St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-07-17
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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 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.

Camp Good Shepherd begins today.  Fr. A will be away until next Sunday, July 24.

On Sunday, July 24 we will celebrate the Great Vespers of the Dormition of St. Anna at 7 pm.  If you would like to bake the sweet bread (Artos) for the Blessing of the Loaves (Artoklasia- prayers for health of loved ones), please see Fr. A.  On Monday, July 25, Orthros will begin at 8:30 AM for the Feastday followed by Divine Liturgy (and Artoklasia).  

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 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 156 Pledges totaling $166,170  and $119,944 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 9, 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 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

Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia

Tsar Nicholas II was the son of Alexander III, who had reposed in the arms of Saint John of Kronstadt. Having been raised in piety, Tsar Nicholas ever sought to rule in a spirit consonant with the precepts of Orthodoxy and the best traditions of his nation. Tsaritsa Alexandra, a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria of England, and a convert from Lutheranism, was noted for her piety and compassion for the poor and suffering. Their five children were beloved of all for their kindness, modesty, and guilelessness.

Amidst the political turmoil of 1917, Tsar Nicholas selflessly abdicated the throne for what he believed was the good of his country. Although he had abdicated willingly, the revolutionaries put him and his family under house arrest, then sent them under guard to Tobolsk and finally Ekaterinburg. A letter written from Tobolsk by Grand Duchess Olga, the eldest of the children, shows their nobility of soul. She writes, "My father asks that I convey to all those who have remained devoted to him ... that they should not take vengeance on his account, because he has forgiven everyone and prays for them all. Nor should they avenge themselves. Rather, they should bear in mind that this evil which is now present in the world will become yet stronger, but that evil will not conquer evil, but only love shall do so."

After enduring sixteen months of imprisonment, deprivation, and humiliation with a Christian patience which moved even their captors, they and those who were with them gained their crowns of martyrdom when they were shot and stabbed to death in the cellar of the Ipatiev house in Ekaterinburg in 1918.

Together with them are also commemorated those who faithfully served them, and were either slain with them, or on their account: General Elias Tatishchev; Prince Basil Dolgorukov; the physician Eugene Dotkin; the lady-in-waiting Countess Anastasia Hendrikova; the serving-maid Anna Demidova; the cook John Kharitonov; and the sailors Clement Nagorny and John Sednev.

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. Plagal 2nd Tone. Psalm 31.11,1.
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous.
Verse: Blessed are they whose transgressions have been forgiven.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to Titus 3:8-15.

Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.

When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from Matthew 5:14-19

The Lord said to his disciples, "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 4th Tone

Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the Angel, and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, the women disciples of the Lord spake to the Apostles exultantly: Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Sun. of the Holy Fathers in the Plagal 4th Tone

Most glorified art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast established our Fathers as luminous stars upon the earth, and through them didst guide us all to the true Faith. O Most Merciful One, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for Great Martyr Marina in the 4th Tone

O Lord Jesus, unto Thee Thy lamb doth cry with a great voice: O my Bridegroom, Thee I love; and seeking Thee, I now contest, and with Thy baptism am crucified and buried. I suffer for Thy sake, that I may reign with Thee; for Thy sake I die, that I may live in Thee: accept me offered out of longing to Thee as a spotless sacrifice. Lord, save our souls through her intercessions, since Thou art great in mercy.

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

"But whosoever shall do and teach," said He, "shall be called great." For not to ourselves alone, should we be profitable, but to others also; since neither is the reward as great for him who guides himself aright, as for one who with himself adds also another.
St. John Chrysostom
Homilies 15 and 16 on Matthew 5, 4th Century

Since he who cannot teach himself, yet attempts to set others right, will have many to ridicule him. Or rather such a one will have no power to teach at all, his actions uttering their voice against him.
St. John Chrysostom
Homilies 15 and 16 on Matthew 5, 4th Century