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
October 30, 2020
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From Our Pastors

This year we celebrate All Saints Day on Sunday and All Souls on Monday. These feasts are an annual reminder that we are the heirs to a long and rich tradition of faith, hope and love. We have parishes because others built and sustained them. Even the most cursory of glances around our churches reminds us that the dedication, generosity and faith of many has given us beautiful spaces in which to worship and facilities where we can gather and do good work. We owe the generations of parishioners a debt of gratitude. But more importantly their gift calls us to recognize we are a “link in a chain” which means our efforts now not only benefit us but also provide a future for successive generations.

The pandemic has forced us to focus on what is important. The impact has been felt in our families, among our friends, at work and school, and has had equally significant impact on our parish communities.

The pandemic quickly took away the possibilities of sitting together in church on Sunday morning, shaking hands, hugs, close conversations, suspended coffee hour and most programming. We could no longer sit together and be uplifted by the choir or cantors or sing together. The lockdown meant we could no longer hold classes for our youth or engage in discussions, except remotely.

As soon as lockdown began the Brooklyn Oratory started to offer innovative ways to keep connected to our faith and its practices, and to God and to each other.

For months we have found ways to offer virtual masses and homilies, music, prayer, and other forms of care, assistance, inspiration and encouragement. In more recent times we have been successfully holding masses and celebrating other sacraments, with limited numbers and appropriate safeguards.

The Brooklyn Oratory parishes have been a spiritual home and source of inspiration for generations. We have been here for each other when you needed baptisms and weddings. And we have been here when those among us were ill or needed comfort, or when it came time to say goodbye to loved ones. We have accompanied each other in the raising of children. Week in and week out, the homilies have challenged and encouraged, our liturgies have comforted and inspired, and the music has nourished and uplifted. And together we have maintained a robust program of advocacy and practical care for the vulnerable, both locally and overseas.

We are hopeful that the New Year will bring about developments that will enable us to return to some version of normal. In order for us to continue to do our work and for us to be here for each other when the need arises, we will in the coming weeks ask you to renew your financial commitment to our parish communities. Whatever we provide is what we have to keep the lights on, pay the staff, cover insurance, and do maintenance, provide charity and care... and the ongoing multitude of bills that are needed every time we open the doors or run any programming. With your help we will continue to be here for you when you need us and with your help we will continue to not only survive but to grow.

In these uncertain times our commitment to each other keeps faith, hope, and love alive and active among us for years to come.

Fr. Mark Lane, C.O. and Fr. Michael Callaghan, C.O.
Mass Schedule
Sunday, November 1, 2020
...5pm...Nora Simon
...9am...For the People of the Parish
11/2 7pm...All Souls’ Day Dedication
11/3 9am...All Souls’ Day Novena
11/4...Joseph Maiello
11/5...John T. O’Leary
11/6...Juana Sion
11/7...William A. Patterson

St. Boniface
Sunday, November 1, 2020
...10am...Magdalena Alvarez
...11:15am...For the People of the Parish
...6:00 pm...For the Sick of the Parish
11/2 12:10pm...All Souls’ Dedication
11/3...Fr. James Bucaria
11/4...All Souls’ Day Novena
11/5...James Gleeson
11/6...Deceased - Peter Hahn Anniversary
Last Call to submit names for All Souls’ Day.
Please send in the names of loved ones to be remembered in the Novena of Masses that begins on Monday, November 2 at our Parishes. Email We will include the names of your loved ones to the Books of Prayer on our altars.

All Souls Day Masses
Assumption, Monday, November 2, 7pm
St. Boniface, Monday, November 2, 12:10pm

The All Souls Shrine on the St. Joseph Altar at Assumption will offer the opportunity to light votive candles with one use tapers during the month of November. If you have a picture of a loved one you want to include on that altar, please email it to us and we will print it to include in the shrine.
Candle Dedications
If you would like to make an offering for the weekly (8 day) sanctuary candle at Assumption, please email Eight Day candles are $10. Votive candles ($1) can also be arranged on your behalf.
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers: Mary Kogut, Mary Corral.

Rest In Peace: Betty Capone, Thomasa Gonzalez, Angela Ryan, Ed Wilson, Rose Doyle, Kevin Brian White, Godfrey Ogbotiti, Helen Knepple.

If you would like add someone to the prayer list, email the parish office at or go to the website and complete the form.
Save the Date - November 8, 12:30pm - Virtual Coffee Hour
Upcoming Workshop
Centering Prayer and a Class on Different Forms of Prayer

Save the Date - Saturday, December 5, 2020, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Presented by parishioner Jim Connell. Details to follow.
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:
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