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
August 21, 2020
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Dear Friends,

Normally this time of the year we would be rushing to get in as much enjoyment of the last days of summer as we could. And busily getting ready for all the events that surround going back to school.

In the parish we would be preparing for Homecoming and fine tuning plans for programming and the numerous events that populate a normal schedule. This year of course is unlike any most of us have faced. All our planning has had to adapt to the new realities. And even those plans need to be flexible enough to adapt to ever changing realities.

There is anxiety about almost everything we undertake and confidence is constantly tested because we can take little for granted.

As with any crisis the pandemic is forcing many of us into situations we would not choose. How do we respond?

In his weekly Wednesday public address this week Pope Francis remarked: "The pandemic is a crisis. You don't come out of it the same – either better or worse, we must come out better" from the COVID-19 pandemic, the pope said.

How do we come out better? How do we help our world to come out of this stronger and more just? How do we not only survive but how can we find ways to flourish? And how do we make this better future a reality for all and not just for some?

One of the possible benefits of this time is a renewed awareness of what really matters. Maybe we could choose to realign our priorities. To focus on family and friends. To schedule activities that contribute and not just consume. To devote time to improving the lot of others and sharing our gifts and resources in ways that promote the kind of world we want to live in and leave to future generations. How do we come out of this crisis better?

Jesus said it succinctly: "What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life?" He posed this question to his disciples before the crisis of his passion and death. That some met that crisis and stayed faithful gave birth to the Church we have inherited.

We invite you to take a few minutes if you find yourself alone or in prayer this week to attempt an answer to the question Jesus posed. Perhaps the following prayer from our Oratorian brother Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman might get you started.

God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.

Fr. Mark Lane, C.O. and Fr. Michael Callaghan, C.O.
Thank you to all who contributed so generously to the Mission appeals last weekend at both parishes. It was particularly heartening at this time. If you wish to make a contribution, go to the parish website and the PushPay tab and search for 'Summer Mission Appeal' or send a check with a clear notation of the parish to 64 Middagh St Brooklyn, NY 11201.

The mission for St Boniface is Maranatha Caring Mission and the Diocese of Bomadi for Assumption.
RCIA: A Journey Into The Catholic Tradition
God is always awakening in us a desire for something more in our lives. We may hear God’s call when faced with a major life event, like marriage or having a child. We may hear it in a time of crisis, like the loss of a loved one, or the current pandemic. When we feel a pull towards a deeper relationship with God, it is good to have a community with which to explore it.

The Catholic Church has a process for adults who are considering the Catholic way of life. The “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults” (RCIA) is for men and women who want to journey deeper into the Catholic faith. Some come with little or no religious background. Some were baptized or raised in other Christian denominations and now feel called to explore Catholicism. Others are engaged to or married to Catholics and want to learn more. And some are baptized Catholics who practiced their faith up to a certain point in their lives and now wish to complete the sacraments of initiation. RCIA aims to support you wherever you are.

This fall, the 2020/2021 RCIA program will begin with meetings on Wednesday evenings on Zoom. All inquiries are welcome and will be kept confidential. For more information, contact our RCIA coordinators, Rob and Nadine, at, or one of our pastors, Fr. Mark Lane, co or Fr. Michael Callaghan, co
Sunday, September 13 Virtual Coffee Hour after mass on zoom.
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:
Mary Jane Jones, Joseph Asaro, Don McKillop, Robyn DeLorenzo, Brian and Robbie Lynch,, Kathleen Folan, Pat Lally.

Rest In Peace:
Brendan Moyna, Sr. Cortia Clarke, RDC, Fr. Tom Cummings, SJ, Paul Newton, Herbert McLaughlin, Fr. James Bucaria.

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

Or mail checks to:
The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes
64 Middagh Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Attn: 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