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
December 29, 2020
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Virtual Christmas 2020
New Year’s Mass Schedule
Feast of the Solemnity of Mary

Assumption December 31, 5:00pm

St. Boniface January 1, 10:00am
From Our Pastors
Having come this far through the crucible of 2020, we find ourselves in the early days of Christmastide. This 40-day season ends February 2 with the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the liturgy where we bless candles, often known as Candlemas. As we quickly mark the feats of the season with Epiphany this Sunday coming, we know our trees and creches are often already being packed away. This year we want to encourage you to hold onto the light and hope of the Incarnation even as greens dry, poinsettias fade and manger scenes go into storage once again. We have a New Year on the horizon and Christmastide is a time for us to look forward with resolution to 2021.

When the magi sought out the infant Jesus, they came to the end of their quest in an unlikely place in Bethlehem. Yet they had to move on and return to their lives. They did so by following another route, changed and transformed by their experience and listening to their dreams. Perhaps like the magi, 2021 calls for a reset of how we see, think, frame and walk in our world. Are we listening to the voice of God that comes in our dreams to guide us on this way? What might we resolve to do, or be or change for the better in this coming year? In the 40 days of Christmastide, let’s pray with and for one another that we might be light in the land of gloom and sources of hope for one another. And on the feast of the Presentation, we will bless candles and offer them to you to light in your homes. For those who are staying in, here is the prayer to bless candles to light in these days as we carry the Christ-light forward to 2021.

O God, true light, who create light eternal,
spreading it far and wide,
pour, we pray, into the hearts of the faithful
the brilliance of perpetual light,
so that all who are brightened in your holy temple
by the splendor of these candles
may happily reach the light of your glory.
Through Christ our Lord.

Fr. Michael Callaghan c.o. and Fr. Mark Lane, c.o.
Eviction Moratorium Updates
To help keep people abreast on housing issues during the pandemic please note that the signing of the relief legislation extends the CDC moratorium on evictions to January 31, 2021. For more information on the national order see

Governor Cuomo issued an executive order on December 23rd which extends New York State’s eviction moratorium for another 30 days (it now expires on January 31, 2021).

If you or someone you know is in need of financial assistance, please remember we have a relief fund to assist. Contact Fr. Michael at
Christmas Pageant
We had such a great time working with all your wonderful children!! Many thanks to Heather Leykam, Ray DeLeon, Sean Yetter, Joe Vanderpool and all the supporting parents who made it possible for us to have a 20th Annual Christmas Pageant with our kids.

Here's the link to the show: Christmas Impossible!
A Thank You message from Sister Tesa & the staff of Hour Children. Click HERE.
Join the NEW "Ways to Pray Always "
Many of us would like to learn how to include more prayer in our lives, and many more still are curious about what it would be like to pray daily, or even always. Using ancient Christian prayer practices, Daniel Wolpert’s book, Creating a Life with God, can show us new ways.

Join Sarah Spieldenner, hospital chaplain and St. Boniface parishioner, as she takes you through the exercises outlined in Wolpert’s guide. We will meet for six weeks as a group to share our experiences of individual prayer and to practice the same prayer exercises together in community.

Practices include the Jesus prayer, the examen, apophatic prayer, prayer through art and movement, etc. that promises to enliven your prayer life.

6-Week Course, Saturday mornings from 9:30am to 11:00am, January 9 through February 13.
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

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