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
October 13, 2020
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All Creatures Great and Small
An assortment of dogs, cats, and their human attendance participated in our second annual blessing of animals on Saturday, October 3. Buddy our canine Oratorian presided over the event assisted by Fr. Michael. We are delighted so many could come and we pray God’s blessing on all the animals in this year when they have been so important to us.
From Our Pastors

Our Oratory community has faced a lot of change this year:  How we gather and connect; How we pray and meditate; How we see ourselves in relationship to others. This change has demanded much of us all. Fr. Mark and I think about changes in our ministry and our work with the parishes.  Along with the pastoral councils, we look to explore creative and sustainable opportunities to strengthen the Oratory as an anchor for the church in Brooklyn. In the months ahead, we will be actively exploring opportunities to ensure the vibrancy of our common life, our campuses, our worship and our spirituality as Catholics in the 21st century.
Change often comes hard to people. We can easily be creatures of habit, finding comfort in the familiar and repeated routines and practices. Driving to see my father as summer ended, I marveled at the lush green fields and woods, capped by crisp blue skies. Last week it changed. I passed field after field of brown corn stalks and yellowing soybean plants. The trees were turning shades of yellow and brown and the evergreens were beginning to stand out against the landscape.  The change was beautiful, especially when I came across two trees, both a stunning orange against the yellowing woods. These trees and plants surrender to the change of seasons and as they do, that change ensures beauty of another kind in seasons yet to come.
Change may frighten us, yet it can also enlighten us. Change may weary us, yet it can also invigorate us. Change can be beautiful: like those two brilliant trees, standing out against the horizon; like our parishes as we think outside the box together on what we will be like in the world after Covid.

St. John Henry Newman, C.O. knew the challenge of change. His entire life was a series of changes. He also understood the beauty of change which he captured in his essay: On the Development of Christian Doctrine. Underscoring the need to change as essential to the human person and the Body of Christ, Newman wrote: “To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.” May the Spirit of Wisdom guide our steps forward on the path we share.

Fr. Michael Callaghan, C.O. and Fr. Mark Lane, C.O.
Gaudium Virtual Event
Since its founding in 1988, the Breukelein Institute has operated as a distinct organization from the Brooklyn Oratory and the parochial and pastoral ministries of the Congregation. For over twenty years, the Breukelein has offered the Gaudium Award to individuals who have “illumined the horizon of human experience.”

Virtual event on Wednesday October 14 at 6pm. No pre-registration needed to join the event. Use this link to access the event: 

Supporting Food Security through:
Louise's Pantry of Nazareth Housing and The Campaign Against Hunger in Brooklyn.

The Gaudium Award of Merit
Dr. Alice Beal and Judge William Kuntz

Author, Food Expert, Editor Ruth Reichl
Political Historian, Author Andrew Bacevich
Composer, Conductor Sir James MacMillan

Donations accepted through and the donate button and indicating the donation is for Gaudium 2020.

Wednesday, October 14 at 6pm
Adult Faith Formation Virtual Class: Catholics and the American Political Tradition
with Father Anthony Andreassi, C.O., Ph.D. 

October 15: Catholics and the Politics of Slavery
Despite the constitutional division of Church and State, the impact of Catholics on politics has been remarkable and at times quite controversial and even disruptive. This series of presentations by Father Anthony will explore the impact American Catholics have had on the development of the American political system beginning with the early days in the late 18th century when the American Catholic community was small and beleaguered through its rise to full stature with the elected of the first (and so far only) Catholic president in 1960. With another national election just weeks away, this course most certainly has a sense of timeliness.

No need to pre-register.
Separate Zoom links will be sent for each class.

Zoom info for October 15 
Meeting ID: 976 8576 6837 Passcode: 954192

October 15, 7-8pm
Brooklyn Oratory Small Groups presents:
Spirituality of the Oratory: Knowing Our Charism 

Season 3 “Prayer: Constant Communion with God” 
It’s not too late to join a group or request a booklet. 
Complete the sign up form at:

Contact: with questions or requests. 
Family Faith Formation at The Oratory 
Family-based faith formation at the Oratory 2020-2021 is adapting to the needs of this period of COVID 19 by meeting online in small groups. Small groups give us the chance to get to know each other, build relationships and grow in our faith. To have an enriched and engaged experience of Sunday mass with our children, we’ll break open the Gospel together, a chance for each of us to grow in knowledge and love of God and become stronger people of faith.

Registration is now open. For more information and to register, please contact Christina Matone at
7th -10th Graders & Older Parish Teens!
Help Others in Need & Build Friendships

The Oratory Parishes invite teens and pre-teens to a special on-line event to help turnaround young lives. Learn about incarceration in the U.S. before reading and responding to poetry written by incarcerated youth, working with Free Minds and Repair the World. Free Minds is a project that seeks to awaken incarcerated youth to their own potential. Repair the World Repair the World engages young adults in social change in their own neighborhoods.

Attending may also help satisfy school-based community service obligations. Please register any time prior to the event at:

Friday, Oct. 23rd 4-5pm
Mass intentions available. 
If you would like to request a mass for someone living or deceased, mass intentions are available for the weeks or months ahead. Email The offering is $20. Please pay by using Pushpay or by mailing a check to 64 Middagh St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
St. Edmund Preparatory HS (2474 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn)

In-Person Tours with limited capacity. Face coverings and temperature checks required.
Saturday, October 17, from 10am to 3pm

Virtual Tours and presentations. Pre-registration is required for both Open Houses. To register, visit or for additional information, contact the admissions office at, or 718-743-6100 x5044.
Tuesday, October 27, 7pm

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