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 8, 2022

Online giving:

ABVM Parish Council

We are happy to announce that at the Assumption Parish Council's first meeting of the year the following council members were elected as officers: Katherine Simienko (chair); Marisa Mastropietro (vice chair); and Chris Metz (Secretary). Thanks very much to both these three people for stepping forward for these leadership positions as well as to the rest of the council for their service. In October the St Boniface and Assumption councils will meet together for their monthly meeting.

Good News: Grant for Accessibility at Assumption Parish

As we have continued to advance our Renaissance restoration and renewal project at Assumption Parish, we are delighted to announce that we have received a grant of $150,000 to support the installation of the elevator. We are grateful to the Theresa and Edward O'Toole Foundation for this significant and generous support to make our hall

and worship space accessible for all people. To date we have received a total of $170,000 in grant funds for Renaissance efforts, which includes the $20,000 received for the renovations of the bathrooms in the hall. Thanks to Fr. Michael for his efforts in securing these funds.

21st Anniversary of 9/11

On Sunday September 11, 2022, we will commemorate the 21st anniversary of 9/11 and the many lives lost and impacted by the attacks on our city and country. We will recall those who died by the attacks and those lost in response and rescue attempts in the celebration of the 9:30am morning Mass at Assumption Parish.

Because 9/11 is on a Sunday and there are city wide moments of silence between 8:30 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. FDNY is unable to join our Parish Mass. The Oratory will provide a Mass for the FDNY and their families at 11:00 a.m. at the Firehouse on Middagh Street.

The Brooklyn Heights Interfaith Clergy Association (BHICA) is also sponsoring an evening memorial on the Promenade. From 5-7 pm, you will have the opportunity to write a commemorative message and attach it to the Promenade railing. The service starts at 7:15 p.m. with gathering at the Montague Street entrance to the promenade. Members of the Oratory will be participating.

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 Boniface – September 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.

Please sign up this weekend (9/11) to help with Homecoming coffee hour in the back of church after Mass.

Assumption – September 24-25

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

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 at

A Call for Volunteers!

Are you interested in working with families and children? Whether you are a parent, grandparent, single parishioner, or older teen, we would be happy for your help on Family Sundays (first Sundays), with LWWC, or with Confirmation – from manning a door, to serving (and eating) pizza. No experience necessary.

Please contact Christina at

Help for a Ukrainian Refugee Family

Through the generosity of a parishioner, we have been hosting a Ukrainian family the past several months. They need a more permanent housing solution. If you know of a reasonably priced rental apartment, suitable for a mother and two sons, please let Susan Furman know:

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 at or at 718-858-8217 x19.

Snow Removal

The parishes are pursuing recommendations for a contractor to manage the snow removal at both properties. If you know someone or can recommend a contractor, please email:

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.

Family Faith Formation

Please click on the FFF logo at the bottom of the newsletter for updated information.

Altar Dedications 

St. Boniface 

Sanctuary Candle offered in memory of the Murphy and Corrado Families by Father Dennis. 


St Joseph Altar Candle offered by Connie Leone. 

Blessed Mother and St. Jude Candles offered by Kathy Reynolds. 

Sanctuary Candle offered by the Cho Family (5 weeks)

Altar Bread & Wine offered by the Cho Family (2 weeks). 

Upcoming Calendar


9/11... 911 Memorial Mass, 9:30am, ABVM

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

10/7... 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 Visiting, ABVM

Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:

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

Rest In Peace: Tony Lau, Pedro Javier Andino, Michelle Simon Cox, Duncan A. Fraser, Jr., Jerry Wright, Augusto Zabala, Joan Miritello.

Weekly Mass Intention Schedule

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time


9-10....5:00pm...Kathy Reynolds (Intentions)

9-11....9:30am....911 Memorial

9-12....(No Mass)

9-13....8:00am....Rosalia Pluchinotta

9-14....8:00am....Josephine Welch 

9-15....8:00am....Dennis Cho & Family (Intentions) 

9-16....8:00am....Michelle Simon Cox 

St Boniface

9-11....1:15am.....For the People of the Parish 

9-11....6:00pm....Todd Blankenship

9-12....12:10pm...Domingo L. Navarro (Intentions)

9-13....12:10pm....Amare McBride

9-14....12:10pm....Josephine Martone (Bday)

9-15....12:10pm....Fay Milea

9-16....(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 Mass returns on September 3, 9am.

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.


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