Assumption Church
Publish Date: 2020-10-18
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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 Fourth Mode. Psalm 18.4,1.
Their voice has gone out into all the earth.
Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Colossians 4:5-11, 14-18.

Brethren, conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one. Tychicos will tell you all about my affairs; he is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, and with him Onesimos, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of yourselves. They will tell you of everything that has taken place. Aristarchos my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions if he comes to you, receive him), and Jesus who is called Justos. These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you. Give my greetings to the brethren at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. And when this letter has been read among you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you read also the letter from Laodicea. And say to Archippos, "See that you fulfill the ministry which you have received in the Lord." I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my fetters. Grace be with you. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Luke the Evangelist
The Reading is from Luke 10:16-21

The Lord said to his disciples, "He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me." The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!" And he said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will."


Saints and Feasts

October 18

Luke the Evangelist

This Apostle was an Antiochean, a physician by trade, and a disciple and companion of Paul. He wrote his Gospel in Greek after Matthew and Mark, after which he wrote the Acts of the Apostles, and dedicated both works to Theophilus, who, according to some, was Governor of Achaia. He lived some eighty-six years and died in Achaia, perhaps in Patras, the capital of this district. His emblem is the calf, the third symbolical beast mentioned by Ezekiel (1:10), which is a symbol of Christ's sacrificial and priestly office, as Saint Irenaeus says.


Memorials/Special Services

Today's Memorial Service is prayed in loving memory of Alexandra Mavrokefalidi (1 year) and Ioannis Mavrokefalidis (28 years). EONIA I MNIMI--May their memory be eternal! Offered by Toula Koutmos.

Sorrows:  October 15--The Rite of Burial was held for John Tsitsos, son of Katherine Tsitsos and nephew of Marian Gioles. Our Assumption Church Family offers sincere condolences and prayers. EONIA I MNIMI--May his memory be eternal!



    October 19, 1975 - Fr. Peter Karloutsos Ordination to the Holy Priesthood - 45 years

    October 19, 1975 - Fr. Peter Karloutsos Ordination to the Holy Priesthood - 45 years

    Reverend Protopresbyter Peter Karloutsos was born in New York City and is the son of the late Very Reverend Michael and Presbytera Olga Karloutsos. On June 27, 1971, Fr. Peter and Presbytera Maria were married. In September of 1971 Fr. Peter entered the Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA to begin his studies for a Master of Divinity, graduating in 1974. From 1974-1975 Fr. Peter and Presbytera Maria lived in Thessaloniki Greece where Fr. Peter entered an intense Greek Language program at the University of Thessaloniki. On September 4, 1975 Fr. Peter was ordained a Deacon by Archbishop Iakovos, of blessed memory, during the first National Clergy retreat held at the Holy Cross School of Theology. In attendance were four Hierarchs and 183 priests from throughout the Archdiocese. For Fr. Peter, it was a deeply felt emotion of humility and an honor to have that many clergy proclaim AXIOS (Worthy). On October 1, 1975 he was assigned to Saint Andrew's and was ordained a priest on October 19, 1975, by the late Bishop Timothy of Chicago.

    Our Assumption Family

    Our Assumption Family

    In 1979, one year after Fr. Peter was assigned to the Assumption Church, the First Annual Greek Experience Festival was inaugurated that launched the plans to buy property and to build our beautiful Byzantine Church. In 1983, we left the Farview site to begin worship in our Byzantine Church on Clapboard Ridge Rd. which stands as a beacon on a hill overlooking the city of Danbury. Continuing to minister to the Assumption Church Family, Fr. Peter and Presbytera Maria feel blessed by the love and support of our faithful parishioners and to have their children and grandchildren so much a part of our Parish.

    Celebration Sunday

    Celebration Sunday

    Please join us on Sunday after Divine Liturgy, in the north parking lot, to offer your best wishes and greetings to Father Peter.


Parish News

Catechism School Program To Resume

Watch your inbox for a survey coming soon.  Please fill it out and return it as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly.  We miss all of our children and families!

