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

December 21, 2023

Online giving:

Christmas Pageant 2023

Congratulations to our young stars and their families!

Christmas Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24

5:00pm Family Mass, prelude at 4:30pm, Assumption

10:00pm Mass, prelude at 9:30pm, St. Boniface

Christmas Day, Monday, December 25

9:30am Mass, Assumption

11:15am Mass, prelude at 11 am, St. Boniface

(No 6pm Mass at St. Boniface on Sunday, December 24 & 25)

New Year's Day, Solemnity of the Mary, Mother of God,

Monday, January 1

9:30am Mass, Assumption

11:15am Mass, St. Boniface

No vigil Mass on New Years eve

Diocesan Collection for Catholic Charities on Christmas Day.

Sister Parish in Turkana

Thanks to all of you who shopped at our Turkana table these past two Sundays. We are able to send an extra $441 to support the needs of our Sister Parish. Please keep our Sister Parish Community in your prayers over Christmas.

Are you looking for a way to deepen your relationship with God?

If so, join our Centering Prayer in-person workshop on Saturday, January 20, 2024, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm in Assumption Hall.

Centering Prayer is a method that consists of sitting in silence with God and opening our hearts to God. In this introductory workshop, you will learn the basics of Centering Prayer and experience it in a guided setting.

Please register here: Please get in touch with Jim Connell if you have any questions at

Save The Date: International Food Festival

January 26, 2024

We are pleased to announce that our parishes will be hosting an international food festival on Friday, January 26, 2024 in the ABVM parish hall. Please join to savor the rich diversity of culinary delights at our parish international food festival. Save the date and stay tuned for more details along with signup forms.

Weekly Mass Intention Schedule

Fourth Sunday of Advent and The Nativity of Our Lord

Weekly Readings:


12-23..... 5:00pm...... Jose Sergio Abad

12-24......9:30am.......For the People of the Parish

12-24......5:00pm.......For the People of the Parish

12-25......9:30am.......James Austin-Intentions

12-26......8:00am.......Christmas Flower Dedication

12-27......8:00am.......Priest's Intention

12-28......8:00am.......Dennis Weisenreider

12-29......8:00am.......Catherine Mascali

St. Boniface

12-24......11:15am.......For the People of the Parish

12-24......10:00pm.....Christmas Flower Dedication

12-25......11:15am...... For the People of the Parish

12-26......No Mass

12-27......12:10pm......Priest's Intention

12-28.. ...12:10pm......Oratory Prayer List

12-29......12:10pm......Devinne Gallagher

Parish Office closed on December 25 and 26, 2023

No 12:10pm Mass at St. Boniface on December 26.

Upcoming Calendar


12/25.......The Nativity of the Lord


1/7.........Coffee Hour, StB & ABVM

1/20.......Centering Prayer Workshop, 1:30pm, ABVM Hall

1/26.......International Food Festival, 6pm, ABVM


2/12.......Parish Volunteer, Thank You Reception, 6pm, ABVM Hall

2/14.......Ash Wednesday

Dates for Confirmation Classes and Parent Nights

Parent discussion with Dennis Corcoran: 7 pm (via zoom)

Dec 21, Jan 25, Feb 15, March 7, April 11, May 2

Confirmation Class: 5 pm - 7:30 pm at ABVM

Dec 16, Jan 27, Feb 3, March 9, April 13, May 11

Family Faith Formation and Sacrament Preparation Update

Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:

Estelle Miller, Mary Meo, Andrew White, George Slover, Tom Janczys, Janie Black, Kimberly Pflug, Mary McGeeney, Louis Acerra, Mary Cella, Kim Manzi, Joan Marie Bresnahan.

Rest In Peace: Catherine Mascali, Antonia Nidia Barzola, Jo Rosa, Sarah Gentle, Karen Smithson, Isabel C Alvarez, Luigi Preziosi, Regina Jackson, Father Gabriel Ashindu Aywa, 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

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:

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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