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 9, 2021
Visit our website for more information: www.oratorychurch.org
From Our Pastors

It was a year ago on March 14 when the first death from COVID-19 was confirmed in New York City. It was that same date that the diocese of Brooklyn suspended public Masses and our parishes ceased public worship in order to help mitigate the spread of the virus, deadly to so many. Sometimes when we think of this period, we refer to it as when the church was “closed” but in reality the church was never closed. The church, the Body of Christ, took stock and began to adapt and adjust in how we gathered to pray, how we reached out to others, how we prioritized our lives. The priests learned how to film Masses and messages and uploaded them to our FB and YouTube channel with the help of our musicians and lay ministers. We completed construction on new parish offices, moved and resumed day to day activities with staff on site. We brought communion to those in quarantine. We learned to Zoom, we sure have learned to Zoom! Across our community, from small groups to faith formation, RCIA and 12-step recovery, PPCs and the array of committees and groups, we have been on-line together, really and truly ‘in this together’.

In our parishes, people have brought one another groceries, helped people access technology, calmed distressed hearts, offered compassion and support to one another. Some have lost family, parish members and good friends over this year. We have mourned, but not in the way familiar to us. We have celebrated, but certainly not as planned with simpler weddings, Baptisms, Confirmations and Communions postponed and celebrated in small pods. We have begun to look at and act on racial and social equity in deeper ways and help one another navigate the maze of websites to secure appointments.

Indeed, the church has never been closed. The faithful Body of Christ, the Church, has been hard at work in hospitals, and living rooms, back yards and markets and countless other places. A year into this, with hope on the horizon for a new normal, we thank you for keeping faith with us at the Oratory and for keeping faith when the days have been more difficult to bear than we might have thought possible. In our liturgy this past Sunday, St. Paul reminded us in 1 Cor.1:25 “The foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” May the foolishness of God continue to bind us together as we work to move forward in our common life.

Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o. and Fr. Mark Lane, c.o.
Covid-19 Memorial in NYC
New York City will have an on-line Memorial on March 14 for those lost to Covid-19 over the past year. You can submit names and pictures using this link, NYCCovidMemorial, if you would like to have a loved one included. 
The Month of March is dedicated to St. Joseph
We will be praying a Novena to St. Joseph on Wednesday and Fridays following the 9am Mass. If you have a special intention, please send it in or add it yourself to the book of intentions which will be on the St. Joseph altar for the month of March. Click HERE for the PDF of our novena booklet.
Intercessory Prayer
All: Good St. Joseph, your care has extended to many during your life on earth and from your place in heaven. We turn to you as one whom our God trusted to guard and form Jesus, the Word made Flesh and to accompany Mary in daily life. When you were in perplexity, you trusted the messages sent by God to you and courageously made a way forward. Receive the prayers we offer through you and by your love for Christ and the Church, intercede for us in our needs: (here recall the intentions you have silently). Help us to trust the Word of God as you did and to follow the promptings for the Spirit courageously in our lives that we may one day come through a happy death to eternal glory in Christ our Lord. Amen.
Birth of a Movement: Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church
Olga Segura will present her newly published book. By relating the Black Lives Matter movement through a Christian lens, her lecture will invite all listeners, Catholic and others, to the conversation, and offer insights and a deeper understanding of the movement and why it can help the Church, and the country, move closer to racial equality. This free webinar is co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies, Fairfield University. 

Wednesday, March 10 at 7:30pm
Social Justice Action presents:
The Plastic Problem
Video Presentation + Panel Discussion

Have you thought about reducing your use of plastics during Lent? Join us for a video presentation of PBS's THE PLASTIC PROBLEM. A panel discussion will follow lead by Senator Brian Kavanagh, of the NYS Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, and Tom Outerbridge of Sims Municipal Recycling on the pending "Producer Responsibility for Packaging and Paper" Bill in Albany. Informational materials on recycling will also be provided.

Meeting ID: 825 8495 2192
Passcode: 862768

For more information, please contact Connie Tempel at connie.tempel@gmail.com

Thursday, March 11 at 7pm
Oratory Virtual Coffee Hour continues after Mass on Zoom. Whether you attend Mass in-person or livestream, don’t miss the opportunity to gather as a community online. Bring your own coffee (or tea).
Check Friday’s newsletter for the zoom link.

Sunday, March 14, 12:30pm
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.
Mass Intentions
If you would like to request a mass for someone living or deceased, mass intentions are available. Email info@oratorychurch.org. The offering is $20. Please pay by using Pushpay or by mailing a check to 64 Middagh St. Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Vaccine Appointments–Support in Signing Up
If you or someone you know does not have internet access or needs support in making an appointment, please email Fr. Michael at mcallaghan@oratorychurch.org or info@oratorychurch.org or call the office 718-875-2096 ext. 12 and leave your, or the person’s contact information.
Mass Times and Church Hours
St. Boniface

Weekday hours:  11:30am - 1:00pm

Weekday Mass: 12:10pm

Sunday Masses:  10:00am, 11:15am and 6:00pm
Sunday hours:  9:30am-12:30pm & 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Confessions during Eucharistic Adoration: Wednesdays, 12:30-1:00pm and before Mass on Sunday 5:15pm - 5:45pm
Mass Times and Church Hours
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Weekday hours:  8:30am - 12:00 noon Tuesday through Friday

Weekday Mass:  9:00am Tuesday through Friday

Weekend Masses:  5:00pm Saturday and 10:00am Sunday
The church is closed on Mondays.

Confessions Saturday: 4:15pm-4:45pm at the St. Joseph’s Altar

First Saturday of the month, Mass at Assumption 9:00am with Exposition and Novena to St. Joseph.

Stations of the Cross at Assumption will be on Fridays of Lent, in the church, following the 9:00am morning Mass and in the evening at 6pm.
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