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 25, 2020
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First Holy Communion at Assumption Parish.
Congratulations to our: Kana Delancy, AvaGrace Gallahue, Joseph Panico, Connor Schuch, Henry McDowell who joined us for the first time at the Table of the Lord last week! 
New Sunday Mass Schedule at St. Boniface
Sunday Masses: 10:00am, 11:15am, 6:00pm.
Assumption Weekend Masses will remain the same
through October.
5:00pm on Saturday and 9:00am Sunday.
From Our Pastors

Walking along the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights on a sunny afternoon recently, I came across one of those “God moments”—when an everyday ordinary event speaks loudly about the nature of God.

A little boy was jumping off the back of a bench into his mother’s arms. He did it over and over and over again, knowing each time that he would land securely in her embrace. The boy giggled with excitement at both the risk and reward while his mother patiently caught him each time, exacting a lesson about love and trust and faith. In the small space above the BQE, there was no fear or uncertainty, only protection and care. They were a delight.

Hopefully, when you were a child, you had someone there for you. Maybe, you came home to someone asking, “How was your day?” Maybe, over time, you simply took such a simple greeting for granted or “outgrew” such things. Maybe, you assumed those “someones” would always be around.

Now, that you are “older”, maybe, you have become the “someone” who is always supposed to be there. You remember, the one who quietly, and without acknowledgment, puts dinner on the table, pays the bills, and the one whose arms are always open to provide comfort and security.

Hopefully, those who love you and depend on you already know how valued you are.

Uncertain times remind you that life can be unpredictable and doesn’t always deliver what you expect.

Adulthood has a way of helping you appreciate the efforts and sacrifices of others. And maybe adulthood has helped you to realize that such security for children is won by continual choices. Who knew as a child a parent would be asking “Can I do this?” “Will I do this?”
 As the Oratory parishes take our first leap to return to church, Fr. Michael and I have begun to ask some of those same questions: “Can we do that?” or “Should we do this?”

Funerals have been rescheduled. Weddings have resumed. Baptisms, and communions and other sacraments have returned. It’s a delight to see so many familiar and new faces (albeit masked) and it’s a privilege to share in so many memorable and meaningful life moments. 
These remind us, too, that the life of a parish, like the life of a family, can be more precarious than we might otherwise assume. And that it takes people willing to say YES to those questions: “Can I do this?” “Will I do this?”

It is only the first step for our parishes, as it is for a parent. After the “yes” we have to find the means to deliver the goods of a community: space, nourishment, warmth, inspiration….

We are grateful you are here for us and we are here for each other.

We have choices. We all do. We thank God and thank you and thank our Oratorians. We are here for each other as we do our communal versions of jumping off the back of the bench into safe and loving arms.

Father Mark Lane, c.o. and Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o.
The Oratory Women's Community Welcomes Our Faith Community In Mourning Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Join together to Honor & Memorialize the Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Friday, September 25, 2020, 5:30 PM. Please join us in reciting Kaddish, the "Mourner's Prayer," recited in Aramaic by Jeff Douglas, and, also, in English, by Anna Marie Schiavone, both interfaith family members of the Oratory faith community.

A memorial program will follow with contributions from OWC members and participants.

Zoom information follows:
OWC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Memorial Service To Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Time: Sep 25, 2020 05:30pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Adult Faith Formation Virtual Class

Catholics and the American Political Tradition with Father Anthony Andreassi, C.O., Ph.D.
Despite the constitutional division of Church and State, the impact of Catholics on politics has been remarkable and at times quite controversial and even disruptive. This series of presentations by Father Anthony will explore the impact American Catholics have had on the development of the American political system beginning with the early days in the late 18th century when the American Catholic community was small and beleaguered through its rise to full stature with the elected of the first (and so far only) Catholic president in 1960. With another national election just weeks away, this course most certainly has a sense of timeliness. Individual zoom links will be sent on the Tuesday before each class.

Every Thursday in October (1, 8, 15, 22, 29) 7-8pm
Social Justice Action Presents: 13th
We will be screening excerpts from Ava DuVernay’s powerful documentary 13th. This film introduces the words of the thirteenth amendment of the United States Constitution: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” By the end of the Jim Crow era and the Civil Rights movement, the United States saw an end to legal segregation and the introduction of the Voting Rights Act. What followed, however, was a more surreptitious form of racial control: open violence and discrimination were replaced by the racially-coded rhetoric of “law and order” and the “war on crime.”
For more information and to register, please see our EventBrite page:

Registration will allow us to contact you with the Zoom link and to share resources both before and after our conversation. We encourage you to watch the entire film beforehand, but the excerpts should be sufficient for discussion. You can access the film on Netflix or for free on YouTube:

Friday, October 2, 7-8:30pm
Save The Date
Second Annual Blessing of Animals Saturday, October 3, 1:00pm @ Assumption campus. 55 Cranberry Street. Click HERE!
Brooklyn Oratory Small Groups presents Spirituality of the Oratory: Knowing Our Charism
Season 3 “Prayer: Constant Communion with God”
This is an original program about Oratorian spirituality, written and edited by Joel Warden and developed by Brooklyn Oratory priests.

Please complete the sign up form at:
Contact: with questions or requests.

If you are absolutely unable to attend a group, but would like a copy of the booklet, please send an email to

  • Small groups will meet for six weeks beginning the week of October 11 through the week of November 15.
  • If you are unable to attend four sessions in a group, please consider attending the Open Group that meets on Friday evenings for those whose schedule does not allow for a weekly commitment.
Save the Date - October 11 - Virtual Coffee Hour on Zoom.
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers: Dan Sacher, Victoria Shoy.

Rest In Peace: Ed Merkle, Bruna Maragni, Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsberg, Pat Lally

If you would like add someone to the prayer list, email the parish office at or go to the website and complete the information there.
Family Faith Formation at The Oratory
Family-based faith formation at the Oratory 2020-2021 is adapting to the needs of this period of COVID-19 by meeting online in small groups. Small groups give us the chance to get to know each other, build relationships and grow in our faith. To have an enriched and engaged experience of Sunday mass with our children, we’ll break open the Gospel together, a chance for each of us to grow in knowledge and love of God and become stronger people of faith.

Registration is now open. For more information and to register, please contact Christina Matone at
Mass Intentions for the week of September 27

9/26 5pm Deceased Members of the Monaghan & Slattery Families
9/27 9am For the People of the Parish
9/28 Church closed
9/29 Mary J. O’Leary
9/30 Aurelia Arrabe
10/1 Anna Walden
10/2 Jerri Fernandez (1st Anniversary)
10/3 Joellen Lynch (First Saturday Mass)

St. Boniface 
9/27 10am Dennis D’Abramo
11:15am For the people of the Parish
6:00pm Priest’s Intention
9/28 12:10pm For the Sick of the Oratory Parishes
9/29 Priest’s Intention
9/30 Donna Ryan
10/1 Kevin McCauley
10/2 Priest’s Intention

Mass intentions available. If you would like to request a mass for someone living or deceased, mass intentions are available for the weeks or months ahead. Email The offering is $20. Please pay by using Pushpay or by mailing a check to 64 Middagh St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
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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