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 15, 2020
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Virtual Rite of Acceptance
On Wednesday, December 9, we welcomed the following 10 candidates for full initiation into the Catholic Faith with a virtual Rite of Acceptance. Jonathan Benoit, Adam Cook, Samantha Kelly, Luke Neal, Ana Pelucarte, Tanner Sanderford, Max Sandgrund, Andrew Vitalo, Carla Webb and Kourtney Webb.

These candidates are participating in the Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults each week, exploring the Catholic faith, our scriptures, prayer and practices. Many thanks to their sponsors and the RCIA Team supporting them in this journey of faith. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue to grow in love of Christ and become immersed in the Body of Christ, our Church.

Click below to watch the adapted Rite of Acceptance celebration last week with our RCIA candidates.

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From Our Pastors

As we trudge our way through the second wave of this pandemic, we continue to wait. We wait on the promising vaccines to be distributed and available. We wait for the time when we can grasp one another by the hand or hug or lean in to hear a whisper, not through a mask. We wait to generally feel safe again, to sing the carols of Christmas and to share the wine of salvation. For many of us, waiting is not our forte, yet wait we must.

In Paul’s letter to the Thessalonian’s which we heard this past Laetare Sunday, Paul writes to the church to encourage them in their anticipation of the final coming of Jesus. In the fervor of faith, Paul had an initial sense that the fullness of the reign of God would be coming sooner than later. He was waiting and the Church was waiting for that great final revelation of the new heavens and the new earth. Paul had a passion for readiness, and he wrote with fervor to the Thessalonians to encourage them as they waited for the coming of Jesus in glory. Waiting was no easier then, than it is now.

As we look to the celebration of Christmas, we ready ourselves for the God who is Emmanuel, Christ the Lord, to set us aright. Perhaps we might take the prescription Paul offered nearly two millennia ago us as we wait upon the grace of God to set makes all things new in our lives and our world.

Rejoice always.
Pray without ceasing.
In all circumstances give thanks.
Do not quench the Spirit.
Do not despise prophetic utterances.
Test everything; retain what is good.
Refrain from every kind of evil.

Let us keep faith together in these days, encouraging one another, and doing all the things necessary to see us through as we wait in faith. “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it.” 1Thes.5:24

Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o. and Fr. Mark Lane, c.o.
Virtual Advent Giving Tree
Thank you for the many generous responses so far to the gifts for Hour Children Virtual Advent Giving Tree project. We will collect gifts through Sunday, December 20. We are nearing our goal of 125 gifts and to surpass that will mean more kids will receive a gift than we had hoped! 125 gifts to children and youth served by Hour Children. Gifts will be picked up by Hour Children on December 22.

Ways to participate:
  • Purchase a gift for a boy or a girl, ages 5 through 14. Bring your gift, unwrapped, and leave in the narthex of the church, or at the Oratory Residence.
  • Order a gift online, and have it shipped directly to the Oratory Residence at Assumption, noting that the order is a gift in the recipient line:
Fr. Michael Callaghan - Hour Children Gifts
64 Middagh St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

If the shipping instructions require a phone number, please use the parish office number: 718-875-2096
Christmas Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve–December 24, 5:00pm, Family Mass
Prelude of Music begins at 4:45pm

Christmas Day–December 25, 10:00am
Prelude of Music begins at 9:45am
(No reservations required)

Solemnity of Mary–December 31, 5:00pm

St. Boniface
Christmas Day–December 25, 10:00am
Prelude of Music begins at 9:45am
(Reservations required)

Christmas Day–December 25, 11:15am
Prelude of Music begins at 11:00am
(Reservations required)

Christmas Eve –December 24, 7:00pm
Prelude of Music begins at 6:30am
*** Fully Subscribed***

No 6:00pm Mass at St. Boniface on Christmas Day

Solemnity of Mary–January 1, 10:00am

Christmas Masses at St Boniface
In order to control numbers and ensure safety, the three Masses on offer for Christmas will be BY TICKET ONLY through Eventbrite. The 7:00pm Mass is fully subscribed. Email to be placed on a waiting list for this mass.

10:00am Christmas Day Mass

11:15am Christmas Day Mass
Christmas Flower Offering in Memoriam and Best Wishes
If you would like to dedicate Christmas flowers in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone, please send in the name(s) to or write the names on your parish giving envelopes. We will print the names and remember them at the 9am mass on December 24, at Assumption. The donation for flowers is $20.00.
2020 Has Been Tough—OWC/SJA Would Like To Help “Sweeten” Your Holidays
The Oratory Women’s Committee and Social justice Action would like to help...a phone call, a plant, a meal, a virtual visit? More Zoom instruction to help you connect? Or would you like to help? Know someone struggling with the holidays this year? Let us know how we can help you or someone you know.

Email with Subject Line, Sweeten the Holidays.
Stewardship Appeal 2021
Please remember, if you are able, to keep supporting our parishes as we try to maintain staff, clergy and operations during this time.

You can make your donation online through PushPay by clicking on one of the links

Or mail checks 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