Assumption Church
Publish Date: 2020-11-22
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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. Grave Mode. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 2:14-22.

Brethren, Christ is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Gospel Reading

9th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 12:16-21

The Lord said this parable: "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." As he said these things, he cried out: "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


Saints and Feasts

November 25

Catherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria

Saint Catherine, who was from Alexandria, was the daughter of Constas (or Cestus). She was an exceedingly beautiful maiden, most chaste, and illustrious in wealth, lineage, and learning. By her steadfast understanding, she utterly vanquished the passionate and unbridled soul of Maximinus, the tyrant of Alexandria; and by her eloquence, she stopped the mouths of the so-called philosophers who had been gathered to dispute with her. She was crowned with the crown of martyrdom in the year 305. Her holy relics were taken by Angels to the holy mountain of Sinai, where they were discovered many years later; the famous monastery of Saint Catherine was originally dedicated to the Holy Transfiguration of the Lord and the Burning Bush, but later was dedicated to Saint Catherine. According to the ancient usage, Saints Catherine and Mercurius were celebrated on the 24th of this month, whereas the holy Hieromartyrs Clement of Rome and Peter of Alexandria were celebrated on the 25th. The dates of the feasts of these Saints were interchanged at the request of the Church and Monastery of Mount Sinai, so that the festival of Saint Catherine, their patron, might be celebrated more festively together with the Apodosis of the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos. The Slavic Churches, however, commemorate these Saints on their original dates.



Today's Memorial Service is prayed in loving memory of John Tsitsos (40day). EONIA I MNIMI -- May his memory be eternal! Offered by his mother Katherine Tsitsos and aunt Marian Gioles.  

Today's Memorial Service is prayed in loving memory of Saranto (6month) and Antigoni (2year) Soumakis. EONIA I MNIMI -- May their memory be eternal! Offered by their son Panagiotis and Kiki Soumankis and family.

Parish News

Upcoming Special Services

Wednesday, Dec. 2  - 6:00pm-- Paraklisis Prayer Service of Saint Porfyrios the Kavsokalyvite of Evia, Greece

Sunday, Dec. 6 - 10am --Assumption Spirit Day Service  -- Support our Awesome Basketball Program by wearing your team Assumption gear. 


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.


GOYA Virtual Retreat

Virtual Be the Bee, BeeTreat - GOYA Ages 13-18 

Saturday, December 12th at 11:30am

"Making Time for Silence"

Please join us Virtually on Saturday December 12th for Divine Liturgy and a Youth Ministries Retreat lead by Mr. Steve Christoforou aka “Be the Bee”! We will be hosting this virtual regional youth retreat with a session on “Learning to be Still”. Steve does an amazing job of communicating important lessons to young people and adults alike and we are expecting another truly special and informative virtual session with him as he leads our young people into a deeper awareness of some very important topics. Please reserve your virtual spot so we may email the BeeTreat zoom link to you.

We look forward to a day filled with fun and a lot of great lessons that we can all learn from so once again, reserve your spot! 

To Sign-up for the Bee The Bee Virtual Retreat please click link below:

Sponsored by The Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour in Rye, NY.


Youth/Family Ministry

Be the Bee #157 - 3 Reasons to Fast from Social Media

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

Why do we fast from good things like tasty food? At the start of the Nativity Fast, we'll share three basic reasons why fasting helps transform our spiritual lives.

But then we'll go a little deeper and explore why these same reasons suggest you should fast, not just from food, but from social media as well.

Downloadable Workbook


Family Advent Series

Second Week of Advent 

This week's Comfort Food for Families reflection is offered by Presvytera Melanie DiStefano on what we do and don't need to bring on our journey through Advent!


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

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

Vasilopitas for Sale - Ring in 2021 with a Vasilopita made by Agia Skepi/Holy Protection Monastery $20.00 each. Only preorders/prepay will be accepted. Order forms have been emailed and are available at the pangari stand in church. Quantities are limited so please return your form and payment ASAP to Ladies Philoptochos, Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Rd, Danbury, CT 06811. The pick up date is December 13 after church from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Philoptochos is also hoping to have traditional cookies. There is no need to preorder or prepay for these. If you have any questions, call Fevri Gkanatsios at (203) 512-9789 or email at  

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

FESTIVAL of TABLES 2020 – Cancelled due to COVID-19. Our “FOT Special Appeal” asks that you consider donating to our largest annual fundraiser.  Help us raise money so we may continue to provide support to those in need.  If you have questions, email us at WE WON'T STOP CARING!  

National Obligations - Our monthly National 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. Information regarding all of our National obligations can be found at: 

Donations - Donations may be made directly to our Philoptochos by  CLICKING HERE. BE SURE TO CHECK OFF LADIES PHILOPTOCHOS. You may also mail a check to church. 

Philoptochos Stewardship - It is not too late to become a Philoptochos Steward - we are accepting stewardship for this year through end of November.  You may make online stewardship donations by CLICKING HERE.  BE SURE TO CHECK OFF LADIES PHILOPTOCHOS. Please email us at to notify us you have submitted a stewardship offering. You may also mail your stewardship offering and include a Stewardship Form, which is available on the church site:

Link to National Ladies Philoptochos Society November Newsletter: 

Philanthropy Witness- November 2020


Archepiscopal Message

Archiepiscopal Encyclical: Thanksgiving


Let us give thanks unto the Lord! Let us celebrate this National Day of Thanksgiving, a time when we remember that the opposite of scarcity is not abundance, but gratitude.

Creation Care Ministry

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love

    and his wonderful deeds for mankind.

- Psalm 107:21



  • Month at a Glance

    November 22 to December 20, 2020

    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

    Wednesday, December 2

    6:00PM Paraklisis Prayer Service of Saint Porfyrios the Kavsokalyvite of Evia, Greece

    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

    Sunday, December 13

    11th Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Thursday, December 17

    Saint Dionysios of Zakynthos, Prophet Daniel and the Three Holy Youths

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    7:30PM Parish Council Meeting

    Sunday, December 20

    Sunday before Nativity

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy