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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

May 4, 2023

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May, A Month dedicated to Mary Mother of Jesus and Mothers 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 14, Mother’s Day. Please send in your names to the office, this week. On Mother’s Day weekend we will have a May Crowning at the 9:30am Mass at Assumption and the 11:15am at St. Boniface.

First Saturday Mass

First Saturday Mass will take place on May 6th at 9am at Assumption.

Youth Confirmation

On Saturday, May 6, at the 5pm Mass, we will be joined by the Most Rev. Neil Tiedemann, Episcopal Vicar of Brooklyn to confer the sacrament of Confirmation on 30 young people from Assumption, St Boniface and St. Charles Boromeo.

Coffee Hour at St. Boniface

Coffee Hour will take place on Sunday, May 7 following the 11:15am Mass.

Nominations for St. Boniface PPC Members At Large

St Boniface Parish Pastoral Council is seeking a diversity of candidates to run for members at large. Please consider if you would like to nominate someone or yourself for this two year position. The term begins in September. Members at large are expected to attend the monthly meeting (primarily by Zoom) of the joint St. Boniface and Assumption PPCs and to assume leadership responsibility with new or current initiatives of the PPC. We accept up to 6 nominations for the election of members at large each year. To nominate someone or yourself, please contact Connie Tempel at by Tuesday, May 16.

For the candidates who will run, we need a one paragraph bio about yourself and a headshot photo that will be posted with the election information. This year voting will be electronic to minimize printing and mailing work for the office staff. However, if you prefer, you can contact Carole Fabrizio in the office to vote.

Oratory Parishes Pickleball Open Play in ABVM Hall

Given the success of our first parish pickleball fundraiser/clinic, we are going to run trial Pickleball open play sessions on Thursday afternoons in the ABVM hall from 4pm to 6pm from May 4th through and including May 25th. The sessions will be facilitated by Jason Manske, please email him if interested:

It is important that everyone wears tennis / pickleball or other court shoes to play so as to preserve both the hall floor and your bodies. Ankle sprains are common with those playing in shoes that do not provide lateral support such as running shoes. Also please bring your own personal water bottles.

Save the Date

We know you can't believe it, but our very own Gertrude Conway turns 100 this month! On Saturday, May 20, we, her parish family, will celebrate the 5:00pm Mass in her honor at ABVM, with a special Coffee Hour to follow in the parish hall. All are welcome! Please come join and celebrate our dedicated friend.

Click here to view the Diocese of Brooklyn's TV Coverage of Gertrude's Upcoming Birthday!

St. Philip Neri Celebration

Come celebrate our Saint of Joy, Feast of St. Philip Neri on May 21, 2023 after 11:15 Mass in front of church at St. Boniface. Lots of food, music, children's activities and fun. Come celebrate or volunteer. Contact Bill Vinicombe,

Corpus Christi Mass: Volunteers Needed

As a part of the National Eucharistic Revival, St Boniface and Assumption, along with nearby parishes in our area, are hosting a Corpus Christi Celebration on Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 11:30am in Carroll Park, Brooklyn. There will be Mass, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and benediction. Please plan to attend! See more here:

If you are looking for a way to help your parish, volunteers are needed to help before, during and after the mass.

  • Ushers are needed before mass to help set up chairs as well as hand out worship aids and seat folks; after mass to help return chairs to the van.
  • Greeters are needed before mass to help set up chairs as well as greet folks at the park entrances and orient folks to bathrooms, first aid, seating, etc.; after mass: after mass to help return chairs to the van.
  • Break Down Helpers are needed to help return chairs from the park back to vans.

Note: ushers and greeters are asked to be at the park around 8 am. Breakdown folks are needed after the mass is over. If you are interested in helping out, please fill out this form:

Carroll Park is in Carroll Gardens. It is at the intersection of Court St., Smith St., bet. Carroll St. and President St. The F & G subway lines at Carroll Street and the B57 bus stop at Court/President Street are the closest public transportation within walking distance of the park. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Connell

Messages and Photos from Turkana!

Father Edwin, pastor of our Sister Parish, has sent messages to us in response to our Easter and 50th Anniversary messages to the St. Mark’s Parish community in Turkana, Kenya.

Amen and Amen. I will greatly extend these warm greetings from the Oratory Church of St. Boniface our dear Sister Parish exactly on 23rd April 2023 this forthcoming third Sunday of Easter. We really feel much loved and ask our beloved risen Lord to continue Blessing you in abundance.

