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 3, 2021
Visit our website for more information: www.oratorychurch.org
Summer Mission Appeal and Haiti
We extend a heartfelt note of gratitude for the extraordinary and generous response that our parishes have given to the Summer Mission Appeal and the earthquake relief in Haiti.

The spirit of support you give to our sisters and brothers, with prayers and financial resources helps knit us together as the Body of Christ. Let us continue to pray for those in need and remain open to serving the least among as embodiments of the Risen Lord.

Fr. Michael and Fr. Mark
Regular Sunday Mass Schedule
The regular Sunday Mass Schedule goes into effect on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

Assumption
Saturday 5:00pm Sunday 10:00am

St. Boniface
Sunday 9:00am, 11:15am, and 6:00pm
There is no 12:10 Mass at St. Boniface on Monday, September 6 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

The Parish Office is closed on Monday, September 6.
Welcome New Parish Pastoral Council Members for the Oratory Parishes

Assumption
Bill Derrough, Coleen McGrath, Michael Murphy and Sean Yetter.

St. Boniface
Denise Fraser, Stacy Jacob, Mary Maloney, John Linder and Jason Manske.

Special thanks to Joe Aguanno, Don Bendernagel, and Mary Hiebert for your hard work and dedication over the years.
Please keep the sick of the community in your prayers:
Brian Casey, Denise Galante DePew.

Rest In Peace: US Service members who died in Afghanistan, Rachel Loria, Bishop Guy Sansariq.
9/11 Memorial Mass
The Oratory Parish of Assumption invites you to join us for a Solemn Memorial Mass. This Mass honors the firefighters of FDNY Engine 205/Ladder 118 who were lost in the 9/11 response and all who died from the attacks of that day.

11am, Saturday, September 11, 2021
Interfaith 9-11 Observance on the Promenade
The Brooklyn Heights Interfaith Clergy Association (BHICA) needs volunteers to staff a table to help with our Interfaith 9-11 Observance. The table will be set up on the Promenade, at the end of Montague St.

We need 2 volunteers per 30 minute shifts who can hand out supplies. Please use this sign up link, if you can take a shift during the day on Saturday, September 11. The Interfaith Service will be at 7:15pm.

We will offer supplies (pens, card stock paper, tie ribbons) to allow walkers to stop by during the day (8:30am - 7:00pm) and leave a written prayer or message tied to the fence. This has been a popular offering in recent years.

Please contact the Rev. Erika Meyer emeyer@gracebrooklyn.org if you have any question.
Homecoming at St. Boniface
Join us for an outdoor Coffee Hour. We welcome back the St. Boniface choir on September 19.

Sunday, September 19, after the 11:15am Mass.
The Oratory Women’s Community
Join OWC For A Discussion of an Interview
Click here for details:

September 15, 7:30pm
Join OWC Discussion
Facilitated by OWC Steering Committee. Sr. Marion DeFeis, CSJ will join us as a guest.


September 22, 7:30pm
Brooklyn Brownstone and Beyond Bible Study
The BBB Bible Study group will begin meeting again in September. The group consists of parishioners from St. Charles Borromeo, Assumption/St. Boniface, and St. Augustine/St. Francis Xavier.

This “term” we will focus on the books of the Prophet Isaiah. Sessions will begin on Sunday, 9/12 and conclude on Sunday, 12/19. Since the last three weeks of meetings fall during Advent, we are hoping to finish Isaiah on 11/21 and leave the last three weeks to focus on something Advent/Christmas related.

Once again, we will be using the Little Rock Bible Study Series as our text. Books will be ordered and arrangements made for picking them up. In order to help defray the cost of the materials, please contribute $5 toward the purchase of the study guides, which will be yours to keep. You can make your contribution by clicking here. We’ll provide you with the study guide and ask you to read the relevant portions beforehand, look over the questions in the text, and then we’ll use the questions as a guide to our weekly discussions.

We need to know how many copies to order, so if you are interested in participating, please sign up online here. If you have any questions, please contact Kerin Coughlin kerincoughlin@gmail.com

We hope you will consider joining us - new members are always welcome!

We meet via Zoom on Sundays from 5-6pm, beginning Sept 12.
Stewardship
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.


You will notice new QR codes in both of our church sites which you can scan with your smartphone and connect to Pushpay to support stewardship.
St. Boniface
Assumption
Or mail checks or envelopes to:
64 Middagh St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Attn: either ABVM or St Boniface
Prayer to Our Lady of the Oratory
Holy Mary, Mother of God we turn to you in this time of uncertainty. Help us to walk in trust and security as we care for one another. Keep the bonds of charity strong among us when we are apart. Watch over our communities and families with your maternal care. May health and wellbeing surround the Oratory parishes and all people. Teach us to say yes to God, yes to love in our hearts, yes to the Incarnate Word in our flesh. To affirm in our minds only what is true, good and beautiful. And with our whole strengthen teach us to live as true disciples of Christ. Our Lady of the Oratory intercede for us to God that the transforming grace we need may bring us peace and joy. Amen.

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
718.875.2096