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 31, 2020
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From Our Pastors

 Excerpts from the Book of the prophet Jeremiah were some of the readings at mass this past week. There was an uncanny resemblance to our own day. Jerimiah also lived in uncertain times. He saw the last years of the kingdom of Judah, the destruction of Jerusalem and exile of much of the population in Babylon (587/586BC). His pleas to God from captivity help give voice to our prayers. We too are asking God for deliverance, mercy and a return to peace when the reality before our eyes is far less than ideal.

Exile did not destroy the people of Judah, as was the intent of their captors, but rather forced them to concentrate on the essentials of faith, community and worship. Religious practice was simplified, even domesticated with the movement from priestly temple worship to the home, ultimately giving rise to the synagogue practices still common among our Jewish sisters and brothers.

Please God we will return to some version of normality in the not too distant future, but it would be a lost opportunity to let these days of exile and captivity slide by without mining their riches. St Paul in the First letter to the Corinthians reminds us that faith, hope and love are the greatest virtues. The Christian virtue of hope arguably receives the least attention. But in these times hope is perhaps the most valuable and necessary.

Hope in difficult times is not only the hallmark of people of faith it is the key to flourishing in the midst of uncertainty. Hope is not a passive waiting out of trouble but an active pursuit of what is good, true and beautiful despite the darkness.

Saint Paul puts it this way in the same letter to the Corinthians: “At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.” (I Co 13:12)

A recently deceased brother put it this way: “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” — John Lewis. May he rest in peace.

Fr. Mark Lane, C.O. and Fr. Michael Callaghan, C.O.
Please Use Caution When Reading Your Emails 
Once again we have received notification of a potential email scam, purporting to be from one of the priests, asking the recipient to buy gift cards and to respond upon receipt of the email.

NO PRIEST OF THE ORATORY WILL EVER ASK YOU FOR MONEY FOR HIS personal use or reach out to you in an emergency. All priests have emergency contacts if they were to need assistance.

DELETE the email and DO NOT RESPOND IN ANY WAY, it is not from us and it is a scam. 
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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The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes
64 Middagh Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Attn: ABVM or St. Boniface
Please Keep the sick of the community in your prayers:
Helen Knepple, Kathleen Folan, Pat Lally, Judy Murphy, R. Maley, Mary Storms. 

Rest In Peace:
Florence Hong, Raymond Muhs, Dr. Joseph Costa, John Lewis, Regis Philbin, Antonio Martinez Hermosilla , , Richard Trzaskoma. 

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.
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
Adjusted Church Hours at St. Boniface

Weekday hours have changed to:
Monday-Friday – Church open from 11:30am -1:00pm
Weekday Masses at 12:10pm Monday-Friday

Sunday hours have changed to:
Church open from 9:30am – 11:00am & 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Sunday Mass at 10:00am & 6:00pm
Closed Saturdays
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.
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