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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 17, 2020
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The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes Look at Racism 
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The final of three conversations is Tuesday, July 21 at 6pm via Zoom

Our speaker this week is parishioner Eugene Stanislaus. Eugene is a long standing parishioner of ABVM and a well-known Brooklyn Heights dentist.

Eugene Stanislaus was born and raised in Brooklyn. His father, may he rest in peace, was a dentist and later became the Ambassador from the Caribbean Island of Grenada to the United Nations. His mother was a stay at mom even though she was a registered dental hygienist. He has three brothers and a sister. In 1984 he received his Doctor of Dental of Surgery from SUNY School of Dental Medicine and he completed the dental implant specialty from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999. He is the proud father of Jeanine and Travis. He has served as a Eucharistic Minister and Minister of music during his years in the church and is currently a reader at Assumption Parish. He has been a parishioner of the Oratory Parishes for the past 13 years.

In preparation for the session, Eugene asks that you read and pages 20-32 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:

  • Why do you think white police officers treat black men differently than others?
  • Why are we surprised when a black man is articulate?

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From our Pastors

How to survive the coronavirus – lessons from a monk.
When confronted with a problem one thing to do is to roll up our sleeves and get to work. If opposition comes then work harder and push through the obstacles. It is an admirable and often wise strategy, and one that has proved highly effective and profitable, for some. But this virus does not seem to care about how industrious we are, or how strong. Brute force and busyness do not seem to stop its spread. In fact, the only successful strategy so far seems to be to slow down and cease the usual activities.

Many of us have been forced into a kind of monkish existence – locked down behind closed doors with either too much or too little contact and either diminished human interaction or little or no time alone or any privacy. Perhaps our faith can offer us some resources not only to survive this time of enclosure but indeed to flourish.

How do we make the most of this time and turn the frustrations, boredom, inpatients and lethargy into a rare opportunity to grow into that person God created us to be.

Contemporary spiritual writer Ron Rolheiser OMI suggests this time of being housebound might be a time when we dig into our rich Catholic storehouse of riches and learn the lessons that contemplative women and men have been practicing for centuries. Rohleiser offers 10 counsels – in summary they are:

Create a routine. Take care of your body. Take care of others. Take time to be alone. Talk through tensions. Pray. Be creative. Take regular time to re-create.

Reading in full and then sitting with Father Ron’s article might be a good place to start to discover your inner nun/monk – to unleash your inner contemplative.

Fr. Mark Lane, c.o. and Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o.
The Oratory Women’s Community  is welcoming women to a safe and sacred space to gather together amidst two pandemics, Racism and Coronavirus, and to offer support and strength of community to one another.

OWC is having a Watch Party, on July 22nd, 2020 @ 7:30 pm  which affords the Oratory Women's Community the chance to listen to Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB's interview, " The Time Is Now: Prophetic Spirituality, Calling Us To Uncommon Courage" , and will offer time for reflection and the opportunity for breakout discussions after.

Register by emailing .
Please Keep the sick of the community in your prayers:
Helen Knepple, Kathleen Folan, Henrik Gustavsson, Tom Janczys, Lyn Montgomery, Mary-Fred Bausman-Watkins.

Rest In Peace:
Larry Spieldenner, Sr.

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.
Please remember, if you are able, to keep supporting our parishes as we try to maintain staff, clergy and operations during this time.
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The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes
64 Middagh Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Attn: ABVM 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