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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 12, 2021
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Update from the Provost
As we mark the 33rd year of the founding of the Brooklyn Oratory on February 11th, the Congregation is pleased to announce the reception of Mr. Tim Passow as a novice in our community after a year of discernment with us. Tim originally hails from Michigan but has spent a good deal of his life in Florida. He works in payroll and HR for a large national corporation. Tim has two children for whom he has been the primary parent since their early years. Both are living independently while attending college and working in Florida. He is a warm and genuine person and is eager to get to know members of the Oratory Parishes as both schedule and the pandemic permit. We hope you will have a chance to meet him either virtually or in person as we wait to resume in- person activities apart from Mass. Some members of the parishes have already met Tim as he is currently a catechist in our virtual confirmation program. Tim will relocate to Brooklyn and move into the Oratory Residence at 64 Middagh Street in the coming month. Please join us in welcoming Tim (soon to be “Brother Tim”) and please also keep him in your prayers as he makes this move to begin his formation as an Oratorian. Fr. Anthony
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mass Intention Schedule

2/13....5:00pm....Mary and John Addeo
2/14....10:00am....For the People of the Parish
2/15....No Mass
2/16....9:00am....Mary Teresa Ward
2/17....9:00am....Silvio Pluchinotta
2/17....5:00pm....For First Responders and Frontline Medical Workers
2/18....9:00am....Intention - Patrick Turner
2/19....9:00am....Mae and Salim Karam

St. Boniface
2/14....10:00am....Ruben Rivera
2/14....11:15am....For the People of the Parish
2/14....6:00pm....Joan Thom
2/15....12:10pm....No Mass
2/16....12:10pm....Josephine DeBari
2/17....12:10pm....Michael F. Hennessy
2/17....5:30pm....For the People of the Parish
2/18....12:10pm....Joan Krauss Hoyt
2/19....12:10pm....Donald and Agnes MacLellan
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers: Kim Nino, Joan Brooks, Anne Gunn, Fr. Paul Palmiotto, Al Parque, Craig Stucky, Robin Acerra, Tommy Acerra, Ed Acerra, Louis Acerra, John Richardson, Blythe Finn, Miriam Janove, Patrick Turner.

Rest In Peace: Emma Etelvina Padilla, Frank Mittenzwei, Fr. Carl Johnson, Lawrence Tanner, Dorothy White, Margaret Cavanaugh, Fr. Kevin O’Reilly, Rev. James Fraser, Alfonso Gonzalez- Linan, Kym Acerra, Ted Kamienowski, Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC.

If you would like add someone to the prayer list, email the parish office at or go to the website and complete the form.
Ash Wednesday - February 17, 2021

Schedule of Masses
Assumption 9:00am and 5:00pm
St. Boniface 12:10pm and 5:30pm
Stations of the Cross at Assumption will be on Fridays of Lent following the 9:00am morning Mass and in the evening at 6pm in the church.
Readers for Masses at Assumption
As we plan for the coming months, we are looking to expand the Reader ministry at Assumption. Adults and youth are welcome to train. Parents and youth are encouraged to train and read together at a Mass. If you would like to help share God's word as a Reader at Assumption, please contact Fr. Michael or 718-875-2096 ext 16.

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Sunday, February 14, 12:30pm
Social Justice Action Presents:
Health Care for All - A presentation by Oliver T. Fein, MD, FACP

Virtual Presentation & Discussion
The Catholic social justice tradition teaches that health care is a human right, not a privilege. Dr. Fein, a professor of clinical medicine and clinical public health at Weill Cornell Medical College, a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) and chair of the NY Metro Chapter of PNHP, as exemplified by his work, shares this view. He will discuss the “how and why” a publicly–funded single payer health insurance program can deliver high quality, equitably accessible health care to all, explain how it works and why it would improve health equity. Please join us and invite family and friends interested in health care equity to participate.

Registration will allow us to contact you with the Zoom link and to share resources both before and after the presentation. It will also enable you to submit questions in advance. Questions will be taken at the event as well.

If you have questions, please contact Fran Buchinsky at

Tuesday, February 23, 7:00-8:30pm
Brooklyn Oratory Small Groups presents
Spirituality of the Oratory: Knowing Our Charism
NEW Season 4 “Stability: Strengthening the Bond of Communion”
This ORIGINAL PROGRAM is rooted in Oratorian spirituality. Please complete the signup form at:
If you are absolutely unable to attend a group, but would like a copy of the booklet, please send an email to

Beginning the week of February 14
The Oratory Women’s Community invites women/mujeres of ALL ages to its "Party Gras" and OWC First Anniversary
More details in registration link Come & Celebrate. Bring family, friends, mothers, daughters, su familia y sus amigas. OWC is still listening. Find out about events for the year ahead.

February 16, 2021 @ 7:15 -8:30pm
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:

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