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

September 15, 2022

Online giving:

Homecoming Sunday at the Parishes

We welcome everyone back from summer break and invite you to sign up for our various ministries and other ways to get involved.

St BonifaceSeptember 18

We welcome back the Oratory Choir and invite you to an outdoor Coffee Hour after the 11:15am Mass. There will also be a light reception after the 6pm Mass. 

AssumptionSeptember 24-25

Light receptions and gathering after both weekend Masses (5pm and 9:30am).

Altar Servers Needed 

Assumption and St. Boniface would like to expand their rosters of altar servers. Any child in fourth grade or above who has made his/her First Communion can participate. We know your children have busy schedules so the commitment will be minimal! Participants will be asked to attend one training session in mid-October and then can choose the Masses at which they wish to serve by signing up on the altar server sign-up that will be shared with all participants. 

If your child is interested in becoming an altar server or you have questions about the program, please contact Marcela Hahn at, who will coordinate for St. Boniface, or Coleen McGrath, who will coordinate for ABVM. Your child can also learn more about the program or sign-up at either parish’s Homecoming Sunday this month. We look forward to hearing from you!

Adult Faith Formation Registration 

Starting in October, the Brooklyn Oratory Small Groups will resume weekly meetings! One group will meet in Spanish, and another group will meet on a monthly basis. This year, instead of all groups working with one program, we're offering a variety of resources to explore our Catholic faith: Ponder: Contemplative Bible Study, I Am With You Always, Awakening Faith, Reanima Tu Fe, and Confronting Antisemitism. 

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

Any questions or concerns? Please contact Virginia Navarro,

The Gaudium Awards - October 6, 2022

Click here for your invitation and to see this year’s honorees.

Blessing of Animals 

On Sunday October 2, the Oratory Church of the Assumption will host an animal blessing at 1:00pm. You are invited to bring your family, friends, and animal companions for this prayer service. 

Safe Environment at the Oratory

We believe that everyone, but especially the very young and the very old, must be safe in our spaces. We encourage all parishioners to be trained in safe practices through VIRTUS. All staff, all volunteers working with children, and at least one parent from each family in our Family Faith and Sacrament programs, must be trained. Trainings are offered throughout the NYC area and can be found on We hope to offer a training at the Oratory in the near future. Stay tuned!

LGBTQ+ Members of the Oratory Parishes

We are planning a small reception for LGBTQ+ parishioners and friends for late September or early October. The aim is to gather, build community, and figure ways we and our parish communities can better support one another in our Catholic faith in the coming year. If interested in attending, contact Ben Kulos at for more information.

Spiritual Direction Available

Spiritual Direction is a time of exploring our response to God’s working in our lives. Through the attentive listening of a Director, a Directee reflects upon God’s outpouring of grace, care, constancy and faithfulness in their life. This process occurs through conversation with the Director centering on God’s working through their daily experiences and challenges, as well as through any significant events in their history. 

Directees will meet individually once a month for one hour at a mutually convenient time with Brother Damian Novello. The meetings will take place at St. Francis Monastery, 135 Remsen St. Arrangements can also be made for Zoom sessions. There is no fee for this service. 

For more information, or to make an appointment for an introductory meeting, please contact Brother Damian, or at 718-858-8217 x19. 

Mass Intentions

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

Upcoming Calendar


9/18... Homecoming Sunday, StB

9/19... Baptism Prep, Zoom

9/25... Homecoming Sunday, ABVM

9/25... Baptism Sunday, ABVM

9/26... FFF, opening season, Zoom


10/1... First Saturday 9am Mass with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction, ABVM

10/2... Family Mass Kickoff, StB

10/2... Animal Blessing, 1pm, ABVM

10/5... New Men Meeting 6:30pm, ABVM

10/7... First Friday Mass, ABVM

10/19..RCIA begins


11/1... All Saints Day

11/2... All Souls Day

11/4... First Friday Mass, ABVM

11/5... First Saturday 9am Mass with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction, ABVM

11/20..Bishop Brennan Visit, ABVM

Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:

Michael Spieldenner, Maria Figueroa, Josephine DeBlesio, Kim Manzi, Pat Meany, Bill Gould, Rev. Darrell McClean, Leo Callaghan, Sean Lau, Robert Vaccarino, Patrick Turner.

Rest In Peace: Robert Migliacio, Mark Ibarguehgitia, Marie Mann, Elaine Schaefer, Tony Lau, Pedro Javier Andino, Michelle Simon Cox, Augusto Zabala, Louis Russo.

Weekly Mass Intention Schedule

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


9-17....5:00pm...For the People of the Parish

9-18....9:30am...James & Yolanda Miller

9-19....(No Mass)

9-20....8:00am...Joseph Cho (Special Intention)

9-21....8:00am...Angelo Raucci 

9-22....8:00am...Anne Colan 

9-23....8:00am...Silvio & Rosalina Pluchinotta 

St Boniface

9-18....1:15am......John Richardson

9-18....6:00pm....For the People of the Parish

9-19....12:10pm....Prayer Service

9-20...12:10pm....Rev. Greg Stankus

9-21...12:10pm.... In Thanksgiving to the Holy Trinity

9-22...12:10pm....Priest's Intention

9-23...(No Mass)

Mass Times and Church Hours

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Weekday hours: 7:45am - 12:00 noon Tuesday through Friday.

Weekday Mass: 8:00am Tuesday through Friday

Weekend Masses

5pm Saturday and 9:30am Sunday

The church is closed on Mondays.

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

First Saturday of the month 9am Mass with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction. 

St. Boniface

Weekday hours 11:30am - 1:00pm

Weekday Mass at 12:10pm Monday through Thursday

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

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

Confessions during Eucharistic Adoration, 12:30 - 1:00pm on Wednesdays and before Mass on Sunday 5:15pm - 5:45pm.

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.

For St. Boniface:

For Assumption:

St. Boniface
Or mail checks or envelopes to:
64 Middagh St
Brooklyn NY 11201
Attn: Assumption or St. Boniface

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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