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 16, 2021
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From Our Pastors
Last year, as you may recall, we established an anti-racism committee for the parishes. Soon they will publish the results of the survey of parish committees and organizations. In the meantime, the committee’s first initiative is a resource page.

The link will take you to a calendar of events for Black History month, with suggestions for articles, podcasts, books, film, and TV. There is a special section for children and students.

In honor of Black History Month and with a view to Lent we share a reflection from St Boniface Parish Council member and Committee co-chair Tracy Garrison Fienberg.

“It has been a year. The fact that we’re coming close to the first anniversary of the world shutting down, and we’re still in a form of lockdown, is shining a very different light on Lent this year for me. In years past, I looked forward to this time of year as a moment to pause, reflect, and reevaluate priorities, but it feels like many of us have been doing that since last March. Had we only had the pandemic to deal with over the last 11 months, it would have been more than enough to deal with. But we’ve also been confronting the persistent crisis of systemic racism as a society at large, and within our community. It has been energizing to be part of our Oratory community’s commitment to social justice and anti-racism this year for many reasons, but mainly because it is a shared burden. Too often anti-racism work in the past has fallen more heavily on people of color. This past year has felt different, it gives me hope that sharing the work will lead to more long lasting change. So, as we begin this season of Lent, I am grateful and hopeful.
Each year I have a hymn that helps to focus my Lenten practice - this year a Marty Haugen song has been kicking around in my head:

We remember how you loved us to your death,
And still we celebrate, for you are with us here;
And we believe that we will see you when you come,
In your glory, Lord, we remember, we celebrate, we believe.

So this Lent:
I will remember the challenges and struggles of this past year.
I will celebrate the work that is being done by so many to confront systemic racism, and continue to pray that this is lasting change.
And I believe that we will be together before too long, celebrating and working together in person.”
Peace, Tracy GF

Fr. Mark Lane, c.o. and Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o.
Ash Wednesday
February 17, 2021

Schedule of Masses Assumption
9:00am and 5:00pm

St. Boniface 12:10pm and 5:30pm

Stations of the Cross at Assumption will be on Fridays of Lent following the 9:00am morning Mass
and in the evening at 6 pm, in the church.
The Lunar New Year
We ask God’s blessings upon all those who marked the recent Lunar New Year. Here is the message from Pope Francis:

“In the Far East and in various other parts of the world, millions of men and women will celebrate the Lunar New Year this coming Friday, February 12. To all of them and to their families, I wish to express my heartfelt greetings, together with the wish that the new year might bear the fruit of fraternity and solidarity. At this particular time, in which we are very concerned about facing the challenges of the pandemic that touches people physically and spiritually, but also influences social relationships, I express the hope that everyone might enjoy complete health and serenity of life. Lastly, while I invite that we pray for the gift of peace and every other good, I would like to remind everyone that these are obtained through goodness, respect, farsightedness, and courage. Never forget to give preference to caring for the poorest and the weakest.”

May the Year of the Ox be filled with goodness, respect, farsightedness, and courage for us all.
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:

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

Groups meet during Lent.
The Oratory Women’s Community invites women/mujeres of ALL ages to its "Party Gras" and OWC First Anniversary
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
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
The Social Justice Action Committee
Energy Tips for saving energy and money.
We are all home more now and that probably means using our refrigerator more. Try and follow a few of these suggestions for reducing the amount of energy your refrigerator uses:

  • Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight. Test them by closing the door over a piece of paper or a dollar bill that is held half in and half out of the refrigerator. If you can pull the paper or bill out easily, the seal may need cleaning or replacement. It can be cleaned with a soft rag and dish cleaning soap.

  • Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.
  • Keep the door closed as much as possible - check on it regularly to be sure it is sealed if you have others using the refrigerator.

  • Leave a few inches between the wall and the refrigerator to allow for free air flow behind it.

  • Set the temperature at 35 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit for refrigerators and 0 degrees Fahrenheit for stand-alone freezers.
Prayer List
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.
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 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