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Assumption Church
Publish Date: 2020-09-13
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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
 
Summer Services Schedule (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend):
Orthros at 8:15 am - Sundays
Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am - Sundays
 
Summer weekday Divine Liturgies without Orthros begin with the Doxology at 9:20 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 Letter to the Galatians 6:11-18.

Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.


Gospel Reading

Sunday before Holy Cross
The Reading is from John 3:13-17

The Lord said, "No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him."


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Saints and Feasts

Exaltation
September 14

The Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross

Saint Helen, the mother of Saint Constantine the Great, when she was already advanced in years, undertook, in her great piety, the hardships of a journey to Jerusalem in search of the cross, about the year 325. A temple to Aphrodite had been raised up by the Emperor Hadrian upon Golgotha, to defile and cover with oblivion the place where the saving Passion had been suffered. The venerable Helen had the statue of Aphrodite destroyed, and the earth removed, revealing the Tomb of our Lord, and three crosses. Of these, it was believed that one must be that of our Lord, the other two of the thieves crucified with Him; but Saint Helen was at a loss which one might be the Wood of our salvation. At the inspiration of Saint Macarius, Archbishop of Jerusalem, a lady of Jerusalem, who was already at the point of death from a certain disease, was brought to touch the crosses, and as soon as she came near to the Cross of our Lord, she was made perfectly whole. Consequently, the precious Cross was lifted on high by Archbishop Macarius of Jerusalem; as he stood on the ambo, and when the people beheld it, they cried out, "Lord have mercy." It should be noted that after its discovery, a portion of the venerable Cross was taken to Constantinople as a blessing. The rest was left in Jerusalem in the magnificent church built by Saint Helen, until the year 614. At that time, the Persians plundered Palestine and took the Cross to their own country (see Jan. 22, Saint Anastasius the Persian). Late, in the year 628, Emperor Heraclius set out on a military campaign, retrieved the Cross, and after bringing it to Constantinople, himself escorted it back to Jerusalem, where he restored it to its place.

Rest from labour. A Fast is observed today, whatever day of the week it may be.


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AXIOS!!! FATHER NIKOLAS

Our Assumption Church Family wishes God's Grace and Blessings to Father Nikolas, Presbytera Meghan and to Thomas, Kalliope and Lucia as they begin their new journey Ministering to the Parish of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York with the Blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidoforos.  

For our Parish it is a time of reflection as we give thanks and express our gratitude to Father Nikolas for the years of humble service, love and dedicated ministry offered to our Church Family.  

We know that our Lord has Blessed Father Nikolas with many gifts and talents that will continue to serve him well in his Ministry as he has to our Faithful Parishioners in the greater Danbury area.  Father Nikolas begins serving the Cathedral on October 1st.  

On the next two Sundays, September 20 and 27, our Parishioners will have the opportunity to offer their best wishes and greetings to Father Nikolas. We plan to have a modified Fellowship Gathering following Divine Liturgy on those two Sundays.  It will take place, weather permitting outside, or in the Fellowship Hall.  

Also, our Parish Council and Ladies Philoptochos is planning a Special Brunch on Sept. 27 (Fr Nikolas likes brunch very much), at the Amber Room outside under a Tent. Please see the following to make your reservation.  The pandemic rules allow only 100 guests.

         

Join us to celebrate Fr. Nikolas’s service to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church Family 

DATE: Sunday, September 27, 2020  

VENUE: The Amber Room Colonnade, Danbury, CT.  

TIME: 1:00-4:00 PM.  

COST: Adults: $40, Children Under 12: $25.  

Reservations Required: Please call Panaiota Constantine: 845-913-6922 or Zoy Beretis: 203-792-9467.

This is an outdoor event which can accommodate 100 persons. There will be a waiting list if we can accommodate more people according to the CDC and FEMA guidelines. 

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Links for Livestreaming Services & Calendar

Links for Livestreaming Services

Pray with us by subscribing to the Assumption YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9tD5mB_u3GgO1J8ikwIW0g

Or by visiting our Assumption page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pg/assumptiongreekorthodoxchurch/videos/?ref=page_internal

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

Weekday Divine Services

As a worshipping community, we will schedule and pray a variety of weekday services, including an occasional evening Vespers or other service, and as always, morning Orthros & Divine Liturgies for various saints and major feasts.  Please keep an eye on our Google Calendar (https://agoc.us/services-calendar/) for the most up-to-date details and services which will also be announced via our Listserv whenever possible.  We encourage attendance at these weekday services for our seniors and others who would like to avoid the larger gatherings on Sundays.  We continue to livestream on YouTube and FaceBook Live. 

Sights & Sounds Ministry

If these services have been a blessing to you, we’d love to hear from you!  We have invested approximately $10,000 in upgrades to our Live-streaming infrastructure in order to enhance the quality and reliability of our audio-visual (A/V) ministry that will last well beyond the Coronavirus pandemic.  This has and will continue to be an essential ministry to enable our seniors and homebound parishioners, those journeying toward or new to Orthodoxy and anyone to pray with us from anywhere in the world!

We are grateful to our supporters who have contributed more than $1,000 toward our $10,000 goal

Might you consider joining our supporters with a monetary gift (small or large) toward the AGOC Sights & Sounds Ministry?  Please contact a member of the Parish Council to join in this effort. With your prayers and support, we can improve the quality and bring the beauty of our Orthodox Liturgical Life and the Good News of Christ Risen into the homes of so many others!

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Stewardship Ministry

In this time of social distancing we'd like to remind our parishioners of the Church's new ability to accept online donations by CLICKING HERE  You will be taken to Assumption Church's secure payment portal through Vanco, a reputable and leading provider of electronic payment and donation processing solutions (https://www.vancopayments.com).  More than 40,000 churches, faith-based groups, nonprofits, schools and educational organizations trust Vanco to simplify administrative processes, organize events and securely complete transactions every day.

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Greek School

Thank you to all of you who helped navigate your child’s learning in Greek School this past Spring. Our teachers, many educators and administrators in school systems throughout the area, know that Distance Learning is surely not the same as in-person learning, even for Greek School! We love seeing the children’s faces in person, and having the interaction between teacher and student is so important! As you know, many school districts are starting in a Hybrid model, with systems in place to possibly go full time in-person learning, as well as full time Distance Learning. 

Because of the uncertainty of the upcoming year, we have decided to offer our Greek School program in a Distance Learning format for the 2020-2021 school year.  There were many considerations in making this decision, including the protocols for closing classrooms due to COVID-19 exposure. Also, please note that this is information as of today. We will let you know if anything changes or gets updated!!!!

Upcoming important dates

Tuesday, Sept. 15 (5:00PM)

We will have an Agiasmos to start the school year and an orientation day for students IN PERSON. Masks will be required. Parents are expected to attend to join their child(ren) in this service and orientation. 

Week of Sept. 21

First week of virtual teaching. Details for your child's class will come from the teacher. 

Please take some time to look through this important information:

Registration Form

Please print and complete the registration form: 2020-2021 Registration Form. Send the form back to Church or email it to Paraskevi at greekschool@agoc.us by Sept 10th.

Calendar

Please see the link for a tentative calendar for the school year: Tentative Calendar

Schedule

Distance Learning classes will be offered through Zoom digital format. There will be a one-hour class each week for the lessons. There will also be an additional, optional class for 45 minutes to complete/review homework with your child’s teacher. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday. Your child’s teacher will discuss the specific day(s) of the class.

Handbook

Please click on the for the 2020-2021 Handbook. It includes information for remote learning: Handbook

Curriculum

Please click on the link to learn about what students will be studying at each level: Curriculum

Device

Please contact Fr. Nikolas if your child is in need of a device for Greek School classes.

We all look forward to another successful school year! Thank you for your support!

