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 7, 2021
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Congratulations to Katie Baran and Kenny Stevens married at St Boniface Saturday May 1.
The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord
Mass schedule:

6:00pm Vigil Mass
9:00am Mass

St. Boniface
12:10pm Mass
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers: Marie Christine Gallo, Tom Hartmann, Maria Sofia Vierhapper, Jerry Slattery, Carl Weisser, Elsa Grotian Matthews, Michelle Simon Cox, Brigida Munoz, Frederick Gamboa, Diane Ravitch, Elena Adan.

Rest In Peace: Mary Hope O’Connell, Joe Longo, Mary Jane Jones, Anne Eddis, Anne Gunn, Vincent Gerecitano, Pat Peterson, Nancy Dorsinville.

If you would like add someone to the prayer list, email the parish office at or go to the website and complete the form.
May - A Month dedicated to Mary Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church
May is one of the months traditionally dedicated to the honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

During this month we will have our Novena of Masses for our mothers, living and deceased, starting on May 9, Mother’s Day. At Assumption, there will be a May Altar at the Mary Shrine. People are invited to bring flowers and place them there during the month of May. On Mother’s Day weekend we will have a simple May Crowning at the 5 pm evening Mass.
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.
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Sunday, May 9, 1pm on Zoom.
“On Caring” is a direct effort for our community to begin to live the Pope’s 2015 climate change encyclical, Laudato Si’ and was presented by Social Justice Action at St. Boniface. “On Caring” featured Professor Michael B. Gerrard, the Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, and Director of the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School. Professor Gerrard examines the impact of climate change on migration, immigration, and what it means for displaced persons and climate refugees. The talk was designed to spur conversation and action about what moral imperatives we have as communities of faith to reduce and eliminate our carbon footprints and care for the 100’s of millions of potential climate refugees that will be produced.

You can watch the video here.

Speakers included Karenna Gore, Center for Earth Ethics, and New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh. “On Caring for Our Common Home” is co-sponsored by Brooklyn Oratory Parishes of St. Boniface & the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, St. Francis Xavier Environmental Ministry, Pace University, Trinity Church Wall Street, Pax Christi USA, Center for Earth Ethics, Food & Water Watch, 350 Brooklyn, Metro New York Catholic Climate Movement, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, NY State Senator Brian Kavanagh, and Brooklyn for Peace.

Please feel free to share the video. If you would like to find out how to get involved or take action, please contact Jan Horn at
Oratory Small Groups Survey
The Brooklyn Oratory recognizes the power of Small Groups to transform and sustain our community and our faith. We are seeking input and feedback from people who have, and those who have not participated in Brooklyn Oratory Small Groups in the past
 6 years. Your honest feedback in this survey will help us target improvements for the future and bring this transformative experience to more people. You can provide your answers anonymously, if you prefer.

Please complete the survey here:
Greetings from St. Mark’s Parish Lokitaung, Kenya
Thank you very much to all who contributed prayerfully and financially to the Lenten Season Special Collections for our Sister Parish in Turkana.

Over the coming weeks we will share cards sent from the children of St Mark’s parish.
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.

Over the next several weeks, envelopes to support the Annual Catholic Appeal are being made available in our church sites. This is our “in-pew” effort is to help us reach the goals set by the diocese for each parish based on annual income. These goals are based on annual income of the parishes.

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.

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.

  • Mother’s Day Novena
  • 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal

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