John Linder Come light a candle in honor of those living with HIV and those we have lost to the illness.

What is Advent?

Find out what Advent is all about and deepen your experience of this season before Christmas. Use this free guide to reintroduce yourself to the Liturgical Season of Advent and explore how to make the most of this season

As this weekend we will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent, Advent booklets containing daily reflections will be available in the back of both churches.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Friday, December 8

8 am Mass, Assumption

12:10 pm Mass, St. Boniface

6:00 pm Mass, Assumption (with music)

Turkana Christmas Cards and Crafts for Sale

As has been our tradition for many years, Turkana Christmas Cards will be for sale as well as some crafts made in Turkana, other parts of Kenya, and elsewhere in Africa. Please support our Sister Parish in Turkana! Sundays, December 10 and 17 at St. Boniface after the 11:15 Mass.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

To help you prepare for Christmas, we will observe “Reconciliation Monday." Churches throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Archdiocese of NY will offer extended periods for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (aka Sacrament of “Confession” or “Penance”).

We will celebrate a communal penance service (with confessions) at St. Boniface at 7 pm. Confession will be available during these times in our parishes: “Reconciliation Monday” December 18, 2023.

St. Boniface



7:00pm: Penance Service






Are you high school or college-aged and never completed the sacraments of Holy Communion or Confirmation in the Catholic faith?

We invite you to become part of the “Blessed Carlo Acutis Program,” which will assist you in your faith journey. The program begins in late February and lasts 10 Sundays during Lent and Easter Seasons. It culminates in June with the reception of Holy Communion and Confirmation. If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with Fr. Vin Biagi, S.J.

Advent Giving Tree

You can help make a Christmas brighter for a child in need by joining Assumption’s annual giving tree project. Hour Children, founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph, provides care and support to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children in Brooklyn and Queens. Purchase a gift for a boy or a girl, ages 3 through 14. Bring your unwrapped gift and leave it in the narthex of Assumption or St Boniface. We will collect gifts through Sunday, December 17.

Annual Coat Drive sponsored by Social Justice Action

Help keep New Yorkers warm this winter by donating your gently used coats. Volunteers from the Social Justice Action Committee (SJAC) will bring the coats to local NYPD precincts to distribute as part of the annual New York Cares Coat Drive. Collection bins will be placed in ABVM and STB the weekends of Dec. 2, 9, and 16. Please contact SJAC at to join the committee or with any questions.

Family Faith Formation and Sacrament Preparation Update

First Friday, December 1

Prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus following the 8am Mass at ABVM.

First Saturday 9am Mass at Assumption on December 2

Join us for the 9am Mass, Saturday, November 4. Rosary, meditation and benediction will follow the Mass.

Holy Hour: First Sunday of the Month at St. Boniface @ 5 pm, December 3

A Holy Hour is a time for appreciating the gift of Christ's Body and Blood given to us in the Eucharist through our private and communal prayer. You are invited to spend a quiet and contemplative time preparing to celebrate the Sunday evening Mass at St. Boniface. Come for all or a part of the time!

Baptism at the Oratory Parishes

If you are expecting a child or are new to our communities and would like to have your child baptized in our parishes, please send your inquiry to We will follow up with you. Please check our website for upcoming baptism dates here: Baptisms are celebrated during Mass.

Mass Intentions

If you would like to request a Mass for someone living or deceased, Mass intentions are available. Email The offering is $20. Please pay by using Pushpay or by mailing a check to 64 Middagh St. Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Weekly Mass Intention Schedule

First Sunday of Advent

Weekly Readings:


12-2......5:00pm.......Elaine Vekassy

12-3......9:30am........For the People of the Parish

12-4......8:00am.......Jeannie Virginia Santiago

12-5......8:00am.......Joseph Gasparik

12-6......8:00am.......Richard Weisenrider

12-7......8:00am.......Patrick Devaney

12-8......8:00am.......Fay Lan Chu

12-8......6:00am.......For the People of the Parish

St. Boniface

12-3......11:15am.......For the People of the Parish

12-3......6:00pm........Sarah Gentle

12-4......12:10pm.......Francis Donlin

12-5......12:10pm.......Devinne Gallagher

12-6......12:10pm.......Sr. Mary Maloney

12-7......12:10pm.......Walter Jamieson, Jr.

12-8......12:10pm.......Marie Smith

Upcoming Calendar


12/3........Holy Hour, StB 5pm

12/4........Oratory Evening Prayer, ABVM Hall, 6:15pm

12/8........Holy Day-Feast of the Immaculate Conception

12/9........Advent Retreat, 9:15am, ABVM

12/15.......Christmas Pageant, ABVM

12/17.......Advent Vespers, ABVM

12/18.......Reconciliation Monday, ABVM

Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:

Tom Janczys, Janie Black, Rob Meadows- Rogers, Joan-Marie Bresnahan,Maxwell Jude Jagiela, Pansy Batcomb, Walter Balcerak, Jim Muhs, Kimberly Pflug, Mary McGeeney, Louis Acerra, Mary Cella, Kim Manzi.

Rest In Peace: Sarah Gentle, Luigi Preziosi, Regina Jackson, Father Gabriel Ashindu Aywa, Joseph Gasparik, Fay Chu, Gretchen Beach, Sr. Mary Maloney, Devinne Gallagher.

Altar Dedications

St. Joseph candle offered by Connie Leone

St. Jude candle offered by Notre Thomas

Sanctuary candle offered by Elizabeth Acerra

The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes

Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

55 Cranberry St. between Henry and Hicks

Brooklyn Heights

Church of St. Boniface

190 Duffield St.

Downtown Brooklyn

Daily Masses

Monday - Friday, 8:00am at Assumption

Monday - Friday, 12:10pm at St. Boniface

Weekend Masses

Saturdays, 5:00pm at Assumption

Sundays, 9:30am at Assumption

Sundays, 11:15am and 6:00pm at St. Boniface

The Sacrament of Penance

Saturdays, 4:15 - 4:45pm at Assumption

Wednesdays, 12:30 pm at St. Boniface

Sundays, 5:15 - 5:45pm at St. Boniface

Weekday Church Hours

Monday through Friday, 11:30am - 1:00pm at St. Boniface

Monday through Friday, 7:30am - 9:00am at Assumption

Prayers and Devotions

Rosary, Tuesdays & Thursdays after the 12:10pm Mass at St. Boniface,

Thursdays after 8:00am Mass at Assumption

St. Anthony Novena, Tuesdays after 8:00am Mass at Assumption

First Fridays, Sacred Heart Novena after 8:00am Mass at Assumption

First Saturdays, 9:00am Mass with Rosary, Meditation and Benediction at Assumption

First Sunday Holy Hour, 5:00pm at St. Boniface


Your faithful stewardship has helped sustain our communities and maintain vital ministries and services. Thank you for keeping faith with us and supporting our common work of the gospel. You can make your donation online through Pushpay by clicking on one of the links.

For St. Boniface:

For Assumption:

Or mail checks or envelopes to:

64 Middagh St

Brooklyn NY 11201

Attn: Assumption 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