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 14, 2023

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Christmas Pageant 2023: Brooklyn Heist

Looking for a way to get into the Christmas Spirit? Come join the cast of the 2023 Assumption Parish Christmas Pageant, Brooklyn Heist. Who stole the star of Bethlehem? What is it going to take to get it back, and how much longer can the kiddos make the rehearsal process?! Find all that and more along with singing and dancing to your favorite Christmas carols with a hilarious twist at the end!!

Friday, December 15, 2023

Seating: 6:30pm, Showtime: 7:00pm

Advent Vespers: "Rejoice Always"

Enter more deeply into the Advent season! Participating in Vespers is a perfect way to slow down and celebrate Advent through prayer, scripture, song, and reflection. Parishioner Brenda Becker will reflect on I Thessalonians 5: 16-22.

Come to St. Boniface on Sunday, December 17, 2023, at 4 pm.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

To help you prepare for Christmas, we will observe “Reconciliation Monday." Churches throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Archdiocese of NY will offer extended periods for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (aka Sacrament of “Confession” or “Penance”).

We will celebrate a communal penance service (with confessions) at St. Boniface at 7 pm. Confession will be available during these other times in our parishes:

“Reconciliation Monday”

December 18, 2023 Sacrament of Reconciliation

Advent Confessions

Reconciliation Monday, December 18

7:30am – 9:00am at Assumption

11:00am – 1:30pm at St. Boniface

4:30pm – 6:00pm at Assumption

Penance Service with Confessions – 7:00pm at St. Boniface

The Advent Retreat Was Amazing!

It was a wonderful gathering of over forty people on Contemplation: The Way Forward last Saturday, led by Fr. Michael Holleran of the parish of Corpus Christi and Notre Dame in Manhattan. It was a day of prayer and reflection, helping people prepare for Christmas. Thank you, Fr. Holleran! And thank you to those who attended!

Christmas Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24

5 pm Family Mass, Assumption

10 pm Mass, prelude at 9:30pm, St. Boniface

Christmas Day, Monday, December 25

9:30am Mass, Assumption

11:15am Mass, prelude at 11 am, St. Boniface

(No 6pm Mass at St. Boniface on Sunday, December 24 & 25)

New Year's Day, Solemnity of the Mary, Mother of God,

Monday, January 1

9:30am Mass, Assumption

11:15am Mass, St. Boniface

No vigil Mass on New Years eve

Turkana Christmas Cards and Crafts for Sale

Join us for a craft sale at St Boniface after the 11:15am Mass. Please support St Mark’s, our Sister Parish in Turkana!

Dates for Confirmation Classes and Parent Nights

Parent discussion with Dennis Corcoran: 7:00pm (via zoom)

Dec 21, Jan 25, Feb 15, March 7, April 11, May 2

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

Dec 16, Jan 27, Feb 3, March 9, April 13, May 11

Family Faith Formation and Sacrament Preparation Update

Christmas Flower Remembrances

If you would like to dedicate Christmas flowers in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone, please email name(s) to or write the names on your parish giving envelopes. We will remember them at the 10pm Christmas Eve Mass at St. Boniface. The names will be posted in the narthex of both churches.

Advent Giving Tree - Last Call!

We are collecting gifts for boys and girls ages 3 through 14. Bring your unwrapped gift and leave it in the narthex.

Feel free to ship your gift to: ABVM-Parish Office; Hour Children, 64 Middagh St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Annual Coat Drive - Last Call!

Collection bins are available at both churches. Please contact SJAC at to join the committee or with any questions.

Weekly Mass Intention Schedule

Third Sunday of Advent

Weekly Readings:


12-16..... 5:00pm...... Germaine Desbas

12-17......9:30am.......For the People of the Parish

12-18......8:00am.......Fay Chu

12-19......8:00am.......Frank J. Macchiarola

12-20.....8:00am.......Josephina Rosa

12-21......8:00am.......Frank Acerra

12-22......8:00am.......John T. McEvoy

St. Boniface

12-17......11:15am.......Dennis B. Delaney

12-17......6:00pm.......For the People of the Parish

12-18......12:10pm..... Oratory Community Prayer List

12-19......12:10pm......Karen Smithson

12-20......12:10pm......Chester Sigda

12-21.. ...12:10pm.......Jere Cook

12-22......12:10pm......Karen Smithson

Upcoming Calendar


12/15.......Christmas Pageant, 6:30pm, ABVM

12/17.......Advent Vespers, 4 pm, StB

12/18.......Advent Penance Service, 7 pm, StB

Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:

Estelle Miller, Mary Meo, George Slover, Tom Janczys, Janie Black, Kimberly Pflug, Mary McGeeney, Louis Acerra, Mary Cella, Kim Manzi.

Rest In Peace: Jo Rosa, Sarah Gentle, Karen Smithson, Luigi Preziosi, Regina Jackson, Father Gabriel Ashindu Aywa, Fay Chu, Gretchen Beach, Sr. Mary Maloney, Devinne Gallagher.

Altar Dedications

St. Joseph candle offered by Connie Leone

St. Jude candle offered by Notre Thomas

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:

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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