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
September 11, 2020
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Christian Patrick Kennedy, (big sister and sponsor) and Fr. Mark.
Congratulations to Alex and Claire Geurin on the baptism of their daughter Sophie Charlize this past Sunday at Assumption. With them are there other two children, Ollie and Margot. Welcome Sophie!
Cassius Guerra received Confirmation last week at St. Boniface.
September 11 Interfaith Observance
Friday, September 11 between 8:30am-10:00am and 5:30-7:00pm Brooklyn Heights Promenade at Montague Street

So many events this year have invited us to rethink life and community in the wake of the current global pandemic and racial uprisings — that includes gathering to remember those we lost 19 years ago to a horrific terrorist attack. While health concerns prevent us from holding a traditional service this year our 9-11 memorial will be no less meaningful. Please join the Brooklyn Heights Clergy Association any time between 8:30-10 am and 5:30-7 pm to leave a written tribute on the Promenade at Montague Street. In our sacred distant way, we will honor those we lost and we will remember.

Ribbons and prayer blank cards will be distributed at the corner of Montague Street and the Promenade during the following times.

8:30-9:00am - The Rev. Adriene Thorne
9:00-9:30am - The Rev. Kate Salisbury
9:30-10am - The Rev. John Denaro & the Rev. Marie Tatro

5:30-6:30pm - The Rev. Michael Callaghan 6:30-7pm - The Rev. Erika Meyer
From Our Pastors

What possible benefit could there be in the restrictions and the limitations the pandemic has imposed on all of us? What is the point of all this isolating?

We take some encouragement from the so called “hidden years” of Jesus’ life.

Reading the Gospel’s, as handed down to us, there is little to nothing about Jesus’ life after his birth and before he begins his public mission after his baptism in the Jordan. The only reference to those years is Luke 2:52: “And Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man." Those hidden years were vital to his development for they help him to discern his mission and to gather the resources to respond wisely and lovingly with his life.

So many natural processes have a preliminary time of maturation. Without a time of waiting the yeast will not ferment, and the bread will not rise. Without the winter hiatus the soil would not be enriched for spring. This time turns the popular adage “don’t just sit there do something” on its head. Now is the time to say: don’t just do something wait. Wait for the opportune time.

We celebrate the nineteenth anniversary of 9/11 today. Those days seemed, for many of us who endured them, to be the end of things, and prompted some to move away and seek new lives and possibilities. Many of us stayed put and waited, and eventually returned to the subways and to the streets and resumed our more regular lives.

Please God this time too will be a time of renewal. And the waiting will be productive. Our faith gives us reason to hope... Even Jesus rested in the tomb three days before the resurrection.

Here is an excerpt from a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke on waiting with hope: “We have no reason to mistrust our world, for it is not against us. Has it terrors, they are our terrors; has it abysses, those abysses belong to us; are dangers at hand, we must try to love them.... Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.”

Please keep in prayer all who lost their lives on 9/11/2001, and all who grieve their passing. Pray for a better, more just, and peaceful tomorrow, for all.

Fr. Mark Lane, C.O. and Fr. Michael Callaghan, C.O.
Mass Schedule Notice
St Boniface Sunday Mass Times Changing Sunday, September 20. 10:00am, 11:15am. 6:00pm.

Assumption Weekend Masses will remain the same until October. 5:00pm on Saturday and 9:00am Sunday.
Join us on Sunday, September 13 at 11:30am.
Oratory Coffee Hour continues after Mass on Zoom. Whether you attend Mass in-person or livestream, don’t miss the opportunity to gather as a community online. Bring your own coffee (or tea). Conversation will be provided.

Zoom instructions are as follows:
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Family Faith Formation at The Oratory
Family-based faith formation at the Oratory 2020-2021 is adapting to the needs of this period of COVID 19 by meeting online in small groups. Small groups give us the chance to get to know each other, build relationships and grow in our faith. To have an enriched and engaged experience of Sunday mass with our children, we’ll break open the Gospel together, a chance for each of us to grow in knowledge and love of God and become stronger people of faith.

Registration is now open. For more information and to register, please contact ChristinaMatone at
New RCIA program to begin September 30
The “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults” (RCIA) is for men and women who want to journey deeper into the Catholic faith. Some may have little or no religious background. Others were raised in other Christian denominations and now feel pulled to explore Catholicism. Some are baptized Catholics who practiced their faith up to a certain point in their lives and now wish to complete the sacraments of initiation. Others are engaged to or married to Catholics and want to learn more. RCIA aims to support you wherever you are.

This year, RCIA will meet entirely on Zoom, starting with a virtual get-together on Wednesday, September 30 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The actual program begins on Wednesday, October 7, and continues to meet on Wednesday evenings thereafter. We welcome your questions! All inquiries will be kept confidential. Contact RCIA coordinators Rob and Nadine at, or one of our pastors, Fr. Mark Lane at or Fr. Michael Callaghan at

We look forward to hearing from you.
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:
Frances Gussman, Margaret Waddell, James Leung, Lyn Montgomery, Richard Majewski, Aurelia Arrabe, Eugene & Judy Gharis, Pat Lally.

Rest In Peace:
Frank Moynihan, Linda Devoe, Carlo Lopatriello, Jose Perez-Pagan, Stanley Nosol.

If you would like add someone to the prayer list email the parish office at or go to the website and complete the information there.
Please remember, if you are able, to keep supporting our parishes as we try to maintain staff, clergy and operations during this time.
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Or mail checks to:
The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes
64 Middagh Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Attn: ABVM or St. Boniface

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