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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

May 11, 2023

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Welcome Ruby and Olivia baptized this past Sunday at Assumption.

Congratulations to our young people in our parishes and St. Charles Boromeo who were confirmed this past weekend ! May they seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit each day as they walk forward in faith with us.

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 14, Mother’s Day. Please send in your names to the office this week. On Sunday, we will have a May Crowning at the 9:30am Mass at Assumption and at 11:15am at St. Boniface.

Holy Day Mass Schedule

Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

Thursday, May 18

6:30pm Vigil Mass, at ABVM Wed eve 5/17 w/music.

8am Mass, at ABVM.

12:10pm Mass, at SB w/music.

ABVM Mass Notice

This is a reminder that there will be no 9:30am Mass at ABVM next week, Sunday, May 21, because of the parish picnic.

All Assumption and St. Boniface parishioners are invited to the 11:15 am Mass at St. Boniface to celebrate and enjoy the parish picnic on Duffield Street.

Come celebrate our Saint of Joy, Feast of St. Philip Neri on May 21, 2023 after 11:15 Mass at St. Boniface!

Rain or shine! We have tents! With a novena going.

Lots of food, music, children's activities and fun.

We still need sweets. Please contribute pre-packaged desserts,

that are small or sliced, only.

Come celebrate, we need volunteers of all ages.

Contact Bill Vinicombe, or text Marybeth Zeman, 516-457-9464.

Volunteers please contact

One more year and we'll be back to macaroni salad! 

Nominations for St. Boniface PPC Members At Large

St Boniface Parish Pastoral Council is seeking a diversity of candidates to run for members at large. Please consider if you would like to nominate someone or yourself for this two year position. The term begins in September. Members at large are expected to attend the monthly meeting (primarily by Zoom) of the joint St. Boniface and Assumption PPCs and to assume leadership responsibility with new or current initiatives of the PPC. We accept up to six nominations for the election of members at large each year.

To nominate someone or yourself, please contact Connie Tempel at by Tuesday, May 16. For the candidates who will run, we need a one paragraph bio about yourself and a headshot photo that will be posted with the election information. This year voting will be electronic to minimize printing and mailing work for the office staff. However, if you prefer you can contact Carole Fabrizio in the office to vote.

Oratory Parishes Pickleball Open Play - Week 2

We had a great turn out last week with ten parishioners meeting to play pickleball in the ABVM hall on Thursday afternoon. We will be having our second session this Thursday from 4-6pm and look forward to seeing you. The sessions will be facilitated by Jason Manske, please email him if you have questions:

As a reminder, it is important that everyone wears tennis / pickleball or other court shoes to play so as to preserve both the hall floor and your bodies. Ankle sprains are common with those playing in shoes that do not provide lateral support such as running shoes. Also please bring your own personal water bottles.

Save the Date - May 20th

We know you can't believe it, but our very own Gertrude Conway turns 100 this month! On Saturday, May 20th we, her parish family, will celebrate the 5:00pm Mass in her honor, with a special coffee hour to follow in the parish hall. All are welcome! Please come join and celebrate our dedicated friend...

Click here to view the Diocese of Brooklyn's TV Coverage of Gertrude's Upcoming Birthday! 

Corpus Christi event

Join us as we come together to celebrate an outdoor Mass for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. Eucharistic procession to St. Mary Star of the Sea to follow.

Our guest homilist, Fr. Dave Dwyer.

Father Dave Dwyer, CSP, is a Paulist priest and Executive Director of Busted Halo Ministries. He is the publisher of and the host of "The Busted Halo Show with Father Dave," a call-in radio talk show airing five nights a week on SiriusXM radio on which he answers questions of faith for more than 30 million subscribers.

Date: Sunday, June 11, 2023

Time: 11:30 am Mass followed by Eucharistic Procession

Location: Carroll Park 363 Court Street

RainLocation: St. Agnes Church 433 Sackett Street

For more information, visit our website or click HERE, to register.

On June 11, this will take the place of the

regular 11:15 Mass at St. Boniface.

Again, there will be NO 11:15am

Mass at St. Boniface on this date,

due to this event.

Weekly Mass Intention Schedule

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Weekly Readings:


05-13......5:00pm......Tom and Phyllis Acerra

05-14......9:30am......Mothers' Novena

05-15......Closed, No Mass

05-16......8:00am......Gil Vasquez

05-17......8:00am......John E. Parker

05-17......6:30pm......Grace Williams

05-18......8:00am......Trinidad Sion

05-19......8:00am......Sebastiano Soru

St. Boniface

05-14......11:15am......Janina & Tadeusz Cichowsky

05-14......6:00pm......For the People of the Parish

05-15......12:10pm......Anthony Galdi

05-16......12:10pm......Mothers' Novena

05-17......12:10pm......Mothers'  Novena

05-18......12:10pm......Priest’s Intention

05-19......Closed, No Mass

Dedications at Assumption

Flowers offered in honor of the Blessed Mother by Dan Gadiamo (May 1).

Flowers offered in honor of the Blessed Mother by Connie Leone.

Candle Dedications at Assumption

Sanctuary candle by Notre Thomas.

St Joseph candle offered by Connie Leone.

St Jude candle by Kathy Reynolds.

Upcoming Calendar


5/14......Mother’s Day

5/18......Ascension of the Lord (Holy Day)

5/21......St. Philip’s Day Picnic

5/26......St. Philip Neri’s Feast Day


6/04......First Communion

6/11.......Corpus Christi Mass at Carroll Park

6/11.......There will be NO 11:15am Mass at St. Boniface on this date ..............due to the Corpus Christi Mass at Carroll Park.

6/11.......Baptisms at ABVM

Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:

Linda Johnson, Jim Linebarger, David Campbell, Doug Weiler, Anthony Geraci, Paul Martin, Kevin Gallagher, Michael Goins, Mary Charles, Marie Smith, Kim Manzi.

Rest In Peace: Jesus Alberto Ortiz Lopez, Winnie Kennedy, Fr. Tony Azzarto, SJ, Msgr. Geraghty, Ethel Byers Wolf, Joseph Aguanno, Sr.

Prayer List

If you would like to add someone to the prayer list, email the parish office at or go to the website and complete the information there.

Mass Intentions

If you would like to request a Mass for someone living or deceased, Mass intentions are available. Email The offering is $20. Please pay by using Pushpay or by mailing a check to 64 Middagh St. Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Mass Times and Church Hours

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Weekday hours: 7:45am-9:00am Tuesday through Friday.

Weekday Mass: 8:00am Tuesday through Friday

Weekend Masses

5:00pm Saturday and 9:30am Sunday

Confessions Saturday: 4:15pm-4:45pm

Prayer and Devotions

Tuesday, St. Anthony Novena (after 8:00am Mass)

Thursday, Rosary (after 8:00am Mass)

First Friday, Sacred Heart Novena (after 8:00am Mass)

First Saturday Mass, 9:00am with Rosary, Meditation and Benediction

The church is closed on Mondays.

St. Boniface

Weekday hours: 11:30am-1:00pm

Weekday Mass: 12:10pm Monday through Wednesday

Sunday Masses: 11:15am and 6:00pm

Sunday hours 11:00am-12:30 pm & 5:30pm-7:00pm

Confessions on Wednesdays, 11:30-noon

and before Mass on Sunday, 5:15pm-5:45pm

Prayer and Devotions

Tuesday to Thursday-Rosary, after 12:10 Mass

Thursday 12:10 Prayer Service with Communion

The church is closed on Fridays and Saturdays.


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.

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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