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 25, 2023

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Parishioner in Need

On Sunday, May 21st while we were at the picnic, a family in our parishes sustained a willfully-set fire to their apartment. Needless to say, they have lost everything and are devastated. We have connected them with Catholic Charities, and the parishes are working to provide emotional and material support. Anyone interested in assisting is asked to drop a Visa Gift Card in the collection basket, which we will forward to the family, enabling them to purchase needed food and clothing. Funds have also been established on PushPay, select Emergency Assistance-Parishioner fund. Please also remember them in your personal prayer.

JOYoUS Together! 

I couldn't have said it better myself! The return of our St. Philip Neri Parish Picnic was incredible! From the start of a stunning day with the Sunday Liturgy and Choir, and so many volunteers scurrying around outside to ensure all was set up - to the smell of burgers and dogs on the grill (and emergency pizza! Thanks MBZ!) - to fun crafts for kids and adults alike - to the beautiful music provided by the band - and laughs and smiles shared by all, the whole day was certainly one for the books! Saint Philip would be proud of us continuing his tradition - and it felt so good to be doing it all, together! Great to see folks from BOTH parishes coming together and joining-in! A HUGE word of thanks must go out to the LARGE team of volunteers from both parishes who made the day possible. I cannot get over how well coordinated it was - with so many people jumping in to volunteer and ensure things were done just right. Far to many to list each here - but I'm sure that their fearless leader Bill Vinicombe thanked and honored each individually. And to you, Bill - we are all in your debt! You skillfully led the charge in attending to every detail, and you did so with great calm and care. THANK YOU ALL! 

~ Fr. Mark Paul, CO

Communications Committee

A Communications Committee of the Brooklyn Oratory Parishes was recently established to ensure communications are accessible to all parishioners and to foster community engagement. An important step in the formation of this committee is to understand how we can better serve parishioners and the broader community by what, how and when we communicate. The survey is available online at this link. Kindly complete the survey by Sunday, June 18th by responding to the survey link or returning a completed paper version to the box at the back of church. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the committee at

Oratory Parishes Pickleball Open Play - Week 4 CANCELLED

Due to low expected attendance in light of the Memorial Day Weekend holiday we are canceling our fourth week of pickleball open play, originally scheduled for Thursday from 4-6pm, in ABVM hall.

We will revisit the potential of conducting more pickleball open play sessions in the fall.

St. Philip Neri Novena (May 17-May 25)

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Two Desks Available!

Here at Assumption, we have two hardwood desks which we no longer require! As-is, but very good condition. We wanted to offer the sale to any interested parishioner before we put them on eBay. Make us an offer-there’s a good chance I’ll accept it on the first shot! Only caveat? The purchaser has to transport it from where it currently lies, one is in the back of the church, and the other is in the parish office-one level beneath the church.

Email Fr. Mark Paul,

No 12:10 Mass at St. Boniface on Monday, May 29th, Memorial Day.

The parish office will be closed on Monday, May 29.

First Communion weekend, June 3-4 at Assumption and St. Boniface.

Corpus Christi Mass June 11

Date: Sunday, June 11, 2023

Time: 11:30am Mass followed by Eucharistic Procession

Location: Carroll Park 363 Court Street

Rain Location: St. Agnes Church 433 Sackett Street

More Information:

Join together with other Brooklyn parishes to celebrate an outdoor Mass for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. Eucharistic procession to St. Mary Star of the Sea to follow.

Our Deanery has been lucky enough to secure a most gifted priest and homilist to join us. Father Dave Dwyer, CSP, is a Paulist priest, and founder of Busted Halo. Father Mark Paul has heard Fr. Dwyer preach many times - and he is superb! But don't just take our word for it - listen to an example of his preaching here:

Final call for volunteers who are needed to help before, during and after the Corpus Christi Mass.

