Assumption Church
Publish Date: 2020-09-27
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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. Grave Mode. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:1-10.

Brethren, working together with him, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation." Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Gospel Reading

1st Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 5:1-11

At that time, as Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets." And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he was astonished, and all who were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men." And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.


Saints and Feasts

September 27

Callistratus the Martyr & his 49 Companions

These Martyrs contested for the Faith during the reign of Diocletian, in the year 288. Saint Callistratus was arrested as a Christian, and after being tormented, was enclosed in a sack and cast into the sea. The sack burst, and the Saint came to dry land safe and sound. Forty-nine soldiers, seeing this, also confessed Christ, and with him were cast into prison, then beheaded.



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.  

Pease join us on Sunday after Divine Liturgy, in the north parking lot, to offer your best wishes and greetings to Father Nikolas. We plan to have a modified Fellowship Gathering, weather permitting outside, or in the Fellowship Hall.  

Also, our Parish Council and Ladies Philoptochos is planning a Special Brunch on Sunday (Fr Nikolas likes brunch very much), at the Amber Room outside under a Tent. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUTThis outdoor event can accommodate only the 100 pre-paid reservations. No walk-ins allowed.

All are welcome to join in the celebration after Divine Liturgy in the North parking lot. 


Parish News

Job Posting:

Title: AGOC Office Administrator 

The Office Administrator is responsible for assisting the Priest and Parish Council in all facets of the Church’s work including special projects and clerical support.

The Assumption Greek Orthodox church is seeking an Office Administrator, a key role that is recommended and consistent with other churches throughout the Archdiocese.  The position is a part time position (15 hours per week, $20 per hour); a function that will ensure the continuing smooth running of our AGOC parish.  The Office Administrator will be overseen by the Proistamenos, undertaking a variety of assignments that will help serve the Parish Council and Parishioners of the Church, including, but not limited to the following areas:

  • Coordinates Master Calendar - inputs and maintains calendar for administrative, social, sacramental and rental dates in the life of the Parish.
  • Community communication (weekly bulletin, newsletter, mail, email, phone, etc.)
  • AGOC website management using EVO CMS and upkeep
  • Support Catechism School and youth ministries (directors’ liaison) and works with volunteers to complete various Church and Ministries tasks
  • Church Sacrament Notifications and Certifications (marriages, baptisms, etc.)
  • Coordinates maintenance of buildings and grounds of campus in conjunction with appropriate committees
  • Maintains the PDS software database of current stewards, donors, Sunday school students and other Ministry databases with communication to those Ministry Leaders
  • Coordinates compliance with Archdiocese Youth Safety Compliance best practices
  • Coordinates completion of any municipal or licensure requirements

The selected candidate will ideally be experienced in the workplace and have a college degree.

Interested candidates should send their current resume to

Deadline for accepting resumes will be Monday October 5th, 2020.


Links for Livestreaming Services & Calendar

Links for Livestreaming Services

Pray with us by subscribing to the Assumption YouTube channel at

Or by visiting our Assumption page on Facebook at

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 ( 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 $2,000 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!


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 (  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.


Ladies Philoptochos Society

FESTIVAL of TABLES 2020 - On what would be our 20th year of holding our annual Festival of Tables, which is our Philoptochos' largest fundraiser each year; we regretfully announce that we are cancelling the physical event for this year.  We are working on ways to fundraise in the spirit of the Festival of Tables, so we may continue to donate to our charities of interest and choice.  Stay tuned to more information regarding this.  SAVE THE DATE for Festival of Tables 2021 on November 6, 2021 where we will celebrate our 20th year.   
Our next meeting will be on Monday, October 12th at 6:30pm. It will be a virtual meeting. A zoom meeting link will be emailed closer to the date. 
As we think about the cancellation of our beloved Festival of Tables and our ways to continue our outreach - please be reminded of the importance of helping now!  Our Ladies Philoptochos continues to provide resources, support and agape (love) to all facing challenges during this unprecedented time. Your contributions of any amount will allow us to continue our outreach to help more and more people in many ways. We remain focused on our philanthropic mission.  We won't stop caring!  To help us continue to offer this 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:

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  Small donations are welcomed for masks. 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 - we are accepting stewardship for the year though November.  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 are included with the Church's secure payment portal, by CLICKING HERE.  BE SURE TO CHECK OFF LADIES PHILOPTOCHOS. You may also visit our website – 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: . We pick up mail regularly.  
Philoptochos provides the opportunity for our ladies 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 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!


Youth/Family Ministry

Be the Bee #151

“My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:8) Whether it's a mean comment or act of violence, why is it so easy to hurt people? And why should we care? We're all afraid of being weak, and will often hurt others to feel strong. Yet Jesus showed us that true strength often involves being weak: this is the way of love and the cross.

The Amazing Strength of Jesus

Downloadable Workbook



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:



CEOBL: Basketball League--Can we field teams this year???
We are looking to find out who is interested in playing basketball for the Church league. 
Ages 6-17 (possibly 18 years old). 
There is a tentative start date of games for the weekend of Dec 5th/6th, 2020.  
Due to the COVID pandemic, a lot are unknown.  We are still looking for a venue for practices. Not much information is known at this time, but right now, we need to know who is interested in playing. 
If you would like to play, please use the link below to fill out a survey by Sunday, Sept 27th.  
If you have any questions, please contact Paraskevi at

Creation Care Ministry

“I want creation to penetrate you with so much admiration that wherever you go, the least plant may bring you clear remembrance of the Creator. A single plant, a blade of grass, or one speck of dust is sufficient to occupy all your intelligence in beholding the art with which it has been made.”   

- St. Basil the Great, (329-379)


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

COVID-19 and Ongoing Challenges in the Ecumenical Community


COVID-19 continues to challenge the world, churches, and ministry. The National Council of Churches USA and the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University are pleased to present the first of a series of webinars highlighting some of these ecclesial challenges. The discussion will also highlight how churches is striving to meet these challenges, as well as the opportunity to do this ministry together.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Recognized amongst “Brooklyn’s COVID Heroes”


On September 22, 2020, Archbishop Elpidophoros was recognized by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams as one of “Brooklyn’s COVID Heroes” for the Archdiocesan COVID-19 Relief Fund. Established in March 2020 under the direction of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, the fund was an important part of the Archdiocese’s efforts to support those around the country impacted by the coronavirus and who faced hardship.



  • Month at a Glance

    September 27 to October 26, 2020

    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

    Wednesday, October 14

    6:00PM Paraklisis - Prayers to the Theotokos for Health

    Thursday, October 15

    7:30PM Parish Council

    Sunday, October 18

    Luke the Evangelist

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, October 25

    6th Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    12:00PM General Assembly

    Monday, October 26

    The Holy Great Martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-streamer