Assumption Church
Publish Date: 2020-11-29
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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 Fourth Mode. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 4:1-7.

Brethren, I, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.

Gospel Reading

13th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 18:18-27

At that time, a ruler came to Jesus and asked him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.' " And he said, "All these I have observed from my youth." And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich. Jesus looking at him said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" But he said, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."


Saints and Feasts

November 30

Andrew the First-Called Apostle

Monday: 8:45am Orthoros, 10:00am Divine Liturgy

This Saint was from Bethsaida of Galilee; he was the son of Jonas and the brother of Peter, the chief of the Apostles. He had first been a disciple of John the Baptist; afterwards, on hearing the Baptist's witness concerning Jesus, when he pointed Him out with his finger and said, "Behold the Lamb of God, Which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1.29,36), he straightway followed Christ, and became His first disciple; wherefore he is called the First-called of the Apostles. After the Ascension of the Saviour, he preached in various lands; and having suffered many things for His Name's sake, he died in Patras of Achaia, where he was crucified on a cross in the shape of an "X," the first letter of "Christ" in Greek; this cross is also the symbol of Saint Andrew.



Today's Memorial Service is prayed in loving memory of Kostas (35 years) and Antigoni (23 years) Theodorides. EONIA I MNIMI--May their memory be eternal! Offered by their son Spiros and Nancy Theodorides.

Church Life

Baptism - November 28– Lukas, son of Gabriel and Nicoleta Ochisor of New Fairfield, CT. Sponsors are Nicolae and Mihaela Selar.


Parish News

Special Services

Monday, Nov. 30 - 8:45am Orthoros, 10am Divine Liturgy - Feast of Saint Andrew

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

Friday, Dec. 4 - 8:45am Orthoros, 10am Divine LiturgyFeast of Saint Barbara

Sunday, Dec. 6 - 8:45am Orthoros, 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 #158 How to "Give Thanks in All Circumstances"

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Thanksgiving is a time to feel grateful. But that attitude of gratitude can go away as soon as we're done with the turkey. How do we keep it going?

Saint Paul tells us to "give thanks in all circumstances." Because real gratitude is more than a feeling. As we see in the Parable of the Rich Fool, it starts with remembering one crucial thing

Downloadable Workbook 


Family Advent Series

Third Week of Advent 

This week's Comfort Food for Families episode from Presvytera Kerry Pappas is all about almsgiving: what it means and how we can do it during this Advent season!


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

11/29 - Shannon Rontos

12/5 - Fr. Peter Karloutsos

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 pangaristand 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 will also have traditional cookies. There is no preorder or prepay for these – just first come first serve at the same time as vasilopitas are available for pick-up. If you have any questions, call Fevri Gkanatsios at (203) 512-9789 or email at

Diaper Drive - Let’s Collect Diapers to Donate (larger sizes please) – Diapers collected November 29th to December 7th - delivered locally to The Community Action Agency of Western CT and Birthright of Greater Danbury. Please drop off in the bins/bags provided outside of the church entrance near the classrooms.  Be sure items are secure from the weather and outdoors. Questions?? Rose Koulouris 203-417-8450 or Caryn Flannery 203-512-5698.                

Adopt a Family – There will be 10 families to be adopted for the Holidays with options similar to the past years (although the DCF indicated gift cards only can be provided, if that is a preference). An email has been (or will be) forwarded, as soon as the DCF has the full details. Local supermarket gift cards are also welcome. You may contact Caryn Flannery via text at (203) 512-5698 with questions or requests to adopt.

FESTIVAL of TABLES 2020 – Cancelled due to COVID-19. Our “FOT Special Appeal” asks that youconsider donating to our largest annual fundraiser.  Help us raise money so we may continue to provide support to those in need. A complete email/letter was recently distributed. 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 – Be EARLY for 2021 Stewardship! You may make online stewardship donations by CLICKING HERE.  BE SURE TO CHECK OFF LADIES PHILOPTOCHOS. Email us at to notify us you have submitted a stewardship offering. You may also mail your stewardship offering and include a Stewardship Form, available on the church site:

Link to National Ladies Philoptochos Society November Newsletter: 

Philanthropy Witness- November 2020


Creation Care Ministry

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.” -- Job 12:7-10



  • Month at a Glance

    November 29 to December 27, 2020

    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

    Thursday, December 24

    Eve of the Nativity of Christ

    7:00PM Great Vespers of Christmas and Community Singing of Christmas Carols

    Friday, December 25

    Christmas Day

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, December 27

    Sunday after Nativity

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy