St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-07-10
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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! 

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).

Holy Land Trip /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:

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

Camp Good Shepherd begins in 1 week! Last call for registration!  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!

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 be on the lookout in the coming weeks for the Parish Ministries Survey asking the parishioners for ways we can best serve their ministry needs.

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.

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!



STEWARDSHIP 2022: Thank you for your support!
2022 Stewardship Status: we have 156 Pledges totaling $166,170 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 are posted on the bulletin board by the water cooler.

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



OPA! Festival News


Saints and Feasts

July 10

4th Sunday of Matthew

July 10

45 Holy Martyrs of Nikopolis, Armenia

The Forty-five Martyrs of Nikopolis contested during the reign of Licinius, in the year 315. After many torments, they were burnt alive.

July 11

Euphemia the Great Martyr

In 451, during the reign of the Sovereigns Marcian and Pulcheria, the Fourth Ecumenical Council was convoked in Chalcedon against Eutyches and those of like mind with him. After much debate, the Fathers who were the defenders of Orthodoxy, being 630 in number, agreed among themselves and with those who were of contrary mind, to write their respective definitions of faith in separate books, and to ask God to confirm the truth in this matter. When they had prepared these texts, they placed the two tomes in the case that held Saint Euphemia's relics, sealed it, and departed. After three days of night-long supplications, they opened the reliquary in the presence of the Emperor, and found the tome of the heretics under the feet of the Martyr, and that of the Orthodox in her right hand. (For her life, see Sept. 16.)

July 13

Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel

It is believed that the Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel was transferred to this day from March 26 so that it could be celebrated more festively than in the period of the Great Fast; and, in fact, all the miracles of the Archangel are celebrated on this feast day, which has been listed here in the church books since the ninth century.

July 15

Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles of Kiev

Grandson of Saint Olga, Saint Vladimir ascended the throne of Kiev in 980. Though a zealous idolater, he was illumined by the grace of God, accepted the Christian Faith, and completely changed his ways. He was baptized in Cherson in 988, receiving the name Basil; he came forth from the font not only healed of a blindness lately afflicting him, but also from being passionate and warlike, he became meek, peaceable, and exceedingly godly. Whereas his grandmother had refused marriage with the Emperor in Constantinople (see July 11), he married Anna, sister of the Emperors Basil and Constantine, and was accompanied home by priests from Constantinople. Diligently seeking to spread Christianity throughout his realm like a new Constantine, he destroyed the idols (having the chief diety Perun scourged and then cast into the Dnieper River), and summoned all his subjects to Holy Baptism. He reposed in peace in 1015.

July 17

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council

On the Sunday that falls from the 13th to the 19th of the present month, we chant the Service to the 630 Holy and God-bearing Fathers who came together for the 4th Ecumenical Council who assembled in Chalcedon in 451, to condemn Eutyches, who taught that there was only one nature, the divine, in Christ after the Incarnation, and Dioscorus, Patriarch of Alexandria, who illegally received Eutyches back into communion and deposed Saint Flavian, Patriarch of Constantinople, who had excommunicated Eutyches.

In the Slavic tradition, on this Sunday, the Fathers of the first six Ecumenical Councils are all commemorated.

July 17

The Holy Great Martyr Marina (Margaret)

This Martyr lived during the reign of Claudius II (268-270). She was from Pisidia of Cilicia and was the only daughter of a certain priest of the idols. On being orphaned by her mother, she was handed over to a certain woman who instructed her in the Faith of Christ. When she was fifteen years old, she was apprehended by the ruler of Olmbrius, and when asked her name, homeland, and faith, she answered: "My name is Marina; I am the offspring of the Pisidia; I call upon the Name of my Lord Jesus Christ." Because of this she endured bonds, imprisonment, and many whippings, and was finally beheaded in the year 270. Saint Marina is especially invoked for deliverance from demonic possession.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 3rd Tone. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 6:18-23.

Brethren, having been set free from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once yielded your members to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now yield your members to righteousness for sanctification.

When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But then what return did you get from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Gospel Reading

4th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 8:5-13

At that time, as Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress." And he said to him, "I will come and heal him." But the centurion answered him, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes, and to another, 'Come,' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, "Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth." And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; be it done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed at that very moment.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 3rd Tone

Let the Heavens rejoice; let earthly things be glad; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm, He hath trampled upon death by death. The first-born of the dead hath He become. From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us, and hath granted great mercy to the world.

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.

Wisdom of the Fathers

Let us hearken, as many as are to receive Christ: for it is possible to receive Him even now. Let us hearken, and emulate, and receive Him with as great zeal; for indeed, when you receive a poor man who is hungry and naked, you have received and cherished Him.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 26 on Matthew 8, 4th Century