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

August 24, 2023

Online giving:

New Weekday Mass Schedule

Beginning Tuesday, September 5

ABVM..8am (Monday through Friday)

St. B....12:10pm (Monday through Friday)

Save the Date: New Faces and New Things for a New Pastoral Year

September brings a new beginning after the summer. And with the new pastoral year, you'll find there are some new faces at the Oratory Parishes. On Thursday, September 14th, at 7 PM, there will be an opportunity to meet the new pastoral staff at an in-person gathering and also learn about our plans for the new year including some new initiatives. Come and introduce yourself to the new ministerial team for the 2023-2024 pastoral year in the air-conditioned Parish Hall at Assumption. All parishioners from the Oratory Parishes of Assumption and St Boniface are welcome to attend.

~ Fr. Mark Paul, CO

Family Faith Registration

If you have NOT registered for next year’s programs, please register!

Thank you!

Please look out for emails with a calendar and more information

about our offerings for families, parents, and children.

Farewell Fr. George

Coffee Hour honoring Fr. George on Sunday, August 27, after the 9:30am Mass at ABVM and after the 11:15am Mass at St. B.

Social following the 6pm Mass on August 27.

News from CAMBA

We’ve been informed by Camba that the Department of Homeless Services is no longer funding Camba’s Respite Bed Program. DHS has informed Camba that they are changing their direction and providing a drop-in center with stabilization beds to accommodate their clients overnight. This was a CENTRAL ministry of Assumption parish as well as our neighbors in the Heights who often helped with food and as volunteers sleeping over. We hope to work on other initiatives in the near future.

RCIA: A New Season Starting this October

The “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults” (RCIA) is for men and women who are considering the Catholic way of life and want to explore the Catholic faith more deeply. Some come with little or no religious background. Some were raised in other Christian denominations. Others are engaged to or married to Catholics and want to learn more. 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 (First Communion and/or Confirmation). The 2023/2024 RCIA program will begin in mid-October, meeting both on Zoom and in person following Sunday Mass at one of the Oratory parishes. All inquiries are welcome and will be kept confidential. To find out more, contact RCIA coordinators Rob and Nadine at

Weekly Mass Intention Schedule

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekly Readings:


8-26 .......5:00pm.......For the People of the Parish

8-27 .......9:30am.......Christopher Reid

8-28........8:00am......Edward M. Bacon, Jr.

8-29 .......8:00am.......Rita Ojeda

8-30 .......8:00am.......Giuseppa Soru

8-32........No Mass

9-01 .......No Mass

St. Boniface

8-27 .......11:15am........For the People of the Parish

8-27 ........6:00pm.......For those on the Oratory Prayer List

8-28 .......12:00pm.....Linda Fitzsimmons

8-29 .......12:10pm......Raul R. Navarro

8-30 .......12:10pm.......Ed Bury

8-31 ........No Mass

9-01 .......No Mass

Mass Intentions

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.

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 register for the next Baptism Preparation Session which is offered through Zoom. Send your inquiry to: and we will follow up to register you . Upcoming baptism dates are as follows: Sept 17 (St B), Oct 15 (ABVM), Nov 19 (StB), Dec 17 (ABVM).

Upcoming Calendar


08/27......Farewell to Fr. George


09/17.......Homecoming Sunday (St.B)


10/01.......Homecoming Sunday (ABVM)

10/01.......Blessings of Animals (ABVM)

Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:

Patricia Averill, Michael Oswald, Mary Cella, Martin Kafina,

Catherine Bellinger, Ted Bajo, Norma Padro, Jeremy Kreist,

Abe Barnett, Maria Guzman, Kim Manzi.

Rest In Peace: Eileen Shukofsky Randig, Marie Smith,

Arthur DeMello, Katharine Graham, Fr Roman Galadza,

Beth Lancaster Bengochea, Louis Hoffman, John Pfeifer,

Thomas Ryan.

Flower and Candle Dedications

St. Joseph candle offered by Connie Leone.

St. Jude candle offered by Notre Thomas.

Sanctuary Candle offered by the Cho Family

Prayer List

If you would like to add someone to the prayer list, email the parish office at or go to the website and complete the information there.

Mass Times and Church Hours

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

New Weekday Mass Schedule

Beginning Tuesday, September 5th

Weekday Masses: Monday through Friday 8am


Weekend Masses: 5pm Saturday and 9:30am Sunday

The 5pm Mass at Assumption will be celebrated downstairs in the Parish Hall.

The church is closed on

Thursday and Friday (effective 7/1-9/5/2023)

Confessions Saturday: 4:15pm-4:45pm

Prayers and Devotions

Tuesday: St Anthony Novena (after 8am Mass)

Will resume in September:

ThursdayRosary (after 8am Mass)

First FridaySacred Heart Novena (after 8am Mass)

First Saturday Mass: 9:00am with Rosary, Meditation and Benediction 

St Boniface

Current Weekday Masses 12:10 Monday through Wednesday (ends September 4th, 2023)

New Weekday Mass Schedule

Beginning Tuesday, September 5th

Weekday Masses: Monday through Friday 12:10pm

Weekday hours Monday through Friday: 11:30am-1:00pm

Weekend Masses

Sunday Masses: 11:00am and 6:00pm

Sunday hours 11:00am-12:30pm & 5:30pm-7:00pm

Confessions on Wednesdays, 11:30-noon

and before Mass on Sunday, 5:15pm-5:45pm

Prayer and Devotions

Tuesday & Thursday Rosary, after 12:10 Mass


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