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

January 25, 2024

Online giving:

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 (8:00am at Assumption and 12:10pm at St. Boniface), the blessing of candles will occur before the masses. Candles will be provided.

Feast of St. Blaise

The feast day of St. Blaise is on Saturday, February 3, 2024. After the 9:00am mass at Assumption, you will have the opportunity to have your throat blessed. Saint 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.

Let's celebrate Mass together!

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. What an opportunity for the two Oratory parishes to pray together, meet one another, and catch up at a coffee hour.

In observance of this, there will be no 11:15 am Mass at St. Boniface on Sunday Feb 4.

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:

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.

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.

Dates for Confirmation Classes and Parent Nights

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

Jan 25, Feb 15, March 7, April 11, May 2

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

Jan 27, Feb 3, March 9, April 13, May 11

Family Faith Formation and Sacrament Preparation Update

Upcoming Diocesan Collection

Diocesan collection on Sunday, January 28, 2024 for Churches in Need. Diocesan collection Donate on Pushpay:


St. Boniface

Summer 2024 Mission Trip to Turkana

Paul Kennedy of Friends of Turkana (FOT) is organizing a trip to Turkana, Kenya this July. FOT is the not-for-profit organization that arose twenty years ago out of the parish of St Boniface’s twinning with St Mark’s parish in Lokitaung, Turkana. If you would like more information on the trip or want to express interest in going please contact Paul Kennedy at:

Plug Into the Power of God

Women's Retreat presented by S. Marie Mackey, CSJ

With all the major events in our world, our lives, our faith - how can we connect into a greater source?

Overnight Retreat for Women at Thomas Berry Place Retreat House in Jamaica, Queens begins at 6:00pm on Friday, February 2 ($175). A Day to Breathe begins at 9:00am Friday morning ($20). Register for the Women's Retreat HERE.

Healing Weekend

Beginning Experience of the Hudson Valley is inviting men and

women of all ages who grieve the end of a marriage or spousal relationship due to death, divorce, or separation to an in-person

weekend retreat at St. Lawrence Retreat Center in Beacon NY. Upcoming dates: April 19 to 21, 2024 and October 18 to 20, 2024.

For information or to register please call Phyllis at 914 261 5812 or Jim at 845 220 7883.

Weekly Mass Intention Schedule

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekly Readings:


1-27....5:00pm.....Eleanor Gingrey Murphy

1-28....9:30am.....People of the Parish

1-29....8:00am.....Antoinette Sicurella

1-30....8:00am.....Frances Zak

1-31.....8:00am....Rev. Peter Mahoney

2-1......8:00am.....Priest’s Intention

2-2.....8:00am.....Frances Zak

2-3.....9:00am.....Intentions-Girlie Genabe

St. Boniface

1-28....11:15am.....People of the Parish

1-28....6:00pm.....For Those on the community prayer list

1-29....12:10pm....Priest’s Intention

1-30....12:10pm....John A. Battiste

1-31....12:10pm....Margaret Cavanaugh (3yrs)

2-1.....12:10pm.....Elisa Andreassi

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

Upcoming Calendar


1/26.......International Food Festival, 6pm, ABVM parish hall


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

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

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: Patricia Brennan, Andrew White, Sr. Dolores Fischer, OP, Jovita DeLeon, Frances Zak, Catherine Mascali, Antonia Nidia Barzola, Sarah Gentle, Karen Smithson, Isabel C Alvarez.

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