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
December 11, 2020
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St. Boniface Social Justice Action Food Drive
SJ Action is holding the annual Food Drive from 9AM to 1PM on Sunday, December 13 before and after Masses. Donate directly at or through the Oratory PushPay.
Virtual Coffee Hour – Sunday, December 13, 12:30pm, scroll down for link information.
The Oratory Recital Series continues this Monday, December 14, 8:00PM, LIVE on YouTube, featuring the music of Bach, Mozart and Ponce, written for violin and viola. Go to BrooklynOratory on YouTube for more information.
From Our Pastors

The power of evil in the world often reacts violently to goodness, even quiet unassuming goodness. December 2, 1980 was a date when evil took the lives of four women who lived lives committed to the gospel among the poor and marginalized. On that date, Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and It Ford, along with Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel and Lay Missionary Jean Donovan were brutally assaulted and murdered by a military hit squad in Chalatenango, El Salvador. Their crime? Organizing food and medicine for the poor of the countryside, leading bible studies and living and praying with communities caught in the crossfire of civil war. These women, are part of the martyrology of our faith, a faith on which we stand each day.

Often the martyrs may seem faceless or are unknown to us, women and men who, for love of God, surrender themselves to the service of others even at risk of their own lives. Their stories can become lost or seem surreal as times passes. In the forty years since the deaths of these martyrs, the world has changed, yet the conditions of so many of the poor and marginalized have grown no better. Evil continues to strike out against the good, bruising and destroying the lives of people who seek light in darkness, who live as light in dark times and struggling places.

As we look forward to the third Sunday of Advent, Laetare Sunday, the voice of the prophet Isaiah shouts out our baptismal reality in which we are anointed to share in the priestly, prophetic and royal office of Christ:
The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,
to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and release to the prisoners,
to announce a year of favor from the LORD
and a day of vindication by our God.

Like the Maura, Ita, Dorothy and Jean, how might we continue to share in this call as Advent unfolds? A generous moment, a card or call, a sacrificial act for another–all for love of God? May these martyrs intercede for us before the seat of mercy that we may live as light in darkness in whatever way God calls us.

Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o. and Fr. Mark Lane, c.o.
Mass Intention Schedule

12/12 5pm Gloria Alatzas
12/13 10am For the People of the Parish
12/14 No Mass
12/15 9:00am Rita Collins
12/16 9:00am Rev. Mark Hirniak
12/17 9:00am Lori Dillon Sedia
12/18 9:00am Frank Macchiarola

St. Boniface
12/13 10:00am Josephine Delpriore
11:15am The People of the Parish
6:00pm Stephanie Rockstroh
12/14 12:10pm Ed Wilson
12/15 12:10pm Regina Sigda
12/16 12:10pm Lena Autorino
12/17 12:10pm Dorothy Naegele
12/18 12:10pm Joseph Seol (Anniversary)
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers: Paul Martin, Gerard Slattery, Frances Gussman, Dale Charles, Theresa Cantous, Vann Parker.

Rest In Peace: Jeffrey Charles, Sabatino Maragni, Valerie Bonzer, Elizabeth Wilburn.

If you would like add someone to the prayer list, email the parish office at or go to the website and complete the form.
Virtual Coffee Hour
Oratory Coffee Hour continues after Mass on Zoom. Whether you attend Mass in-person or livestream, don’t miss the opportunity to gather as a community online. Bring your own coffee (or tea).

Zoom instructions are as follows:
Meeting ID: 460 014 6818
Passcode: 111

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Join us on Sunday, December 13 at 12:30pm.
Virtual Advent Giving Tree
Thank you for the many generous responses so far to the gifts for Hour Children Virtual Advent Giving Tree project. We will collect gifts through Sunday, December 20. We are nearing our goal of 125 gifts and to surpass that will mean more kids will receive a gift than we had hoped! 125 gifts to children and youth served by Hour Children. Gifts will be picked up by Hour Children on December 22.

Ways to participate:
  • Purchase a gift for a boy or a girl, ages 5 through 14. Bring your gift, unwrapped, and leave in the narthex of the church, or at the Oratory Residence.
  • Order a gift online, and have it shipped directly to the Oratory Residence at Assumption, noting that the order is a gift in the recipient line:
Fr. Michael Callaghan - Hour Children Gifts
64 Middagh St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

If the shipping instructions require a phone number, please use the parish office number: 718-875-2096
OWC Sponsored—Ask and You Shall Receive Workshop
Presented by Anne-Francoise Potterat
A two-part Advent season experiential workshop. As we begin the ‘inward season’ of Advent and head into winter, the Oratory Women’s Community invites you to a Hands-on & Heart-in workshop. Together we will relax, meditate with eyes open and closed, let go, and let God guide us to the Creative Perfect Power within each one of us.
More info HERE.

Registration is required at
Choose either Session A or Session B

Session A: Two Wednesdays Dec 16 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Session B: Two Thursdays Dec 18 8:30pm - 9:45pm
Christmas Mass Schedule

Christmas EveDecember 24, 5:00pm, Family Mass
December 25, 10:00am
(No reservations required)
December 31, Solemnity of Mary 5:00pm

St. Boniface
(Reservations required)
Christmas Eve December 24, 7:00pm
December 25, 10:00am
December 25, 11:15am
No 6:00pm Mass at St. Boniface on Christmas Day
January 1, Solemnity of Mary 10:00am

Christmas Masses at St Boniface
In order to control numbers and ensure safety the three Masses offered for Christmas will be BY TICKET ONLY. Tickets will be available by registering through the links below. Couples and families up to four members will count as one since they can sit together. More than four will require a second ticket. Tickets available beginning Sunday Dec 13, until “sold out." The links will be “live” on December 13.
10:00am Christmas Day Mass

11:15am Christmas Day Mass

7:00pm Christmas Eve Mass
Christmas Flower Offering in Memoriam and Best Wishes
If you would like to dedicate Christmas flowers in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone, please send in the name(s) to or write the names on your parish giving envelopes. We will print the names and remember them at the 9am mass on December 24, at Assumption. The donation for flowers is $20.00.
2020 Has Been Tough—OWC/SJA Would Like To Help “Sweeten” Your Holidays
The Oratory Women’s Committee and Social justice Action would like to help...a phone call, a plant, a meal, a virtual visit? More Zoom instruction to help you connect? Or would you like to help? Know someone struggling with the holidays this year? Let us know how we can help you or someone you know.

Email with Subject Line, Sweeten the Holidays.
Parking at St Boniface
At the courtesy of the 84th precinct, we are able to park close to the church on Sundays for Masses. The courtesy is for parking on Duffield St from Myrtle to Fulton and on Willoughby from Gold to Bridge.

You must be displaying the church parking sign in the car's front window.
Stewardship Appeal 2021
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:
64 Middagh St
Brooklyn NY 11201
Attn: either 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