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

January 18, 2024

Online giving:

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 18 through January 25, 2024, marks the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, a time for us to join the prayer of Christ that “all may be one” ( John 17:21). This year’s theme is "You shall love the Lord your God... and your neighbor as yourself" (Luke 10:27). You can join Christians across denominations with this prayer.

Sunday of the Word of God

Pope Francis instituted the Sunday of the Word of God, celebrated this year on Sunday, January 21, 2024. It is an opportunity to consider how we engage with God’s Word individually and as a community. By listening attentively to the scripture readings and the homily, we open ourselves to inner transformation. Consider browsing these resources to use for yourself or your family at

Family Faith Mass Sunday, January 21st, 9:30 am Mass at Assumption.

Dates for Confirmation Classes and Parent Nights

Parent discussion with Dennis Corcoran: 7 pm (via zoom)

Jan 25, Feb 15, March 7, April 11, May 2

Confirmation Class: 5 pm - 7:30 pm at ABVM

Jan 27, Feb 3, March 9, April 13, May 11

Family Faith Formation and Sacrament Preparation Update

International Food Festival on Friday, January 26, 6pm

Our parishes will be hosting an international food festival on Friday, January 26 in the ABVM parish hall. Please join to savor the rich diversity of culinary delights at our parish international food festival. Sign up and RSVP by clicking HERE:

Donations accepted on Pushpay,  select the Int’l Food Festival fund on the dropdown menu:

Ignatian Retreat Registration

Meeting Christ in Prayer is an adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. By means of prayer, reflection and sharing, we hope you will have an opportunity to meet Christ anew and to experience support in our Christian way of life. Starting February 3, we will meet for 8 weeks on Saturday afternoons at 3:30 in Assumption Hall. Any questions about the retreat? Please contact Andy Richards

Please read details and register here:

Adult Faith Formation Small Group & Ignatian Retreat Registration

Starting February 3 and the week of February 12 the Brooklyn Oratory Small Groups will resume weekly meetings! We hope you will consider reflecting on Forgiveness, or Meeting Christ in Prayer with St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Please read details on the small group offerings and register here:

Any questions? Please contact Virginia Navarro

Palms into Ashes

We will burn last year's palms to make ashes for Ash Wednesday. If you have palms from last year, bring them to Mass and put them in the basket at the back of both churches. We will need to have them by Sunday, February 4, so we can burn the palms the following week (Feb 11) after the 9:30am Mass at Assumption.

Let's celebrate Mass together!

St. Boniface and Assumption will have a joint celebration of Mass on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at the 9:30 am Mass at Assumption Church, 55 Cranberry Street, Brooklyn. What an opportunity for the two Oratory parishes to pray together, meet one another, and catch up at a coffee hour.

In observance of this, there will be no 11:15 am Mass at St. Boniface on this Sunday.

Volunteer Thank You!

We have so many folks who volunteer in so many ways at our Oratory parishes. It is a tremendous effort of selfless service and acts of love. In appreciation for all you do, please come to a gathering on Monday, February 12, at 6 pm in Assumption Hall. Who is invited? Anyone who has volunteered in the parishes in any capacity! Come for some food, refreshment, fellowship, and a double portion of gratitude! Please RSVP using this link:

Summer 2024 Mission Trip to Turkana

Paul Kennedy of Friends of Turkana (FOT) is organizing a trip to Turkana, Kenya this July. FOT is the not-for-profit organization that arose twenty years ago out of the parish of St Boniface’s twinning with St Mark’s parish in Lokitaung, Turkana. If you would like more information on the trip or want to express interest in going please contact Paul Kennedy at:

Plug Into the Power of God

Women's Retreat presented by S. Marie Mackey, CSJ

With all the major events in our world, our lives, our faith - how can we connect into a greater source?

Overnight Retreat for Women at Thomas Berry Place Retreat House in Jamaica, Queens begins at 6:00 on Friday, February 2 ($175). A Day to Breathe begins at 9:00 am Friday morning ($20). Register for the Women's Retreat HERE.

Healing Weekend

Beginning Experience of the Hudson Valley is inviting men and

women of all ages who grieve the end of a marriage or spousal relationship due to death, divorce, or separation to an in-person

weekend retreat at St. Lawrence Retreat Center in Beacon NY. Upcoming dates: April 19 to 21, 2024 and October 18 to 20, 2024.

