Assumption Church
Publish Date: 2020-11-01
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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. Fourth Mode. Psalm 15.3,8.
Among the saints who are in his land, the Lord has been wondrous.
Verse: I see the Lord before me continually.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 12:27-31; 13:1-8.

Brethren, you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

Gospel Reading

5th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 16:19-31

The Lord said, "There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazaros, full of sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Lazaros in his bosom. And he called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Lazaros to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.' But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazaros in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.' And he said, 'Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.' But Abraham said, 'They have Moses, and the prophets; let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' He said to them, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the dead.'"


Saints and Feasts

November 02

The Holy Martyrs Acindynos, Pegasios, Aphthonios, Elpidophoros, and Anempodistos

These Martyrs contested in Persia about the year 330, in the reign of Sapor (Shapur) II, King of Persia (325-379). Acindynus, Pegasius, and Anempodistus, Persian Christians, confessed Christ before the King, and were put to many torments. Aphthonius and Elpidophoros, drawn to the Faith of Christ through the Martyrs, were beheaded with another 7,000. Saints Acindynus, Pegasius, and Anempodistus were at last burned to death. Two churches were dedicated in their honour in Constantinople. As is often the case in church hymns, there is a play on the meanings of the Saints' names here. Acindynus means "unimperilled"; Pegasius is derived from pegazo--"to gush forth"; Aphthonius is derived from aphthonos-"abundant"; Elpidophoros means "hope-bearing"; Anempodistus means "unhindered." These are all Greek translations of their Persian names.


Memorial Service

Today's Memorial Service:  In remembrance of the National Greek Holiday (October 28, 1940) "OXI Day", and for all those in World War II; soldiers, civilian men, women and children who lost their lives fighting for freedom and against tyranny.   Offered by the Assumption Greek School children, teachers and parents.  An "OXI Day" presentation will be given by our Greek School Children.  Thank you to Maria Tsikalakis for making the Kolyva for the memorial service.      

OXI Day (October 28, 1940) a national Hellenic holiday represents when the Hellenic Prime Minister Metaxas was awoken to respond to a series of demands from a representative of a WW2 Axis Power which would have allowed foreign troops free reign in Greece, a neutral nation at the time. His response to these demands, a simple “OXI/NO” led to battles by the Hellenes of historical international consequences for Europe and the free world. It was the first time in the European theater that an Axis Power was defeated after them taking over country after country, raised the hopes of occupied Europe, and caused the Nazi forces which were scheduled to attack the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa) to divert their forces and invade Greece instead. This diversion led to a delay in the Nazi invasion of the U.S.S.R. and the Nazi’s eventual defeat there in the Soviet winter. As per the title of this event OXI Day was a turning point in WW2 and had an importance that went beyond the Hellenic Republic and a war international in scope. In addition, despite the ultimate Hellenic defeat, having fought long and hard , the bravery of the Hellenic people during those difficult six months also had the effect of changing how Hellenic Americans were perceived in America. 

Paying homage to the Greek resistance Winston Churchill reportedly said “…until now we would say that the Greeks fight like heroes. From now on we will say that heroes fight like Greeks.”

One of the more well known salutes to the heroism of the Greek people was given by the US President Franklin D Roosevelt, who summed it all up beautifully... "On the 28th of October 1940, Greece was given a deadline of three hours to decide on war or peace; but even if a three day or three week or three year were given, the response would have been the same. The Greeks taught dignity throughout the centuries. When the entire world had lost all hope, the Greek people dared to question the invincibility of the German monster, raising against it the proud spirit of freedom."


Recognition of Oxi Day - Life Magazine


Parish News

Catechism School Program To Resume

Check your inbox for the survey sent on 10/27.  Please fill it out and return it as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly.  We miss all of our children and families!

November 1 - DEADLINE for Basketball Registration - See Athletics section below

November 8 - 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 - On-line store closing. Support our basketball program today! 

Sweatshirts, T-shirts, beanie hats! This can make a wonderful Christmas gift! Anyone can order!

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.



2020-2021 Basketball Program

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 - DEADLINE for Registration

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 close on November 15. 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 



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!"

Ladies Philoptochos Society

The Adopt a Family list for the Holidays will be available soon.  A special email will be forthcoming with details or you may contact Caryn Flannery (203) 512-5698 with questions.

FESTIVAL of TABLES 2020 As many of you know, our annual Festival of Tables has sadly been cancelled for this year.   However, we have initiated a “FOT Special Appeal.”  DETAILS HAVE BEEN EMAILED IN A LETTER. We are 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 Philoptochos obligations for November are 1.) the Feast Day of Saint Cosmas and Damianos which benefits the philanthropic programs and charities of the Ecumenical Patriarchate enabling Philoptochos to respond immediately to national disaster and  2.) the National Sisterhood of Presbyters - APC-NSP Benevolent Fund which provides short term support for clergy and their families in time of crisis.  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 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 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!




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:

Creation Care Ministry

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.

- e.e. cummings, American poet


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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Introducing “Fully Human: The Special Call of Special Needs” A New Ministry of the GOA Center for Family Care


The Center for Family Care is excited to announce the launching of a twice monthly, online ministry designed to lift up the unique gifts of individuals and families with special needs.

Archdiocese of America Announces the Feast Day of Saint Elpidophoros


The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will celebrate on Monday, November 2, the 29thAnniversary of the enthronement of our Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the memory of Saint Elpidophoros, patron saint of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America.


  • Month at a Glance

    November 1 to November 30, 2020

    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

    Sunday, November 29

    13th Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, November 30

    Andrew the First- Called Apostle