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

January 4, 2024

Online giving:

Volunteer Thank You!

We have so many folks who volunteer in so many ways at our Oratory parishes. It is a tremendous effort of selfless service and acts of love. In appreciation for all you do, please come to a gathering on Monday, February 12, at 6 pm in Assumption Hall. Who is invited? Anyone who has volunteered in the parishes in any capacity! Come for some food, refreshment, fellowship, and a double portion of gratitude! Please RSVP using this link:

Let's celebrate Mass together!

St. Boniface and Assumption will have a joint celebration of Mass on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at the 9:30 am Mass at Assumption Church, 55 Cranberry Street, Brooklyn. What an opportunity for the two Oratory parishes to pray together, meet one another, and catch up at a coffee hour. In observance of this, there will be no 11:15 am Mass at St. Boniface on this Sunday.

Future dates for joint liturgical Eucharistic celebrations are:

  • Sunday, May 19, 2024, at the 9:30am Mass at Assumption, and St. Philip Neri Picnic (no 11:15am Mass at St. Boniface);
  • Sunday, August 11, 2024, at the 11:15am Mass at St. Boniface (no 9:30am Mass at Assumption). 

Livestream Return

The live-stream ministry is back after a break! You can now watch the recording of Liturgy of the Word from either Assumption or St. Boniface each week from the Oratory YouTube channel [link]. What great news for those who cannot attend Mass in person, as it allows you to prayerfully experience the Sunday readings, homily, and prayer of the faithful. This change considered viewers' viewing habits. Folks viewed recordings of Mass overwhelmingly rather than watching live. However, the Tuesday 12:10 pm Mass at Saint Boniface will be live-streamed, which provides a way to connect with those who cannot attend Mass, primarily the homebound.

Coffee Hour at the parishes Sunday, January 7

  • Three Kings themed coffee hour at St Boniface following the 11:15am Mass. Sponsored by Suleika and Brigida.

  • Coffee Hour after the 9:30 am Mass at Assumption. Sponsored by Coleen, Camille, Francisca, Gabriela, Kathy and Meghan.

Diocesan Collection January 6/7 for Missions of the diocese.

Donations can be made on Pushpay by selecting the “Diocesan Mission” fund.

International Food Festival on January 26, 2024

We are pleased to announce that our parishes will be hosting an international food festival on Friday, January 26, 2024 in the ABVM parish hall. Please join to savor the rich diversity of culinary delights at our parish international food festival. Sign up and RSVP by clicking here:

Are you looking for a way to deepen your relationship with God?

If so, join our Centering Prayer in-person workshop on Saturday, January 20, 2024, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm in Assumption Hall.

Centering Prayer is a method that consists of sitting in silence with God and opening our hearts to God. In this introductory workshop, you will learn the basics of Centering Prayer and experience it in a guided setting.

Please register here: Please get in touch with Jim Connell if you have any questions at

Dates for Confirmation Classes and Parent Nights

Parent discussion with Dennis Corcoran: 7 pm (via zoom)

Jan 25, Feb 15, March 7, April 11, May 2

Confirmation Class: 5 pm - 7:30 pm at ABVM

Jan 27, Feb 3, March 9, April 13, May 11

Family Faith Formation and Sacrament Preparation Update

First Friday, January 5

Prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus following the 8am Mass at ABVM.

First Saturday 9am Mass at Assumption on January 6

Rosary, meditation and benediction will follow the Mass. 

Holy Hour: First Sunday of the Month at St. Boniface @ 5 pm, January 7

A Holy Hour is a time for appreciating the gift of Christ's Body and Blood given to us in the Eucharist through our private and communal prayer. Come for all or a part of the time!

Oratory Evening Prayer: Monday, January 8

Come and join in the prayer of the Fathers of the Oratory. We’ll listen to the Sunday scriptures, reflect, share, and encourage one another in the spirit of St. Philip Neri. 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in Assumption 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 send your inquiry to We will follow up with you. Please check our website for upcoming baptism dates here: Baptisms are celebrated during Mass.

Weekly Mass Intention Schedule

The Epiphany of the Lord

Weekly Readings:


1-6......5:00pm.......For the People of the Parish

1-7......9:30am........Tina Raggi

1-8......8:00am........Frances Zak

1-9......8:00am........Fay Chu

1-10....8:00am........Frances Zak

1-11.....8:00am........Richard Weisenreider

1-12.....8:00am........Liwang Damaso

St. Boniface

1-7......11:15am........Sean and Fern Devlin

1-7......6:00pm........For the People of the Parish

1-8......12:10pm...... Felicita Menedez

1-9......12:10pm.......Michael Paterson-Healing

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

1-11.....12:10pm.......Priest's Intention

1-12....12:10pm.......Priest's Intention

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.

Upcoming Calendar


1/5.........1st Friday-Sacred Heart Novena, following the 8am Mass, ABVM

1/6.........1st Saturday Mass, 9am, ABVM

1/7.........Holy Hour, 5pm, StB

1/7.........Coffee Hour, StB & ABVM

1/8.........Oratory Evening Prayer, 6:15pm, ABVM Parish Hall

1/15........MLK Holiday

1/20.......Centering Prayer Workshop, 1:30pm, ABVM Parish Hall

1/26.......International Food Festival, 6pm, ABVM Parish Hall


2/4........Joint parish Mass, ABVM

2/12.......Parish Volunteer, Thank You Reception, 6pm, ABVM Parish Hall

2/14.......Ash Wednesday

Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:

Joan Marie Bresnahan, Sr. Dolores Fisher, OP, George Slater, Chris Waterman, Estelle Miller, Mary Meo, Andrew White, George Slover, Tom Janczys, Janie Black, Kimberly Pflug, Mary McGeeney, Louis Acerra, Mary Cella, Kim Manzi.

Rest In Peace: Jovita DeLeon, Frances Zak, Catherine Mascali, Antonia Nidia Barzola, Sarah Gentle, Karen Smithson, Isabel C Alvarez.

Altar Dedications

St. Joseph candle offered by Connie Leone

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, 12:30 pm 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