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
July 21, 2020
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The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes Look at Racism 
The final of three Tuesdays is tonight at 6pm via Zoom

Our speaker this week is parishioner Eugene Stanislaus. Eugene is a long standing parishioner of ABVM and a well-known Brooklyn Heights dentist.

Eugene Stanislaus was born and raised in Brooklyn. His father, may he rest in peace, was a dentist and later became the Ambassador from the Caribbean Island of Grenada to the United Nations. His mother was a stay at mom even though she was a registered dental hygienist. He has three brothers and a sister. In 1984 he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from SUNY School of Dental Medicine and he completed the dental implant specialty from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999. He is the proud father of Jeanine and Travis. He has served as a Eucharistic Minister and Minister of music during his years in the church and is currently a reader at Assumption Parish. He has been a parishioner of the Oratory Parishes for the past 13 years.

In preparation for the session, Eugene asks that you read and pages 20-32 of “ Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism"  by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops ( USCCB)  2018.

These are the reflection questions we will address in the breakout groups:
  • Why do you think white police officers treat black men differently than others?
  • Why are we surprised when a black man is articulate?

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From our Pastors

Diaspora is the ancient Greek word for “scattering” or “dispersion.” For Greek speaking Jews, the word became a technical term for a scattered or dispersed group of people, as the Jews had been scattered around the world. The Early Church also became a diaspora, as persecution caused believers to flee throughout the Roman Empire. To stay connected to one another while they were apart, the church wrote Epistles (letters) to one another. Today, we have become a diaspora, a scattered and dispersed community of faith. We have various ways we are connecting with one another to sustain faith during these days, epistles of a new sort that help us encourage and challenge one another.

One thing we are learning clearly these past months is the way we conceive of and engage in worship, learning and community is changing. Our community is not limited by Mass times or facilities, by aesthetic preferences or past friendships. We are in a period of discovering a broader sense of church and community: all pilgrims together as we learn to embrace and be nurtured in new ways, with people near and far, bound together by the person of Jesus and the charism of seeking joy in all things. St. Paul reminds us in the Epistle from Romans for this coming Sunday: “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”  This week let’s attribute good will to one another in the struggles of each day and trust God to lead us on the path forward together.
Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o. and Fr. Mark Lane, c.o.
Congratulations to Liz and Tom!

Congratulations to Elizabeth Cardenas and Tom Cleary who were married July 18 in an intimate wedding celebrated at Assumption. Elizabeth was also confirmed this past week after participating in the RCIA over the past year. Thank you to Liz and Tom for sowing the seeds of hope and love in the field of our community!
The Oratory Women’s Community  is welcoming women to a safe and sacred space to gather together amidst two pandemics, Racism and Coronavirus, and to offer support and strength of community to one another.

OWC is having a Watch Party, on July 22nd, 2020 @ 7:30 pm  which affords the Oratory Women's Community the chance to listen to Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB's interview, " The Time Is Now: Prophetic Spirituality, Calling Us To Uncommon Courage" , and will offer time for reflection and the opportunity for breakout discussions after.

Register by emailing .
The Social Justice Action Committee offers these saving energy tips.
Our tips this month offer some suggestions for saving energy when using computers, home office equipment and other electronics. Make sure that computer games that prevent your computer from going to sleep are not left running while you are not using the computer. This is especially important when computers are shared by multiple users. Streaming content with electronic equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR rating will use 25% to 30% less energy than standard electronic equipment. When streaming content, if possible choose the smallest device that makes sense for the number of people watching. Avoid streaming on game consoles, which use about 10 times more power than streaming through a tablet or laptop. Set your TV to the “home” or “standard” setting, if this option is available. It will reduce the brightness some but also reduce your TV’s energy use by 15% to 30%.

Lastly, if your cable or satellite TV service provider gives you a set-top box as part of your contract, ask for an ENERGY STAR certified model when the box requires changing. These models are about 40% more efficient than conventional models. While this may not be practical during the current virus crisis, keep this suggestion for when a replacement of your cable/satellite box is necessary in the future.
Grants available for parishioners and community members.
The current pandemic has many impacts on our lives. For some there is reduced income or unanticipated expenses. Fr. Michael has a fund to assist with moderate grants to help cover a bill or support you during this time. This is a confidential process. Please email him at or call 718-875-2096. In your initial message if you can indicate the type of need (e.g. utilities, food, medicine, transportation, etc.) and the amount, that will assist him in helping address your need.
Parish Office

The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes of
Assumption & St. Boniface
64 Middagh Street
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