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
July 28, 2020
Visit our website for more information: www.oratorychurch.org
From Our Pastors

In the gospel for this coming Sunday, both John and Jesus are clearly agents of change. They both possess a clear vision of the Reign of God. Each is persistent and asks the tough questions to evoke responses and answers. They lead by example and they build on the trust they have established in their relationships. But Jesus, unlike John is not a solitary voice “crying out in the wilderness.” Throughout his ministry in the gospel of Matthew, Jesus invites, asks, and empowers his disciples to be those through whom God’s redeeming and transforming presence can break open the realities of daily life. When his disciples wanted him to send away the hungry crowds, Jesus told them to feed the people themselves. Despite their protest of inadequate resources and the impossibility of the task, they surrender what they had to Jesus and what happened surpassed anything they thought possible.

We are living through a time in our human history where change is the operative reality. We are challenged by the ongoing pandemic and its effects on our relationships, communities and economics. We are reassessing how individuals and societies experience race, culture and justice. We see the disparities between the first world and the persistent poverty of developing nations. In all this, Jesus invites us to look at our particular lives and see where he is calling us to be agents of change: as we intercede in prayer for one another; as we discuss and reflect on the realities of experiences different from our own; as we seek and act so that “justice and peace shall kiss.” Mahatma Gandhi once wrote: “What you think, you become.” As disciples of Jesus, do we think we are agents of change in the world? When we are presented with what seems impossible, are we willing to bring our inadequacy, our doubt, our weariness to Jesus and surrender to the grace he alone can give? Perhaps this week, we might make one act of surrender and join Jesus in bringing about some change for the Reign of God.

And always, despite the heat, wear your face covering and wash your hands!

Fr. Michael Callaghan, C.O. and Fr. Mark Lane, C.O.
Save the Date
A Concert to Celebrate the
Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 14 @ 7:00pm – 7:45pm
Assumption Church, 55 Cranberry Street
&
Livestreamed on the BrooklynOratory YouTube Channel
Citywide Census Week of Action
Beginning today- a great way to help people get counted in the Census so communities get the funds they deserve! Click the link to learn more and sign up. 
Grants available for parishioners and community members. 
The current pandemic has many impacts on our lives. For some there is reduced income or unanticipated expenses. Fr. Michael has a fund to assist with moderate grants to help cover a bill or support you during this time. This is a confidential process. Please email him at mcallaghan@oratorychurch.org or call 718-875-2096. In your initial message if you can indicate the type of need (e.g. utilities, food, medicine, transportation, etc.) and the amount, that will assist him in helping address your need.
Please Keep the sick of the community in your prayers:
Helen Knepple, Kathleen Folan, Pat Lally, Judy Murphy, R. Maley, Mary Storms. 

Rest In Peace:
Dr. Joseph Costa, John Lewis, Regis Philbin, Antonio Martinez Hermosilla, Angela Cottone, John Ng, Richard Trzaskoma, Larry Spieldenner Sr. 

If you would like add someone to the prayer list email the parish office at  info@oratorychurch.org  or go to the website https://oratorychurch.org/contact-us and complete the information there.
Mass Openings next week at Assumption & St. Boniface
We have three open intentions at Assumption (Aug 5-7) and one opening a St. Boniface (Aug 3). Email  info@oratoryhurch.org  to
make arrangements for a mass for someone living or deceased.
Mailing Address for the Parish Offices

The Brooklyn Oratory Parishes of
Assumption & St. Boniface
64 Middagh Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
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
718.625.1161