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
August 4, 2020
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From Our Pastors

As we have made our way through the past five months, the idea of access has been considered in different ways. We have had limited access to social interaction, church gatherings, workplace and even family. How we begin to safely access the various arenas of life and move forward is a pressing issue for us locally and nationally. In parish and social settings, many have been considering the privilege that some have to resources and status which others cannot access in the same way because of race and ethnicity. How we listen and act together for racial and ethnic justice will be crucial in the days ahead. Access is a key part of our ability to live and to become our best selves. This past week marked the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disability Act (ADA). This landmark legislation has helped to propel communities to provide access to a plethora of areas and activities once off limits to disabled or otherly-abled persons. As Catholics, we believe that each person has inherent dignity and value, regardless of physical, mental or economic capacity. Barriers are constructed, rather than inherent and part of our evangelical call is to help everyone have access to the gospel and the life of the Church. This is very much key in how we plan and develop our parish campuses. The redevelopment at St. Boniface offers the wonderful opportunity for barrier free access to activities and community space. Renaissance 2020 is bringing fuller access to Assumption with an elevator and renovations that remove current barriers to all parts of the building. What the ADA reminds us of is the work we have still to do to remove barriers to full access to human dignity and common life, both in and outside of our faith communities for all our sisters and brothers. Together we are up to the task as we follow the lead of the Holy Spirit.

Fr. Michael Callaghan, C.O. and Fr. Mark Lane, C.O.
Live Stream and Media Ministry
Want to be involved in a growing ministry and support the mission of the Oratory Parishes? Join our expanding Media Ministry! As we continue to navigate a changing landscape, our social media presence has become essential for our community and in reaching new households. We are looking for people interested in assisting with live streaming, social media platforms, content, editing, posting etc. This is a great opportunity for remote service. Please send your interest to and we will get back to you to discuss possibilities.
Don't Forget Oratory Coffee Hour

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.

Topic: Coffee Hour Sunday August 9 11:30AM
Time: Aug 9, 2020 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 460 014 6818
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Save the Date
A Concert to Celebrate the
Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 14 @ 7:00pm – 7:45pm
Assumption Church, 55 Cranberry Street
Livestreamed on the BrooklynOratory YouTube Channel
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:
Brian and Robbie Lynch, Helen Knepple, Kathleen Folan, Pat Lally, Judy Murphy, R. Maley, Mary Storms.

Rest In Peace:
Fr. James Bucaria, Raymond Muhs, Florence Hong, Dr. Joseph Costa, John Lewis, Antonio Martinez Hermosilla, Richard Trzaskoma.

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.
Mass intentions available.
If you would like to request a mass for someone living or deceased, mass intentions are available for the weeks or months ahead. Email or

Cards can also be mailed out.
Mass Times and Church Hours for the Oratory Parishes

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Weekday Masses: 9:00am
Tuesday-Friday: Open 8:45am-noon
Closed Mondays

Weekend Masses: Saturday 5:00pm and Sunday 9:00am
Weekend Hours: Saturday 4:15pm-6:00pm
Sunday: 8:45am - 10:00am

Confession: Saturday 4:15pm - 4:45pm at the St. Joseph’s Altar
First Saturday of the month: Mass with Rosary, Meditation & Benediction, 9:00am

Updated Church Hours at St. Boniface
Weekday Masses: 12:10pm
Monday-Friday: Open 11:30am -1:00pm

Weekend Hours: Open Sunday 9:30am – 11:00am
& 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Weekend Masses: Sunday, 10:00am & 6:00pm

Confession: Wednesday 11:45am & Sunday 5:30pm
Benediction: Wednesday following the 12:10 Mass

   Closed Saturdays
Parish Offices

The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes of
Assumption & St. Boniface
64 Middagh Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Prayer to Our Lady of the Oratory
Holy Mary, Mother of God we turn to you in this time of uncertainty. Help us to walk in trust and security as we care for one another. Keep the bonds of charity strong among us when we are apart. Watch over our communities and families with your maternal care. May health and wellbeing surround the Oratory parishes and all people. Teach us to say yes to God, yes to love in our hearts, yes to the Incarnate Word in our flesh. To affirm in our minds only what is true, good and beautiful. And with our whole strengthen teach us to live as true disciples of Christ. Our Lady of the Oratory intercede for us to God that the transforming grace we need may bring us peace and joy. Amen.

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