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
July 3, 2020
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From our Pastors,

It is Independence Day weekend. What an unusual one it will be. Hopefully we will all be practicing safe distancing and taking proper precautions. We will hold our first Sunday Masses since early March (see below for details). Three months without sharing the Eucharist as a community is unprecedented. And for many of the vulnerable it is still not a good idea to return to public gatherings or chance public transport. We support your prudential judgement. This Independence Day it is painfully obvious we are all not entirely free.

Freedom is a word that keeps coming to mind as we not only endure the restrictions of the pandemic but as we feel in deeper ways the fact that not everyone in our country has equal opportunity nor equal treatment. We are all members of one country and as such all share some responsibility for the society that has come so painfully in to view again since the tragic and senseless killing of George Floyd.

How do we ensure a land where all are free? How does such change occur? By decree? By partisan argument? By enforcement? If we immerse ourselves in the Gospel, change comes by engagement.

If you attend mass this Sunday (in person or virtually) listen – listen with an open and unprejudiced heart – to the God revealed in Jesus. He is not self-absorbed but always attentive to the needs of others. He does not draw attention to himself. He is present to the one he is with. He is gentle and unassuming and considerate. He brings healing and life and reconciliation. He does not place heavy burdens on others but helps them quietly and persistently to carry the burdens of life. He lovingly accompanies the heavily-burdened on a shared journey from threatened birth to tragic and unjust early death.

What can we - as followers of this example - do about the systematic racial injustices in our society? It may seem as if we can do little. And, honestly, that may be the case. But that little is perhaps the most important first step. We ask you please to take that first step with us.

Next Tuesday at 6 PM we will start the first of three zoom sessions on racial justice ( see details below ). It is only a first step in what we hope will be a long-term and community-wide commitment to accompany our sisters and brothers of color: to listen, to see, to feel and learn; to confront and own our failures and responsibilities, indeed our sin, as individuals, as Church, and as society; and to commit, as a community, to that persistent conversion that leads to concrete change and ongoing accountability.

We are deeply grateful for those willing to share their story in order that we all might grow in freedom. Thank you.

May we commit ourselves to journey together towards freedom for all this Independence Day.

Fr. Mark Lane, c.o. and Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o.
The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes Look at Racism
Begin the conversation! 3 Tuesdays in July. 7/7, 7/14, 7/21
6pm via Zoom

Our speaker for session one is Tracy Garrison-Feinberg. She will base her reflections on being a seventh-generation American descended from enslaved people. Tracy is a long standing member of St Boniface, currently serving on the Parish Pastoral Council. You may also recognize here as a member of the choir and a cantor.

In preparation for the session, Tracy asks that you read Caroline Randall Williams' NYT opinion article and "Georgetown and the Sin of Slavery" and pages 1 - 8 of “ Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism" by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops ( USCCB) 2018.

These are the reflection questions we will address in the breakout groups:

  • How has your own experience/family history been affected by the legacy of racism in this country?
  • What role do you hope the Catholic Church takes in working to end systemic racism? And what can the Oratory parishes do to support and sustain that work?

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Currently we post to the BrooklynOratory YouTube site masses, musical meditations and other messages. Many people are using it and we have had some good feedback. But not everyone who uses it has become a subscriber. The YouTube policy requires that we have over 1000 SUBSCRIBERS in order to optimize features. We currently have about 700. One feature we can use is to livestream masses and other events from a cell phone. Several months ago both parishes installed cameras for live streaming to our website, YouTube and Facebook. Assumption is up and running but St Boniface has been delayed because there is no provider currently with connectivity on our section of Duffield Street. We have the word from Spectrum that they will run one but we do not yet have a timeline. In the meantime, we will have to record and post as we did at both parishes during the early days of lockdown. Or, if we get enough subscribers, we can use the cell phone method. Please SUBSCRIBE now!
Sunday Mass Schedule
Saturday 5:00pm and Sunday 9:00am

St. Boniface
10:00am and 6:00pm

Remember to wear your mask. 25% capacity.
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:
Henrik Gustavsson, Tom Janczys, Ed McTee, Robert Varvi, Michael Erez, Lyn Montgomery, Michele Key, Patty Evers, Ed Acerra, Nancy Nurviano.

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

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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 .
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
Prayer to Our Lady of the Oratory
Holy Mary, Mother of God we turn to you in this time of uncertainty. Help us to walk in trust and security as we care for one another. Keep the bonds of charity strong among us when we are apart. Watch over our communities and families with your maternal care. May health and wellbeing surround the Oratory parishes and all people. Teach us to say yes to God, yes to love in our hearts, yes to the Incarnate Word in our flesh. To affirm in our minds only what is true, good and beautiful. And with our whole strengthen teach us to live as true disciples of Christ. Our Lady of the Oratory intercede for us to God that the transforming grace we need may bring us peace and joy. Amen.

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