Assumption Church
Publish Date: 2020-10-25
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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. Third Mode. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 1:11-19.

Brethren, I would have you know that the gospel which was preached by me is not man's gospel. For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it; and I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia; and again I returned to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord's brother.

Gospel Reading

6th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 8:26-39

At that time, as Jesus arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, there met him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes and he lived not in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech you, do not torment me." For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him; he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters, but he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the desert.) Jesus then asked him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion"; for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them leave. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. When the herdsmen saw what happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how he who had been possessed with demons was healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gadarenes asked him to depart from them; for they were seized with great fear; so he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but he sent him away, saying, "Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you." And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.


Saints and Feasts

October 26

The Holy Great Martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-streamer

Orthros 8:45am

Divine Liturgy 10am

Saint Demetrius was a Thessalonian, a most pious son of pious and noble parents, and a teacher of the Faith of Christ. When Maximian first came to Thessalonica in 290, he raised the Saint to the rank of Duke of Thessaly. But when it was discovered that the Saint was a Christian, he was arrested and kept bound in a bath-house. While the games were under way in the city, Maximian was a spectator there. A certain friend of his, a barbarian who was a notable wrestler, Lyaeus by name, waxing haughty because of the height and strength of his body, boasted in the stadium and challenged the citizens to a contest with him. All that fought with him were defeated. Seeing this, a certain youth named Nestor, aquaintance of Demetrius', came to the Saint in the bath-house and asked his blessing to fight Lyaeus single-handed. Receiving this blessing and sealing himself with the sign of the precious Cross, he presented himself in the stadium, and said, "O God of Demetrius, help me!" and straightway he engaged Lyaeus in combat and smote him with a mortal blow to the heart, leaving the former boaster lifeless upon the earth. Maximian was sorely grieved over this, and when he learned who was the cause of this defeat, he commanded straightway and Demetrius was pierced with lances while he was yet in the bath-house, As for Nestor, Maximian commanded that he be slain with his own sword.



Today's Memorial Service is offered by the Cuceu-Davitiani family in loving memory of Zoia, Karlo, Emzari,Tamazi, Maia, Mamuka, Lasha, Salome, and Vasile. EONIA I MNIMI - ETERNAL BE THEIR MEMORY!


Church Life

Baptism: October 18 - Ava Lauren, daughter of Charles and Joanna James Moschos of Ridgefield, CT.  Sponsor is Christos James.


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.


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.



Hello Assumption Church Families,

We are ready to start our 2020-2021 basketball program!!!

Spread the word!!!

Our Basketball program is part of our Assumption Church Youth Ministries. It is important that families attend Church services and be part of our Church family. Our basketball program does not only take place on the court, it also takes place in the Church. Please join us for services on Sundays.


Fridays at Danbury Sports Dome, 25 Shelter Rock Lane, Danbury

Practices start on Friday, Nov 6, 2020 and will go through February 2021.


        6:00-6:55 pm Farm and Youth Divisions

        7:00-8:00 pm JV and Varsity Divisions

Games will be starting the weekend of Dec 5th.

Registration: Please use this link for registration: Registration Form


This year, we have an online store to purchase uniforms and other apparel. The store will be open for the next couple of weeks. We are using this as one of the fundraisers for our basketball program. All parishioners can order from this site to support our basketball program!!! Please check it out:


We need to have 2 coaches per team. Right now, we have 1 coach. If you are interested in coaching, or can recommend someone, please let me know. Remember, our coaches need to be Active Stewards of the Church.

For more information, please contact Paraskevi Rountos, Athletic Director, at 



Family Event - Oct. 30



    Dearest youth and their families, Please see the attached flyer regarding a TRUNK OR TREAT event being held in our church parking lot on Friday, October 30th. Please see details in the flyer - RSVP and let me know if you will be hosting a trunk ASAP. We look forward to seeing our church family. We need our community more than ever right now. We need to see Christ in ALL people! We need to pray! We need to be with our church family! We need to share our love! We need to spread kindness and positivity! We need to strengthen our faith and release our fears to God! We need each other to help us do all of this! Looking forward to seeing you all in liturgy this Sunday! PLEASE BRING A BOX OF WIPES AND/OR DIAPERS. The community of Queens, NY was hit especially hard by COVID-19. Parents are not only struggling to feed their families, but also are in desperate need of necessities for their little ones. The local food pantry, Mano Que Dan, Reciben Bendiciones (The Hands That Give, Receive Blessings) is seeking donations for baby wipes and diapers. If you can please bring a box of wipes and/or diapers (sizes 3, 4, 5 or 6) to the trunk or treating event, that would be a HUGE help for our sister community. If you would rather ship the items, you can send to: Nuala O'Doherty’s at 35-18 90th Street, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Thank you so much for helping out during this incredibly challenging time and looking forward to seeing you on the 30th! Sending love and prayers to you all, Michaele Giannoutsos


Volunteer Youth Advisors Needed

Train up a child in the way they should go and they will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6   

The most important work that can be done is to bring our young people to Christ.  Please contact Michaele Giannoutsos ( to become a youth advisor.  
We are looking for advisors for the following youth groups: 
L.O.V.E. - (0- 3 years old)
H.O.P.E. - (pre-k (4 year olds) - 2nd grade)
J.O.Y. - (3rd - 6th grades)
G.O.Y.A. - (7th-12th grades)
"Be the Church you want our Church to be!"

Be the Bee

“Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16)

Adults fear that young people will grow up and stop being Christians. But no one ever fears that a kid will stop rooting for their favorite sports team. Why?

We'll look at how the life of a sports fan can challenge the way we share the Faith with others. Because our goal isn't simply to make people loyal to our religion: it's to give them a taste of holiness and inspire them to be saints.

If we're going to raise people to be faithful Orthodox Christians, we need to start here.

#154 - Why People Stop Being Christians (And What We Can Do About It)

Downloadable Workbook


Birthday Celebrations

October 27 - Bessie Christos 
 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:

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 WE 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: 1.) 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!


Creation Care Ministry

"The whole earth is a living icon of the face of God."

- St. John of Damascus


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Archbishop Elpidophoros Completes Visits to All Parishes, Chapels and Monasteries Within the Archdiocesan District


On Sunday, October 18, 2020, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Ss. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Silver Spring, MD. With this visit the Archbishop has been to all of the parishes, chapels and monastic communities located within the Archdiocesan District, which comprises the states of New York, Connecticut, Maryland, the District of Columbia and also the Bahamas.

Introducing “Time Out for Marriage" a New Ministry of the GOA Center for Family Care


The Center for Family Care is pleased to introduce the new video series “Time Out For Marriage”featuring Presvytera Kerry Pappas. Concise 2 to 3 minute messages will offer encouragement for couples drawn from the wisdom of Holy Scripture, saints’ teachings, and contemporary marriage literature. Each “Time Out” will present an exercise or challenge for couples to engage in as they seek to grow in their union with Christ and one another.



  • Month at a Glance

    October 25 to November 22, 2020

    Sunday, October 25

    6th Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    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

    12:00PM General Assembly

    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

    Thursday, November 19

    7:30PM Parish Council

    Saturday, November 21

    The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, November 22

    9th Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy