Assumption Church
Publish Date: 2020-11-15
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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 Second Mode. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 2:4-10.

Brethren, God who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God: not because of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Gospel Reading

8th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 10:25-37

At that time, a lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live."

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."


Saints and Feasts

November 21

The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple


Orthros 8:45am - Divine Liturgy 10am

According to the tradition of the Church, the Theotokos was brought to the Temple at three years of age, where she was consecrated to God and spent her days until she was fourteen or fifteen years old; and then, as a mature maiden, by the common counsel of the priests (since her parents had reposed some three years before), she was betrothed to Joseph.


Parish News

Nov. 15 - Last Day to Place Your Order for our first-ever Spirit Day Service!

Parishioners are encouraged to order their Assumption fleece, shirt or jersey from our online store and wear it on Sunday 12/6 to kick off our team's new season! Join in the fun and show our team how much we care! For details see "Athletics" below.

Nov. 15 - Advent Begins Today

New videos will be posted each week to help our families grow in Christ as we prepare for Christmas. See "Family Advent Series" below.

Nov. 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.

Nov. 21 - Saturday Divine Liturgy - The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

8:45AM Orthros, 10:00AM Divine Liturgy




Sunday, December 6, 10am Divine Liturgy 

Support our Awesome Basketball Program by wearing your team Assumption gear to our first-ever Spirit Day Service!! This is a major fundraiser for our basketball program. Makes a wonderful Christmas gift for everyone in your family!

Deadline to order is TODAY - Sunday, November 15!!!

Place your order here:



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.


Youth/Family Ministry

Be the Bee #156 - 3 Ways Christians Can Deal with Temptation

 “Thoughts are like airplanes flying in the air. If you ignore them, there is no problem. If you pay attention to them, you create an airport inside your head and permit them to land!” (Saint Paisios the Athonite)

Does having bad thoughts make you a bad person? What should Christians do with the temptations we experience?

The Church refers to these thoughts as logismoi: the thoughts that tempt us and can lead us into sin. And Christians have been dealing with these temptations from the beginning.

In fact, Jesus Himself had these same thoughts. Yet He overcame them. And so can you. Steve shares three simple keys to handling temptations and staying focused on Jesus Christ.

Downloadable Workbook


Family Advent Series

First week of Advent: Preparing for Christmas


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”)


Birthday Celebrations

11/17 - Alexandra Silva 

11/18 - Carol Topalis 

11/19 - Maria Rountos 

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:

Parish Council

Next Parish Council Meeting - November 19, 7:30-9pm

As has always been the case, any member of the Assumption Church in good standing is welcome to attend our monthly parish council meetings as non-voting observers.  The date and time of our monthly meetings is published on our Parish Google Calendar and in our Weekly Bulletin.  Since March, we have been conducting our meetings via Zoom and so with this in mind, we would ask that if you are interested in attending a parish council meeting as an observer, please contact Fr. Peter, Zoy Beretis (PC President) and/or Gregg Verses (Vice President) so that you can be provided with the meeting login information.


Ladies Philoptochos Society

Our next meeting will be this Tuesday, November 17th at 7:00pm. It will be a virtual meeting. A zoom meeting link will be emailed. 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 In lieu of our beloved event we have created a “FOT Special Appeal” asking for help to raise money so we may continue to support those that we regularly support, as well as donate to our planned highlighted charity, of 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 through Vanco 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

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”

-Emily Brontë, English novelist and poet 1818-1848


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

2021 St John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Registration Open


The Department of Religious Education has released the 2021 Topic Tips and Resources for the St John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. Simultaneously, the parish registration is now available.


  • Month at a Glance

    November 15 to December 13, 2020

    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

    Wednesday, December 9

    The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Thursday, December 10

    7:30PM Parish Council

    Sunday, December 13

    11th Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy