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
January 8, 2021
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Join the NEW Ways to Pray Always - 6-Week Course
starting this weekend
Many of us would like to learn how to include more prayer in our lives, and many more still are curious about what it would be like to pray daily, or even always. Using ancient Christian prayer practices, Daniel Wolpert’s book, Creating a Life with God, can show us new ways.
Join Sarah Spieldenner, hospital chaplain and St. Boniface parishioner, as she takes you through the exercises outlined in Wolpert’s guide. We will meet for six weeks as a group to share our experiences of individual prayer and to practice the same prayer exercises together in community.

Practices include the Jesus prayer, the examen, apophatic prayer, prayer through art and movement, etc. that promises to enliven your prayer life. Sign up here:

6-Week Course, Saturday mornings from 9:30am to 11:00am, January 9 through February 13.
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers: Olivia Weatherford, Franes Koegel, Patrick Turner, Fr. Tom Lynch, Cindy Hall, Coco Wilde, Jeanette Sforza, Shelley Conger, Olivia Zicchinolfi, Bob & Suzanne Mollman, Gerard Slattery, Vann Parker.

Rest In Peace: Margaret Vasquez, Lucia Piro, Lyn Montgomery.

If you would like add someone to the prayer list, email the parish office at or go to the website and complete the form.
Mass Intention Schedule

1/9..5:00pm...Nicholas Sgammato
1/10..10:00am...The People of the Parish
1/11..No Mass
1/12..9:00am...Gus Andolfo
1/13..9:00am...Patrick (Paden) Hanney
1/14..9:00am...Joseph Maiello
1/15..9:00am...Mae & Salim Karam

St. Boniface
1/10..10:00am...Margaret Fissinger
..11:15am...The People of the Parish
..6:00pm...Chip Beusch
1/11..12:10pm...Paul Butler
1/12..12:10pm...Jimmy Bilbery (Healing)
1/13..12:10pm...Pat Lally
1/14..12:10pm...Jeanette Sforza (Healing)
1/15..12:10pm...The Sick of the Parish
Virtual Coffee Hour - Join us
Sunday, January 10 , 12:30pm
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). 

Topic: Coffee Hour
Time: January 10, 2021 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 870 0353 1565
Passcode: 111

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Sunday, January 10 , 12:30pm  
7th - 10th Graders & Older Parish Teens!
Thank the Heroes
The Oratory Parishes invite teens and pre-teens to a very special on-line event.

Learn about and thank the many unseen healthcare heroes who have risked their own lives to save others during the pandemic.

You’ll hear from Dr. Charlotte Austin a young doctor who grew up in Brooklyn. Dr. Austin works as a General Surgery Resident in New Jersey, and in a hospital especially hard hit by the pandemic.

Then, use your creative-side to express your thanks on a digital message board. We’ll share messages with Brooklyn Hospital and Newark Beth Israel where Dr. Austin works. Register any time prior to the event at:

Friday, Jan. 29th 4pm - 5pm
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:

Special Diocesan Collection: January 10 for Missions.

Or mail checks to:
64 Middagh St
Brooklyn NY 11201
Attn: either 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