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
April 8, 2021
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Congratulations to Gabriel and Nathalie Retterath and their parents Tiffany and Michael on their reception of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist on Easter Sunday.
We welcome our new Catholics and ask you to continue to hold them in prayer over the Easter season as they walk in the fullness of the faith with us: Jonathan Benoit, Adam Cook, Samantha Kelly, Nicholas Cancar, Andrew Vitalo, Kourtney Webb and Carla Webb.
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:
Diane Ravitch, Elena Adan, Lolanda Presented deSouza, Slavomir Brzak, Virginia Fiore, Carolina Giraldo and baby.

Rest In Peace: Margery Seed, Toni Srour, Mirtha Eguzquiza Beltran, Richard Majewski, Sr. Seton Cunneen, Anna Nastri Acerra, Roger Smith, Eduardo Ison.

If you would like add someone to the prayer list, email the parish office at or go to the website and complete the form.
Join us for Virtual Coffee hour on Zoom

Meeting ID: 873 3086 2979
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Sunday, April 11 at 1:00pm.
7th -10th Graders & Older Parish Teens!
Celebrate Earth Day

The Oratory Parishes invite teens and pre-teens to a special event to recognize Earth Day.

Watch one of “the most informative, entertaining, and hopeful films ever produced on the problem of plastic pollution.” Share perspectives with other teens and pre-teens.

The next day, meet-up late morning to help beautify Prospect Park and have some fun.

You must register for this event. Register any time prior to the event at:

More information on the film at: Micro-Plastic Madness

Friday, Apr. 16th 4 - 5pm & Sat. Apr. 17th
Join the NEW Reading Our Way into the Psalms 6-Week Course

Pope Francis dedicated the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time as Sunday of the Word of God, encouraging us to look more carefully at what the Bible can teach us about our faith.

Join Sarah Spieldenner, hospital chaplain and St. Boniface parishioner, as we read select psalms together, using lectio divina. We will also unpack the richness of metaphors in the psalms.

Class will meet via Zoom Saturday mornings from 9:30 am to 11:00 am, April 17 through May 22. Additional details and sign-up here:

starting Saturday, April 17, 2021
Featuring: Michael B. Gerrard
The Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Boniface Catholic Church invite you to join us for an important conversation focused on how communities of faith can and must respond to the climate change crisis. The evening will feature Professor Michael Gerrard of Columbia Law School. Professor Gerrard was invited by Pope Francis to speak to the Vatican following the release of Laudato Si, the climate change encyclical. Professor Gerrard’s focus during that talk was on the impact that climate change has on immigration and human trafficking. The goal of the evening’s program, through the insight and knowledge that Michael Gerrard offers, is to provide the participants with knowledge and understanding of the climate change issues. As a result, we will see clearer our moral imperative to take care of our common home.

This event is created by Social Justice Action at St. Boniface Church and is part of the Brooklyn Oratory’s broader focus on climate change. For more information or questions, contact Jan Horn at

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 7pm
The Social Justice Action Committee offers these Energy Tips for saving energy and money.
Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. Lightbulbs are easy and quick to replace, once they need replacing, with compact fluorescent or LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs. Either of these bulbs use less energy than standard lightbulbs, and last longer, often 15-25 times longer than incandescent bulbs, thereby saving energy and money. Look for ENERGY STAR labels on lightbulb packaging to ensure that you are getting the most efficient bulbs.

If possible, connect light fixtures or lamps to timers or motion sensors to save money by automatically turning off lights when they are not in use.

And remember to turn off lights yourself when they are not needed.
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