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
November 16, 2021
Update from the Provost
I am writing to provide an update on one of us Oratorians. And that Oratorian is I! At the end of this academic year, I will step down as principal of Regis High School to work full-time in support of the pastoral ministries of the Brooklyn Oratory. In light of the redevelopment of the 109-111 Willoughby site at St Boniface as well as our continuing efforts to expand the Oratory’s outreach to the college and university students in the greater Downtown Brooklyn area, the Congregation feels it important that I take on a greater role in support of these important and demanding responsibilities. While I have greatly enjoyed my nineteen years at Regis as both a teacher and administrator, I look forward with enthusiasm and joy to the new ways I may be of greater service to our Oratory community and its work. During this time of transition, I ask for your prayers in a particular way. And please also know that in this month of the Holy Souls, we at the Oratory continue to pray daily for all our community’s beloved dead, especially those who were so generous to the Oratory in life in their many and diverse ways.

Fr. Anthony D. Andreassi, C.O.
Thanksgiving Food Drive: Final Two Weeks!
The Oratory Parishes Food Drive will continue through Sunday, November 21. You may participate in the following way:
  • Use the PushPay to donate, and your contribution will be used to purchase bulk food for the pantries. Select the “Food Drive” fund when prompted.
  • Bring essential items listed below to Assumption and St. Boniface during the weekend liturgies, or during weekday Mass times. Place your items in the narthex.
  • You can also order online and have it delivered to 64 Middagh Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201-att: Fr. Michael Callaghan

Essential Items Needed:
Pasta, Rice, Stuffing Mix, Mashed Potato Mix, Cereal, Tomato/Pasta Sauce, Canned vegetables, Canned Soups, Canned Juices, Canned Fruit, Instant Noodles (bowls/cups), Instant Oatmeal Packets, Mac ‘n Cheese (boxes or bowls), Saltines, Crackers, Hot Chocolate Packets.
Note: On canned items, please choose low sugar and low salt.

We welcome all contributions and thank you for the blessing of your participation!
Black Catholic History Month
The Diocese of Brooklyn with the Archdiocese of New York will host a Mass with our historically Black fraternities and sororities. The Mass will take place on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at Our Lady of Victory Church, Brooklyn, beginning at 1:00pm.
Please save the date for two other Diocesan events sponsored by the Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns: The Diocese of Brooklyn Annual Prayer Service commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, January 17, 2022 at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 12:00 Noon. Father John McKenzie, Associate Pastor, National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in the Archdiocese of Detroit will be the homilist.
The Diocese of Brooklyn Annual Black History Month Mass of Thanksgiving which will take place on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at Immaculate Conception Parish in Jamaica Queens beginning at 4:00PM. His Eminence, Wilton Cardinal Gregory, Archbishop of Washington will be the Main Celebrant and Homilist.
Thanksgiving Mass Schedule

Vigil Mass on Wednesday, November 24th at 6:30pm.
There will be no 8am Mass on Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving (11/25 & 11/26).

St. Boniface
10:00am Mass on Thanksgiving Day.
World Aids Day
We will be commemorating World AIDS Day. If you lost a loved one to the AIDS epidemic and would like their name added to the list of names to be read during the service, please contact Ben Kulos at

After the 11:15 Mass on November 28, St. Boniface
Brooklyn Ballet brings The Brooklyn Nutcracker back to the majestic King's Theater in Flatbush. Our production fuses traditional ballet with hip hop, Native American hoop dancing, and more, to create a one-of-a-kind culturally inclusion version of this holiday classic. Brooklyn Ballet is thrilled to help lead Brooklyn's post-pandemic cultural resurgence.

December 11, 2pm and 7pm, Kings Theater, Flatbush
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 2022 Mass book is open as well. The offering is $20. Please pay by using Pushpay or by mailing a check to 64 Middagh St. Brooklyn, NY 11201.
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