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, 2021
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From Your Pastors
With the recent celebration of Pentecost, we recall the first “birth” of the church into the world. The nascent group of disciples, animated by their experience of the Risen Jesus were empowered by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the good news of resurrection. For us who hold fast to the living memory of Jesus in his dying and rising and sealed in the gift of the Spirit, it is a time for us to be re-born as a church, as communities of faith and as disciples of the Lord. This past 15 months of disruption has given us pause to reassess our lives and how we live them out together. With recent changes in recommendations by the CDC and under the guidance of the diocese of Brooklyn, the Oratory parishes will begin to identify ways in which we will modify our gathering and activities. As you know we have been very deliberate and attentive to creating a sense of welcome and safety for all of our community members during the pandemic. We want to be equally as deliberate and measured in our restoration of ministries and activities so that all members of our community feel safe and welcomed.

Restoration of liturgical ministries will involve some preparation for assisting ministers. We will look at ways to ensure flexible seating and sufficient access to worship as more people return to worship. We will begin with simple steps in the coming weeks, like placing hymnals again in the seats. We will continue to wear face coverings and sanitize hands. Holy communion will continue to be under one species and in the hand. As we make adjustments suitable to each site, we will share that information with you in the Link and at Mass.

You may be aware that during the pandemic, the obligation to participate in the weekly liturgy was suspended. With the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord (Corpus Christi) on June 5/6, that dispensation will come to an end. Although the dispensation will be lifted, those who are ill, or feeling unwell, those who care for the sick and those truly at risk are automatically dispensed from the obligation, as is always the case. We are excited to look forward to new possibilities in a post pandemic life together, so please come home and help us rebuild and grow the Body of Christ.

Fr. Michael J. Callaghan, c.o. and Fr. Mark Lane, c.o.
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.

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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
Save the Date! June 5
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. 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.

Saturday June 5 at the 5:00pm Vigil Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi at Assumption Parish.
St. Philip Neri Novena
The feast of St. Philip Neri, May 26, our Founder and Patron Saint of Joy. Novena to St. Philip Neri Booklet can be found here.
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.
First Eucharist
We are pleased that our young people will celebrate first Holy Communion in June. There are 13 from Assumption and 14 from St. Boniface. The families and First Communicants will attend one of the Masses at Assumption or St. Boniface on June 6, 12 or 13th.
Save the Date

The 2021 Baronius Lecture in Church History
Presenter: Dr. Cecilia Moore

Topic: "Working with and Against Culture: African Americans, Catholic Religious, and Civil Rights in Virginia, South Carolina and Louisiana in the 1950's and 1960's."

Tuesday, October 26, 6:30pm via Zoom
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.
Mass Times and Church Hours

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The church is closed on Mondays.
Weekday church hours:
8:30am-12:00 noon Tuesday through Friday.
Weekday Mass:
9:00am Tuesday through Friday.

Weekend Masses
5:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am on Sunday

Confessions Saturday:
4:15pm-4:45pm at the St. Joseph’s Altar
First Saturday of the month:
9:00am Mass with Benediction to follow
Summer Weekend Mass Schedule begins Sunday June 20
5:00pm Vigil on Saturdays
10:30am Sunday

St. Boniface
The church is closed on Fridays.
Weekday church hours:
11:30-1:00pm Monday through Thursday
Weekday Mass:
12:10pm Monday through Thursday

Sunday church hours:
9:30am-12:30pm and 5:15pm-7:00pm
Sunday Masses:
10:00am, 11:15am, and 6:00pm

Confessions Saturday:
During Eucharistic Adoration, 12:30-1:00pm, on Wednesdays and before Mass on Sunday 5:15pm-5:45pm
Summer Weekend Mass Schedule begins Sunday June 20
9:00am and 6:00pm on Sundays
Prayer to St. Philip Neri
O holy St. Philip Neri, patron saint of joy, you who trusted Scripture’s promise that the Lord is always at hand and that
we need not have anxiety about anything,
in your compassion
heal our worries and sorrows
and lift the burdens from our hearts.
We come to you as one whose heart swells
with abundant love for God and all creation,
hear us we pray especially in this need....
Keep us safe through your loving intercession,
and may the joy of the Holy Spirit
which filled your heart St. Philip,
transform our lives and bring us peace.

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