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 22, 2024

Online giving:

"Sustenance in the Desert" Lenten Retreat

Prepare for time in the desert and accompany Jesus on March 9, from 9:00am to 1:00pm in Assumption parish hall. We will reflect with Ignatian spirituality and forms of prayer. Kaija DeWitt-Allen, M.A. in Theology will lead the retreat.

Please let us know if you are coming, though walk-ins are welcome:

Any questions? Please contact Virginia Navarro

Lenten Vespers

Sunday, March 10, 4:00pm, St. Boniface

Lenten Loose Change Second Collection

Feb 25: Catholic Climate Covenant

Catholic Climate Covenant helps U.S. Catholics respond to the Church’s call to care for creation and those most affected by the climate crisis. Grounded in the Church’s history of teaching on creation, ecology, and the most vulnerable, the Covenant creates programming and resources to help US Catholics, parishes, and schools reduce their carbon footprint, and preserve and sustain our common

If you will not be at Mass this weekend, you can donate using PushPay using the appropriate dropdown link:

For St. Boniface:

For Assumption:

It's not too late to join a Small Group!

Starting this week the Brooklyn Oratory Small Groups will resume weekly meetings! Join us to reflect on "Forgiveness, Choosing to Receive and to Give," and the lectionary readings for Lent.

Please read details on the small group offerings and register here:

Any questions? Please contact Virginia Navarro at

101 Things to Give Up or Do for Lent

Here are 101 suggestions from the editors of America Media:

Invitation to Lectors

Present and Potential, Sat, Mar 2, 9:30am-12:30pm

Refresh or learn the skill of proclaiming the Scriptures prayerfully for your own enrichment and the engagement of others with the Holy Scriptures. Led by Sarah Spieldenner. In fellowship with other curious people.

St. Boniface Church 190 Duffield Street. All are Welcome!

Please RSVP by using this link:

Family Faith Formation

Dates for Confirmation Classes and Parent Nights

Parent discussion with Dennis Corcoran: 7 pm (via zoom) March 7, April 11, May 2

Confirmation Class

5pm - 7:30pm at ABVM, March 9, April 13, May 11

Family Faith Formation and Sacrament Preparation Update

Care for Creation Corner - Energy Tips for the Winter

Take Advantage of Heat from the Sun

  • Open curtains on the south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat the home, and close them at night to reduce the chill from cold windows.
  • If you have outside space where you live, be certain to plant deciduous trees on the south facing side of the home, especially in proximity to windows. They will let the light and warmth in the windows during the winter and will shade the windows in the summer

Cover Drafty Windows

  • Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration.
  • Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.

Blessing Bag Project

The Social Justice Action Committee (SJAC), together with Family Faith Formation (FFF), invites all parishioners to donate essential items for a "Blessings Bag" project. The bags will be given to our neighbors who may find themselves in particular need. A resource card listing local food pantries/soup kitchens as well as uplifting messages from FFF youth will also be included in the bags.

The Blessings Bags will be kept at each church for Hospitality ministers and staff members to distribute, as well as at the Oratory office. Parishioners are welcome to take a few to give to those in need. By purchasing these items from our Amazon wish list you can help us reach our goal of 200 bags. Your donation will be sent to the Oratory office. Please only buy the exact items on the list. We will not be collecting items in the back of either church; however, you are welcome to bring donations to the parish office.

Parish Office - ABVM & STB

64 Middagh St. (Side Garden Door) Brooklyn, NY 11201

Att: Blessing Bags Project

Questions? Email SJAC at

We are VERY grateful for your support of this new Parish initiative.

Weekly Mass Intention Schedule

Second Sunday of Lent

Weekly Readings:


2-24....5:00pm....Jose Sergio Abad

2-25....9:30am....For the People of the Parish

2-26....8:00am....Priest's Intention

2-27....8:00am....Michael A. Collins

2-28....8:00am....For Peace in the Holy Land

2-29....8:00am....Priest's Intention

3-1.......8:00am....Rev. Msgr Michael G. Glenn

3-2......9:00am....Intentions-Girlie Genabe

St. Boniface

2-25....11:15am....For the People of the Parish

2-25....6:00pm....Andrew White

2-26....12:10pm...Priest's Intention

2-27....12:10pm...Eileen Randig

2-28....12:10pm...For Missionaries

2-29....12:10pm...For the people of Ukraine

3-1.......12:10pm...Oratory Community Prayer

Upcoming Calendar


3/2......Lector Workshop, St.B, 9am

3/2......First Saturday Mass, ABVM, 9am

3/9......Lenten Retreat, ABVM, 9:30am

3/10....Vespers, St. B, 4pm

3/10....Daylight Saving Time

3/10....Family Mass, ABVM, 9:30am


3/24....Palm Sunday

3/25....Reconciliation Monday

3/31....Easter Sunday

Opportunities for Reconciliation

Assumption, Saturdays, 4:15pm-4:45pm

St. Boniface, Wednesdays, 12:30pm

Sundays, 5:15pm-5:45pm

Reconciliation Monday, March 25 (More details to follow)

Opportunities for Prayer & Reflection

Stations of the Cross:

Assumption, Lenten Fridays, immediately following the 8:00am Mass St. Boniface, Lenten Mondays, immediately following the 12:10pm Mass

Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:

Larry Murphy, John Baer, Henry Torres, Jose Hernandez, George Slater, Chris Waterman, Estelle Miller, Mary Meo, Mary Cella, Kim Manzi.

Rest In Peace: Elizabeth Steinhauser, Genevieve Curran, Christopher Wright, Wanda Morgan, Andrew White, Sr. Dolores Fischer, OP, Jovita DeLeon.

Altar Candle Dedications

St Joseph candle offered by Connie Leone

Blessed Mother candle offered by Kathy Reynolds

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 Intention

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.

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, 12:30pm 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