Assumption Church
Publish Date: 2020-11-08
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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 103.4,1.
Who makes his angels spirits and his ministers a flame of fire
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God you are very great.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 2:2-10.

Brethren, if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his own will. For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. It has been testified somewhere, "What is man that thou art mindful of him, or the son of man, that thou carest for him? Thou didst make him for a little while lower than the angels, thou hast crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet." Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for every one. For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through suffering.

Gospel Reading

7th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 8:41-56

At that time, there came to Jesus a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue; and falling at Jesus' feet he besought him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. As he went, the people pressed round him. And a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years and had spent all her living upon physicians and could not be healed by anyone, came up behind him, and touched the fringe of his garment; and immediately her flow of blood ceased. And Jesus said, "Who was it that touched me?" When all denied it, Peter and those who were with him said, "Master, the multitudes surround you and press upon you!" But Jesus said, "Some one touched me; for I perceive that power has gone forth from me." And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace." While he was still speaking, a man from the ruler's house came and said, "Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more." But Jesus on hearing this answered him, "Do not fear; only believe, and she shall be well." And when he came to the house, he permitted no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and bewailing her; but he said, "Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand he called, saying, "Child, arise." And her spirit returned, and she got up at once; and he directed that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed; but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.


Saints and Feasts

November 08

Synaxis of the Archangel Michael & the other Bodiless Powers: Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudiel, & Barachiel

All the Angels, according to the Apostle Paul, are ministering spirits, - sent forth to minister to them who shall be heirs of salvation - (Heb. 1:14). God set them as overseers of every nation and people, and guides to that which is profitable (Deut. 32:8); and while one Angel is appointed to oversee each nation as a whole, one is also appointed to protect each Christian individually. He commands them to guard them that hope on Him, that nothing should harm them, neither should any evil draw nigh to their dwelling (Ps. 90:10-12). In the Heavens they always behold the face of God, sending up to Him the thrice-holy hymn and interceding with Him in our behalf, seeing they rejoice over one sinner that repents (Esaias 6:2-3; Matt. 18:10; Luke 15:7). In a word, they have served God in so many ways for our benefit, that the pages of Holy Scripture are filled with the histories thereof. It is for these reasons that the Orthodox Catholic Church, wisely honouring these divine ministers, our protectors and guardians, celebrates today the present Synaxis that is, our coming together in assembly for their common feast to chant their praises, especially for the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, who are mentioned in the Scriptures by name. The name Michael means "Who is like God?" and Gabriel means "God is mighty." The number of Angels is not defined in the divine Scriptures, where Daniel says that thousands of thousands ministered before Him, and ten thousands of ten thousands attended upon Him -(Dan. 7:10). But all of them are divided into nine orders which are called Thrones, Cherubim, Seraphim, Dominions, Powers, Authorities, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels.


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 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 9 -  Monday Divine Liturgy -  Saint Nektarios the Wonderworker

8:45AM Orthros

10:00AM Divine Liturgy

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.


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!"

Youth/Family Ministry

Be the Bee #155 - How Should Orthodox Christians Preach the Gospel?

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Orthodox Christianity is perhaps the best-kept secret in America. Why? And how can we help share the Good News?

We'll change the way we think about evangelism and learn two principles that should shape the way we introduce other people to Jesus Christ. Because there’s a close connection between being the Lord’s witnesses and being close to the Lord.

Downloadable Workbook


Birthday Celebrations

11/2 - Ariana Micelli 

11/5 - Lucia Karloutsos

11/7 - Elena Koutoumbas

11/9 - Nikidora Bochinis

11/10 - Panaiota Constantine 

11/10 -  Rick Flannery 

11/12 - Nicholas Kangos 
11/13 - Annette Nikolis 
11/14 - Stacy Dimitriou  
 View OXI Day presentation by our Greek School Students & Teachers

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:

2020 Parish Christmas Card

    Joy to the World!

    Joy to the World!

    Dear Parishioner and Benefactor of Our Assumption Church: Once again our community will be preparing a Parish Christmas Card. I am sure that all will agree - last year’s Christmas Card was a proclamation of our Lord’s Birth. Again, we are certain that all of you will want to take part in this year’s card. When you stop and think about it, it is really a good Christmas idea! Instead of mailing costly cards to everyone separately, express your Christmas Greetings and Cheer along with the community. We are asking for a donation of $30.00, however, if you are able to give more we ask you to do so, keeping in mind that all the proceeds will go to our Sunday School and Youth Program. Please complete the form below and return it to a Parish Council member, or the church office NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 1, 2020. List your name or names as you would like it to appear on the card. A Special Bonus: By participating you will be spared the tedious task of addressing, licking stamps and envelopes, not to mention the increasing costs for cards and postage!!! NAME(s) ________________________________________________________________ Enclosed is my donation for $30.00 or $_________________ (Please make checks payable to the Assumption Church - marked for “Christmas Card”)


Ladies Philoptochos Society

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 17th at 7:00pm. It will be a virtual meeting. A zoom meeting link will be emailed closer to the date. Please join us.

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

FESTIVAL of TABLES 2020 This would have been our weekend of Festival of Tables.  In lieu of this beloved event DETAILS HAVE BEEN EMAILED IN A LETTER about our “FOT Special Appeal.”  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 you can 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 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- November 2020


Creation Care Ministry

Men will become poor because they will not have a love for trees…If you don’t love trees, you don’t love God. 

--St. Nikephoros of Chios (1750-1821 


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

His Eminence Maximos, Former Metropolitan of Pittsburgh, Falls Asleep in the Lord


Archbishop Elpidophoros of America conveys with great sadness the passing of Metropolitan Maximos, formerly of Pittsburgh, who fell asleep in the Lord today. The late Metropolitan retired due to failing health in August 2011, but continued to be a beloved and much respected figure in the Metropolis, which he served for over thirty years.

Προσφώνησις to His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros On the Occasion of His Patronal Feastday and The 29th Anniversary of the Enthronement of HAH Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew


Today, we call to mind the double blessing of Your Eminence’s Patronal Feast Day, and the glorious anniversary of the Enthronement of the Spiritual Father of the Great Church of Christ, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople and New Rome.

How You Can Help Lead Disconnected Young People Back to the Church


We all know that the Church faces critical ministry challenges. Research shows that 60% of young people fall away from the Faith as they grow into young adults. The coronavirus pandemic has made things even more difficult: a new study has found that ⅓ of people have stopped attending church altogether in the past few months.


  • Month at a Glance

    November 8 to December 6, 2020

    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

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Friday, December 4

    Barbara the Great Martyr

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, December 6

    10th Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy