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Assumption Church
Publish Date: 2022-01-23
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Assumption Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (203) 748-2992
  • Fax:
  • (203) 748-7747
  • Street Address:

  • 30 Clapboard Ridge Road

  • Danbury, CT 06811


Contact Information






Services Schedule

 
Orthros at 8:45 am - Sundays
Divine Liturgy at 10am - Sundays
 
Weekday Divine Liturgies without Orthros begin with the Doxology at 9:50 am
 
 


Past Bulletins


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Second Mode. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to Timothy 1:15-17.

Timothy, my son, the saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners; but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory to the ages of ages. Amen.


Gospel Reading

14th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 18:35-43

At that time, as Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." And he cried, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me receive my sight." And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.


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Saints and Feasts

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January 25

Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople

This great Father and Teacher of the Church was born in 329 in Arianzus, a village of the second district of Cappadocia, not far from Nazianzus. His father, who later became Bishop of Nazianzus, was named Gregory (commemorated Jan. 1), and his mother was named Nonna (Aug. 5); both are among the Saints, and so are his brother Caesarius (Mar. 9) and his sister Gorgona (Feb. 23). At first he studied in Caesarea of Palestine, then in Alexandria, and finally in Athens. As he was sailing from Alexandria to Athens, a violent sea storm put in peril not only his life but also his salvation, since he had not yet been baptized. With tears and fervour he besought God to spare him, vowing to dedicate his whole self to Him, and the tempest gave way to calm. At Athens Saint Gregory was later joined by Saint Basil the Great, whom he already knew; but now their acquaintanceship grew into a lifelong brotherly love. Another fellow student of theirs in Athens was the young Prince Julian, who later as Emperor was called the Apostate because he denied Christ and did all in his power to restore paganism. Even in Athens, before Julian had thrown off the mask of piety; Saint Gregory saw what an unsettled mind he had, and said, "What an evil the Roman State is nourishing" (Orat. V, 24, PG 35:693).

After their studies at Athens, Gregory became Basil's fellow ascetic, living the monastic life together with him for a time in the hermitages of Pontus. His father ordained him presbyter of the Church of Nazianzus, and Saint Basil consecrated him Bishop of Sasima (or Zansima), which was in the archdiocese of Caesarea. This consecration was a source of great sorrow to Gregory, and a cause of misunderstanding between him and Basil; but his love for Basil remained unchanged, as can be plainly seen from his Funeral Oration on Saint Basil (Orat. XLIII).

About the Year 379, Saint Gregory came to the assistance of the Church of Constantinople, which had already been troubled for forty years by the Arians; by his supremely wise words and many labours he freed it from the corruption of heresy, and was elected Archbishop of that city by the Second Ecumenical Council, which assembled there in 381, and condemned Macedonius, Archbishop of Constantinople, the enemy of the Holy Spirit. When Saint Gregory came to Constantinople, the Arians had taken all the churches and he was forced to serve in a house chapel dedicated to Saint Anastasia the Martyr. From there he began to preach his famous five sermons on the Trinity, called the Triadica. When he left Constantinople two years later, the Arians did not have one church left to them in the city. Saint Meletius of Antioch (see Feb. 12), who was presiding over the Second Ecumenical Council, died in the course of it, and Saint Gregory was chosen in his stead; there he distinguished himself in his expositions of dogmatic theology.

Having governed the Church until 382, he delivered his farewell speech - the Syntacterion, in which he demonstrated the Divinity of the Son - before 150 bishops and the Emperor Theodosius the Great; in this speech he requested, and received from all, permission to retire from the see of Constantinople. He returned to Nazianzus, where he lived to the end of his life, and reposed in the Lord in 391, having lived some sixty-two years.

His extant writings, both prose and poems in every type of metre, demonstrate his lofty eloquence and his wondrous breadth of learning. In the beauty of his writings, he is considered to have surpassed the Greek writers of antiquity, and because of his God-inspired theological thought, he received the surname "Theologian." Although he is sometimes called Gregory of Nazianzus, this title belongs properly to his father; he himself is known by the Church only as Gregory the Theologian. He is especially called "Trinitarian Theologian," since in virtually every homily he refers to the Trinity and the one essence and nature of the Godhead. Hence, Alexius Anthorus dedicated the following verses to him:

Like an unwandering star beaming with splendour,
Thou bringest us by mystic teachings, O Father,
To the Trinity's sunlike illumination,
O mouth breathing with fire, Gregory most mighty.


