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
July 24, 2020
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From Our Pastors
We concluded our three session zoom meetings on racism on Tuesday. Long standing ABVM parishioner Dr. Eugene Stanislaus gave a deeply personal, shockingly revelatory and moving account of his experiences as an African American growing up and living in Brooklyn. If you missed the session, the links will be available in next Tuesday’s link.

Over the next few weeks an  ad hoc  committee will work on processing the feedback from the meeting participants. (The average was slightly over 80 participants for each of the three sessions.) The committee will publish findings and make recommendations as to ongoing goals and mechanisms for accountability. We look forward to continuing the conversation with all of you.

The president of Brooklyn Jesuit Prep, Mario Powell, SJ, has written a moving piece in America magazine, the opening lines of which are:
“As a 38-year-old black Jesuit priest, this is a familiar smell for me. It stinks. Its smell and the reactions it provokes in black Americans is impossible to avoid. It is a strange and bitter fruit.”

Father Powell has on occasions in recent years helped with masses at the Oratory parishes, and anyone who has heard him knows he is a thoughtful and compelling preacher. The article concludes: “Until you grow close to our suffering, until it fills your eyes and ears, your minds and hearts, until you jump up on the cross with black Americans, there can be no Easter for America.”

We hope you can take the time to read the short article in full to deepen an understanding of what it feels like for many of our sisters and brothers in our country at this time, and what might be the Christ-like way forward.

Fr. Mark Lane, C.O. and Fr. Michael Callaghan, C.O
Melissa Mock was received into the Catholic Church last Sunday at St. Boniface, her fiancée, Peter Wagoner, was her sponsor.

Celebrating the sacraments (safely) again.
As we indicated in Tuesday’s edition of the LINK, we have begun to celebrate sacraments again, albeit in an attenuated form. This past Saturday Elizabeth Cadenas and Tom Cleary were married at ABVM. Elizabeth was confirmed on Friday in preparation for the marriage.

On Sunday we received Melissa Mock into full communion with the Catholic Church. At the 6pm mass she was confirmed, professed her faith, and received the Eucharist for the first time. Peter, her fiancé, was her sponsor. It was a simple, but beautiful ceremony. (They will be married in a small private ceremony at St Boniface September 5.) Over the coming weeks others will be receiving confirmation or other sacraments.

We are in communication with the parents of children whose First Communion and Confirmation had been delayed. These will, by necessity, not be the usual large celebrations but spread out over small celebrations and masses in the coming months. We will be in contact with details.

These small steps are a sign of hope as we continue to find ways to celebrate our faith and grow in grace while maintaining proper physical distancing and protecting the safety of all.
Save the Date
A Concert to Celebrate the
Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 14 @ 7:00pm – 7:45pm
Assumption Church, 55 Cranberry Street
Livestreamed on the BrooklynOratory YouTube Channel
Please Keep the sick of the community in your prayers:
Judy Murphy, R. Maley, Mary Storms.

Rest In Peace:
Angela Cottone, John Ng, Richard Trzaskoma, Larry Spieldenner Sr.

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 remember, if you are able, to keep supporting our parishes as we try to maintain staff, clergy and operations during this time.
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Or mail checks to:
The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes
64 Middagh Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Attn: ABVM or St. Boniface
Sunday Summer Mass Schedule

Assumption  Saturday 5:00pm, Sunday 9:00am

St. Boniface  Sunday 10:00am and 6:00pm

Remember to wear your mask. We are currently at 25% capacity.
Mailing Address for the Parish Offices

The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes of
Assumption & St. Boniface
64 Middagh Street
Brooklyn NY 11201

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