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

June 6, 2024

Online giving:

Thank you Father Raj!

For almost the past two years, Father Raj has been an invaluable support to the Brooklyn Oratory, and to both of our parishes. We have been blessed by his ministerial presence, as well as his leadership in our Family Faith Program. Now, as announced on Pentecost, the pastoral needs of his own house (the Rockland Oratory) have increased and he has been asked to return. While he will be with us through the end of the summer, please join all of us in thanking Raj for everything he has done. We will honor him at a special Coffee Hour on the weekend of August 24 and 25.

Congratulations to our Young People!

On Saturday evening 5pm Vigil Mass, at Assumption, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Emeritus Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall in Canada will be conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation on a group of 20 young people from Assumption, St. Boniface, and St. Charles parishes.

On Sunday morning at Assumption, 9:30am Mass, nine children will receive their First Communion and four children will receive at St. Boniface, 11:15am.

Special Collection for Parish Sacramental/Catechetical Programs

As we celebrate First Communions and Confirmations, we will take up a second collection this weekend in support of this combined program of both Oratory Parishes. Donations can be made on Pushpay. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Fathers’ Day Novena

We will have our Novena of Masses for our fathers, living and deceased, starting on June 16, Father’s Day. Please email your names to the office: or use your parish giving envelopes. The names will be posted at both churches. The suggested donation is $20.00. You can make your donation on Pushpay.

Social Justice Action/St. Mary Star of the Sea (SMSS) MENS Clothing Donation Request.

Catholic Charities is partnering with SMSS (467 Court St.) to help distribute clothing to the local migrant/asylee population. The need is great, as the numbers have increased significantly in the past months. In response to that request, Mary Carriero and her team from SMSS have created clothing pop-up shops. The Oratory Social Justice Action group would like to support them by requesting clothing donations.

The immediate need now is for men's clothing in sizes small and medium. (No women's clothing will be accepted at this time.)

How to Help:

What: Donate Men's Clothing at St. Mary Star of the Sea, 467 Court St.


Items can be dropped off Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the rectory (entrance on Luquer St.) or on the weekends, June 1, 15, and 29, at St. Mary Star of the Sea itself, before or after the 4pm Mass on Saturdays or the 9am Mass on Sundays.

Contact: Mary Carriero, or 718 625-2270.

If you would like to volunteer to help at the pop-up shop, the dates are Saturdays, June 1, 15, and 29, 10am to 1pm, at The Chapel Thrift Shop on Luquer St. The sign-up sheet is below.

Coffee Hour on Sunday, June 9 at StB following the 11:15 am Mass.

Weekly Mass Intention Schedule

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekly Readings:


6-8 ...5:00pm....Rita Collins

6-9....9:30am.....For the People of the Parish

6-10...8:00am....Ann Holder

6-11....8:00am....Lee Walden

6-12....8:00am....Christopher Anthony Reid

6-13....8:00am....Frank J. Macchiarola

6-14....8:00am....Lucy Acerra

St. Boniface

6-9....11:15am.....For the People of the Parish

6-9....6:00pm.....The Holy Souls in Purgatory

6-10...12:10pm....Andrew White

6-11...12:10pm....Intentions-Christopher and Sara Neylan

6-12...12:10pm....Mary O'Dowd

6-13...12:10pm....Ellen O'Driscoll

6-14...12:10pm....Marlon Powell

Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:

Tom Fitzsimons, Sofia Lambert, Bela Zalan, Kathy Slater, Harper Grove, Anthony Fiore, Mary Simon Charles, Jay Ling, Fred Ball, Alice Mulholland, Jose Hernandez, George Slater, Maureen O’Neil, Mary Cella, Kim Manzi, Christopher and Sara.

Rest In Peace: Betty Youmans, Nanchine McManus, Marie Secor, Marie Ellen O’Driscoll, Ted Bajo. Roberta Klein, Joseph Hemmerle, Andy Boswell, Robert G. Spieldenner, Chris Waterman.

Upcoming Calendar

6/7.....First Friday-Sacred Heart Novena, ABVM, after the 8:00am Mass

6/8.....Confirmation, ABVM, 5:00pm

6/9.....First Communions, ABVM, 9:30am and StB, 11:15am

6/9.....DeSales Media Visit, ABVM, 9:30am and StB, 11:15am

Candle Dedications at Assumption

St Joseph candle offered by Connie Leone

St. Jude candle offered by Notre Thomas

Blessed Mother candle offered by Kathy Reynolds

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 payable to “Assumption RC Church” or “St. Boniface RC Church” 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