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 22, 2022

Online giving:

Congratulations to Melissa and Alan on their recent wedding at Assumption!

Homecoming Weekend (9/24-25) at Assumption

We invite you to sign up for our various ministries and other ways to get involved. Light

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

Publication of History of St Boniface Church

As we continue to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the construction of St Boniface church, we are happy to announce the publication of a history of both the church and the faith community that has made St. Boniface its spiritual home since the parish’s founding in 1854.

Special thanks and recognition is owed to the following for all their

work in bringing this illustrated history to birth:

Elizabeth DiGugliemo, Elaine Donlin, Maribeth Flynn, Tracy Garrison-Feinberg, Fr Mark Lane, Eleanor Moretta, Brigida

Munoz, and David Straub.

Copies are available at the church.

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. 

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,, 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 

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,

A special E-blast with details and sign up will be sent out on Monday, September 26.

Choir Forming at Assumption

Assumption is seeking people to join a choir this fall! Interested parties should email Music Director Maureen Kelly, with a short introduction of their musical background. No formal training is required, but volunteers should be comfortable reading music and interested in learning a diverse repertoire. All applicants will be asked to come in for a brief audition, in which they can sing something of their choosing and demonstrate their comfort level sight-reading music.

The Gaudium Awards - October 6, 2022

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

Interested in exploring Catholicism? The 2022-2023 RCIA Program Begins in October

RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and is the program for all those wishing to explore full communion in the Catholic Church. This can include all types of people: maybe you’ve just started coming to St. Boniface or Assumption and want to know more about Catholicism; or you have questions about God or Jesus but don’t know where to ask them; maybe you were raised in a different faith tradition, or none at all, and want a deeper connection with what you find at the Oratory churches; maybe you’re engaged to or married to a Catholic and want to consider becoming Catholic

yourself; or maybe you are a baptized Catholic who wishes to complete your sacraments of initiation with First Communion and/or Confirmation. If any of these fits where you are, you are warmly invited to join the RCIA program for 2022-2023, which will culminate in the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil on April 8, 2023.

Starting on October 19, RCIA will meet on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, mainly on Zoom, and hopefully with monthly meetings in person at Assumption in Brooklyn Heights. For information, or to sign up, contact one of our priests, or the RCIA Team, Rob, Nadine, and Patrick, We hope you’ll join us!

Care of Creation Corner September Message (brought to you by the Social Justice Action Committee)

The Season of Creation is the period from September 1st to October 4th, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron of the care of all of God's creation. In the spirit of honoring the Season of Creation through our own individual action to care for the Earth, as the papal encyclical Laudato Si’ calls us to, we offer this energy tip which will save both energy and money.


Replace the light bulbs in the five most frequently used light fixtures in your home with LED or compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs, or ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs. Though LED or CFL bulbs can be more costly, they last 15 to 25 times longer so you won’t need to replace them as often as standard bulbs. And they use up to 80% less energy than standard bulbs. You save energy and money for the life of the bulb.

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.

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


9/25... 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:

Catherine Rohde, Philippa McMahon, Michael Spieldenner, Maria Figueroa, Kim Manzi, Leo Callaghan, Sean Lau, Patrick Turner.

Rest In Peace: Anthony Gonzalez, Louis Russo, Robert Migliacio, Mark Ibarguehgitia, Marie Mann, Elaine Schaefer, Tony Lau.

Weekly Mass Intention Schedule

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


9-24....5:00pm...Bettino & Antonio Acerra

9-25....9:30am...For the People of the Parish

9-26...(No Mass)

9-27....8:00am...Joan Miritello

9-28....8:00am...Mary T. O'Leary

9-29....8:00am...Michael Chi (Special Intention) 

9-30....8:00am...Estrella, Emilia & Felipe Valdez

10-01...9:00am...First Saturday Mass 

St Boniface

9-25....1:15am......Ana and Sam Levine

9-25....6:00pm....For the People of the Parish

9-26...12:10pm....Alexander E. Johnson

9-27...12:10pm....Andrew J. Maloney

9-28...12:10pm....Priest's Intention

9-29...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