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 1, 2024

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St. Boniface and Assumption will have a joint celebration of Mass on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at the 9:30am Mass at Assumption Church, 55 Cranberry Street, Brooklyn.

There will be no 11:15am Mass at St. Boniface on Sunday, February 4. 2024.

Coffee Hour will follow the 9:30am Mass at Assumption. Sponsored by Coleen, Meghan, Camille, Francisca, Gabriela, Kathy, and Jane.

A message from Fathers Raj~

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

It is with great joy and appreciation that we express our gratitude to each and every one of you for the immeasurable support and assistance you provided in making our International Festival a resounding success. Without your unwavering dedication and tireless efforts, this event could not have materialized into such a memorable and delightful experience for all our parishioners and friends who attended the event.

A very special and big thank you, to Fr. Mark Paul and the Oratorian community, Parish staff, and volunteers from both parishes.

Palms into Ashes

We will burn last year's palms to make ashes for Ash Wednesday. If you have palms from last year, bring them to Mass and put them in the basket at the back of both churches. We will need to have them by Sunday, February 4, so we can burn the palms the following week (Feb 11) after the 9:30am Mass at Assumption.

Ignatian Retreat Registration

Meeting Christ in Prayer is an adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. By means of prayer, reflection and sharing, we hope you will have an opportunity to meet Christ anew and to experience support in our Christian way of life. Starting February 3, we will meet for 8 weeks on Saturday afternoons at 3:30pm in Assumption Hall. Any questions about the retreat? Please contact Andy Richards

Please read details and register here:

Adult Faith Formation Small Group & Ignatian Retreat Registration

Starting February 3 and the week of February 12 the Brooklyn Oratory Small Groups will resume weekly meetings! We hope you will consider reflecting on Forgiveness, or Meeting Christ in Prayer with St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Please read details on the small group offerings and register here:

Any questions? Please contact Virginia Navarro

Volunteer Thank You!

We have so many folks who volunteer in so many ways at our Oratory parishes. It is a tremendous effort of selfless service and acts of love. In appreciation for all you do, please come to a gathering on Monday, February 12, at 6pm in Assumption Hall.


Who is invited? Anyone who has volunteered in the parishes in any capacity! Come for some food, refreshment, fellowship, and a double portion of gratitude! Please RSVP using this link:

Conjunction of Hearts and Ashes

You may have already noticed that Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14 which coincides with Valentine's Day. This may seem like an unusual pairing of celebration and fasting on the same day. However, our acts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving are all acts of love for God, our neighbors and ourselves. So, the spirit of Valentine's Day, which is to express our love, is actually in keeping with the spirit of Ash Wednesday. The day before Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras, may be a more appropriate day to express our love for our valentines through gifts of flowers, chocolates, and dinners. After all, Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence. While fasting, a person may eat one full meal and two smaller meals that are not equal to a full meal.

Abstinence requires refraining from eating meat. As you plan ahead, please give Ash Wednesday your prayerful consideration!

Ash Wednesday

February 14, 2024

Schedule for Masses & Distribution of Ashes

  • 8:00am Mass, Assumption
  • 11:30am-12:00pm, Distribution of Ashes, St. Boniface
  • 12:10pm Mass, St. Boniface
  • 1:00pm Prayer Service, St. Boniface
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm, Distribution of Ashes, St. Boniface
  • 6:30pm Mass, Assumption

Invitation to Lectors

Present and Potential

Refresh or learn the skill of proclaiming the Scriptures prayerfully for your own enrichment and the engagement of others with the Holy Scriptures. Led by Sarah Spieldenner. In fellowship with other curious people. All are welcome!

St. Boniface, 190 Duffield St., Sat, Mar 2, 9:30am-12:30pm

Save the Date

  • Parish Lenten Retreat, Saturday, March 9, 9:30am at Assumption

  • Lenten Vespers, Sunday, March 10, 4:00 pm, at St. Boniface

Blessing Bag Project

The Social Justice Action Committee (SJAC), together with Family Faith Formation (FFF), invites all parishioners to donate essential items for a "Blessings Bag" project. The bags will be given to our neighbors who may find themselves in particular need. A resource card listing local food pantries/soup kitchens as well as uplifting messages from FFF youth will also be included in the bags.

The Blessings Bags will be kept at each church for Hospitality ministers and staff members to distribute, as well as at the Oratory office. Parishioners are welcome to take a few to give to those in need. By purchasing these items from our Amazon wish list you can help us reach our goal of 200 bags. Your donation will be sent to the Oratory office. Please only buy the exact items on the list. We will not be collecting items in the back of either church; however, you are welcome to bring donations to the parish office.

Parish Office - ABVM & STB

64 Middagh St. (Side Garden Door) Brooklyn, NY 11201

Att: Blessing Bags Project

Questions? Email SJAC at

We are VERY grateful for your support of this new Parish initiative.

Dates for Confirmation Classes and Parent Nights

Parent discussion with Dennis Corcoran: 7:00pm (via zoom)

Feb 15, March 7, April 11, May 2

Confirmation Class: 5 pm - 7:30pm at ABVM

Feb 3, March 9, April 13, May 11

Family Faith Formation and Sacrament Preparation Update

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord falls on Friday, February 2, 2024. After each weekday Mass (8 am at Assumption and 12:10pm at St. Boniface), the blessing of candles will occur. Candles will be provided.

First Friday, February 2

Prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus following the 8am Mass at ABVM.

