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 26, 2021
Visit our website for more information: www.oratorychurch.org
Congratulations to Laura LaLinde and Sean Yetter on the celebration of their nuptials Saturday March 13 at Assumption Parish. May grace abound in their journey together.
Click HERE Stations of the Cross booklet.
Holy Week Schedule
Please note that you MUST have reservations for the 10:00am and 11:15am Masses at St Boniface on both Palm Sunday and Easter. Please arrive 15minutes before Mass to check in. If you would like to leave your name on the waiting list for Easter, please call Carole at the parish office to register, 718-875-2096 x 13.

We apologize if we cannot accommodate all who wish to attend.

Please click HERE for our Holy Week Schedule.

The 11:15 Mass will be livestreamed each Sunday - YouTube Oratorychurch beginning at 11:10am.
Reconciliation Monday
The priests will be available for personal confessions Monday the 29th at the following places and times. You are welcome to celebrate the sacrament in preparation for Easter.

St. Boniface: Penance 1 - 3pm

Assumption: Penance 3 - 5pm & 6:30 - 8pm
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers: Slavomir Brzak, Kaitlyn and Nicholas Germer, Sister Seton Cunneen, Gerard Slattery, Patrick Turner, Miriam Janove.

Rest In Peace: Eduardo Ison, Elizabeth Bookie Hottensen Slugg, Alfred Guadagno, Pauline Palermo, Sister Janice McLaughlin, MM, Bradford Brodie, Ronald Devoe, Blas Rodriguez, Elizabeth Jackson.

If you would like add someone to the prayer list, email the parish office at info@oratorychurch.org or go to the website https://oratorychurch.org/contact-us and complete the form.
Easter Flower Offering in Memoriam and Best Wishes
If you would like to dedicate altar flowers in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone, please send in the name(s) to info@oratorychurch.org or include the names on your parish giving envelopes. We will print the names and remember them at Mass on Easter Sunday. The donation for altar flowers is $20.00.

When making your donation on Pushpay for Easter flowers, please select "Christmas & Easter Flowers" Fund.
The recent tragic deaths in shootings in Atlanta have evoked conversations and expressions of concern regarding the increase in crimes against Asian Americans. In May of 2020, the USCCB’s Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs issued a statement of growing concern over rising violence and bias aimed at people of Asian descent in the United States. They wrote “...we are also alarmed to note the increase in reported bullying and verbal and physical assaults, particularly against Americans of Asian and Pacific Island heritage....The acts of violence and unjust discrimination evoke and prod a long history of xenophobia and racism in this country. If uncontested, they could lead once again to a normalization of violence and abuse against particular groups. It would be a tragedy for the United States to repeat this history or for any American to act as if it is appropriate to do so.” A year later with the mass shooting in Atlanta, we must be aware that bias and violence against people of Asian descent is a growing problem, in our country and right here in Brooklyn.

The Oratory Women Community (OWC) members shared these stories this past week.

“My Asian friend went to the playground with her three-year old and was approached and taunted by a group of middle schoolers, until she felt it wasn’t safe to stay there with her preschooler.”

“An older Asian couple walking down my block was followed and harassed by a man with an anti-Asian barrage of words. He was so loud and threatening that he drew other neighbors out. The couple felt forced to flee.”

“A young Asian woman, a member of the Oratory, makes sure that her hospital ID is visible when she commutes to work. She hopes identifying herself as a healthcare worker might serve as a protection.”

Threats or violence and verbal and physical assault should never be part of anyone’s daily life, yet it is for some members of our community, and recently we see this growing in regard to Asian Americans.

What might we do?
Look within to see where bias may lurk in the crevices of our lives.

Be observant of the world around us and acknowledge what is happening.

Listen to our Asian American brothers and sisters and the experiences they are sharing.

Speak out when someone threatens, mocks, or demeans with stereotypes.

Stand united with those at risk.

With our Church leadership we join in support of Asian Americans with “a stronger resolve towards unity, demonstrated through acts of solidarity, kindness and love toward one another, so that we can emerge from this crisis renewed and stronger as one American people; a people that places value in every human life, regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender or religious affiliation.” USCCBMarch2021
“Enfolded with Affection:
Imagining "Us" in Creation Theology”
Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, SJ discusses how we humans already find it difficult to expand the boundary of “us” to include people who differ by race, class, sexual orientation, political opinion, and myriad other markers. The problem intensifies when kinship with other species is called for as a remedy in this time of ecological devastation. Placing the whole earth in the framework of creation, this talk explores how God “enfolds with affection” even the least of creatures (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ 77). On this basis prayer, preaching, and policy can green up. The psalmist’s prayer “may God bless us” widens to include all of us creatures from the Arctic to the Antarctic ends of the earth. 

Featuring: Michael B. Gerrard
The Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School


The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Boniface Catholic Church invite you to join us for an important conversation focused on how communities of faith can and must respond to the climate change crisis. The evening will feature Professor Michael Gerrard of Columbia Law School. Professor Gerrard was invited by Pope Francis to speak to the Vatican following the release of Laudato Si, the climate change encyclical. Professor Gerrard’s focus during that talk was on the impact that climate change has on immigration and human trafficking. The goal of the evening’s program, through the insight and knowledge that Michael Gerrard offers, is to provide the participants with knowledge and understanding of the climate change issues. As a result, we will see clearer our moral imperative to take care of our common home.

This event is created by Social Justice Action at St. Boniface Church and is part of the Brooklyn Oratory’s broader focus on climate change. For more information or questions, contact Jan Horn at jrbhorn66@yahoo.com

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 7pm
Stewardship
Please remember, if you are able, to keep supporting our parishes as we try to maintain staff, clergy and operations during this time. You can make your donation online through Pushpay by clicking on one of the links.


Please use the poor box fund on Pushpay or use the Lenten collection basket in the church to make your offering.

Lenten Collections
  • St. Mark’s in Turkana, Kenya (Poor Box Fund), St. Boniface
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Floenceau, Haiti (Poor Box Fund), Assumption
  • Easter Memorial/Best Wishes Flowers (Easter & Christmas Flower Fund)

Or mail checks to:
64 Middagh St
Brooklyn NY 11201
Attn: either ABVM or St Boniface
Please be sure to send all mail to 64 Middagh Street. The Post Office is no longer forwarding  our mail. Thank you!

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
718.875.2096
718.625.1161