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
September 17, 2021
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As we remembered those lost and impacted by 9/11 our communities gathered in prayer.
A large gathering at Assumption to celebrate a Memorial Mass for those lost on 9/11, especially remembering those lost from the FDNY Engine 205 Ladder 118 as well as the broader FDNY community and parish members.
The Brooklyn Heights Interfaith Clergy Association once again lead a well attended prayer service to commemorate 9/11 at Sundown on the Promenade.
Mass Times and Church Hours
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Saturday 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am
Weekday Mass at 8:00am – Tuesday through Friday

St. Boniface
Sunday 9:00am, 11:15am, and 6:00pm
Weekday Mass 12:10 Monday through Thursday
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers: Suzanne Mollman, Martha Catul, Brian Casey.

Rest In Peace: Anthony Farraye, Mary Carmel Testani, Anthony Farraye, Ruth Mullens, Elicia Louisjeune, Rachel Loria.
Homecoming at St. Boniface Sunday, September 19
Join us for Outdoor Coffee hour after the 11:15am Mass. The St. Boniface Choir will be back on September 19.
Sandwich Sundays at the Oratory
Beginning on Sunday, September 19 at the 6pm at St Boniface the Oratory Young Men's Group (OMG) will begin collecting sandwiches in support of the Catholic Worker soup kitchen on the Lower East Side. If you would like to participate, here are the details: two slices of baloney, one slice of American cheese on white bread with a bit of
mayonnaise. Each sandwich should be in its own bag. Any number of sandwiches will be appreciated, and immediately following Mass, Fr Anthony will bring all sandwiches donated to the Catholic Worker. The plan is to have this collection once each month at the 6pm Mass. For more information, contact Fr Anthony at
The Oratory Women's Community along with guest, Sr. Marion DeFeis, CSJ will be discussing Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ's interview, God: Love Without Limit.

September 22, 7:30pm
Eucharistic Ministry at Assumption
As we look at reintroducing Eucharistic Ministers in the coming months, we would like to have a Zoom meeting with those who have been in the ministry and those who might be interested. We will not be returning to a common chalice anytime soon. We are hoping to have one EM per Mass to safely distribute Holy Communion with the Presider by section. Even if you are uncertain about participating in the coming months in the ministry, we would appreciate your participation to get your perspective.

Please let Mary, or Fr. Michael know if you will be able to join us.

Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 837 8242 2143 Passcode: 650312
One tap mobile +16465588656,,83782422143#,,,,*650312# US (New York)

Thursday, September 23, 7-8pm
Brooklyn Oratory Small Groups presents
Spirituality of the Oratory: Knowing Our Charism NEW Season 5 “Humility”

This original program about Oratorian spirituality is written and edited by Fr. Anthony Andreassi, c.o. and Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o.

Further details and the sign up form: Contact: with questions or if you are unable to attend a group, but would like a copy of the booklet.

Beginning the week of October 11 through the week of November 15.
RCIA: A Journey Into The Catholic Tradition
“Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults” (RCIA) is for men and women who want to journey deeper into the Catholic faith. Some come with little or no religious background. Some were baptized or raised in other Christian denominations and now feel called to explore Catholicism. Others are engaged to or married to Catholics and want to learn more. And some are baptized Catholics who practiced their faith up to a certain point in their lives and now wish to complete the sacraments of initiation. RCIA aims to support you wherever you are.

The 2021/2022 RCIA program will begin in late September, meeting on Wednesday evenings, both on Zoom and in person. All inquiries are welcome and will be kept confidential. For more information, contact RCIA coordinators Rob and Nadine at, or one of our pastors, Fr. Mark Lane, or Fr. Michael Callaghan,
Tropical Storm Ida Assistance
Many in our communities were significantly affected by Tropical Storm Ida and we want to share the following listing of important resources offered to the communities for assistance:

FEMA Individual Assistance Program:
NYC Office of Emergency Management (NYC OEM) is collaborating with FEMA and the Red Cross to provide resources to affected members of our communities. FEMA is now operating its Individual Assistance Program. Families can register for case management through FEMA by calling 800-621-3362.

NYC OEM Service Centers:
NYC OEM is offering Service Centers throughout NYC, and we recommend that those in need go to the NYC OEM Service Centers to register and ask for information. Here in Brooklyn and Queens the locations for the NYC OEM Service Centers are:

  • Service Center in Brooklyn Medgar Evers College: Classroom P23 231 Crown Street Brooklyn, NY 11225
  • Service Center in Queens Queens College: Student Union 152-45 Melbourne Avenue Flushing, NY 11367

Undocumented Families:
There are further resources available for undocumented families through the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) hotline at 212-788-7654 from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., visit or email

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Community Outreach Centers: We also encourage you to have affected members contact the CCBQ Call Center (718) 722-6001 for further resources.

All this information can be downloaded with more information for grants available for damaged Houses of Worship & Nonprofit Facilities can be found by clicking here.
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.

Diocesan Collection for Catholic Education, September 19, 2021.
If you use envelopes, please drop it in the first collection.

You will notice new QR codes in both of our church sites which you can scan with your smartphone and connect to Pushpay to support stewardship.
St. Boniface
Or mail checks or envelopes 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