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
June 7, 2021
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From Your Pastors

As our country and many parts of the world have seen rising antisemitism and attacks on Jewish people, on May 26, the Feast of St. Philip, just the day before our planned conversation on Catholics and Antisemitism, the USCCB issued a statement reminding us that as Catholics we cannot remain silent when our sisters and brothers are attacked because of their faith. “We will never tire of our commitment to decry every form of hatred, especially those formed in contempt of faith. Any attack on a community or individual on the basis of faith or otherwise is contrary to who we are called to be as the People of God.” You can read the full statement here on the USCCB website.

Our parishes were blessed with a wonderful conversation on May 27, supported by Sr. Celia Deutsch a scripture scholar and Sister of Sion and Fr. Michael Lynch, Vicar for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Diocese of Brooklyn. In a far-reaching discussion we spoke about changes in Catholic thinking and approach and the work we still need to do to build interfaith understanding and dialogue.

Complicating the discussion around antisemitism are the complexities that are political rather than religious in the playing out of conflicts between governments and peoples. It is clear we need to continue to open our minds and hearts to this dialogue and build ways to interact with our Jewish neighbors, friends and community members. If you would like to listen to the discussion, it is currently on our BrooklynOratory YouTube channel HERE. If you might be interested in being part of a dialogue circle, please send Fr. Michael, an email and we will work to connect and establish opportunities to promote Catholic and Jewish understanding.

We would be remiss in extending a heartfelt message of joy as Br. Timothy Passow, c.o. received the habit of St. Philip this past Saturday. We are so happy to have Br. Tim in our community and ask you to pray for and support him in his formation and ministry among us. If you missed the habiting, it’s here on our YouTube channel:

Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o. and Fr. Mark Lane, c.o.
New Exterior Banner for Assumption
Many thanks to Elizabeth di Guglielmo for her design expertise in having our new Assumption Parish banner fabricated and installed. The former banner was 5 years old and wearing through. The banner is a double thickness vinyl print that reflects the pattern design of the sanctuary. We are looking for a banner sponsor or sponsors to help cover the cost of $1200. Please contact Fr. Michael or if you would like to assist.
Virtual Coffee Hour
Topic: Conversations Coffee Hour - Mary Images
Plan to join a half-hour Conversation Program sponsored by the Oratory Anti-Racism Task Force about the video Imagining Mary during this specially-themed coffee hour.

Time: Jun 13, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Sunday, June 13, 1:00pm
Rest in Peace, Anthony Ibelli who entered eternal life Saturday June 5, he was a frequent participant in the 5 pm Mass at Assumption. Visitation D'Arienzo Funeral Home, Inc. 104 Skillman Avenue. Funeral Mass Wednesday June 9 at St. James Cathedral. No time has been established yet.
Assumption Parish Pastoral Council

Nominations for the Assumption PPC are open and we invite you to consider nominating someone who is willing to serve a three year term as we continue to build forward post pandemic. Nominations can be made through the following online form and will be reviewed by the PPC in July. Terms would begin in September. PPC members are asked to participate in the monthly meetings and help coordinate one of the five core committees which create the umbrella for other committees and activities: Finance/Stewardship; Outreach and Social Justice; Formation (Youth and Adult); Hospitality (welcome of new parishioners and all associated activities) and Liturgy/Spirituality. 

Please use this link to nominate yourself or someone else: Assumption PPC Nomination
Nominations for Parish Council Members at Large
St Boniface Parish Council is seeking a diversity of candidates to run for members at large this June. Serving on the Council is an opportunity to participate in shaping parish activities as St Boniface emerges from the pandemic year. Please consider if you would like to nominate someone or yourself for this 2 year position on the Parish Council.

Members at large are expected to attend the monthly meeting of the PPC and to assume leadership responsibility with new or current initiatives of the council. We accept up to 6 nominations for the election of 3 positions of members-at-large each year.

To nominate someone or yourself, please contact Nancy Dawes at by Wednesday June 9.

For the candidates who will run for the 3 positions, we need a one paragraph bio about yourself and a head shot photo that will be posted with the election information and voting by Tuesday June 15.
This year voting will be electronic to minimize printing and mailing work for the office staff. However, if you prefer you can contact Carole Fabrizio in the office to vote.
NEW! Bible Study
The St. Charles Borromeo/St. Augustine – St. Francis Xavier Bible Study Group invites the members of The Brooklyn Oratory parish communities to join them. Working with the Little Rock Scripture Study program, the next 2 sessions on the Letters of John. Meetings are on Zoom on Sunday evenings at 5:00pm. Each session is approximately 1 hour long. New members are welcome. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, you may contact Virginia Navarro at for the materials.

Join Zoom:
The meeting ID is: 849 0802 1688 and the password is: 1584
To join via a computer or smart phone click on this link and select Launch Meeting to be connected:
To join by phone, dial (301) 715-8592 and, when prompted,
enter the meeting ID 849 0802 1688 followed by # (you will not need a password).

Sunday evenings at 5:00pm, June 13 & 27
Father’s Day Novena Masses begin June 20
Please send in your names (living & deceased) for the Novena of Masses for Father’s Day. You can use PushPay to make an offering or place it in an envelope in the stewardship basket. Send names to
Summer Weekend Mass Schedule begins
Sunday June 20 through Sept 5, 2021
5:00pm Vigil on Saturday
10:30am Sunday

St. Boniface
9:00am and 6:00pm on Sundays

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