There is a lot to thank God for. Imagine it is 21 years ago since you started to really journey with this parish. One can really tell what a blessing you have been and are to this parish. I came and I will go and another pastor will come, but I am a great witness of how helpful you are to this parish. May the good Lord continue blessing you too our dear Oratory Church of St. Boniface.

You can imagine during the last period of 1 year and 2 months since I have been here how much we have achieved because of the quarterly wires sent to us. One is confident to the extent that he even begins rectory renovations because of hoping in our Sister Parish, changes in the church, getting at least two more brothers to live in community with us based on our religious constitution. Some annual programs are also very well fulfilled because of your love for us. Thank you so much! We are humbled.

The anniversary celebration and feast day went well. May you receive a share of the indulgences we received on this feast. May the good Lord continue blessing you. Please extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who really consider this desert place in their hearts.

Peace and all that is good!

Fr Edwin Tumuhaise FMH

Weekly Mass Intention Schedule

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Weekly Readings:


05-06......5:30pm.......John and Elaine Vekassy

05-07.... .9:30am.......For the People of the Parish

05-08.....Closed, No Mass

05-09.....8:00am......Anne Mott

05-10.......8:00am.......Blessings - Chu Kan & Ko Sum Yi Families

05-11........8:00am.......Trinidad Sion

05-12.......8:00am.......Pietrina Soru

St. Boniface

05-07.....11:15am......In Honor of Mary, Mother of God

05-07......6:00pm......For the People of the Parish

05-08......12:10pm......Gerard Slattery

05-09......12:10pm......Priest's Intention

05-10.....12:10pm.......Kathleen Garber

05-11......12:10pm.......Prayer Service

05-12......Closed, No Mass

Dedications at Assumption

Flowers offered in honor of the Blessed Mother by Dan Gadiamo (May 1).

Flowers offered in honor of the Blessed Mother by Connie Leone.

Sanctuary candle by Notre Thomas.

St. Joseph candle offered by Connie Leone.

St. Jude offering by Kathy Reynolds.

Upcoming Calendar


5/05......First Friday Devotion after the 8:00am Mass

5/06......First Saturday 9:00am Mass at ABVM

5/06......Confirmation at ABVM 5:00pm Mass

5/04......Mother's Day

5/18......Ascension of the Lord (Holy Day)

5/21.......St. Philip’s Day Picnic

5/21.......St. Philip Neri's Feast Day


6/04......First Communion

6/11.......Corpus Christi Mass at Carroll Park

6/11.......Baptisms at ABVM

Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:

Linda Johnson, Jim Linebarger, David Campbell, Doug Weiler, Anthony Geraci, Paul Martin, Kevin Gallagher, Michael Goins,

Mary Charles, Marie Smith, Kim Manzi.

Rest In Peace: Jesus Alberto Ortiz Lopez, Winnie Kennedy,

Fr. Tony Azzarto, SJ, Msgr. Geraghty, Ethel Byers Wolf,

Joseph Aguanno, Sr.

Prayer List

If you would like to add someone to the prayer list, email the parish office at or go to the website and complete the information there.

Mass Intentions

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.

Mass Times and Church Hours

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Weekday hours: 7:45am-9:00am Tuesday through Friday.

Weekday Mass: 8:00am Tuesday through Friday

Weekend Masses

5:00pm Saturday and 9:30am Sunday

Confessions Saturday: 4:15pm-4:45pm

Prayer and Devotions

Tuesday, St. Anthony Novena (after 8:00am Mass)

Thursday, Rosary (after 8:00am Mass)

First Friday, Sacred Heart Novena (after 8:00am Mass)

First Saturday Mass, 9:00am with Rosary, Meditation and Benediction

The church is closed on Mondays.

St. Boniface

Weekday hours: 11:30am-1:00pm

Weekday Mass: 12:10pm Monday through Wednesday

Sunday Masses: 11:15am and 6:00pm

Sunday hours 11:00am-12:30 pm & 5:30pm-7:00pm

Confessions on Wednesdays, 11:30-noon

and before Mass on Sunday, 5:15pm-5:45pm

Prayer and Devotions

Tuesday to Thursday-Rosary, after 12:10 Mass

Thursday 12:10 Prayer Service with Communion

The church is closed on Fridays and Saturdays.


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.

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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