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Parish News


January 30, 2022 - Annual General Assembly
 
Our Parish Council requests your support and attention. Following Divine Liturgy we will have our Annual General Assembly Meeting in our Community Hall. The Agape Fellowship will be hosted by your Parish Council Members. General Assembly Meetings are very important for the future of our Assumption Church....Your ideas, suggestions, comments and support are welcome and needed.

Feb. 3, 2022  - Festival Review Meeting 7:30 pm in Community Hall

To our Festival Chairpersons (past and present) and all our Assumption Church Family,
The Greek Experience Festival will take place on June 10, 11 & 12, 2022. We need your support and help. Our youth are leading the way asking continuously "are we having the Festival?" We say yes! Show your support by attending this meeting and willingness to work together for the future of our community and our youth. We ask all Festival Co-Chairpersons to attend this very important meeting. Also, we are asking all the members of our Parish to get more involved with our Festival. We would like to have input, ideas and support from people willing to take on more responsibility and consider becoming future Co-Chairpersons. Our dedicated Chairpersons who have for many years taken on this responsibility need our support. We need younger people and our new members to donate their time and talents. We need you!!! THE FUTURE OF OUR FESTIVAL DEPENDS ON YOU!

February 6, 2022 - Godparent/Godchild Sunday

Invite the godparents of your children and/or invite your godchildren to come to Church for the Traditional Reaffirmation Service of our Faith, and a special coffee fellowship after Church sponsored by our Ladies Philoptochos in conjunction with GO RED SUNDAY. We need to keep the Spiritual bonds alive with our godparents and godchildren......even more important....we need to keep our life united with our Lord, Jesus Christ. This unites us with one another. Be part of God's family!!!

Sunday Collection Basket

We are very thankful for the support of so many families and individuals who financially support the Ministries of our Assumption Church. Your Stewardship Commitment and donations for candles, Feast Days and special offerings help our Church meet the Yearly Budget. Our Parish Council has decided to continue placing the traditional Collection Basket on a table in the Narthex. Parishioners and visitors may offer a donation if they wish following Divine Liturgy and other Services as they exit the Church. Thank you for your gifts that support the many Ministries and programs of our Church. God Bless you.

Apokriatiko Glendi/Mardi Gras Dance

Postponed - more details to come later.

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GOYA Meeting Today

There will be a GOYA meeting following Catechism School this Sunday, January 23rd in the Conference Room.

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St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival 2022

By The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Religious Ed 

 
 For further information click CLICK HERE.  
 
Students who have registered and prepared for the Oratorical Festival will be presenting in our Assumption Parish during the month of March.
Those chosen to proceed to the next level will present in Bridgeport on April 9, 2022.
Junior Division (Grades 7-9)        Senior Division (Grades 10-12)
  • As in prior years, 2 students per age division/parish will advance to the proceeding level. 
  •    CLICK HERE for Participant Registration.  And notify Fr Peter that you have registered.

2022 Festival Information

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Ladies Philoptochos Society

Philoptochos Stewardship – 01/23. Come visit our Philoptochos table after church, grab a Frappe on us and renew your Stewardship for 2022!

January and February are 2022 Stewardship months! You may make online stewardship donations by CLICKING HERE.  BE SURE TO CHECK OFF LADIES PHILOPTOCHOS and follow up with an at philoptochos@agoc.us to notify us you have submitted a stewardship offering. You may also mail your offering and your Stewardship Form, available on the church site: https://agoc.us/agoc-organizations/philoptochos/

Donations - Donations may be made directly to our Philoptochos by CLICKING HERE. BE SURE TO CHECK OFF LADIES PHILOPTOCHOS. You may also mail a check to church.

Agape Coffee Fellowship HOSTESSES/HOSTS NEEDED for January and February

Thank you to Maria Terilli and Georgia Garay for hosting this Sunday’s fellowship!

We are so happy that we have returned to having Agape Coffee Fellowship! BUT, we need hostesses and hosts! We encourage both women and men to sign up; we also encourage families to sign up. We have detailed instructions to help you. If you'd like to be a hostess or host in February, please sign up via Sign-up Genius by clicking here:  Hosting January-February 

We truly appreciate the volunteer work of our hosts and hostesses.

