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St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-06-26
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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

Today: We offer the 5-year memorial for Gerasimos Toulatos.  May his memory be eternal!
 
Opa! Festival News
Planning is underway for our Opa! festival from Sept. 9 to 11. 
Look for paper mail in your mailbox this week 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).
 
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO SIGN UP FOR Our Annual Parish Fishing Trip - Sunday, July 31st in the afternoon/ evening.  We need to have 25 people in order to charter the boat for ourselves (as of today we only have about half that number). We would have to be at Point Pleasant, NJ by 2 PM.  The cost per person is $100 (includes gratuities). Please see Bill Johnson or Fr. A today.  Thanks.

Holy Land Trip now to include Constantinople! - January 2023!!!  This trip was delayed 2 years due to COVID.  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: https://selectinternationaltours.com/fr-anastasios-kousoulas/

Deposits are officially due in September, but please book early to reserve your spot. A special presentation by Edita at Select International Tours for those interested is TODAY, Sunday, June 26 from 11:00 AM to 12 PM. Thank you.

Nameday Celebration of His Grace, Bishop Apostolos of Medeia, will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Paramus, New Jersey starting at 9 AM.  All are invited!

Other Services this week here at St. Anna:  Wed., June 29:  Sts. Peter and Paul.  Friday, July 1:  Sts. Kosmas and Damianos.  Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy at 8:30 AM each day.  Happy Nameday to the many in our parish that celebrate this week!

Camp Good Shepherd Registration is now open!  All youth are asked to join Fr. A and all the other clergy, counselors, and campers from Northern NJ who will attend an exciting and fun week at summer camp from July 17 to 23.  Flyers are posted on the bulletin board with more information.  Please see Fr. A today if interested!

Volunteers needed:  If anyone can donate some time from July 2-7 in NYC, the Archdiocese can use your help.  Volunteers are needed to greet and direct the many attendees for the Clergy-Laity Congress.  Please see Fr. A today if you can help.  Thank you.

Parish Paver Program - please order your commemorative brick now! 
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.
 

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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 locally for all to celebrate our 20th Anniversary together!  More details soon...
 

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 mtattoli@gmail.com or Arge Mardakis at mardakis@co.somerset.nj.us.  We look forward to hearing from you.

 
GREEK DANCE: Please contact Larisa or Fr. A for more information about the Junior Greek Dance practices (OPA! Festival is always the 2nd weekend in September.)  Our Senior Dancers represented us at the Easton Greek Festival on June 4.  The 10 sessions with Mrs. Kelly finished on June 20.  We hope to start again in August to be ready for the OPA! Festival on Sept. 9-11.  New dancers welcome!
 
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 JULY 31.  MORE INFO SOON!

 

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STEWARDSHIP 2022: Thank you for your support!

2022 Stewardship Status: we have 151 Pledges totaling $164,520 and $114,310 received to date.  We also have 12 families who have contributed $6,270 to date but have not submitted a stewardship card.  It is important that all families complete a stewardship card to be considered a steward.  The current Stewardship List and other stewardship information is posted on the bulletin board by the water cooler.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


 

2022 Stewardship List

 
 

* Contributed but have not submitted stewardship card

Report Date: Jun 25, 2022

 
 

1

Agrapides, Peter & Stella

65

Kehayes, Stephen & Beth

129

Steubing, Michael & Maria Katsamani

 
 

2

Andreou, Anthony

66

Kizoulis, Menas & Antonia

130

Stevenson, Michael & Joanna *

 
 

3

Andriopoulos-Perez, Elena

67

Kosoglou, Teddy and Roula

131

Stier, Benjamin & Eleftheria Tsatsos

 
 

4

Angelus, James&Elizabeth

68

Kousoulas, Constantine

132

Sullivan, Mary

 
 

5

Archimedes, Alexander & Debbie

69

Kousoulas, Demetrios

133

Tattoli, Larry & Maria

 
 

6

Argiropoulos, Anthony & Amy

70

Kousoulas, Evangelos

134

Tattoli, Mark

 
 

7

Balaskas, Alexander & Meagan Maguire

71

Kousoulas, Fr. Anastasios & Presv. Nektaria

135

Tattoli, Steven

 
 

8

Balios, Efthimia

72

Kousoulas, Panayiotis

136

Theodoropoulos, Pete & Brittany Daniels

 
 

9

Bauer, Paul

73

Kousoulis, Theodore & Ayotte, Dawn

137

Ticas, Cesar & Areti

 
 

10

Bunce, Daniel & Marianne

74

Kubu, James & Evangeline

138

Ticas, Christopher

 
 

