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
January 5, 2021
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From Our Pastors
This past week a parishioner shared a quote from Oscar Wilde.

“It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.”

It seems a timely reminder as we end a year that will live in infamy. The promise in the neatness of the numerals 2020 turned out to be anything but well-ordered. This past year our lives and communities have been turned upside down, and many have found themselves vulnerable, alone, fearful and tired. The impact on the poor and vulnerable has, as always, been hardest, and once again the urgent need for a more just and equitable society cries out for long overdue redress.

This past Wednesday throughout the diocese of Brooklyn the Bishop asked every church that was able to ring their bells at midday, to remember all who had died this past year from COVID.

Typing this on Saturday January 2, 2021, the latest grim death toll is 348,000+.

We all know someone on that list. Each is a person. A child of God. A loss. They deserve our respect.

Traditionally bells are rung not only at funerals but as a call to prayer and as a sign of hope and, indeed, to announce joy.

Please take a moment to pray for the souls of all the departed who have and will die from COVID. Pray for their families and friends and colleagues. Pray for a healing for the losses their absence brings. Pray for all who continue to care for them.

Pray too for hope and resolve to learn the lessons of this past year. Pray for leadership that will forge a better tomorrow for all who call our country home. Pray for a redress to the injustices and inequities that the pandemic has once again exposed.

Wilde’s quote goes on to say: “And (it takes) even more courage to see it (the glory) in the one you love.”

Pray for love. The love to see the world in all its tainted glory. The love to work together for a future for our children and all our sisters and brothers. Pray for our shared planet and its health and vitality.

We can hold both these truths together –a sober and honest recognition of the tainted glory of our society and our world AND still find the courage and hope to love it and each other.

Resolve this New Year to be a force for positive change in our families, our communities, and our world. Resolve to be the love that makes that change both real and just.

Arise! Shine, for your light has come, the glory of the LORD has dawned upon you. Though darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds the peoples, upon you the LORD will dawn, and over you his glory will be seen. Is 60: 1-2

Fr. Mark Lane, c.o. and Fr. Michael Callaghan c.o.
Join the NEW "Ways to Pray Always" - a 6 week course.
Many of us would like to learn how to include more prayer in our lives, and many more still are curious about what it would be like to pray daily, or even always. Using ancient Christian prayer practices, Daniel Wolpert’s book, Creating a Life with God, can show us new ways.

Practices include the Jesus prayer, the examen, apophatic prayer, prayer through art and movement, etc. that promises to enliven your prayer life.

6-Week Course, Saturday mornings from 9:30am to 11:00am, January 9 through February 13.
The Social Justice Committee offers these Energy Tips for Saving Energy and Money
Colder weather often means higher bills for keeping your home warm. Here are two suggestions for saving energy and, perhaps, money on those bills.

Keep your curtains or shades open during the day to let sunlight and warmth and light to your home. Close the curtains at night to keep in the heat; and use towels or rags or other fabric to seal all spaces against outside air. These spaces can be around windows and at the bottom of doors that lead to the outside or to hallways that can be colder than your living space. Use care not to block or cover heating units that may be below windows or any electrical outlets.

Check around your home for other spaces that may be letting in cold air and seal them up if you can.
Eviction Moratorium Updates
To help keep people abreast on housing issues during the pandemic please note that the signing of the relief legislation extends the CDC moratorium on evictions to January 31, 2021. For more information on the national order see

If you or someone you know is in need of financial assistance, please remember we have a relief fund to assist. Contact Fr. Michael at
A Thank You letter to the Oratory Parishes fromThe Church of Gethsemane. Click HERE.
Virtual Coffee Hour - Join us
Sunday, January 10 , 12:30pm
Oratory Coffee Hour continues after Mass on Zoom. Whether you attend Mass in-person or livestream, don’t miss the opportunity to gather as a community online. Bring your own coffee (or tea). 

Topic: Coffee Hour
Time: January 10, 2021 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 870 0353 1565
Passcode: 111

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64 Middagh St
Brooklyn NY 11201
Attn: either 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