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 9, 2021
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From our Pastors

As Black History month unfolds, we are encouraged to hear and share the stories of people of color and better understand the history of black and brown Americans, these are often stories not as familiar to many of us as our own stories. Last week we briefly shared the stories of men and women of color whose lives have deeply impacted our Catholic Church.

At the heart of the Christian ethos, in our liturgies, communities and homes is the practice of storytelling. We inherit this from ancient peoples, particularly the Jewish community. From our scriptures the story of the Divine and the human unfolds over millennia, offering us insights into the life we are called to live in relation to God in Christ. Jesus is a consummate storyteller, which is why crowds were captivated and followed him from place to place, day after day. The parables and metaphors Jesus employed, allowed people to imagine - imagine their lives enfolded by the transforming power we call grace. They could imagine, even from amidst the struggles of each day, both large and small, a new heaven and a new earth; how they and the world around them might change for the better.

In our parishes and in our relationships as Oratorians, sharing our personal stories, both common and uncommon, is so very important. The bond of charity which binds us relies on knowing one another, feeling safe to share our hopes, struggles and challenges. Creating a sense of openness and safety to be ourselves takes work. Part of that work is in listening to one another. While Jesus told stories, he listened to them as well. He listened to the Samaritan woman at the well, the lepers, to Jairus who sought the healing of his daughter and to Peter’s family when his mother-in-law fell ill. Stories have their fullest meaning in not only the telling but in the hearing and understanding of what is shared.

Recently, we heard an extraordinary storyteller, Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman with her poem “The Hill We Climb." If you have not heard or read it, you might want to check out this link to hear the poet: and this to read the text: It is clear that Ms. Gorman has listened to the stories of many people and, in that, has shared her own as well. The powerful images that she evokes and the possibilities her poem holds out might inspire us to continue to shape that safe space in which to listen to stories of our brown and black sisters and brothers in our parishes and Church. “When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid. The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.” Amanda Gorman, “The Hill We Climb”

Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o. and Fr. Mark Lane, c.o.
Save the Date – Virtual Coffee Hour February 14, 12:30pm
Check Friday's newsletter for the Zoom link.
Ash Wednesday - February 17, 2021

Schedule of Masses
Assumption 9:00am and 5:00pm
St. Boniface 12:10pm and 5:30pm
Social Justice Action Presents:
Health Care for All - A presentation by Oliver T. Fein, MD, FACP

Virtual Presentation & Discussion
The Catholic social justice tradition teaches that health care is a human right, not a privilege. Dr. Fein, a professor of clinical medicine and clinical public health at Weill Cornell Medical College, a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and chair of the NY Metro Chapter of PNHP, as exemplified by his work, shares this view. He will discuss the “how and why” a publicly–funded single payer health insurance program can deliver high quality, equitably accessible health care to all, explain how it works and why it would improve health equity. Please join us and invite family and friends interested in health care equity to participate.

Registration will allow us to contact you with the Zoom link and to share resources both before and after the presentation. It will also enable you to submit questions in advance. Questions will be taken at the event as well.

If you have questions, please contact Fran Buchinsky at

Tuesday, February 23, 7:00-8:30pm
Brooklyn Oratory Small Groups presents
Spirituality of the Oratory: Knowing Our Charism
NEW Season 4 “Stability: Strengthening the Bond of Communion”
This ORIGINAL PROGRAM is rooted in Oratorian spirituality.

Please complete the signup 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.
  • 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.

Beginning the week of February 14
The Oratory Women’s Community invites women/mujeres of ALL ages to its "Party Gras" and OWC First Anniversary
You will be greeted by a tour guide/guia turistico and celebrate the customs and cultures of a country you select. More details in registration link Come & Celebrate. Bring family, friends, mothers, daughters, su familia y sus amigas. OWC is still listening. Find out about events for the year ahead.

February 16, 2021 @ 7:15 -8:30pm
Vaccine Appointments – Support in Signing Up
If you or someone you know does not have internet access or needs support in submitting the request, please email Fr. Michael at or or call the office 718-875-2096 ext. 12 and leave your, or the person’s contact information. We will match people with need for support with a person in the Oratory community able and ready to assist you in navigating the technology. New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Hospital

Hotline: 877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829-4692
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 or Cards can also be mailed out.
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