  • Ushers are needed before mass to help set up chairs as well as hand out worship aids and seat folks; after Mass to help return chairs to the van.
  • Greeters are needed before mass to help set up chairs as well as greet folks at the park entrances and orient folks to bathrooms, first aid, seating, etc.; after mass: after Mass to help return chairs to the van.
  • Break Down Helpers are needed to help return chairs from the park back to vans.
  • Note: ushers and greeters are asked to be at the park around 8 am. Breakdown folks are needed after the Mass is over. If you are interested in helping out, please fill out this form:

On June 11, this Mass will take the place of the regular 11:15 Mass at St. Boniface.

There will be NO 11:15am Mass at St. Boniface on this date, due to this event.

Weekly Mass Intention Schedule

Pentecost Sunday

Weekly Readings:


05-27 ......5:00pm......Gerald Joseph Lepisko

05-28......9:30am......Mothers Novena and the people of the parish

05-29.......No Mass.....

05-30......8:00am......Frank Gallaro

05-31.......8:00am.......Franco Soru

06-1.........6:30am.......Mothers Novena

06-2........8:00am.......Rita Collins

06-3........9:00am.......For the benefactors of the Oratory Parishes

St. Boniface

05-28.....11:15am......For the People of the Parish

05-28.....6:00pm......Gerard Slattery

05-29.....No Mass

05-30....12:10pm.......Anthony Geraci

05-31.....12:10pm.......Intentions-John Greco

06-1.......12:10pm.......Prayer Service

06-2.....No Mass

Upcoming Calendar


6/2.......First Friday Mass and Sacred Heart Novena

6/3.......First Saturday Mass 9am

6/3-4...First Communion Weekend

6/11......Corpus Christi Mass at Carroll Park

6/11......There will be NO 11:15am Mass at St. Boniface on this date ..............due to the Corpus Christi Mass at Carroll Park.

6/11.......Baptisms at ABVM (9:30am)

Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:

Ayako Saji, Robert Miller, Valerie Stephensen, Michael Geraghty, Gail Gleason Kupec, Linda Johnson, Jim Linebarger, David Campbell, Doug Weiler, Anthony Geraci, Paul Martin, Kevin Gallagher, Michael Goins, Mary Charles, Marie Smith, Kim Manzi.

Rest In Peace: Michael O'Grady, Anthony Geraci.

Prayer List

If you would like to add someone to the prayer list, email the parish office at or go to the website and complete the information there.

Mass Intentions

If you would like to request a Mass for someone living or deceased, Mass intentions are available. Email The offering is $20. Please pay by using Pushpay or by mailing a check to 64 Middagh St. Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Candle and Flower Donations

Flowers offered to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Maria Pluchinotta.

Flowers offered in honor of Gertrude Conway by Tom and Carol Amon.

Mass Times and Church Hours

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Weekday hours: 7:45am-9:00am Tuesday through Friday.

Weekday Mass: 8:00am Tuesday through Friday

Weekend Masses

5:00pm Saturday and 9:30am Sunday

Confessions Saturday: 4:15pm-4:45pm

Prayer and Devotions

Tuesday, St. Anthony Novena (after 8:00am Mass)

Thursday, Rosary (after 8:00am Mass)

First Friday, Sacred Heart Novena (after 8:00am Mass)

First Saturday Mass, 9:00am with Rosary, Meditation and Benediction

The church is closed on Mondays.

St. Boniface

Weekday hours: 11:30am-1:00pm

Weekday Mass: 12:10pm Monday through Wednesday

Sunday Masses: 11:15am and 6:00pm

Sunday hours 11:00am-12:30 pm & 5:30pm-7:00pm

Confessions on Wednesdays, 11:30-noon

and before Mass on Sunday, 5:15pm-5:45pm

Prayer and Devotions

Tuesday to Thursday-Rosary, after 12:10 Mass

Thursday 12:10 Prayer Service with Communion

The church is closed on Fridays and Saturdays.


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.

For St. Boniface:

For Assumption:

St. Boniface


Or mail checks or envelopes to:

64 Middagh St

Brooklyn NY 11201

Attn: Assumption or St. Boniface

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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