Please note, should we not have two people to host on a Sunday, coffee hour will be canceled.

Questions? Please contact Barbara Soldano or Caryn Flannery (philoptochos@agoc.us).

Sponsor Coffee Fellowship: You can sponsor a coffee fellowship on a particular Sunday for any reason. Maybe in memory of a loved one or in celebration of a name day. Philoptochos offers two monetary tiers for sponsoring. You don’t have to host on the day you sponsor. For Sponsoring opportunities/availability and guidelines please contact Margot Racano at: office@agoc.us.

National Philoptochos Newsletter: Philanthropy Witness- January 2022 (mailchi.mp)

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Youth Safety Compliance 2022

The protection of our youth is of the utmost importance to our Assumption family and the greater Orthodox Church. In order to create ministry environments that are physically and spiritually safe and healthy, new policies for the safety of children and youth have been approved for Youth Ministry Programs and Events across the entire Archdiocese.

The policies mandate two basic things. 1. Only registered Youth Workers can participate in Youth Ministry Programs and Events. 2. Youth Workers must report all Abuse and Suspected Abuse, as well as other violations of the Policies.

Therefore, we are asking everyone involved in the mentoring of our children to please login to your Praesidium/Armatus account to retake your courses for 2022. To access your account, go to  http://website.praesidiuminc.com/login 

We need ALL of our Clergy, Pastoral Assistants, Administration, Parish Council members, Youth Directors, Sunday School Teachers, Youth Greek School Teachers, Athletic Program Volunteers, Music Program Volunteers, Greek Dance Instructors and Volunteers, and any parent who may occasionally help-out, to become a certified Youth Worker.

If this is your first year as a youth worker you must:

  1. Register with the Parish Administrator, Margot Racano at office@agoc.us. Please email your full name, preferred email and telephone number.
  2. Complete the required online video training once per year; and
  3. Successfully pass a background screen every two years.

Once the registration is received, through our partnership with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, you will receive an email giving you access to Praesidium’s online abuse prevention training and screening using the Armatus® Learn to Protect System.

The training will take approximately 1 ½ hours and Assumption Church is paying all fees associated with your process to become a registered Youth Worker for one year.

Thank you for your commitment to our children and for your compliance with this Archdiocese mandate.

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Youth Choir

The Youth Choir will have a slightly revised schedule and rehearsing on Sunday, January 23 (4th Sunday). Pre-Liturgy rehearsals will start promptly at 9:15 am in the PreSchool classroom followed by singing of the Divine Liturgy as usual.

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Athletics

Youth and JV Basketball Schedules for January

Sunday, Jan 23

3:30PM - Youth vs Waterbury at Holy Trinity Greek Orth. Church, Waterbury
4:30PM - JV vs Waterbury at Holy Trinity Greek Orth. Church, Waterbury

Sunday, Jan 30

1:15PM - Youth vs New Rochelle at Holy Trinity Greek Orth. Church, New Rochelle
2:15PM - JV vs New Rochelle at Holy Trinity Greek Orth. Church, New Rochelle

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Links for Livestreaming Services

Pray with us by subscribing to the Assumption YouTube channel 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9tD5mB_u3GgO1J8ikwIW0g

Or by visiting our Assumption page on Facebook 

https://www.facebook.com/pg/assumptiongreekorthodoxchurch/videos/?ref=page_internal

Live events will be streamed on both these services on programmed service hours.

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Calendar

  • Month at-a-Glance

    January 23 to February 20, 2022

    Sunday, January 23

    14th Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, January 25

    Basketball Team making Sandwiches for Dorothy Day

    Wednesday, January 26

    1:30PM Deliver sandwiches to Dorothy Day

    Sunday, January 30

    Synaxis of The Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, & John Chrysostom

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Annual General Assembly

    Wednesday, February 2

    The Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Thursday, February 3

    7:30PM Festival Kick-Off Meeting

    Sunday, February 6

    Sunday of the Canaanite

    Godparent/Godchild Sunday

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, February 13

    Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Thursday, February 17

    7:30PM Parish Council Meeting

    Sunday, February 20

    Sunday of the Prodigal Son

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

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