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
February 19, 2021
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Our Lenten Journey
The past year has at times seemed like a long Lent in itself. We have made our way through a series of losses, changes, deprivations, and isolations. As we share this season again, we have made steps forward in the pandemic. Perhaps “giving up” in our fasting and personal disciplines may not have the usual patina of no chocolate, wine, or other usual practices. Perhaps this year, we might practice surrender, giving up control, rancor, suspicion, or other aspects that cause us to be less, rather than more, faithful disciples.

  • Consider participating in the Oratory Small Groups to share faith and prayer with others for six weeks.
  • Pray the stations of the Cross. We have written a brief but prayerful booklet to support you at home or for use on the Friday stations at Assumption. Stations are Fridays following the 9:00am Mass and will be live streamed or in the evening at 6:00pm (Stations of the Cross 2021) Booklets will be available starting today at Assumption. Hard copies are yours to keep and use through the season.
  • For the month of March, join in our Novena to St. Joseph. The prayers will be published next Friday in The Link. If you have a special intention send us that and we will place it on the St. Joseph altar at Assumption and hold you and your needs in our collective prayer.
  • Pray each day–Pray for our candidates in the RCIA who are preparing for Baptism or Full Reception into the Church. Please pray for our Confirmation candidates who will be confirmed on May 21; Pray for our First Eucharist candidates and their families who will celebrate Frist Eucharist on The Feast of Corpus Christi. And pray for the grace to make our way through the many impacts of the pandemic.
  • Fast–The Fridays of Lent are traditionally days on which we abstain from meat and fast from heavy eating. This may help us build solidarity with those who are consistently hungry while allowing us to discipline our own appetites. Fasting may also be a refraining from an activity or a pattern that might not support our better selves.
  • Give alms – since the earliest days of the faith, care for the poor and vulnerable has been at the core of the apostolic community. Our Lent mite boxes will support St. Mark’s in Turkana, Kenya; The new mission parish Notre-dame du Perpétuelle Secours in Fleurenceau, Haiti and local food outreach initiative. Perhaps you can make your own “mite” box at home and then donate the amount saved through PushPay or by check at the end of Lent. There will be some mite boxes available in the narthex of each church.

May this season in which we wait together find us more hopeful and centered when we come to the Easter celebration.

Fr. Michael Callaghan, c. o. and Fr. Mark Lane, c.o.
Mass Intention Schedule
First Sunday of Lent
February 21-26, 2021

2/20....5:00pm....Beryl Stanislaus
2/21....10:00am....For the People of the Parish
2/22........No Mass
2/23....9:00am....Benard Hartnett
2/24....9:00am....Trinidad Sion
2/25....5:00pm....Cho Family-New Year Blessings
2/26....9:00am....Michael Sion

St. Boniface
2/21....10:00am....Stephen Hayes
2/21....11:15am....For the People of the Parish
2/21....6:00pm....Frank & Mary Schiller
2/22....12:10pm....Jacoba Nunez
2/23....12:10pm....Isabelle Walsh Detje
2/24....12:10pm....Vincent Gionta
2/25....12:10pm....For the Sick of the Parish
2/26....12:10pm....Laura Polla Scanlon
Stations of the Cross at Assumption
on Fridays of Lent
After the 9:00am morning Mass and in the evening at 6 pm in the church.
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers: George Thakur, Kim Nino, Joan Brooks, Anne Gunn, Al Parque, Craig Stucky, Blythe Finn, Miriam Janove, Patrick Turner, Janina Cichowska, Tadeusz Chichowska.

Rest In Peace: Fr. Seraphim Michalenkp, Fr. Paul Palmiotto, Emma Etelvina Padilla, Frank Mittenzwei, Fr. Carl Johnson, Lawrence Tanner, Dorothy White, Margaret Cavanaugh, Fr. Kevin O’Reilly, Rev. James Fraser.

If you would like add someone to the prayer list, email the parish office at or go to the website and complete the form.
Baptism Preparation for Parents
If you are expecting your first child or are new to our communities and would like to have your child baptized in our parishes, please register for the next Baptism Preparation Session which is offered through Zoom, on Wednesday March 17.

Send your inquiry to: and we will follow up to register you and send you the print materials.
Social Justice Action Presents:
Health Care for All - A presentation by Oliver T. Fein, MD, FACP

Virtual Presentation & Discussion
The Catholic social justice tradition teaches that health care is a human right, not a privilege. Dr. Fein, a professor of clinical medicine and clinical public health at Weill Cornell Medical College, a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and chair of the NY Metro Chapter of PNHP, as exemplified by his work, shares this view. He will discuss the “how and why” a publicly–funded single payer health insurance program can deliver high quality, equitably accessible health care to all, explain how it works and why it would improve health equity. Please join us and invite family and friends interested in health care equity to participate.

Register Here. Registration will also enable you to submit questions in advance. Questions will be taken at the event as well.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 824 5849 0866 Passcode: 508059

If you have questions, please contact Fran Buchinsky

Tuesday, February 23, 7:00-8:30pm
Vaccine Appointments – Support in Signing Up
If you or someone you know does not have internet access or needs support in submitting the request, please email Fr. Michael or or call the office 718-875-2096 ext. 12 and leave your, or the person’s contact information. We will match people with need for support with a person in the Oratory community able and ready to assist you in navigating the technology.
Please remember, if you are able, to keep supporting our parishes as we try to maintain staff, clergy and operations during this time.
You can make your donation online through PushPay by clicking on one of the links:

Or mail checks to:
64 Middagh St
Brooklyn NY 11201
Attn: either ABVM or St Boniface
Please be sure to send all mail to 64 Middagh Street. The Post Office is no longer forwarding  our mail. Thank you!

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