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
October 27, 2020
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From Our Pastors

In some ways it’s hard to believe, but we are once again coming to the end of the liturgical year. Our scripture readings over the coming weeks cause us to take stock of our lives, our discipleship, our stewardship. Not to give away all the plot lines, we will hear the Beatitudes, the gospel of the wedding attendants and how they manage the oil as they wait on the bridegroom. We will hear of the master who turns all his possessions over to the servants and entrusts certain talents to each. The outcome of these is to model for us what is wise and what is foolish so that the faithful ones can enter into the joy of the wedding, the joy of the master. On the final Sunday we will hear how the final sorting goes – stay tuned!

The series of gospels we will hear are an opportunity for each of us individually, and all of us as a community, to reflect on how we are caring for all that God has entrusted to us as people of faith. The stewardship of our lives, our resources and our communities ought not be driven by self-interest but rather rooted in the gospel of this past Sunday – the love of God and neighbor as the primary and foundational truth of our lives. We are rooted in love because in all our wonder and wonkiness we are loved by the Lord of all hopefulness, the Lord of all joy LordofAllHopefulness.

Recently, two people were having a conversation in the park and with masks and 6 foot distance between them, everyone who passed by could hear their exchange: “People are just getting meaner.” “Covid is making us meaner.” “The longer this goes on the nastier people are getting.” Is this really us? Are we getting meaner, more inverted, because of isolation and the disruption of our lives? Is it the stress of being asked to sustain personal change while looking to the social changes needed? In our communities, so many have been generous in so many ways to support and help one another and the parishes in this past year. The reality is we don’t truly know when this pandemic will end or when the Lord will come again. But our discipleship calls us to sustained generosity with one another and the needs of our communities. We are the leaven of hope in a world that may seem to be getting nastier, meaner. Staying attentive as stewards is a challenge, but as we do, we enter more fully into the joy that of the Lord.

Fr. Michael Callaghan, C.O. and Fr. Mark Lane, C.O.
November 2 is All Souls Day
We invite you to send in the names of loved ones to be remembered in the Novena of Masses that begins that day at our Parishes. Email We will include the names of your loved ones to the Books of Prayer on our altars.

The All Souls Shrine on the St. Joseph Altar at Assumption will offer the opportunity to light votive candles with one use tapers during the month of November. If you have a picture of a loved one you want to include on that altar, please email it to us and we will print it to
include in the shrine.

All Souls Day Masses
Assumption, Monday, November 2, 7pm
St. Boniface, Monday, November 2, 12:10pm
Candle Offering
If you would like to make an offering for the weekly (8 day) sanctuary candle at Assumption, please email Eight Day candles are $10. Votive candles ($1) can also be arranged on your behalf.
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 2021 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.
Save the Date - November 8, 12:30pm - Virtual Coffee Hour
Please remember, if you are able, to keep supporting our parishes as we try to maintain staff, clergy and operations during this time. You can make your donation online through PushPay by clicking on one of the links:

Or mail checks to:
The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes
64 Middagh Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Attn: ABVM or St. Boniface
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Mass Times and Church Hours
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Weekday hours:
8:30am-12 noon, Tuesday through Friday.

Weekday Mass
9:00am, Tuesday through Friday.

Weekend Masses
5:00pm, Saturday and 9:00am Sunday

Confessions Saturday:
4:15pm-4:45pm, at the St. Joseph’s Altar

First Saturday of the month Mass:
9:00am Mass, with Benediction to follow.

The church is closed on Mondays.
Mass Times and Church Hours
St. Boniface

Weekday hours:

Weekday Mass:

Sunday Masses:
10:00am, 11:15am and 6:00pm

Sunday hours:
9:30am-12:30 pm & 5:30pm-7:00pm

Wednesdays before Mass and Sunday 5:15pm -5:45pm.

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