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 2, 2020
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From Our Pastors

A number of us have been asking ourselves this question, especially during this time of COVID. The impact on employment and housing in the New York area has been significant for many. As often is the case the impact on the poor is the greatest. Some families are struggling to provide enough food for their children and meet basic health care costs. 

The Church in Brooklyn has taken a leadership role in meeting the needs of our sisters and brothers who find themselves in greater need at this time. Apart from serving well over a million meals a year the local Church runs food-pantries, immigration assistance, shelter for the homeless, visitation to the sick and imprisoned. This in addition to the annual support for the faith formation of young people, care for the elderly, forming deacons and priests, educating the young. 

Every year we are given the opportunity to support these good works through the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA). 

During the masses this weekend throughout the entire diocese of Brooklyn and Queens are being given the opportunity to join the collective effort. The work you support by donating goes beyond the abilities of any one parish. It provides all of us a way to make a significant impact. 

Each parish has been given a goal and through the generosity of some fellow parishioners we have begun to meet our goals.

  • St Boniface’s (parish ID # 2034) goal: $56,028 Pledged so far by 45 parishioners: $34,128

  • Assumption: (parish ID # 1019) goal: $25,000 Pledged so far by 22 parishioners: $20,285

During masses this weekend we will ask those who can to use the envelopes provided to show their support.

You may also make a gift online now at or text ACA to 917-336-1255 or call 718-965-7375 ext. 1602 and a have a pledge card mailed to your home.

As always, thank you for your support of the work of the Gospel in our parishes and our commitment to the welfare of our sisters and brothers in need.

Father Mark Lane, c.o. and Fr. Michael Callaghan, c.o.
Please Keep the sick of the community in your prayers: Thomas Diorio, George Crossett, Margaret Fissinger, Dan Sacher, Victoria Shoy.

Rest In Peace: Eileen McGarry, Iris Mabra, Betty Ugo, Ed Merkle, Bruna Maragni, Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsberg, Pat Lally.

If you would like add someone to the prayer list, email the parish office at or go to the website and complete the information there.
Mass Intention Schedule

10/3 5pm Frank Moynihan
10/4 9am For the People of the Parish
10/5 No Mass
10/6 Edward Merkle
10/7 Joseph Maiello
10/8 Intentions of Mary Macchiarola
10/9 Priests Intention

St. Boniface
10/4 10am Donna Santo
11:15am For the People of the Parish
6pm Narcisa Yap
10/5 12:10pm Priests Intention
10/6 Christine Giangreco
10/7 Elizabeth Murray
10/8 Juana Veras-Mejia
10/9 Merina Colageo
Assumption Mass Time Survey 
As we look at the varying needs of the community, we ask you to respond to the Mass Survey through this link. Along with Mass time possibilities, there is a question for families with children. Please give us your feedback in the next two weeks. Thanks.
Social Justice Action Presents: 13th
Join the screening of Ava DuVernay’s powerful documentary 13th. This film introduces the words of the thirteenth amendment of the United States Constitution. For more information and to register, please see our EventBrite page:

You can access the film on Netflix or for free on YouTube:

Friday, October 2, 7-8:30pm
Second Annual Blessing of Animals Saturday, October 3, 1:00pm @ Assumption campus. 55 Cranberry Street. Click HERE!
Brooklyn Oratory Small Groups presents
Spirituality of the Oratory: Knowing Our Charism
Season 3 “Prayer: Constant Communion with God”

Join others in small groups for this continued series on Oratorian spirituality produced through the Brooklyn Oratory.

If you are absolutely unable to attend a group, but would like a copy of the booklet, please send an email to

  • Small groups will meet for six weeks beginning the week of October 11 through the week of November 15.
  • There will be an Open group for those who are unable to commit to participating in 4 or the session. Open Group will meet on Friday evenings for those whose schedule does not allow for a weekly commitment.

Contact: with questions or requests.
Save The Date
Sunday, October 11, 12:30pm - Virtual Coffee Hour on zoom. 
Gaudium Virtual Event 
Since its founding in 1988, the Breukelein Institute has operated as a distinct organization from the Brooklyn Oratory and the parochial and pastoral ministries of the Congregation. For over twenty years, the Breukelein has offered the Gaudium Award to individuals who have “illumined the horizon of human experience.”

This year it will host a virtual event on Wednesday, October 14 at 6pm. 
The countdown link which will allow you to join Gaudium that night is 

This year the Breukelein will award grants to support food security through Louise's Pantry of Nazareth Housing and The Campaign Against Hunger in Brooklyn. 

A donation may be made by going to click the donate button and indicate the donation is for Gaudium 2020.

The Gaudium Award of Merit
Dr. Alice Beal and Judge William Kuntz 

Author, Food Expert, Editor Ruth Reich 
Political Historian, Author Andrew Bacevich 
Composer, Conductor Sir James MacMillan

Wednesday, October 14 at 6pm.
7th -10th Graders & Older Parish Teens!
Help Others in Need & Build Friendships
The Oratory Parishes invite teens and pre-teens to a special on-line event to help turnaround young lives. Learn about incarceration in the U.S. before reading and responding to poetry written by incarcerated youth, working with Free Minds and Repair the World. 

Free Minds is a project that seeks to awaken incarcerated youth to their own potential. Repair the World engages young adults in social change in their own neighborhoods. 

Offer encouraging words and hope to young incarcerated writers, engaged in what is often their only creative outlet. Attending may also help satisfy school-based community service obligations. Please register any time prior to the event at: 

Friday, October 23rd from 4-5pm
Link Deadlines
If you would like to include something in our e-newsletter/ link, the deadlines are as follows: Monday, 10am for Tuesday’s link and Thursday, 10am for Friday’s.

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