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

November 24, 2023

Online giving:

Congratulations to our baptism families!

Presentation of RCIA candidates at Assumption.

Family Faith Formation activities.

Lighting candles at St. Joseph’s altar.

Help Needed at St. Boniface on Saturday, November 25, 9am

We are looking for a few young people to help Elizabeth Di Guglielmo and her crew retrieve some items from the basement of St. Boniface on Saturday morning. The project should not last more than one hour. Please contact Elizabeth at if you are interested.

Thank You from “Hour Children”

The donated food was picked up on Wednesday morning by Hour Children. They are most grateful to all of you for your continued support and generosity.

Advent Retreat by Adult Faith Formation

Saturday, December 9, 9:30am-3:30pm

All are welcome to spend a day of renewal and reflection in "Contemplation: The Way Forward." Please join us and Fr. Michael Halloran to explore the riches and pathways to contemplation. Meet us in the Assumption Parish Hall, and invite family and friends by sharing the link below. Walk-ins are welcome. Details about the retreat, and a form to let us know you're coming:

Questions? Email:

Advent Giving Tree

You can help make a Christmas brighter for a child in need by joining Assumption’s annual giving tree project. We hope to provide at least 125 gifts to children and youth served by Hour Children. We will collect gifts from December 3 through Sunday, December 17. Hour Children, founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph, provides care and support to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children in Brooklyn and Queens.

Ways to participate:

  • Purchase a gift for a boy or a girl, ages 3 through 14. Bring your unwrapped gift and leave it in the narthex of Assumption or St. Boniface.
  • Order a gift online and have it shipped to the parish office. Parish Office–Att: Hour Children, 64 Middagh St., Brooklyn, NY 11201. If the shipping directions require a phone number, please use the parish office number: 718-875-2096.

Annual Coat Drive sponsored by Social Justice Action

Help keep New Yorkers warm this winter by donating your gently used coats. Volunteers from the Social Justice Action Committee (SJAC) will bring the coats to local NYPD precincts to distribute as part of the annual New York Cares Coat Drive. Collection bins will be placed in ABVM and StB the weekends of Dec. 2, 9, and 16. New coats are also welcome! Coats only. (Please no hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, sweaters, etc.) Please contact SJAC at to join the committee or with any questions. Thank you for sharing your warmth with others.

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Baptism at the Oratory Parishes

If you are expecting a child or are new to our communities and would like to have your child baptized in our parishes, please send your inquiry to We will follow up with you. Please check our website for upcoming baptism dates here: Baptisms are celebrated during Mass.

Mass Intentions

If you would like to request a Mass for someone living or deceased, Mass intentions are available. Email The offering is $20. Please pay by using PushPay or by mailing a check to 64 Middagh St. Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Weekly Mass Intention Schedule

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Weekly Readings:


11-25 ......5:00pm .....Moisas Abad

11-26 ......9:30am .....For the People of the Parish

11-27 ......8:00am .....Frances Cirino

11-28 ..... 8:00am......Elizabeth Savino Acerra

11-29 ......8:00am .....Couples Preparing for Marriage

11-30 ......8:00am .....John Vekassy

12-1 .... ...8:00am .....Moisas Abad

12-2 .... ..9:00am ......Intentions- Girlie Genabe

St. Boniface

11-26 .....11:15am ......James Dalton, Sr.

11-26 .....6:00pm ......For the People of the Parish

11-27 .....12:10pm .....Gretchen Beach

11-28 .....12:10pm .....Oratory Community Prayer List

11-29 .....12:10pm .....Devinne Gallagher

11-30 .....12:10pm .....Karen Smithson

12-2 ......12:10pm ......Shirlety Grutkowski

Upcoming Calendar


12/3......1st Sunday of Advent

12/3......Coat Drive & Toy Drive

12/3......World Aids Day Memorial, StB

12/3......Holy Hour, StB 5pm

12/4......Oratory Evening Prayer, ABVM Hall, 6:15pm

12/8......Feast of the Immaculate Conception

12/15.....Christmas Pageant, ABVM

12/17.....Advent Vespers, ABVM

12/18.....Reconciliation Monday, ABVM

Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:

Rob Meadows- Rogers, Joan-Marie Bresnahan,Maxwell Jude Jagiela, Pansy Batcomb, Walter Balcerak, Jim Muhs, Kimberly Pflug, Mary McGeeney, Louis Acerra, Mary Cella, Kim Manzi.

Rest In Peace:Father Gabriel Ashindu Aywa, Joseph Gasparik, 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

Sanctuary candle offered by Elizabeth Acerra

Prayer for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


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:

For Assumption:

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