~Paraskevi Rountos

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Birthday Celebrations

September 11 - Fr. Nikolas Karloutsos

September 15Irini Pertesis  

Your Assumption Church Community wants to celebrate with you! Please let us know of any upcoming events in your life, birthdays, name days, anniversaries so we can (virtually) share the joy! Your submissions will be announced in future weekly bulletins. Email details to: creationcare@agoc.us

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Ladies Philoptochos Society

Our first meeting of the ecclesiastical year is TOMORROW, Monday, September 14th at 6:30pm. It will be a virtual meeting. A zoom meeting link will be emailed today (or email caryn23@sbcglobal.net for the link). Please join us and continue your support for our wonderful organization.

Our Ladies Philoptochos continues to look for ways we can help and/or donate to support others as we focus on our philanthropic mission.  There continues to be many needs out there during this pandemic, from food needs, to school supplies, to supporting our church, and much more. To help us continue to offer support as well as meet our monthly National obligations, we welcome any donations in place of our monthly trays and fundraisers. Our National Obligations for September are: 1.) the Hellenic College Holy Cross Scholarship Fund: Exaltation of the Holy Cross which provides tuition and scholarships to worthy students and 2.) the Retired Clergy/Widowed Presvyteres Benevolent Fund (RCA) which provides financial support to retired Clergy and widowed Presvyteres. Donations may be made directly to our Philoptochos on the church website or mailed to church (see details below). Information regarding our National obligations can be found at:  https://www.philoptochos.org/commitments/

Through the "Mask On" campaign we have homemade face masks available for families in the parish. If you are in need of masks, they are on the candle stands in the narthex or email Eleni Manolakes at eleni.manolakes@yahoo.com.  Email us at (philoptochos@agoc.us) with any needs, questions or comments.  May God bless us all and keep us safe.

Philoptochos Stewardship/Donations:

We are 118 stewards strong. Thank you all.  It is not too late to become a steward.  You may email us (see below) if you are not sure if you completed a stewardship form for 2020. We invite all ladies 18 years and older to join. We accept online stewardship and donations as we have joined with the Church's secure payment portal through Vanco by CLICKING HERE.  BE SURE TO CHECK OFF LADIES PHILOPTOCHOS. You may also visit our website www.agoc.us – just click the "WE NOW ACCEPT ONLINE DONATIONS" or the “DONATE ONLINE” buttons on our home page.  Of course we still accept checks and cash.  Please mail to The Ladies Philoptochos, Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury, CT 06811.  Please be sure to include a Stewardship Form, which is available on the church site: https://agoc.us/agoc-organizations/philoptochos/ . We pick up mail regularly.  

Philoptochos provides the opportunity to offer time, talent and treasure through Christian fellowship.  NOTE: If you donate online, we may be in contact with you to confirm your personal information or confirm the intent of your donation (stewardship, general donation, etc.) or you may email us at philoptochos@agoc.us with the same information. A huge thank you for your support - we have been blessed with many thinking about stewardship and donations. You are helping us make a difference.

Link to National Ladies Philoptochos Society September Newsletter: 

Philanthropy Witness- September 2020

Highlights of the National Virtual Biennial Convention are included in this issue.

Link to Philoptochos promo video:

Come Join Us!

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Youth/Family Ministry

#149 - Why We Judge Others

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb_082OPPwo

Workbook

https://mailchi.mp/goarch/bethebee149

Check here each week for the link to the latest episode.

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Creation Care Ministry

Earth is crammed with Heaven.
And every bush aflame with God.
But only those who see take off their shoes.

--Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

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Guidelines for Attending Divine Worship

Greetings and Welcome Home!  We hope and pray that you continue to feel safe and secure as you worship with us in person.  And we continue to be grateful to our faithful parishioners who find ways to pray the liturgy with us from the safety of their homes.  We continue to monitor and implement the most current guidelines from state authorities, health officials and from the Archdiocese and Church leadership.  If you have a positive experience worshipping with us, please tell your family and friends! And as always, use your discretion and follow the advice of your physician as you navigate the world during these difficult times.

Reservations are no longer required
 
Those in attendance and those at home may want to access the text of the divine services by visiting Digital Chant Stand at https://www.agesinitiatives.com/dcs/public/dcs/dcs.html.  Just click on the date on the left side of the page and/or download the app and navigate to the appropriate service. For safety, we have removed the service books from the pews and chances are that folks at home may not have a copy of the Divine Liturgy.

