Assumption Church
Publish Date: 2020-12-06
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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 115.15,12.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Verse: What shall I render to the Lord for all that he has given me?

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 13:17-21.

Brethren, obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account. Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you. Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner. Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in you that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Gospel Reading

10th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 13:10-17

At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day." Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.


Saints and Feasts

December 09

The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos

Wednesday - Orthros 8:45am, Divine Liturgy 10am

According to the ancient tradition of the Church, since Saint Anna, the Ancestor of God, was barren, she and her husband Joachim remained without children until old age. Therefore, sorrowing over their childlessness, they besought God with a promise that, if He were to grant them the fruit of the womb, they would offer their offspring to Him as a gift. And God, hearkening to their supplication, informed them through an Angel concerning the birth of the Virgin. And thus, through God's promise, Anna conceived according to the laws of nature, and was deemed worthy to become the mother of the Mother of our Lord (see also Sept. 8).


2020 Parish Christmas Card



    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 6, 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”)


Parish News

Today's ARTOKLASIA is offered in honor of the Feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra and for the celebration of the Nameday of Niko Gkanatsios by Fevri Gkanatsios.
Nov. 30- ARTOKLASIA was offered in honor of the Feast of Saint Andrew the First Called Apostle by Maria Tsikalakis and also offered by Olga Lintzeris for the Nameday of her son, Andreas.

Special Services

Sunday, Dec. 6 - 8:45am Orthoros, 10am --Assumption Spirit Day Service  -- Support our Awesome Basketball Program by wearing your team Assumption gear. 

Wednesday, Dec. 9 -8:45am Orthoros, 10am Divine Liturgy - The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos


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.


Family Advent Series

Fourth Week of Advent 

This week's episode of Comfort Food for Families from the GOA Center for Family Care Director, Fr. Alex, covers the life and works of St. Nicholas Archbishop of Myra, who's feast day we celebrate today, December 6th.


Birthday Celebrations

12/3 - Sofia Giannoutsos
12/5 - Fr Peter Karloutsos
12/5 - Lia Karloutsos
12/5 - Eve Zacharakos
12/8 - Berni Kallas
12/10 - Grace Geanuracos
12/11 - Yana Giannoutsos

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

Koulourakia and Kourambiedes for Sale - Available after church services in the lobby. Quantities limited. Some of our wonderful ladies are generously baking using their beloved recipes.  

Vasilopitas for Sale – CANCELLED - The Monastery that makes the Vasilopitas cancelled because the Monastery is in self quarantine.  All monies that we collected will be returned shortly. Thank you to everyone who ordered.  We appreciate your support and are sorry for this cancellation. 

Diaper Drive - Just a Few More Days - Let’s Collect Diapers to Donate (larger sizes please) – Diapers collected up 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 – The list was sent out this past week.  There are already 6 families adopted; so, there are only 4 families left of the 10 families to be adopted. Thank you to those who were able to adopt.  Please consider adopting or contributing towards a family. Items on list may be purchased or relevant gift cards can be provided this year. Local supermarket gift cards in increments of $25 to $50 are also welcome to help the families with a holiday dinner. Items are due December 14th in our conference room. Please have your bag labeled with your adopted family number and name on your bag. You may email or 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 you consider 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 December are 1.) the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) which helps protect the rights, health and well-being of children worldwide; and 2.) the General Medical Fund which provides financial resources for individuals in need of assistance not covered by other programs. Thank you for your continued support and generosity. 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:


Creation Care Ministry

“Some people, to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Note it. Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink. Instead, He set before your eyes the things that He had made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that?

- St. Augustine (354-430)



  • Month at a Glance

    December 6, 2020 to January 3, 2021


    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


    Friday, January 1

    Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, January 3

    Sunday before Theophany

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy


Archepiscopal Message

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on the Christmas Fast


As we enter more deeply into the Christmas Fast, we understand that this will be a holiday season unlike no other, I want to commend to all of you the words of the Lord written above. Our chief and principal responsibility as Christians is to our God and to the image of God that we find in other people. And this duty is love.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Hagia Sophia Art Contest


The Department of Greek Education presents the Hagia Sophia Art Contest for children ages 6-14. The deadline is December 31st, 2020 and features cash prizes for first, second, and third place.