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
October 6, 2020
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From Our Pastors

In May of 2014, Pope Francis issued the encyclical, Laudato Si. Many of us are aware of Francis’ environmental concerns. What we may have missed was his establishing September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and the period from Sept. 1 through Oct. 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi as the Season of Creation.

This year’s theme for the Season was “Jubilee for the Earth”. In this Season of Creation, Francis called us to a sacred time to “remember, return, rest, restore and rejoice.” In his message of September 1st, he reminded us that “a jubilee is indeed a time of grace to remember creation’s original vocation to exist and flourish as a community of love.” CareOfCreation

This Season is a time to repent the broken bonds of relationship with the Creator and our fellow human beings. In this jubilee, Francis called us to think of our fellow humans, especially the poor, the most vulnerable, those trapped as child laborers and persons exploited in human trafficking. This Season invited us to find ways to give the Earth rest and to restore damage done by consumption and waste. It is also a time to rejoice. While we may feel hard pressed some days to rejoice, Pope Francis rejoices in “the gradual emergence of a great mobilization of people from below and from the peripheries who are working generously for the protection of the land and of the poor.” CareOfCreation

With the Season of Creation just concluding and we grapple with all the challenges of work and school demands, with the pain of racial and social inequities, isolation from the familiar and loss of civil discourse, perhaps, we might consider the five “Rs,” both personally and in our communities. What is it the Spirit is calling us to remember? To what or to whom do we need to return? How can I give the Earth a rest by changing my consumption? What can I do to help restore what has been damaged? And in what do we rejoice?
Our Oratorian tradition calls us to “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians4:4 We rejoice even in the face of adversity, struggle or weariness precisely because we have Christ, the Word made flesh who has come to dwell among us. ‘Allegramente! Allegramente!’ as St. Philip urged his companions and so too, he urges us: Be of good cheer.

Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o. and Father Mark Lane, c.o.
Adult Faith Formation Virtual Class: Catholics and the American Politics
with Father Anthony Andreassi, C.O., Ph.D.

Adult Faith Formation Virtual Class: Catholics and the American Political Tradition with Father Anthony Andreassi, C.O., Ph.D.
Despite the constitutional division of Church and State, the impact of Catholics on politics has been remarkable and at times quite controversial and even disruptive. This series of presentations by Father Anthony will explore the impact American Catholics have had on the development of the American political system beginning with the early days in the late 18th century when the American Catholic community was small and beleaguered through its rise to full stature with the elected of the first (and so far only) Catholic president in 1960. With another national election just weeks away, this course most certainly has a sense of timeliness. No need to pre-register. Separate Zoom links will be sent for each class.

Zoom info for October 8

Meeting ID: 992 8772 3063
Passcode: 599900
One tap mobile +16465189805,,99287723063#,,,,,,0#,,599900# US (New York)

Thursdays in October (8, 15, 22) 7-8pm
Brooklyn Oratory Small Groups presents
Spirituality of the Oratory: Knowing Our Charism
Season 3 “Prayer: Constant Communion with God”

Join others in small groups for this continued series on Oratorian spirituality produced through the Brooklyn Oratory.

If you are absolutely unable to attend a group, but would like a copy of the booklet, please send an email to

  • Small groups will meet for six weeks beginning the week of October 11 through the week of November 15.
  • There will be an Open group for those who are unable to commit to participating in 4 or the session. Open Group will meet on Friday evenings for those whose schedule does not allow for a weekly commitment.

Contact: with questions or requests.
Oratory Coffee Hour - Sunday, October 11, 12:30pm
Gaudium Virtual Event 
Since its founding in 1988, the Breukelein Institute has operated as a distinct organization from the Brooklyn Oratory and the parochial and pastoral ministries of the Congregation. For over twenty years, the Breukelein has offered the Gaudium Award to individuals who have “illumined the horizon of human experience.”

Virtual event on Wednesday October 14 at 6pm. No pre-registration needed to join the event. Use this link to access the event: 

Supporting Food Security through:
Louise's Pantry of Nazareth Housing and The Campaign Against Hunger in Brooklyn.

The Gaudium Award of Merit
Dr. Alice Beal and Judge William Kuntz 

Author, Food Expert, Editor Ruth Reichl 
Political Historian, Author Andrew Bacevich 
Composer, Conductor Sir James MacMillan

Donations accepted through and the donate button and indicating the donation is for Gaudium 2020.

Wednesday, October 14 at 6pm.
ABVM Mass Time Survey 
As we look at the varying needs of the community, we ask you to respond to the Mass Survey through this link. Along with Mass time possibilities, there is a question for families with children. Please give us your feedback in the next two weeks. Thanks.
Family Faith Formation at The Oratory
Family-based faith formation at the Oratory 2020-2021 is adapting to the needs of this period of COVID 19 by meeting online in small groups. Small groups give us the chance to get to know each other, build relationships and grow in our faith. To have an enriched and engaged experience of Sunday mass with our children, we’ll break open the Gospel together, a chance for each of us to grow in knowledge and love of God and become stronger people of faith.

Registration is now open. For more information and to register, please contact Christina Matone at
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 The offering is $20. Please pay by using Pushpay or by mailing a check to 64 Middagh St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
Virtual Open House
Regis HS, an all-scholarship Jesuit secondary school for Catholic boys, announces its VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE.

For more information call Eric Di Michele 212-288-1100 ext. 2057

Monday, October 12, 1pm to 2:30pm

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