As you begin to resume your "normal" weekly routines in these challenging times, we ask that you consult the guidelines listed below (subject to change) to help you prepare for what to expect during this "new abnormal" way of attending Church.

Parish Precautions

We continue to clean and disinfect the church between each service, require masks, temperature checks, hand washing, limited capacity and appropriate distancing.

In addition, an application of G200, a disinfecting solution approved by the CDC, is applied to all non-wood surfaces (doorknobs, handles, bathroom fixtures, etc) at the CDC recommended intervals. G200 continues to repel bacteria, including Coronavirus, for up to 30 days.

We have also upgraded the air filters in our HVAC system to those that filter even more fine particles as part of our overall risk mitigation approach.

Latest Guidelines for Attending Divine Worship

ON TIME ARRIVAL

Please arrive between 8:15-10:00am. Only the north entrances, near the handicapped parking, will be open. Allow extra time for social distancing protocol upon arrival. Please leave all nonessentials in your car.

MASKS REQUIRED

All attendees are required to put on protective face masks before exiting their vehicle. Exceptions are only permitted for those with valid medical reasons, special needs and children less than 2 years of age.

FOLLOW THE SIGNS

Please follow signs to posted entry points and maintain distancing via the ground markers. These have been prepared in advance to provide safe social distancing and need to be respected for everyone’s well-being.

UPON ENTRY

Be prepared for a touchless temperature reading of your forehead by an infrared thermometer and hand sanitizing. Temperature must not exceed 99.1 for admittance. Next, a member of Parish Council will hand you a candle to light. Please venerate Icons with a bow only. No touching or kissing.

SEATING

A member of Parish Council will escort you to your designated seat and record your name for our attendance recordkeeping. Seating has been designed to adhere to social distancing requirements. Only members of the same family may sit together without distancing between them. Please remain in your designated seat throughout the entire service, except for restroom needs. The restroom in the “crying room” is the only restroom open to attendees. A Parish Council member will open the room for one person at a time. Please use provided wipes to clean faucets and doorknob after use.

HOLY COMMUNION AND DISMISSAL

On Sundays, Holy Communion will be offered at the usual appointed time. Baptized or chrismated Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves are invited to receive communion keeping in mind the following:

  • Parish Council members will guide attendees by row, adhering to distancing markers placed in the aisle.
  • Remove mask before approaching the Holy Chalice.
  • Please do not touch the Communion cloth or dab it on your lips. It will be held by altar servers to prevent spills.
  • A separate metal spoon will be used for each communicant.
  • Antidoron will be individually wrapped for distribution. PLEASE approach with two open hands so that the priest can place the antidoron into your cupped palms.
  • Continue walking to your car. No congregating inside please.

Kindly know that we are doing our best to "normalize" what is a challenging and strange time.  Be assured that we are all an essential part of Christ's Body and the Theotokos and saints and ranks of angels and archangels rejoice with us when we invoke His Holy Name whether in the space of His Holy Church or in the sacredness of the "domestic church" of the home.

Join us. Pray with us. You are a vital member of the Body of Christ and of our Assumption Church family.  We love you and we thank you for your support.

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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

HAH Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Greets the 45th Clergy-Laity Congress - Keynote of Archbishop Elpidophoros

09/09/2020

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sent virtual greetings to the 45th Clergy Laity Congress, as it commenced its work for the first time in a virtual setting.
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Calendar

  • Month at a Glance

    September 13 to October 11, 2020

    Sunday, September 13

    Forefeast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, September 14

    Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy 10

    Saturday, September 19

    2:00PM Wedding

    Sunday, September 20

    Sunday after the Holy Cross

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Special Fellowship Gathering

    Thursday, September 24

    The Commemoration of the Miracle of the Theotokos Myrtidiotissis in Kythyra

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy 10

    Saturday, September 26

    1:00PM Betrothal Service

    Sunday, September 27

    First Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Special Fellowship Gathering

    1:00PM Special Brunch at the Amber Room in Celebration of Fr. Nikolas

    Sunday, October 4

    2nd Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, October 11

    Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

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