11

Bunce, Evangelos & Brittany

75

Kypridakes, Michael & Asimina

139

Toulatos, Katerina M *

 
 

12

Callanan, Ryan & Christina Roros

76

Lambrianakos, George&Helen

140

Toulatos, Nikoleta & Polixenia

 
 

13

Ciacciarelli, Tom and Nancy

77

Logothetis, Nikita & Sophia

141

Trumpy, Fred & Larisa

 
 

14

Collett, Martin & Adriane

78

Loukedis, Alexander & Jennifer

142

Tsatsos, Costa & Maria

 
 

15

Connell, William & Nikki

79

Mahdavian, Sharif & Stacey

143

Tsentas, Constantine & Eugenia

 
 

16

Costalas, Paul & Josephine

80

Manoussakis, Stamati & Sofia

144

Tsokas, Lorraine

 
 

17

Coutros, George & Lana

81

Manteo, Michael & Gramatiki

145

Tsokas, Spyros

 
 

18

Coutros, Peter

82

Mardakis, Arge

146

Tsourounakis, Anthony *

 
 

19

Coutsouridis, John & Denise

83

Mariani, Anthony & Kristen

147

Tzovolos, Demetri and Arete

 
 

20

Demetriou, Dorothy&James

84

Markos, Elaine

148

Tzovolos, Olympia

 
 

21

Diagelakis, Gerasimos & Kristen

85

Martin, Stephen & Despina

149

Vaporakis, John & Kim

 
 

22

Diamantis, Ioannis & Gerasimoula

86

Martini, Matt & Meropi, Louis

150

Vaporakis, Kaliope

 
 

23

DiAndrea, Leoni

87

Mavrode, John Steven

151

Varas, Alexander Pericles

 
 

24

DiBuono, Matthew & Pia Kasabian

88

Mavrode, Michael & Demetra

152

Varas, Loukas Michael

 
 

25

Disla, Mark & Anastasia Pappas

89

Mavrode, William Michael

153

Varas, Michael & Elaine

 
 

26

Doty, James & Kathy *

90

Mazza, Emily Connelly & Costa & Poulis, Renee

154

Vlahakes, Louis & Anastasia

 
 

27

Douvris, John & Aimee

91

McElroy, Stephanie

155

Vlahakis, Dan

 
 

28

Douvris, Nikolas

92

Millett, Matthew & Maria

156

Vlahakis, Peter *

 
 

29

Fallon, Ellie

93

Moshonas, Nektaria

157

Wygera, Walter & Constance

 
 

30

Fallon, Tom & Anna

94

Nelson, Stephanie

158

Xenakis, Matthew & Vasiliki

 
 

31

Fania, Michael & Vicky

95

Nicolaou, Nicolaos & Kaliopi *

159

Ypsilantis, Ioannis

 
 

32

Fearon, TJ & Colette *

96

Olsen, Richard & Kattia

160

Ypsilantis, Peter & Antonia

 
 

33

Ferreira, Jorge & Angela

97

Paitakes, John&Linda

161

Zajac, Pegi

 
 

34

Foglia, Katina

98

Paliatsos, Mary *

162

Zanidakis, Theodore & Charlotte

 
 

35

Gacos, Chris & Frances

99

Panageas, Bill & Margaret

163

Zannikos, Peter & Amy

 
 

36

Gatanis, Michael & Angela

100

Panageas, Sophia

164

   
 

37

Georgeles, George & Maria

101

Panayote, William & Deborah

165

   
 

38

Giambrone, Charles J

102

Pappas, Demitrios & Stacy

166

   
 

39

Gianakos, Michael & Dianne

103

Pappas, Vivian Schiavone

167

   
 

40

Giannouris, John & Tracey

104

Pelios, Georgia

168

   
 

41

Gianos, Irene

105

Peppe, George & Demetra

169

   
 

42

Gilman, Cliff & Karen

106

Petromelis, Christopher & Georgette

170

   
 

43

Giotis, John & Karen

107

Petromelis, Phyllis

171

   
 

44

Grina, Peter & Diana

108

Procyk, Eugenia

172

   
 

45

Halkiadakis, John & Vassie *

109

Radzicki, Martin & Katie

173

   
 

46

Hawes, Ashlynn

110

Rentoulis, Nikolaos

174

   
 

47

Hawes, Brian & Allison Faches

111

Rienzo, Candice

175

   
 

48

Hawes, Carrick

112

Roupas, Daniel & Mary

176

   
 

49

Heinke, Michael & Simone

113

Rudy, George & Sofia

177

   
 

50

Heinke, Zoe & Andy Riley *

114

Sacalis, John

178

   
 

51

Higueros, Jorge & Katerina Douvris

115

Sakellos, Evan & Catherine

179

   
 

52

Iliakostas, Vasilis & Konstantina

116

Sakellos, George

180

   
 

53

Iliopoulos, Christos & Anna

117

Sfondouris, John & Maria

181

   
 

54

Jaghab, Danny & Delmy

118

Shepardson, Lilyan

182

   
 

55

Johnson, Bill

119

Sideris, Leonidas & Elizabeth

183

   
 

56

Johnson, Gloria

120

Soteropoulos, Dean & Elizabeth

184

   
 

57

Kaldes, John & Zoi

121

Staikos, Angelica

185

   
 

58

Kamnitsis, Christopher & Heather

122

Staikos, Anthony

186

   
 

59

Kamnitsis, Constantine & Nancy

123

Staikos, George & Christi

187

   
 

60

Karazoupis, Vasilios & Panayiota *

124

Staikos, Nicholas, Eirini Daskalakis

188

   
 

61

Kasabian, Spiro & Kathleen

125

Stathopulos, Peter&Julan, Adriana *

189

   
 

62

Katsiaficas, John&Soula

126

 
 
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. www.swab4andrea.com.
(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 --> virtua.org/KidneyDonation or call Jennie Roggio at 856-796-9376.  Thank you.

 

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Saints and Feasts

Tikhvin
June 26

Appearance of the Icon of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos of Tikhvin

According to one tradition, this icon was painted by Saint Luke the Evangelist. It was formerly situated in the famous Church of Blachernae in Constantinople. In 1383, it appeared upon the waters of Lake Ladoga, whence it travelled miraculously through the air to the city of Tikhvin; there, it remained by the River Tikhvinka, and a monastery was built to shelter the icon. In 1613-14 this monastery miraculously withstood the many attacks of the Swedish invaders. In the early twentieth century it was brought to America and was returned to Russia in 2004. The holy icon is renowned for a great many miracles wrought through it by the all-holy Mother of God, especially for the healing of children.


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June 26

David the Righteous of Thessalonika

Saint David, who was from Thessalonica, lived a most holy and ascetical life. For some years, he took up his dwelling in the branches of an almond tree, exposed to all the elements and extremes of the weather. He reposed in peace during the reign of Saint Justinian the Great, in the sixth century.


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June 29

Peter and Paul, the Holy Apostles

The divinely-blessed Peter was from Bethsaida of Galilee. He was the son of Jonas and the brother of Andrew the First-called. He was a fisherman by trade, unlearned and poor, and was called Simon; later he was renamed Peter by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, Who looked at him and said, "Thou art Simon the son of Jonas; thou shalt be called Cephas (which is by interpretation, Peter)" (John 1:42). On being raised by the Lord to the dignity of an Apostle and becoming inseparable from Him as His zealous disciple, he followed Him from the beginning of His preaching of salvation up until the very Passion, when, in the court of Caiaphas the high priest, he denied Him thrice because of his fear of the Jews and of the danger at hand. But again, after many bitter tears, he received complete forgiveness of his transgression. After the Resurrection of Christ and the descent of the Holy Spirit, he preached in Judea, Antioch, and certain parts of Asia, and finally came to Rome, where he was crucified upside down by Nero, and thus he ascended to the eternal habitations about the year 66 or 68, leaving two Catholic (General) Epistles to the Church of Christ.

Paul, the chosen vessel of Christ, the glory of the Church, the Apostle of the Nations and teacher of the whole world, was a Jew by race, of the tribe of Benjamin, having Tarsus as his homeland. He was a Roman citizen, fluent in the Greek language, an expert in knowledge of the Law, a Pharisee, born of a Pharisee, and a disciple of Gamaliel, a Pharisee and notable teacher of the Law in Jerusalem. For this cause, from the beginning, Paul was a most fervent zealot for the traditions of the Jews and a great persecutor of the Church of Christ; at that time, his name was Saul (Acts 22:3-4). In his great passion of rage and fury against the disciples of the Lord, he went to Damascus bearing letters of introduction from the high priest. His intention was to bring the disciples of Christ back to Jerusalem in bonds. As he was approaching Damascus, about midday there suddenly shone upon him a light from Heaven. Falling on the earth, he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?" And he asked, "Who art Thou, Lord?" And the Lord said, "I am Jesus Whom thou persecutest; it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks." And that heavenly voice and brilliance made him tremble, and he was blinded for a time. He was led by the hand into the city, and on account of a divine revelation to the Apostle Ananias (see Oct. 1), he was baptized by him, and both his bodily and spiritual eyes were opened to the knowledge of the Sun of Righteousness. And straightway- O wondrous transformation! - beyond all expectation, he spoke with boldness in the synagogues, proclaiming that "Christ is the Son of God" (Acts 9:1-21). As for his zeal in preaching the Gospel after these things had come to pass, as for his unabating labors and afflictions of diverse kinds, the wounds, the prisons, the bonds, the beatings, the stonings, the shipwrecks, the journeys, the perils on land, on sea, in cities, in wildernesses, the continual vigils, the daily fasting, the hunger, the thirst, the nakedness, and all those other things that he endured for the Name of Christ, and which he underwent before nations and kings and the Israelites, and above all, his care for all the churches, his fiery longing for the salvation of all, whereby he became all things to all men, that he might save them all if possible, and because of which, with his heart aflame, he continuously traveled throughout all parts, visiting them all, and like a bird of heaven flying from Asia and Europe, the West and East, neither staying nor abiding in any one place - all these things are related incident by incident in the Book of the Acts, and as he himself tells them in his Epistles. His Epistles, being fourteen in number, are explained in 250 homilies by the divine Chrysostom and make manifest the loftiness of his thoughts, the abundance of the revelations made to him, the wisdom given to him from God, wherewith he brings together in a wondrous manner the Old with the New Testaments, and expounds the mysteries thereof which had been concealed under types; he confirms the doctrines of the Faith, expounds the ethical teaching of the Gospel, and demonstrates with exactness the duties incumbent upon every rank, age, and order of man. In all these things his teaching proved to be a spiritual trumpet, and his speech was seen to be more radiant than the sun, and by these means he clearly sounded forth the word of truth and illumined the ends of the world. Having completed the work of his ministry, he likewise ended his life in martyrdom when he was beheaded in Rome during the reign of Nero, at the same time, some say, when Peter was crucified.


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June 30

Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles

The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew, the First-called; James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, who was also the Evangelist and Theologian; Philip, and Bartholomew (see also June 11); Thomas, and Matthew the publican, who was also called Levi and was an Evangelist; James the son of Alphaeus, and Jude (also called Lebbaeus, and surnamed Thaddaeus), the brother of James, the Brother of God; Simon the Cananite ("the Zealot"), and Matthias, who was elected to fill the place of Judas the traitor (see Aug. 9).


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July 01

Cosmas & Damian the Holy Unmercenaries

These Saints, who are different from those that are celebrated on the 1st of November, were from Rome. They were physicians, freely bestowing healing upon beasts and men, asking nothing from the healed other than that they confess and believe in Christ. They ended their life in martyrdom in the year 284, under the Emperors Carinus and Numerian.


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 1st Tone. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 2:10-16.

Brethren, glory and honor and peace for every one who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality. All who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.


Gospel Reading

2nd Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 4:18-23

At that time, as Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left their boat and their father, and followed him. And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 1st Tone

When the stone had been sealed by the Jews and the soldiers were guarding Thine immaculate Body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life unto the world. Wherefore, the powers of the Heavens cried out to Thee, O Lifegiver: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ. Glory to Thy Kingdom. Glory to Thy dispensation, O only Friend of man.

Apolytikion for St. Anna (Dec. 9) in the 4th Tone

Today the bonds of childlessness are loosed; for God hearkened to Joachim and Anna. And though it was beyond hope, He clearly promised them that they should bear a divine child, from whom was born the Uncircumscribable One Himself Who became a mortal, and through an Angel commanded them to cry unto her: Rejoice, thou who art full of grace, the Lord is with thee."

Seasonal Kontakion in the 2nd Tone

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.
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Wisdom of the Fathers

But mark both their faith, and their obedience. For though they were in the midst of their work (and you know how greedy a thing fishing is), when they heard His command, they delayed not, ... but "they forsook all and followed," ... Because such is the obedience which Christ seeks of us, as that we delay not even a moment of time.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 14 on Matthew 4, 4th Century

Prayer, fasting, vigil and all other Christian practices, however good they may be in themselves, do not constitute the aim of our Christian life, although they serve as the indispensable means of reaching this end. The true aim of our Christian life consists in the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God.
St. Seraphim of Sarov
The Acquisition of the Holy Spirit: Chapter 3, The Little Russian Philokalia Vol. 1; Saint Herman of Alaska Brotherhood pg. 79, 19th century

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