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
February 26, 2021
Visit our website for more information:
Mass Intention Schedule
Second Sunday of Lent
February 28-March 5, 2021

2/27....5:00pm....Bettina Acerra
2/28....10:00am....For the People of the Parish
3/1........No Mass
3/2....9:00am....Lyn Montgomery
3/3....9:00am....Maria A. Gadioma
3/4....5:00pm....Terence J. McGurn
3/5....9:00am....Rosalia Pluchinotta
3/6....9:00am....Intentions of the Benefactors & Friends of the Oratory

St. Boniface
2/28....10:00am....Marquis Archer
2/28....11:15am....For the People of the Parish
2/28....6:00pm....Mary Ellen Critchlow
3/1....12:10pm....Intentions of Sarah Spieldenner
3/2....12:10pm....John Collins
3/3....12:10pm....Oratorian Vocations
3/4....12:10pm....Norman Dix
3/5....12:10pm....Terence J. McGurn
Stations of the Cross at Assumption
on Fridays of Lent
After the 9:00am morning Mass and in the evening at 6pm in the church.
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers: Sister Seton Cunneen, George Thakur, Mary Jo, Christine Audrey Liddy, Janina and Tadeusz Cichowska, Al Parque, Craig Stucky, Patrick Turner, Miriam Janove.

Rest In Peace: Dawn Garcia Mitchell, Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, Fr. Paul Palmiotto.

If you would like add someone to the prayer list, email the parish office at or go to the website and complete the form.
Lenten Special Collection
Traditionally, St. Boniface had loose change collections during the season of Lent. This year we have decided to dedicate our contributions to our St Boniface sister parish of St Mark's Turkana, Kenya. Assumption will dedicate their Lenten contributions to our Our Lady of Perpetual help in Floenceau, Haiti. Please use the poor box fund on Pushpay or use the Lenten collection basket in the church to make your offering.

Additionally, we will support local charitable efforts through the Annual Catholic Appeal. Please help as much as you can. As is often the case, the poor end up bearing a disproportionate share of the burdens that impact us all.

Lenten mite boxes are available in the back of the church for the children but all are welcome to take one home and return it before Easter.
Xavier Society for the Blind
The Xavier “Free Publication” Society was founded in 1900. Our mission was envisioned by a blind teacher of blind children, Margaret Coffey, and Fr. Joseph Stadelman, SJ. The Society provides “the Word of God, and the best of Roman Catholic teaching and literature, spiritual and inspirational material, to blind or visually impaired persons of any faith in whatever format best meets their needs at no charge.”

Lenten materials and resources available for people living with blindness, sight loss, or who are print disabled. You may reach the organization by phone: 212-473-7800 or by email: They have audio and braille materials in English and other languages.
Pope Francis’ Ash Wednesday Homily
You might want to read this inspiring reflection on the start of our Lenten journey. “Lent is a journey that involves our whole life, our entire being. It is a time to reconsider the path we are taking, to find the route that leads us home and to rediscover our profound relationship with God, on whom everything depends." Read the entire Pope Francis Homily HERE.
New Vaccine Resources
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is opening a pop-up vaccination clinic that will operate for seven days from Thursday 2/25/21 to Wednesday 3/3/21, from 8:00am-7:00pm at:
El Caribe Catering Hall
5945 Strickland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234 (parking available)

The vaccination site is only open to people 65 and older who live in these qualifying BROOKLYN ONLY zip codes:

  • Bedford Stuyvesant, 11205, 11206, 11216, 11221, 11233, 11238
  • Bushwick, 11206, 11207, 11221, 11237
  • East New York and Starrett City, 11207, 11208, 11239
  • Sunset Park, 11220, 11232
  • Coney Island, 11224, 11235
  • Flatbush and Midwood, 11226
  • Brownsville, 11212, 11233
  • East Flatbush, 11203, 11226
  • Flatlands and Canarsie, 11236

An appointment is required and can be made

***Please note the pop-up vaccination clinic will return in 28 days to ensure those who received their first dose of the vaccine at this site will receive their second dose.***
The month of March is dedicated to St. Joseph
We will be praying a Novena to St. Joseph on Wednesday and
Fridays following the 9am Mass at Assumption. The prayers
will be in Tuesdays link.
Please remember, if you are able, to keep supporting our parishes as we try to maintain staff, clergy and operations during this time.
You can make your donation online through PushPay by clicking on one of the links below.
Lenten Collections
St. Boniface
St. Mark’s in Turkana, Kenya (Poor Box Fund)

Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Floenceau, Haiti (Poor Box Fund)

2-28 Diocesan Collection Black and Indian Missions

Or mail checks to:
64 Middagh St
Brooklyn NY 11201
Attn: either ABVM or St Boniface
Please be sure to send all mail to 64 Middagh Street. The Post Office is no longer forwarding  our mail. Thank you!

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