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
June 30, 2020
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From our Pastors,
As we resume both weekday and weekend liturgies this week, we are hopeful that the sharing of the Eucharist will be a source for hope and strength to those who will come. Our spiritual communion with one another has been fostered in many ways: phone calls, texts and emails, the Link, Face Book, You Tube, our website the growing presence of Zoom and even old-fashioned cards and notes – which are really delightful to both send and receive. We have been connected by uncertainty and fear, anxiety and loss in the face of the ongoing pandemic.  We have also been connected by outrage, disbelief and grief at the injustices we have seen against people of color and the avoidance to address what needs to be acknowledged and addressed within our own hearts and lives as well as our broader circles of community. What has been connecting us has been demanding, challenging, and at times exhausting.
 
Yesterday, the Church marked the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. The scriptures showed us Peter, his chains falling off by God’s action. This liberation came so he could continue to bring the Word to the world.  Paul in his letter to Timothy declares that God rescued him from every threat, even as he nears the end of his life. Their lives of mission were never easy, yet they were filled with the joy of the Lord.  In many ways we are living the legacy of the apostolic faith as we face crises and social uncertainty while trusting that God indeed does delivery us from every threat and will one day bring us all safely home.  Psalm 34 from the liturgy reminds us: “Look to the Lord that you may be radiant with joy….The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear the LORD and delivers them.”

As we continue to run the race and fight the good fight, to borrow images from Paul, let us be resolved to stay in spiritual communion with one another.  If you are able to share the physical communion of Eucharist may it be a strength and healing remedy for you. We hope the opportunities for remote prayer and liturgy, Zoom gatherings and the upcoming series addressing racism ( save the dates: July 7,14 and 21 6-7 pm details in the July 3 Link)  will be ways to strengthen our unity as we journey forward.  May the intercession of Peter and Paul bring us both liberation to serve the Word and resolve to compete well, finish the race, keep the faith together and keep wearing your face covering.
Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o. and Fr. Mark Lane, c.o. 
Please click here for The Oratory Church Parishes
Interim Liturgy Schedule and our flyer titled
Together at Mass .

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Boniface

Additional information from the Diocese on Mass directions for visual learners. https://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/coronavirus-updates/
Annual Catholic Appeal Assumption Parish
Every year the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) solicits the support of parishioners throughout the diocese for the charitable outreach of the local Church to feed, shelter, and sustain the vulnerable and poor in our communities.  With the severe impact of Covid19 on the economy, many people who have not needed assistance previously need our help now.  
More than 100,000 residents of Brooklyn and Queens have contracted the virus, many of them live from paycheck to paycheck, have lost income or employment and have limited capacity to meet essential needs. The diocese is making extraordinary efforts to address this suffering on many fronts. One example is a program of emergency food “Pop-ups” to provide 100,000 meals daily, both staples and fresh produce, to Brooklyn and Queens residents in need: 

Each parish is given a goal for its members to meet in the Annual Catholic Appeal. The goal for Assumption is $24, 370.00. To date we have received pledges of $19,735.00   Consider helping us complete this Appeal that helps so many. We need an additional $4,365 to complete the appeal. All dollars over the goal are returned to the parish to support our activities for outreach and justice.

You can make your gift online by going directly to the parish PushPay site:
https://pushpay.com/pay/oratorychurch  or text ASSUMPTIONPARISH (all caps) to 77977 and selecting the Annual Catholic Appeal Fund.

Or at the diocesan site www.annualcatholicappeal.org

Or text ACA to 917-336-1255 or call 718-965-7375 ext. 1602 to check mailing options.

Make sure you note you are a parishioner of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Brooklyn.
Annual Catholic Appeal St Boniface
Each parish is given a goal for its members to meet in the Annual Catholic Appeal.  So far this year, St. Boniface is substantially short of its goal (thanks you to those who have contributed $28,478 to our goal of $56,028). If you have been looking for a way to help in these extraordinary times this would be a worthy option.

You can make your gift online by going directly to the parish PushPay site:
https://pushpay.com/g/oratorychurchbrooklyn?src=hpp and selecting the Annual Catholic Appeal Fund.

Or at the diocesan site www.annualcatholicappeal.org

Or text ACA to 917-336-1255 or call 718-965-7375 ext. 1602 to check mailing options.

Make sure you note you are a parishioner of St Boniface, Brooklyn.
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:
Joseph Maiello, Henrik Gustavsson, Tom Janczys, Ed McTee, Robert Varvi, Michael Erez, Lyn Montgomery, Mary-Fred Bausman-Watkins, Michele Key, Patty Evers, Ed Acerra, Marie Smith.

Rest In Peace:
Sister Shawn Carruth, Captain David Dorn, Francis Lau, Patricia Hoffman, George Floyd, Msgr. John Tosi, Peter Kasuba, Michele Grant.

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 information there.
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.


Or mail checks to:
64 Middagh St Brooklyn NY 11201
Attn: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary or St. Boniface

Donations for the Annual Catholic Appeal can now be made via Pushpay.
Mass intentions available.  
If you would like to request a mass for someone living or deceased, mass intentions are available for the weeks or months ahead. Email info@oratorychurch.org .
Cards can also be mailed out.
New Address for the Parish Office of the Brooklyn Oratory Parishes
Please direct all letters, checks, and inquiries by postal mail to:
The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary & St. Boniface
64 Middagh St.
Brooklyn NY 11201

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