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

July 27, 2023

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Solemnity of the Assumption

The Solemnity of the Assumption will be celebrated on Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15 with Masses at the following times:

..........August 14: 6:00 pm at Assumption

..........August 15: 8:00 am at Assumption; 12:10pm at St. Boniface

Since this is the patronal feast of Assumption Parish, after Mass (6:00 pm) we will gather for champagne, soft drinks, appetizers and dessert. If you would like to bring one of these items, please email Maria Pluchinotta ( Updates to follow.

Family Faith Registration is Open!

Please register right away for next year’s programs!

Please look out for emails with a calendar and more information

about our offerings for families, parents and children.

Farewell Fr. George

Fr. George Okoro has been ministering at the Oratory parishes since January. At the end of August, he will return to the New York Oratory to continue his work there. We want to thank Fr. George for his generous service to our parishes. He has played a vital part in supporting the liturgical celebrations at our parishes. Please reach out to Fr. George to thank him and wish him well. We will have a coffee hour in his honor on Sunday, August 27, after the 9:30am at ABVM and after the 11:15am Mass at SB.

RCIA: A New Season Starting This October

God is always awakening in us a desire for something more in our lives. We may hear God’s call when faced with a major life event, like marriage or having a child, or in a time of crisis, like illness or loss. When we feel a pull towards a deeper relationship with God, it is good to have a community with which to explore it. The “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults” (RCIA) is for men and women who are considering the Catholic way of life and want to journey deeper into the Catholic faith. Some come with little or no religious background. Some were raised in other Christian denominations. Others are engaged to or married to Catholics and want to learn more. And some are baptized Catholics who practiced their faith up to a certain point in their lives and now wish to complete the sacraments of initiation (First Communion and/or Confirmation). RCIA aims to support you wherever you are.

The 2023/2024 RCIA program will begin in mid-October, meeting both on Zoom and in person following Sunday Mass at one of the Brooklyn Oratory’s two parishes, St. Boniface and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. All inquiries are welcome and will be kept confidential. For more information, contact RCIA coordinators Rob and Nadine,

Position Available

The Franciscan Brothers have a part-time position available. An executive assistant is needed at their offices in Brooklyn Heights. Must have general computer skills (Excel, Word, email, etc). Email:

Sharing Network

One Community’s Sharing Network is looking for a Spanish-speaking bible discussion moderator for phone conversation groups for seniors 65+ in Ft. Greene and Clinton Hill. Our program seeks to connect seniors who can’t or would prefer not to leave their homes, addressing social isolation and loneliness in this vulnerable community. It is only a one-hour-a-week commitment (between 11am - 3pm) until the end of August/early September, completely over the phone.

We’re looking for passionate, kind individuals to introduce selections from the bible each week, give a brief explanation and conversation prompt for our seniors, then moderate free-ranging discussions amongst the participants. All of these groups are over the phone, so you can join from wherever. The volunteer would have a lot of freedom in choosing Bible selections as well as other elements of the program, and they will also have the full support of our staff. For more info, please call (787) 914-4114 or email

Weekly Mass Intention Schedule

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekly Readings:


7-29 .......5:00pm......Fiore Matarazzo

7-30 ......9:30am......For the People of the Parish

7-31 .......8:00am......Priest's Intention

8-01 ......8:00am.......Rev. Grant Quinn, SJ

8-02 ......8:00am.......Dennis Cho, Blessings

8-03.......No Mass

8-04.......No Mass

St. Boniface

7-30 ......11:15am......For the People of the Parish

7-31 .......6:00pm......Dr. Jerry Shey

8-01 ......12:10pm.....Intentions & Birthday - Virginia V. Navarro

8-02 .....12:10pm.....Walter Jamieson, Jr.

8-03 .....12:10pm.....Intentions - Nicholas Joseph O'Connor

8-04 .....No Mass

Assumption’s 5pm Mass

The 5:00pm Mass at Assumption is celebrated downstairs in the air conditioned parish hall.

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 register for the next Baptism Preparation Session which is offered through Zoom. Send your inquiry to: and we will follow up to register you . Upcoming baptism dates are as follows: Sept 17 (St B), Oct 15 (ABVM), Nov 19 (StB), Dec 17 (ABVM).

Upcoming Calendar


08/13......Summer Mission Appeal

08/15......Feast of the Assumption

08/27......Farewell to Fr. George

Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:

Ted Bajo, Norma Padro, Jeremy Kreist, Abe Barnett, Maria Guzman, Marie Smith, Kim Manzi.

Rest In Peace: Thomas Ryan, Lloyd Ross, John Hughes.

Flower and Candle Dedications

St. Joseph candle offered by Connie Leone.

St. Jude candle offered by Kathy Reynolds.

Prayer List

If you would like to add someone to the prayer list, email the parish office at or go to the website and complete the information there.

Mass Times and Church Hours

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

2023 July & August Weekday Mass

Weekday hours: 7:45am–9:00am Monday through Wednesday. 

Weekday Masses: Monday through Wednesday 8am

2023 July & August Weekend Mass

5:00pm Saturday and 9:30am Sunday

Beginning Saturday, July 8, we will celebrate the 5pm Mass at Assumption downstairs in the parish hall.


The church is closed on

Thursday and Friday (effective 7/1-9/5/2023)

Confessions Saturday: 4:15pm-4:45pm

Prayers and Devotions

Tuesday: St Anthony Novena (after 8am Mass)

Will resume in September:

ThursdayRosary (after 8am Mass)

First FridaySacred Heart Novena (after 8am Mass)

First Saturday Mass: 9:00am with Rosary, Meditation and Benediction 

St Boniface

2023 July & August Weekday Mass

Weekday hours Monday through Friday: 11:30am-1:00pm

Mass: 12:10pm Monday through Wednesday

The church will be open for private prayer on Thursdays and Fridays. 

2023 July & August Weekend Mass

Sunday Masses: 11:15am and 6:00pm

Sunday hours 11:00am-12:30pm & 5:30pm-7:00pm

Confessions on Wednesdays, 11:30-noon

and before Mass on Sunday, 5:15pm-5:45pm

Prayer and Devotions

Tuesday & Thursday Rosary, after 12:10 Mass


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