For information or to register please call Phyllis at 914 261 5812 or Jim at 845 220 7883.

Weekly Mass Intention Schedule

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekly Readings:


1-20.....5:00pm....Thomas Torres

1-21.....9:30am.....People of the Parish

1-22.....8:00am.....Fay Lan Chu

1-23.....8:00am.....Intentions-Fr. Mark Paul

1-24.....8:00am.....Jovita DeLeon

1-25.....8:00am.....Intentions-Mary Macchiarola

1-26.....8:00am.....Frances and Stanley Zak

St. Boniface

1-21.....11:15am.....People of the Parish

1-21.....6:00pm.....Hector Rivero Borrell

1-22.....12:10pm....Peace & Justice

1-23.....12:10pm....Andrew White

1-24.....12:10pm....Richard and Olga Holzhauer

1-25.....12:10pm....For those on the Community Prayer list

1-26.....12:10pm....Priest's Intention

Baptism at the Oratory Parishes

If you are expecting a child or are new to our communities and would like to have your child baptized in our parishes, please send your inquiry to We will follow up with you. Please check our website for upcoming baptism dates here: Baptisms are celebrated during Mass.

Mass Intention

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.

Upcoming Calendar


1/20.......Centering Prayer Workshop, 1:30pm, ABVM parish hall

1/26.......International Food Festival, 6pm, ABVM parish hall


2/2........First Friday, ABVM

2/3........First Saturday, ABVM

2/3........Feast of St. Blaise

2/3........AFF Meeting, Christ in Prayer, 3:30pm, ABVM, parish hall

2/4........Joint parish Mass, 9:30am, ABVM

2/4......No 11:15am Mass, St.B

2/4........Coffee Hour, following Mass, ABVM parish hall

2/5........Holy Hour, 5pm, St.B

2/5........Oratory Evening Prayer, 6:15pm, ABVM

2/11........Coffee Hour, following 11:15am Mass, St.B

2/11........Palms to Ashes, ABVM, 9:30am

2/12.......Parish Volunteer, Thank You Reception, 6pm, ABVM parish hall

2/14.......Ash Wednesday

Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:

Jose Hernandez, Pansy Batcomb, Stephen Zicchinolfi, Kathy Slater, Joan Marie Bresnahan, George Slater, Chris Waterman, Estelle Miller, Mary Meo, George Slover, Kimberly Pflug, Mary McGeeney, Louis Acerra, Mary Cella, Kim Manzi.

Rest In Peace: Andrew White, Sr. Dolores Fischer, OP, Jovita DeLeon, Frances Zak, Catherine Mascali, Antonia Nidia Barzola, Sarah Gentle, Karen Smithson, Isabel C Alvarez.

Altar Dedications

St. Joseph candle offered by Connie Leone

Blessed Mother candle offered by Kathy Reynolds

The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes

Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

55 Cranberry St. between Henry and Hicks

Brooklyn Heights

Church of St. Boniface

190 Duffield St.

Downtown Brooklyn

Daily Masses

Monday - Friday, 8:00am at Assumption

Monday - Friday, 12:10pm at St. Boniface

Weekend Masses

Saturdays, 5:00pm at Assumption

Sundays, 9:30am at Assumption

Sundays, 11:15am and 6:00pm at St. Boniface

The Sacrament of Penance

Saturdays, 4:15 - 4:45pm at Assumption

Wednesdays, 12:30 pm at St. Boniface

Sundays, 5:15 - 5:45pm at St. Boniface

Weekday Church Hours

Monday through Friday, 11:30am - 1:00pm at St. Boniface

Monday through Friday, 7:30am - 9:00am at Assumption

Prayers and Devotions

Rosary, Tuesdays & Thursdays after the 12:10pm Mass at St. Boniface,

Thursdays after 8:00am Mass at Assumption

St. Anthony Novena, Tuesdays after 8:00am Mass at Assumption

First Fridays, Sacred Heart Novena after 8:00am Mass at Assumption

First Saturdays, 9:00am Mass with Rosary, Meditation and Benediction at Assumption

First Sunday Holy Hour, 5:00pm at St. Boniface


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.

For St. Boniface:

For Assumption:

Or mail checks or envelopes to:

64 Middagh St

Brooklyn NY 11201

Attn: Assumption 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