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 12, 2021
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From Your Pastors
What must it be like to be a parent and have little or nothing to feed your children? How does it feel to look into your child’s hungry eyes and know you have nothing to offer them?

When we pray the words that Jesus taught us – “give us this day our daily bread” – do we think of actual bread, real food? For some of our sisters and brothers, this is the clear and urgent intent of these words. As Pope Francis has pointed out, Jesus teaches us to say “our” daily bread. Jesus is teaching us, Pope Francis contends, to not only pray for our own needs but to place those in the context of the needs of others,especially the poor and vulnerable. “The Our Father” he continues, “contains and attitude of empathy, an attitude of solidarity. In my hunger I feel the hunger of the multitudes, and then I will pray to God until their request is granted.”

Feeding the hungry, being attentive to their needs, is at the heart of who we are as Catholics. Many of Jesus’ miracles were about feeding, indeed, the greatest miracle, the Eucharist, is a meal. As we are fed by our God we are meant to become “food” for others that they too might live with dignity and security.

So we are pleased to highlight this week our annual Oratory Parishes Thanksgiving Food Drive. The food drive will begin on Saturday, October 16th, and continue through Sunday, November 21st.

Food collected will be shared between Hour Children and Second
Harvest. Some food will be used for the Newman Food Pantry to service the college students in the area.

You may participate in the following ways:

  • Use Pushpay to donate, and your contribution will be used to purchase bulk food for the pantries. Select the “Poor Box” fund.
  • Bring essential items listed below to Assumption and St. Boniface during the weekend liturgies, or during weekday Mass times.
  • You can also order online and have it delivered to 64 Middagh Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201-att: Fr. Michael Callaghan
  • Place your items in the narthex, in the bins marked Food Drive.

Essential Items Needed:
Pasta, Rice, Stuffing Mix, Mashed Potato Mix, Cereal, Tomato/Pasta Sauce, Canned vegetables, Canned Soups, Canned Juices, Canned Fruit, Instant Noodles (bowls/cups), Instant Oatmeal Packets, Mac ‘n Cheese (boxes or bowls), Saltines, Crackers, Hot Chocolate Packets.
Note: On canned items, please choose low sugar and low salt.

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink...” Matt. 25:35

Thank you for your generous support.

Fr. Mark Lane, c.o. and Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o.
Baloney Sandwich Sunday
When: Sunday, October 17 at the 6pm Mass, St. Boniface
Who: Anyone who would like to participate!
Why: In support of Catholic Worker soup kitchen on the Lower East Side
What: Two slices of baloney (any variety); one slice of American cheese; white bread; with a bit of mayo; each in its own bag; as many as you can.

Sponsored by Oratory Young Men’s Group (OMG)
For more information contact Fr Anthony at
Upcoming Holy Days-Mass Schedule

Feast of All Saints’ is November 1.
  • Assumption 8:00am Mass
  • St. Boniface 12:10pm Mass

All Souls’ Day, the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed is November 2.
  • Assumption 8:00am and 6:30pm Mass
  • St. Boniface 12:10pm Mass

We invite you to send in the names of loved ones to be remembered in the Novena of Masses that begins that day at our Parishes. Email We will include the names of your loved ones to the Books of Prayer on our altars.
Celebrate Sister Marion DeFeis, CSJ 70th Anniversary/Jubilee

Sr. Marion Defeis, CSJ, a pivotal woman in the spiritual development of many members of our Oratory community, has joyfully served 70 years in religious life as a Sister of St. Joseph.

To commemorate this jubilee, Fr. Anthony Andreassi will celebrate the 11:15 am on Sunday, November 7th at St. Boniface, to be followed by an outdoor coffee hour.

Please email Pat Vitacco at if you would like to contribute or help with this celebration and coffee hour.

November 7, St. Boniface, 11:15am Mass
Mass Intentions
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 2022 Mass book is open as well. The offering is $20. Please pay by using Pushpay or by mailing a check to 64 Middagh St. Brooklyn, NY 11201.

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