First Saturday 9am Mass at Assumption on February 3

Rosary, meditation and benediction will follow the Mass.

Feast of St. Blaise

The feast day of St. Blaise is on Saturday, February 3, 2024. After the 9 am Mass at Assumption, you will have the opportunity to have your throat blessed. St. Blaise is the patron of ailments of the throat. The legend has it that a young boy with a fishbone lodged in his throat could cough up the bone through the intercession of St. Blaise.

Holy Hour: First Sunday of the Month at St. Boniface @ 5pm, February 4, before the 6pm Mass.

Oratory Evening Prayer: Monday, February 5

Come and join in the prayer of the Fathers of the Oratory.

6:15pm to 7:15pm in Assumption parish hall.

Weekly Mass Intention Schedule

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekly Readings:


2-3....5:00pm....Joseph Macchiarola

2-4....9:30am....For the people of Assumption and St. Boniface

2-5....8:00am....David Denton

2-6....8:00am....Intentions-Fr. Anthony Andreassi

2-7....8:00am....Priest’s Intention

2-8....8:00am....Harold Wicks

2-9....8:00am....Jorge Antezana Villagran

St. Boniface

2-4....11:15am....No 11:15am Mass (Mass at Assumption at 9:30am)

2-4....6:00pm....Eileen Thompson and Thomas Brouder

2-5....12:10pm....Priest’s Intention

2-6....12:10pm....Kathleen M. Mendola

2-7....12:10pm....Andrew White

2-8....12:10pm....Priest's Intention

2-9....12:10pm....Marie Farrell

Upcoming Calendar


2/2......First Friday, ABVM

2/3......First Saturday, ABVM

2/3......Feast of St. Blaise

2/3......AFF Meeting, Christ in Prayer, 3:30pm, ABVM parish hall

2/4......Joint parish Mass, 9:30am, ABVM

2/4......No 11:15am Mass, St.B

2/4......Coffee Hour, following Mass, ABVM parish hall

2/5......Holy Hour, 5pm, St.B

2/5......Oratory Evening Prayer, 6:15pm, ABVM parish hall

2/11.....Coffee Hour, following 11:15am Mass, St.B

2/11.....Palms to Ashes, ABVM, 9:30am

2/12.....Parish Volunteer, Thank You Reception, 6pm, ABVM parish hall

2/14.....Ash Wednesday


3/2......Lector Workshop, St.B, 9am

3/2......First Saturday Mass, ABVM, 9am

3/9......Lenten Retreat, ABVM, 9:30am

3/10....Vespers, St. B, 4pm

3/24....Palm Sunday

3/25....Reconciliation Monday

3/31....Easter Sunday

Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:

John Morrison, Jr., Ahsan Farooqi, Jose Hernandez, Pansy Batcomb, Stephen Zicchinolfi, Kathy Slater, Joan Marie Bresnahan, George Slater, Chris Waterman, Estelle Miller, Mary Meo, George Slover, Kimberly Pflug, Mary McGeeney, Louis Acerra, Mary Cella, Kim Manzi.

Rest In Peace: Chita Rivera, Nunzio Chiarizio, Josephine Gonnella, Frances Kopito, Bob Lahr, Patricia Brennan, Andrew White, Sr. Dolores Fischer O. P., Jovita DeLeon.

Altar Dedications

St. Joseph candle offered by Connie Leone

Blessed Mother candle offered by Kathy Reynolds

Baptism at the Oratory Parishes

If you are expecting a child or are new to our communities and would like to have your child baptized in our parishes, please send your inquiry to We will follow up with you. Please check our website for upcoming baptism dates here: Baptisms are celebrated during Mass.

Mass Intention

If you would like to request a Mass for someone living or deceased, Mass intentions are available. Email The offering is $20. Please pay by using Pushpay or by mailing a check to 64 Middagh St. Brooklyn, NY 11201.

The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes

Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

55 Cranberry St. between Henry and Hicks

Brooklyn Heights

Church of St. Boniface

190 Duffield St.

Downtown Brooklyn

Daily Masses

Monday - Friday, 8:00am at Assumption

Monday - Friday, 12:10pm at St. Boniface

Weekend Masses

Saturdays, 5:00pm at Assumption

Sundays, 9:30am at Assumption

Sundays, 11:15am and 6:00pm at St. Boniface

The Sacrament of Penance

Saturdays, 4:15 - 4:45pm at Assumption

Wednesdays, 12:30pm at St. Boniface

Sundays, 5:15 - 5:45pm at St. Boniface

Weekday Church Hours

Monday through Friday, 11:30am - 1:00pm at St. Boniface

Monday through Friday, 7:30am - 9:00am at Assumption

Prayers and Devotions

Rosary, Tuesdays & Thursdays after the 12:10pm Mass at St. Boniface,

Thursdays after 8:00am Mass at Assumption

St. Anthony Novena, Tuesdays after 8:00am Mass at Assumption

First Fridays, Sacred Heart Novena after 8:00am Mass at Assumption

First Saturdays, 9:00am Mass with Rosary, Meditation and Benediction at Assumption

First Sunday Holy Hour, 5:00pm at St. Boniface


Your faithful stewardship has helped sustain our communities and maintain vital ministries and services. Thank you for keeping faith with us and supporting our common work of the gospel. You can make your donation online through Pushpay by clicking on one of the links.

For St. Boniface:

For Assumption:

Or mail checks or envelopes to:

64 Middagh St

Brooklyn NY 11201

Attn: Assumption or St. Boniface

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