October 25 - General Assembly following Divine Liturgy

This is our Annual Fall Meeting to discuss the progress of our Parish.  All members of our Assumption Church Family are encouraged to attend.  Reports will be given concerning the 2019 fiscal year, the current 2020 fiscal year and the 2021 fiscal year budget. Also, reports will be offered by our Investment committee, Ladies Philoptochos and the Ministries of our Church. We need your support, ideas, suggestions and comments.  

November 15 - Deadline to Submit Names for 2021-2022 Parish Council 


Please see the form below to submit your name to serve on the parish council of our Assumption Church.  We encourage all members of our Church to make a commitment and learn how our Church does its best to fulfill the Ministries that our Lord, Jesus Christ calls us to do.  We need your support and willingness to get involved. We need your ideas and enthusiasm. Men and women are called to serve. Use the talents and strengths our Lord has given you to do His work.  

Elections to the Parish Council will be held on December 6, 2020.

You may email or speak with any Parish Council Member or to Fr Peter to offer your service to our Church or for any questions. 

2021-2022        P A R I S H     C O U N C I L        2021-2022 

Dear Father Peter, 

I, ___________________________, humbly submit my name to serve on the PARISH COUNCIL for the term 2021-2022.  I recognize that service on the PARISH COUNCIL is an awesome responsibility and I am ready to offer my TIME, TALENT AND TREASURE as a GOOD STEWARD OF THE CHURCH.  Please submit this form to the Church office no later than November 15, 2020.  Thank you.


Birthday Celebrations

October 19 - Tina McCauley
October 22 - Linda Dallaku
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:

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.


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 - As many of you know from previous announcements, our annual Festival of Tables has sadly been cancelled for this year.  However, we are beginning a “FOT Special Appeal.” DETAILS WILL BE EMAILED IN A LETTER. Essentially, we will be appealing to all now to help us raise money so we may continue to support those that we regularly support, as well as donate to our planned highlighted charity, which was Mental Health. As those involved in the past are now unable to enjoy our Festival of Table luncheon and fundraiser, we ask that all continue to support our mission by thinking about what may have been spent for entry to the luncheon or for our lovely raffles. Consider if can you donate a portion of that? Let’s do this! If you would like to donate now, please make a notation with your donation or email us at philoptochos@agoc.usWE WON'T STOP CARING!  Please SAVE THE DATE for Festival of Tables 2021 on November 6, 2021 where we will celebrate our 20th year. 

Know that any donation amount is welcomed to help us continue to offer this support as well as meet our monthly National obligations. Our National Obligation for October is: the National Philoptochos Emergency Fund which enables Philoptochos to respond immediately to national or international disasters. Donations may be made directly to our Philoptochos on the church website or mailed to church (see details below). Information regarding all of 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 119 stewards strong. Thank you all. It is not too late to become a steward - we are accepting stewardship for the year through 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 via the Church's secure payment portal. You may access that 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 do accept checks and cash. Please drop off at church or mail to The Ladies Philoptochos, Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury, CT 06811. For stewardship donations, be sure to include a Stewardship Form, which is available on the church site:

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, FOT Special Appeal, 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. Let's keep that up!

Link to National Ladies Philoptochos Society October Newsletter: 

Philanthropy Witness- October 2020

Link to Philoptochos promo video:

Come Join Us!


Youth/Family Ministry

Be the Bee 

"But He would withdraw to deserted places and pray.” (Luke 5:16)

Is taking care of your health a selfish thing that Christians should avoid? Aren't we called to sacrifice everything for God and neighbor?

We'll look at the example of Jesus Himself and the powerful words of St Isaac the Syrian to see why Christian self-care is actually selfless. Because, when we care for ourselves, it puts us in a position to love more deeply.

This is especially important during the coronavirus pandemic and covid. We can still Be the Bee and Live Orthodoxy even in the toughest times.

#153 - Is Self-Care Selfish?

Downloadable Workbook


Creation Care Ministry

Spend Some Time Outside - Take time to appreciate the outdoors this week. Go for a walk, play with your kids, play sports, or go to the park. Find ways to enjoy the changing season and God’s beautiful creation.






  • Month at a Glance

    October 18 to November 15, 2020

    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

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, November 1

    5th Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, November 8

    7th Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, November 9

    Saint Nektarios the Wonderworker

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, November 15

    8th Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy