St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-08-07
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St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (908) 968-4004
  • Fax:
  • (908) 968-4002
  • Street Address:

  • 85 Voorhees Corner Road,

  • Flemington, NJ 08822

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Sunday Services:  Orthros 8:30 am; Divine Liturgy 9:30  am.  

Weekday Services:  See parish website calendar link for updates.


Past Bulletins

Parish News

20th Anniversary Journal / Memory Book: "Honoring our Past, Celebrating our Present, Looking Forward to Our Future"

As part of our 20th Anniversary Commemoration & Gala Luncheon, we are designing a print & online St. Anna 20th Anniversary Memory Book in lieu of a traditional ad journal. The intent is to include current family photos, as well as historic photos celebrating our growth as a Parish over the past 20 years. In particular, we would love to hear from our Youth over the years about their memories of growing up as members of St. Anna’s! Using a template we will provide, families can create their personalized St. Anna Family Memory Page (with up to 4 photos of your choosing depending on size and resolution). More details regarding the template and how to submit your own family photos and special Parish memories will be coming soon. As yet another way to capture the beauty of our Church at this historic milestone, we are also scheduling family photo sessions with a professional photographer in the Church after liturgy on select Sundays this fall. This family photo can be added to your Family Memory page along with other photos, or on its own. A link to book an appointment for your family photo will be provided shortly. For now, please start going through your family photo albums and join in the fun of documenting our first 20 years! 

Today: 40-day memorial for Elpis Arkolakis, mother of Josephine Costalas.  May her memory be eternal!

Paraklesis (Supplication Service) to the Virgin Mary each weekday evening at 7 pm.  Please bring names of loved ones so we can pray for their health and welfare.  Paraklesis each evening Aug. 8-13 this week.  All invited to the Koimisis (Dormition) Church in Holmdel, NJ on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 7 pm for the Great Vespers Service of the Dormition Feastday.
Fr. Anastasios will be on vacation from Tuesday, Aug. 16 through Wednesday, Aug. 31.  Sunday Services will be held as usual on Sundays, Aug. 21 and 28.  Please contact Fr. A with any pastoral emergency while he is away.  
Effective Christian Ministry (ECM) Invitation: 

A NEW ONLINE MINISTRY TRAINING COURSE.  Because Young People Don't Need to Fall Away from Faith.

Please click the link above and view the introductory video from Steve Christophorou.

Fr. A is inviting all to join him for an online course focused on: "Over 60% of young people fall away from the Church. We can do better." 3 Amazing Modules to Help You Lead Young People to Jesus Christ.  This invitation is open to all who want to better understand the issue, especially for our St. Anna Parish, and who want to be part of a solution!  There is an $18.75 cost for the course which includes valuable workbook information.  Please note your interest to Fr. A today after viewing the video so he can send you the code for the 75% discount.  We will work on the modules together as we come up with a parish plan for consideration.  Online (or in-person) sessions with Fr. A will start this fall.  Thank you.
Opa! Festival News
Planning is underway for our Opa! festival from Sept. 9 to 11. 
Look for paper mail in your mailbox soon on how you can help support parish festival efforts at this time. (Also, please note the inserts in the OPA! section of this electronic bulletin that includes the Letter to the Parishioners and a Sponsor Form).

Holy Land Trip /Constantinople! - January 2023!!!    Fr. A is organizing a Holy Land / Constantinople Trip for our parish from January 8-20, 2023.  Please visit the Travel Agent link for our trip:  Everyone who attends must be able to walk about 8 miles each day without assistance.  

Deposits are officially due in September, but please book early to reserve your spot. See Fr. A. if you have any questions. Thank you.

4 x 8 paver for $300.
12 x 12 paver for $800 if ordered by 8/1/22 then $1,000 after that. The order form is on our parish website. Please contact any PC member (especially Evan Sakellos, the Paver Campaign Chair) with any questions about the program.  This is a historic year (20th Anniversary) and this is a beautiful way to honor or memorialize our loved ones.


Please complete the Parish Ministries Survey that was emailed to everyone on our list.  The Parish Council is asking the parishioners for ways we can best serve their ministry needs.  Your anonymous and candid reply is most appreciated.

