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
March 30, 2021
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Mass Intention Schedule
May 2 - 7, 2021
Reminder: No Mass on Fridays at St. Boniface.
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers: Maria Sofia Vierhapper, Jerry Slattery, Carl Weisser, Elsa Grotian Matthews, Michelle Simon Cox, Brigida Munoz, Frederick Gamboa, Diane Ravitch, Elena Adan.

Rest In Peace: Mary Jane Jones, Anne Eddis, Anne Gunn, Vincent Gerecitano, Pat Peterson, Nancy Dorsinville, Alice Farren, Richard Hughes, Mary Hope O’Connell, Kathy Bynum.

If you would like add someone to the prayer list, email the parish office at or go to the website and complete the form.
May- A Month dedicated to Mary Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church
May is one of the months traditionally dedicated to the honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

During this month we will have our Novena of Masses for our mothers, living and deceased, starting on May 9, Mother’s Day. Please send in your names to the office this week. You can use PushPay to make an offering or place it in an envelope in the stewardship basket. Send names to At Assumption, there will be a May Altar at the Mary Shrine. People are invited to bring flowers and place them there during the month of May. On Mother’s Day weekend we will have a simple May Crowning at the 5 pm evening Mass.
Imagining Mary Coming in May
View images of Mary from different places and time periods in a short video created by the Oratory Anti-Racism Task Force. Available on the Oratory YouTube channel in May.
Save the Date–May 9, 12:30pm Virtual Coffee Hour
2021 Annual Catholic Appeal
The Annual Catholic Appeal is underway and all of us are encouraged to support this common effort. A range of programs and ministries are funded by the ACA that serve vulnerable communities among the elderly, poor, immigrants and youth. We could never manage this outreach ourselves but together we can have impact and truly assist our sisters and brothers in need.

Over the next several weeks, envelopes to support the Annual Catholic Appeal are being made available in our church sites. This is our “in-pew” effort is to help us reach the goals set by the diocese for each parish based on annual income. These goals are based on annual income of the parishes.

The goal for St. Boniface is $58,000 and the goal for Assumption is $26,000. If you are on PushPay you can also can participate.

Save the Date
The 2021 Baronius Lecture in Church History

Tuesday, October 26, at 6:30pm via Zoom

"Working With and Against Culture: African Americans, Catholic Religious, and Civil Rights in Virginia, South Carolina and Louisiana in the 1950s and 1960s".

Dr. Cecilia Moore
Born and raised in Danville, Virginia, Cecilia A. Moore, Ph.D. is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and the University of Virginia. She is an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton where she teaches courses in U.S. Catholic history and African American religious history. In the summers, she is part of the faculty of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana where she teaches Black Catholic history. In addition to publishing articles in numerous scholarly journals, popular magazines, and chapters in books, Dr. Moore also co-edited Songs of Our Hearts and Meditations of Our Souls: Prayers for Black Catholics with the late Father Paul Marshall, S.M and Dr. C. Vanessa White. She has been a member of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and the American Catholic Historical Association.
Special Lenten Collection Thanks
Thank you very much to all who contributed prayerfully and financially to the Lenten Season Special Collections for our Sister Parish in Turkana. Thanks to your generosity, we are able to send $3025 to St Mark’s parish in Lokitaung, Turkana, Kenya to support their parish activities and needs. In times when everyone’s funds are limited, we are especially grateful to you for sharing with our brothers and sisters so far away. Over the coming weeks we will share cards sent from the children of St Mark’s parish.
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

  • Mother's Day Novena
  • 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal

Or mail checks to:
64 Middagh St
Brooklyn NY 11201
Attn: either ABVM or St Boniface
Mary, Mother of mercy,
health of the sick, refuge of migrants and refugees,
comforter of the afflicted,
you know our wants, our troubles, our sufferings and needs.
Intercede for us that we may become more conformed to the image of Jesus
and live as his body in joy and peace. Amen.

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