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
February 23, 2021
Visit our website for more information: www.oratorychurch.org
Asking for Prayers
We are asking you to keep the catechumens and candidates for sacraments and full reception into the church in your daily prayers.

The catechumens who will be baptized at Easter are: Nicholas Cancar, Andrew Vitalo, Carla Webb and Kourtney Webb.

The candidates for sacraments and full reception into the Catholic Church are: Jonathan Benoit, Adam Cook, Samantha Kelly, Tanner Sanderford, Luke Neal, Ana Pelucarte, Carolina Ramirez, and Vincent Mendez.
The Vigil Mass from last Saturday at Assumption; our catechumens, candidates, and sponsors.
From Our Pastors
In this season of Lent, we harken back to a message of Pope Francis from his annual World Day of Peace message where he addressed “A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace.” (English PPFrancisPeace) (Espanol PPFranciscoPace). In that message, the Holy Father called on Catholics to care for one another as we promote human dignity, seek the common good, develop solidarity among people and nations, and care for and protect creation itself. By taking action together, we can become the compass pointing to a common path for peace and a more humane future.

We have ongoing efforts in our communities to support and promote human dignity, racial justice and care for the vulnerable among us. This year, as all of us consider our almsgiving during Lent, we invite you to join in the Annual Catholic Appeal as a way for us to share a common culture of care for the people of the diocese of Brooklyn. There has been a 2000% increase in requests for assistance through diocesan initiative to provide food, rental assistance, social workers, immigration support and other essential services.

All of our efforts are important, but the growing scope of need calls us to join together to have the greatest impact. The Annual Catholic Appeal is a way to do this together. Funds assist Catholic Charities, Youth Ministry grants, Training catechists and teachers, support for seminarians, deacon candidates, and hospital chaplains, who have been greatly strained this past year. You will receive a mailing in the months ahead and we will have an “in pew” reminder the first weekend of May. But now, in Lent when prayer, fasting and almsgiving help reshape us in this season, you might consider a sacrificial gift to the ACA. You can make a gift through PushPay by selecting Annual Catholic Appeal under ‘Funds” or you can respond directly to the mailing you will receive from the Catholic Foundation or directly on the Foundation’s donation page, HERE.

The goal for St. Boniface this year is $58,829 and for Assumption $25,587. We need your support to do our part in this important work at the local church of Brooklyn/Queens.

Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o. and Fr. Mark Lane, c.o.
The Monthly Beyond Sunday Section of The Link - February 2021 edition. Click here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s_9R8KLL8mmmk0hyNLR2gsk94aUU4GozMm- aDkwVdII/edit?usp=sharing
Brooklyn Oratory Small Groups presents
Spirituality of the Oratory: Knowing Our Charism
It's not too late to sign up. 
NEW Season 4 “Stability: Strengthening the Bond of Communion”

This original program is rooted in Oratorian spirituality. Please complete the signup form at:https://forms.gle/6VT5isKqMSQ2439R9

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

Groups meet during Lent.
Social Justice Action Presents:
Health Care for All - A presentation by Oliver T. Fein, MD, FACP

Virtual Presentation & Discussion. Please join us and invite family and friends interested in health care equity to participate.


Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 824 5849 0866 Passcode: 508059

If you have questions, please contact Fran Buchinsky fbuchinsky@aol.com

Tuesday, February 23, 7:00-8:30pm
Mass Intentions
If you would like to request a mass for someone living or deceased, mass intentions are available. Email info@oratorychurch.org. The offering is $20. Please pay by using Pushpay or by mailing a check to 64 Middagh St. Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Baptism Preparation for Parents
If you are expecting your first 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, on Wednesday March 17.

Send your inquiry to: info@oratorychurch.org and we will follow up to register you and send you the print materials.
Mass Times and Church Hours

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Weekday hours:  8:30am-12:00 noon Tuesday through Friday.
Weekday Mass:  9:00am Tuesday through Friday.
Weekend Masses:  5:00pm Saturday and 10:00am Sunday
The church is closed on Mondays.
Confessions Saturday: 4:15pm-4:45pm at the St. Joseph’s Altar
or by appointment.
First Saturday of the month Mass:  9:00am, with Benediction to follow.

St. Boniface
Weekday hours:  11:30am-1:00pm
Weekday Mass: 12:10pm.
Sunday Masses:  10:00am, 11:15am and 6:00pm
Sunday hours:  9:30am-12:30 pm & 5:30pm-7:00pm
Confessions during Eucharistic Adoration (12:30-1:00pm) on Wednesdays and Sunday 5:15pm -5:45pm.
Stations of the Cross at Assumption
on Fridays of Lent
After the 9:00am morning Mass and in the evening at 6 pm in the church.
Please be sure to send all mail to 64 Middagh Street. The Post Office is no longer forwarding  our mail. Thank you!

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
718.875.2096
718.625.1161