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
May 21, 2021
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Mass Intention Schedule
May 23 - 28, 2021
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:
John Cranston, Bill LaForette, Elisabeth Michael, Emma Perez, Marie Christine Gallo, Tom Hartmann, Maria Sofia Vierhapper, Elsa Grotian Matthews, Michelle Simon Cox.

Rest In Peace: Virginia Shadrick, John Delury, Tracy Lower, Mary Hope O’Connell, Joe Longo, Mary Jane Jones, Anne Eddis, Anne Gunn, Nancy Dorsinville.
Coffee Hour at St. Boniface
An outdoor Coffee Hour will be held at St Boniface on Sunday May 23rd after the 11:15am Mass. We have a permit to close the street in front of the church where we will conduct a coffee hour with appropriate COVID precautions. All welcome.
Adult Confirmation
On Sunday May 23, the Feast of Pentecost, we will confirm five adults who have been preparing for Confirmation this past year. The Confirmations will take place at Assumption Parish. You are invited to join us that day, or by live stream.

Please keep our youth and adults in your prayers as they complete their preparations.
Catholic and Anti-Semitism: A Conversation.
Join us for a current look at the Catholic faith and Anti-Semitism. Our speakers bring broad experience and deep passion for inter-religious understanding.

Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 853 0893 3547
Passcode: 725470
One tap mobile +16465588656,,85308933547#,,,,*725470# US (New York)

Sister Celia Deutsch, NDS is Research Scholar in the Religion Department of Barnard College/Columbia University, where she taught for twenty-seven years. Sr. Celia’s main interest lies in early Jewish and Christian social and religious intellectual history. She is the author of numerous books and works of biblical scholarship, such as Lady Wisdom, Jesus, and the Sages: Metaphor and Social Context in Matthew’s Gospel, and has worked and lectured in the USA, Canada, Italy, Israel and Zimbabwe. She is currently working on a commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, part of the Wisdom Commentary Series (Liturgical Press). Celia is deeply engaged in interreligious dialogue at local, national and international levels.

Fr. Michael Lynch is a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. He serves as the Vicar for Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs for the diocese. He earned his degree (S.T.L.) in Ecumenical Theology in Rome; he has developed a specialty in Roman Catholic-Muslim dialogue. Working in the field since 1989, he was formed in his understanding of the importance of dialogue with those of other faith traditions when volunteering in Rome at the Library of the Sisters of Zion (SIDIC), giving walking tours of the Roman Jewish Ghetto to English speaking pilgrims. He has been on the faculty at St. John's University, and Saint Joseph's College (Brooklyn), in the field of Interreligious studies. Michael is on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) and the Catholic Association of Directors of Ecumenical and Interreligious Offices (CADEIO). He is a long-time friend of the Oratory community and currently Pastor of the parish of Our Lady of the Cenacle in Richmond Hill, Queens.

Thursday May 27 @ 7:00pm on Zoom
We are grateful to Carol and Tom Amon for sponsoring the new beautiful altar and ambo frontal for Pentecost.

The sanctuary dressing is given in memory of:
Adele Bagley
Dorothy Amon
Grace Watkins
Save the Date!
The Congregation of the Oratory is pleased to announce that Timothy Passow, a Novice of the Brooklyn Oratory will be vested the habit of the Congregation on Saturday June 5 at the 5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi at Assumption Parish. The members of the Oratory will concelebrate and participate in the Liturgy. All are welcome to join us and some members of Tim’s family and friends for this joyous occasion.
Imagining Mary Conversation Program
We encourage you to view the short video Imagining Mary.

Spend a little time during Mary’s month of May contemplating the images and listening to prayers said by members and friends of the Oratory in her honor.

Then join other members of the Oratory community on Sunday, June 13 at 1:00pm.

Click HERE to register.

Plan to join a half-hour Conversation Program sponsored by the Oratory Anti-Racism Task Force about the video Imagining Mary during a specially-themed coffee hour on June 13.
Novena to St. Philip Neri Booklet can be found here.
Father’s Day Novena Masses begin June 20
Please send in your names (living & deceased) for the Novena of Masses for Father’s Day. You can use PushPay to make an offering or place your offering in an envelope in the stewardship basket.

Send names to
Summer Weekend Mass Schedule begins Sunday June 20

5:00pm Vigil on Saturdays
10:30am Sunday

St Boniface
9:00am and 6:00pm Sunday
Your faithful stewardship has helped sustain our communities and maintain vital ministries and services. Thank you for keeping faith with us and supporting our common work of the gospel. You can make your donation online through PushPay by clicking on one of the links

  • Father’s Day Novena
  • 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal

Or mail checks or envelopes to:
64 Middagh St
 Brooklyn NY 11201
Attn: either ABVM or St Boniface
Prayer to the Holy Spirit by Pope Francis
O Lord Jesus Christ, before ascending into heaven, you promised to send the Holy Spirit to your disciples.
Send your same Holy Spirit to us so that we too may serve you as disciples. Grant us Understanding so that we might understand the things that happen as God understands them, and recognize how God is working in our lives, and to understand, above all, the Word of God in the Gospel.
Holy Spirit, we offer ourselves to you. Give us grace to say to you always and everywhere, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth. 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