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
April 6, 2021
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At the 6 PM mass on March 21 Rudy Dvorak made his First Communion. Here he is with his parents Vera and Dino (who also renewed their marriage vows at the same Mass) and Fr Mark.
From our Pastors

Having made our way through Lent and Holy Week, we launch into the Easter season. As we look forward, we are invited to follow Jesus who “goes before us to Galilee” to meet us there. When the angel spoke these words to the women who came to the tomb and as they related them to the disciples, what could they possible mean?

Jesus was not simply giving them a geographical spot for them to regroup and continue together. Rather, Galilee was the place where they first began their relationship with Jesus and one another. Galilee was the place, the experience, of first miracles and newfound love of God and Jesus. Galilee is the experience, the dynamic of wonder and awe into which Jesus brought those whom he touched.

Jesus goes before us as he calls us to recall our first love experience of God, our moments of transformation. These are not meant to be faded memories, but ones which come alive again for us in the transformation power of Easter. When did God touch you, Jesus heal you, the Spirit empower you? Follow Jesus to that inner space and allow that faith to be born anew in these weeks of Easter.

The call to Galilee is also a call to the peripheries. Pope Francis is keen on reminding us of this. In his book, Let Us Dream, (highly recommended for book groups and small groups and for all to read LetUsDream) he is convinced that the way forward for the Church is to look to the peripheries and to those whose lives are lived there. He proclaimed this as well in his homily from the Easter Vigil in Rome: “Galilee was an outpost: the people living in that diverse and disparate region were those farthest from the ritual purity of Jerusalem. Yet that is where Jesus began his mission. There he brought his message to those struggling to live from day to day, the excluded, the vulnerable and the poor. There he brought the face and presence of God, who tirelessly seeks out those who are discouraged or lost, who goes to the very peripheries of existence, since in his eyes no one is least, no one is excluded. The Risen Lord is asking his disciples to go there even now, to the settings of daily life, the streets we travel every day, the corners of our cities.”

Life cannot be lived looking over our shoulders to the past. Let us make our way to Galilee this Easter season, and be transformed for the future.
Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o. and Fr. Mark Lane, c.o.
7th -10th Graders & Older Parish Teens!
Celebrate Earth Day

The Oratory Parishes invite teens and pre-teens to a special event to recognize Earth Day.

Watch one of “the most informative, entertaining, and hopeful films ever produced on the problem of plastic pollution.” Share perspectives with other teens and pre-teens.

The next day, meet-up late morning to help beautify Prospect Park and have some fun.

You must register for this event. Register any time prior to the event at:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEucu6gqT4pGN1pWlqYeNf_wiVMNA9mB_sy

More information on the film at: Micro-Plastic Madness

Friday, Apr. 16th 4 - 5pm & Sat. Apr. 17th
Join the NEW Reading Our Way into the Psalms 6-Week Course

Pope Francis dedicated the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time as Sunday of the Word of God, encouraging us to look more carefully at what the Bible can teach us about our faith.

Join Sarah Spieldenner, hospital chaplain and St. Boniface parishioner, as we read select psalms together, using lectio divina. We will also unpack the richness of metaphors in the psalms.

Class will meet via Zoom Saturday mornings from 9:30 am to 11:00 am, April 17 through May 22. Additional details and sign-up here: https://forms.gle/qS3xhcNKtwYj8zuVA

starting Saturday, April 17, 2021
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
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.
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