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
September 18, 2020
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New Sunday Mass Schedule at St. Boniface
Effective Sunday, September 20, 2020.
Sunday Masses will be as follows:
10:00am, 11:15am, and 6:00pm.

Assumption weekend Masses will remain the same through October.
Saturday 5:00PM and Sunday 9:00AM
From Our Pastors

Do you recall listening to Old Testament Bible stories as a child? The stories of floods, plagues, fires, and the seemingly never-ending bloody battles can be both fascinating and a little frightening. For many of us, no matter how scary they seemed, we knew they were from long ago and far away. More importantly, we encountered them against the backdrop of a safe home and the security of a somewhat predictable “normal” life.

In the early days of the pandemic, Father Mark’s mother remarked that it reminded her of growing up during the Depression, but most of us have never known such turbulent times. As the months have dragged on, there seems to be a nonstop succession of apocalyptic events. These could be lifted out of the pages of the Bible. Living today can give us insight into the realities endured by our foremothers and forefathers in faith and maybe reading their experiences can give us encouragement to endure our own.

Imprisoned in Rome toward the end of his life, St. Paul was stripped of many of the usual comforts of life, isolated, and facing an uncertain future and an unjust end, yet he finds a surprising peace and beautiful confidence.

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-38

Maybe his words and his path can give us encouragement and guidance.

We encourage you to take this passage, find a quiet place to sit and read it slowly. Let the words sink in.

Close your eyes. Breathe.

Find that still quiet voice of God inside you; find again that place of peace where eternity gently touches you in our time.

Fr. Mark Lane, C.O. and Fr. Michael Callaghan, C.O.
A special collection will be taken September 19/20 at the Oratory parishes for the people of Lebanon following the massive explosion a few weeks ago. There is a dedicated fund on Pushpay at both parishes which you are invited to use to support our brothers and sisters struggling following the massive explosion several weeks ago.
Social Justice Action Presents:
Friday, October 2, 7pm-8:30pm
We will be screening excerpts from Ava DuVernay’s powerful documentary 13th. This film introduces the words of the thirteenth amendment of the United States Constitution: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” By the end of the Jim Crow era and the Civil Rights movement, the United States saw an end to legal segregation and the introduction of the Voting Rights Act. What followed, however, was a more surreptitious form of racial control: open violence and discrimination were replaced by the racially-coded rhetoric of “law and order” and the “war on crime.”
For more information and to register, please see our EventBrite page:

Registration will allow us to contact you with the Zoom link and to share resources both before and after our conversation. We encourage you to watch the entire film beforehand, but the excerpts should be sufficient for discussion. You can access the film on Netflix or for free on YouTube:
Mass intentions for the week of September 20, 2020

9/19 -5pm Fr. James Bucaria
9/20- 9am For the People of the Parish
9/21 Church Closed
9/22 Intentions of Kathy Reynolds (Birthday)
9/23 For the sick of the parish
9/24 Michael Scully
9/25 Kevin Schumacher

St. Boniface
9/20-10am Domenic Andreassi
11:15am For the People of the Parish
6pm Priest’s Intention
9/21 12:10pm Terence J. McGurn
9/22 Fundador Cruz
9/23 Ellen Fries
9/24 James Meehan
9/25 Intentions of Carol & Mark Bichsel (Gratitude)

Mass intentions are 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.
Please Keep the sick of the community in your prayers:
Frances Gussman, Margaret Waddell, James Leung, Lyn Montgomery, Eugene & Judy Gharis.

Rest In Peace:
Pat Lally, Frank Moynihan, Linda Devoe, Jose Perez-Pagan, Stanley Nosol.

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.
Your ongoing support through Pushpay and envelopes helps us maintain services in our communities. Many thanks to those who have been able to provide stewardship support.

Or mail checks to:
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