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 14, 2021
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Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:
Bill LaForette, Elisabeth Michael, Emma Perez, Marie Christine Gallo, Tom Hartmann, Maria Sofia Vierhapper, Jerry Slattery, Carl Weisser, Elsa Grotian Matthews, Michelle Simon Cox, Brigida Munoz, Elena Adan.

Rest In Peace: Virginia Shadrick, John Delury, Tracy Lower, Mary Hope O’Connell, Joe Longo, Mary Jane Jones, Anne Eddis, Anne Gunn, Nancy Dorsinville.
Sunday’s Second Collection is the annual Catholic Communication Campaign.
By participating in this collection we help foster dialogue around the country on important faith and community issues. Half the funds collected remain in the diocese to support local communications projects. The other half support national projects in the USA and around the world.

An example of the national projects made possible by support of this campaign is the work of Catholic Mobilizing Network, which works to incorporate the principles of restorative justice into the US criminal justice system through prayer, education and advocacy. In 2019 they created discussion and awareness of the injustices of capital punishment by creating a study guide to accompany the award winning film “Just Mercy”, based on the book by renowned civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson.

Thank you for your support.
Imagining Mary
Traditionally, Catholics have honored Mary during the month of May. View a short video of images of Mary as she has been portrayed throughout the world. Hear the Hail Mary in languages spoken by members of our Oratory community. The video is now on the Oratory’s YouTube channel

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.
St. Philip Neri
May 26th is an important date for Oratorians as on it we mark the feast of St. Philip Neri, our Founder and Patron Saint of Joy. The St. Philip Neri Novena prayers will begin on May 17 and continue through May 25. The novena will follow the daily mass at the parishes. The prayers will be in Tuesday’s link.
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.
2021 Annual Catholic Appeal
The Annual Catholic Appeal is underway and all of us are encouraged to support this common effort. A range of programs and ministries are funded by the ACA that serve vulnerable communities among the elderly, poor, immigrants and youth.

Please make sure when you fill out the envelope to add the name of the parish and the parish ACA number:

Assumption is ACA #1019 and St. Boniface is ACA #2034

If you are on PushPay you can also can participate.
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

  • Diocesan Communications Campaign
  • 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal

Or mail checks or envelopes to:
64 Middagh St
 Brooklyn NY 11201
Attn: either ABVM or St Boniface
Greetings from St. Mark’s Parish Lokitaung, Kenya
Mary, Mother of mercy,
health of the sick, refuge of migrants and refugees,
comforter of the afflicted,
you know our wants, our troubles, our sufferings and needs.
Intercede for us that we may become more conformed to the image of Jesus
and live as his body in joy and peace. 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