SAVE THE DATE! SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 - 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!  His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America is expected to preside at services this day along with other clergy.  We are planning a wonderful 20th Anniversary Luncheon at Razberry's Catering Hall on Rte. 12 for all to celebrate our 20th Anniversary together!  Please be sure to attend this wonderful celebration of our 20th Anniversary!

Ladies Philoptochos: 

Philoptochos has been reinvigorated to continue outreach where we can be of service to our St. Anna family as well as to our Hunterdon County community.  Many parishioners (old and new friends) are Philoptochos members and enjoy this very important ministry of the church.  If you are not a current member, Philoptochos invites you to become a member and welcomes your talents and support.  For membership information and an enrollment form, please contact either Maria Tattoli at or Arge Mardakis at  We look forward to hearing from you.

Young Adults - Fr. A is helping to organize the Young Adult ministry in the region.  Many events are being planned for our region!  Please be sure that Fr. A has the email and cell numbers of all our 18-35-year-olds so that he can reach out to them.  See Fr. A for information on upcoming Young Adult events.  NEXT REGIONAL EVENT:  FRIDAY, AUG. 19, END OF SUMMER KICK-OFF BASH ON THE HUDSON RIVER.  EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION BY TODAY JULY 31.  See Fr. A for more info (flyers are posted on the bulletin board).



STEWARDSHIP 2022: Thank you for your support!
2022 Stewardship Status: we have 159 Pledges totaling $167,740 and $125,794 received to date.  We also have 12 families who have contributed $6,320 to date but have not submitted a stewardship card.  It is important that all families complete a stewardship card to be considered a steward.  Current Stewardship List and other stewardship information is posted in bulletin board by water cooler.

2022 Stewardship List
* Contributed but have not submitted stewardship card Report Date: Jul 29, 2022
1 Agrapides, Peter & Stella 65 Kasabian, Spiro & Kathleen 129 Staikos, George & Christi
2 Andreou, Anthony 66 Katsiaficas, John&Soula 130 Staikos, Nicholas, Eirini Daskalakis
3 Andriopoulos-Perez, Elena 67 Kazantzis, Sava & Nancy 131 Stathopulos, Peter&Julan, Adriana *
4 Angelus, James&Elizabeth 68 Kehayes, Peter & Helen 132 Stavrakas, Spyros & Bia
5 Archimedes, Alexander & Debbie 69 Kehayes, Stephen & Beth 133 Stellakis, John & Eileen
6 Argiropoulos, Anthony & Amy 70 Kizoulis, Menas & Antonia 134 Stellakis, Stanley & Kathleen
7 Arvanitidou, Evangelia 71 Kosoglou, Teddy and Roula 135 Steubing, Michael & Maria Katsamani
8 Balaskas, Alexander & Meagan Maguire 72 Kousoulas, Constantine 136 Stevenson, Michael & Joanna *
9 Balios, Efthimia 73 Kousoulas, Demetrios 137 Stier, Benjamin & Eleftheria Tsatsos
10 Bauer, Paul 74 Kousoulas, Evangelos 138 Sullivan, Mary
11 Bongiovanni, Robert & Michele 75 Kousoulas, Fr. Anastasios & Presv. Nektaria 139 Tattoli, Larry & Maria
12 Bunce, Daniel & Marianne 76 Kousoulas, Panayiotis 140 Tattoli, Mark
13 Bunce, Evangelos & Brittany 77 Kousoulis, Theodore & Ayotte, Dawn 141 Tattoli, Steven
14 Callanan, Ryan & Christina Roros 78 Kubu, James & Evangeline 142 Theodoropoulos, Pete & Brittany Daniels
15 Ciacciarelli, Tom and Nancy 79 Kypridakes, Michael & Asimina 143 Ticas, Cesar & Areti
16 Collett, Martin & Adriane 80 Lambrianakos, George&Helen 144 Ticas, Christopher
17 Connell, William & Nikki 81 Logothetis, Nikita & Sophia 145 Toulatos, Katerina M *
18 Costalas, Paul & Josephine 82 Loukedis, Alexander & Jennifer 146 Toulatos, Nikoleta & Polixenia
19 Coutros, George & Lana 83 Mahdavian, Sharif & Stacey 147 Trumpy, Fred & Larisa
20 Coutros, Peter 84 Manoussakis, Stamati & Sofia 148 Tsatsos, Costa & Maria
21 Coutsouridis, John & Denise 85 Manteo, Michael & Gramatiki 149 Tsatsos, Sofia
22 Demetriou, Dorothy&James 86 Mardakis, Arge 150 Tsentas, Constantine & Eugenia
23 Diagelakis, Gerasimos & Kristen 87 Mariani, Anthony & Kristen 151 Tsokas, Lorraine
24 Diamantis, Ioannis & Gerasimoula 88 Markos, Elaine 152 Tsokas, Spyros
25 DiAndrea, Leoni 89 Martin, Stephen & Despina 153 Tsourounakis, Anthony *
26 DiBuono, Matthew & Pia Kasabian 90 Martini, Matt & Meropi, Louis 154 Tzovolos, Demetri and Arete
27 Disla, Mark & Anastasia Pappas 91 Mavrode, John Steven 155 Tzovolos, Olympia
28 Doty, James & Kathy * 92 Mavrode, Michael & Demetra 156 Vaporakis, John & Kim
29 Douvris, John & Aimee 93 Mavrode, William Michael 157 Vaporakis, Kaliope
30 Douvris, Nikolas 94 Mazza, Emily Connelly & Costa & Poulis, Renee 158 Varas, Alexander Pericles
31 Fallon, Ellie 95 McElroy, Stephanie 159 Varas, Loukas Michael
32 Fallon, Tom & Anna 96 Millett, Matthew & Maria 160 Varas, Michael & Elaine
33 Fania, Michael & Vicky 97 Montalvo, Alex&Maria 161 Vlahakes, Louis & Anastasia
34 Fearon, TJ & Colette * 98 Moshonas, Nektaria 162 Vlahakis, Dan
35 Ferreira, Jorge & Angela 99 Mulcahy, Dr. Wayne and Mary 163 Vlahakis, Peter *
36 Finley, Thomas & Antoinette 100 Nelson, Stephanie 164 Weekley, Dave & Sophia
37 Foglia, Katina 101 Nicolaou, Nicolaos & Kaliopi * 165 Wygera, Walter & Constance
38 Gacos, Chris & Frances 102 Olsen, Richard & Kattia 166 Xenakis, Matthew & Vasiliki
39 Gatanis, Michael & Angela 103 Paitakes, John&Linda 167 Ypsilantis, Ioannis
40 Georgeles, George & Maria 104 Paliatsos, Mary * 168 Ypsilantis, Peter & Antonia
41 Giambrone, Charles J 105 Panageas, Bill & Margaret 169 Zajac, Pegi
42 Gianakos, Michael & Dianne 106 Panageas, Sophia 170 Zanidakis, Theodore & Charlotte
43 Giannouris, John & Tracey 107 Panayote, William & Deborah 171 Zannikos, Peter & Amy
44 Gianos, Irene 108 Pappas, Demitrios & Stacy 172  
45 Gilman, Cliff & Karen 109 Pappas, Vivian Schiavone 173  
46 Giotis, John & Karen 110 Pelios, Georgia 174  
47 Grina, Peter & Diana 111 Peppe, George & Demetra 175  
48 Halkiadakis, John & Vassie * 112 Petromelis, Christopher & Georgette 176  
49 Hawes, Ashlynn 113 Petromelis, Phyllis 177  
50 Hawes, Brian & Allison Faches 114 Procyk, Eugenia 178  
51 Hawes, Carrick 115 Radzicki, Martin & Katie 179  
52 Heinke, Michael & Simone 116 Rentoulis, Nikolaos 180  
53 Heinke, Zoe & Andy Riley * 117 Rienzo, Candice 181  
54 Higueros, Jorge & Katerina Douvris 118 Roupas, Daniel & Mary 182  
55 Iliakostas, Vasilis & Konstantina 119 Rudy, George & Sofia 183  
56 Iliopoulos, Christos & Anna 120 Sacalis, John 184  
57 Jaghab, Danny & Delmy 121 Sakellos, Evan & Catherine 185  
58 Jimenez, Lee&Deanne 122 Sakellos, George 186  
59 Johnson, Bill 123 Sfondouris, John & Maria 187  
60 Johnson, Gloria 124 Shepardson, Lilyan 188  
61 Kaldes, John & Zoi 125 Sideris, Leonidas & Elizabeth 189  
62 Kamnitsis, Christopher & Heather 126 Soteropoulos, Dean & Elizabeth 190  
63 Kamnitsis, Constantine & Nancy 127 Staikos, Angelica 191  
64 Karazoupis, Vasilios & Panayiota * 128 Staikos, Anthony 192

Andrea Kalliaras is a parishioner within our Metropolis who has a health need. She has been diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia that can only be cured by a stem cell transplant. We have an opportunity to help Andrea by volunteering to take a test to determine donor suitability. This 10-second cheek swab test can be done in the convenience of one's home and is free of charge. We ask that you please include Andrea in your prayers and consider participating in the donor process.

Please use the following link to learn more about Andrea's situation and to find the instructions for ordering a test kit.
(See Fr. A for more info). Thank you.
Nanny needed in Branchburg: "My husband and I are in search of a loving nanny for our 11-month-old daughter.  We just moved to Branchburg, NJ...either full-time or part-time.  Ella is 11 months old. Either 4 or 3 days a week. My phone number is 315-420-6523. We live in Branchburg, NJ... Thank you."   - Anna Badalian 

Kidney Donor Needed for 18-year-old: Melina Galias of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Egg Harbor Township, NJ has been on dialysis since June 2021.  She has been accepted to Drexel University but needs a kidney transplant.  Please register with VirtualHealth Kidney Donor Program on behalf of Melina.  A donor must be older than 18 and in good overall health.  A living donor is sought with O or B blood types. For more info re: registration --> or call Jennie Roggio at 856-796-9376.  Thank you.

 From our Travel Agent for the Pilgrimage:

"I wanted to reach out to you in case you know people from your community who may be looking for work. We are hiring for a part-time bookkeeper to work 2-3 days per week and two administrative assistants who would work with the Travel Account Managers. Just in case you know someone who is an experienced office professional, good with people and loves to travel, please give them my contact."  (See Fr. A if interested)


OPA! Festival News


Saints and Feasts

August 07

8th Sunday of Matthew

August 07

Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

August 07

The Holy Righteous Martyr Dometius

This Martyr, who lived during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great, was a Persian by race and an idolater by religion. He was catechized by a certain Christian named Abarus. He went to Nisibis, a city of Mesopotamia, where he was baptized and donned the monastic habit in a certain monastery. He afterwards ascended a mountain and there endured in extreme ascetical struggles, working miracles for those that came to him, and converting many unbelievers. Julian the Apostate learned of these things as he was marching against the Persians in 363, and at his command the Saint and his two disciples were stoned to death, as they were chanting the Sixth Hour.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Tone. 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 First Letter to the Corinthians 1:10-17.

Brethren, I appeal to you by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brethren. What I mean is that each one of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apollos," or "I belong to Cephas," or "I belong to Christ." Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispos and Gaius; lest any one should say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any one else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Gospel Reading

8th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 14:14-22

At that time, Jesus saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves." Jesus said, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." They said to him, "We have only five loaves here and two fish." And he said, "Bring them here to me." Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Tone

Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers' lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Transfiguration in the Grave Tone

Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, showing to Thy disciples Thy glory as each one could endure. Shine forth Thou on us, who are sinners all, Thy light ever-unending, through the prayers of the Theotokos. Light-bestower, glory be to Thee.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Grave Tone

You were transfigured upon the mount, O Christ our God, and Your disciples, in so far as they could bear, beheld Your glory. Thus, when they see You crucified, they may understand Your voluntary passion, and proclaim to the world that You are truly the effulgence of the Father.

Wisdom of the Fathers

And another thing too we learn, the self-restraint of the disciples which they practised in necessary things, and how little they accounted of food.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 49 on Matthew 14, 4th Century

For being twelve, they had five loaves only and two fishes; so secondary to them were the things of the body: so did they cling to the things spiritual only. And not even that little did they hold fast, but gave up even it when asked.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 49 on Matthew 14, 4th Century