St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-07-24
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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, Sunday, July 24, we will celebrate the Great Vespers of the Dormition of St. Anna from 7 to 8 pm.  On Monday, July 25, Orthros will begin at 8:30 AM for the Feastday followed by Divine Liturgy.  
Other Services this week:  Tues., July 26: St. Paraskevi - Orthros begins at 8 am followed by Divine Liturgy (services begin earlier this day). 
Wednesday, July 27: St. Panteleimon - Orthros at 8:30 am followed by Divine Liturgy. Happy Nameday to all who celebrate this week!
Starting on Aug. 1, we will be celebrating the 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.
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 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 157 Pledges totaling $166,640 and $122,194 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 21, 2022
1 Agrapides, Peter & Stella 65 Katsiaficas, John&Soula 129 Staikos, Nicholas, Eirini Daskalakis
2 Andreou, Anthony 66 Kazantzis, Sava & Nancy 130 Stathopulos, Peter&Julan, Adriana *
3 Andriopoulos-Perez, Elena 67 Kehayes, Peter & Helen 131 Stavrakas, Spyros & Bia
4 Angelus, James&Elizabeth 68 Kehayes, Stephen & Beth 132 Stellakis, John & Eileen
5 Archimedes, Alexander & Debbie 69 Kizoulis, Menas & Antonia 133 Stellakis, Stanley & Kathleen
6 Argiropoulos, Anthony & Amy 70 Kosoglou, Teddy and Roula 134 Steubing, Michael & Maria Katsamani
7 Balaskas, Alexander & Meagan Maguire 71 Kousoulas, Constantine 135 Stevenson, Michael & Joanna *
8 Balios, Efthimia 72 Kousoulas, Demetrios 136 Stier, Benjamin & Eleftheria Tsatsos
9 Bauer, Paul 73 Kousoulas, Evangelos 137 Sullivan, Mary
10 Bongiovanni, Robert & Michele 74 Kousoulas, Fr. Anastasios & Presv. Nektaria 138 Tattoli, Larry & Maria
11 Bunce, Daniel & Marianne 75 Kousoulas, Panayiotis 139 Tattoli, Mark
12 Bunce, Evangelos & Brittany 76 Kousoulis, Theodore & Ayotte, Dawn 140 Tattoli, Steven
13 Callanan, Ryan & Christina Roros 77 Kubu, James & Evangeline 141 Theodoropoulos, Pete & Brittany Daniels
14 Ciacciarelli, Tom and Nancy 78 Kypridakes, Michael & Asimina 142 Ticas, Cesar & Areti
15 Collett, Martin & Adriane 79 Lambrianakos, George&Helen 143 Ticas, Christopher
16 Connell, William & Nikki 80 Logothetis, Nikita & Sophia 144 Toulatos, Katerina M *
17 Costalas, Paul & Josephine 81 Loukedis, Alexander & Jennifer 145 Toulatos, Nikoleta & Polixenia
18 Coutros, George & Lana 82 Mahdavian, Sharif & Stacey 146 Trumpy, Fred & Larisa
19 Coutros, Peter 83 Manoussakis, Stamati & Sofia 147 Tsatsos, Costa & Maria
20 Coutsouridis, John & Denise 84 Manteo, Michael & Gramatiki 148 Tsatsos, Sofia
21 Demetriou, Dorothy&James 85 Mardakis, Arge 149 Tsentas, Constantine & Eugenia
22 Diagelakis, Gerasimos & Kristen 86 Mariani, Anthony & Kristen 150 Tsokas, Lorraine
23 Diamantis, Ioannis & Gerasimoula 87 Markos, Elaine 151 Tsokas, Spyros
24 DiAndrea, Leoni 88 Martin, Stephen & Despina 152 Tsourounakis, Anthony *
25 DiBuono, Matthew & Pia Kasabian 89 Martini, Matt & Meropi, Louis 153 Tzovolos, Demetri and Arete
26 Disla, Mark & Anastasia Pappas 90 Mavrode, John Steven 154 Tzovolos, Olympia
27 Doty, James & Kathy * 91 Mavrode, Michael & Demetra 155 Vaporakis, John & Kim
28 Douvris, John & Aimee 92 Mavrode, William Michael 156 Vaporakis, Kaliope
29 Douvris, Nikolas 93 Mazza, Emily Connelly & Costa & Poulis, Renee 157 Varas, Alexander Pericles
30 Fallon, Ellie 94 McElroy, Stephanie 158 Varas, Loukas Michael
31 Fallon, Tom & Anna 95 Millett, Matthew & Maria 159 Varas, Michael & Elaine
32 Fania, Michael & Vicky 96 Montalvo, Alex&Maria 160 Vlahakes, Louis & Anastasia
33 Fearon, TJ & Colette * 97 Moshonas, Nektaria 161 Vlahakis, Dan
34 Ferreira, Jorge & Angela 98 Mulcahy, Dr. Wayne and Mary 162 Vlahakis, Peter *
35 Finley, Thomas & Antoinette 99 Nelson, Stephanie 163 Wygera, Walter & Constance
36 Foglia, Katina 100 Nicolaou, Nicolaos & Kaliopi * 164 Xenakis, Matthew & Vasiliki
37 Gacos, Chris & Frances 101 Olsen, Richard & Kattia 165 Ypsilantis, Ioannis
38 Gatanis, Michael & Angela 102 Paitakes, John&Linda 166 Ypsilantis, Peter & Antonia
39 Georgeles, George & Maria 103 Paliatsos, Mary * 167 Zajac, Pegi
40 Giambrone, Charles J 104 Panageas, Bill & Margaret 168 Zanidakis, Theodore & Charlotte
41 Gianakos, Michael & Dianne 105 Panageas, Sophia 169 Zannikos, Peter & Amy
42 Giannouris, John & Tracey 106 Panayote, William & Deborah 170  
43 Gianos, Irene 107 Pappas, Demitrios & Stacy 171  
44 Gilman, Cliff & Karen 108 Pappas, Vivian Schiavone 172  
45 Giotis, John & Karen 109 Pelios, Georgia 173  
46 Grina, Peter & Diana 110 Peppe, George & Demetra 174  
47 Halkiadakis, John & Vassie * 111 Petromelis, Christopher & Georgette 175  
48 Hawes, Ashlynn 112 Petromelis, Phyllis 176  
49 Hawes, Brian & Allison Faches 113 Procyk, Eugenia 177  
50 Hawes, Carrick 114 Radzicki, Martin & Katie 178  
51 Heinke, Michael & Simone 115 Rentoulis, Nikolaos 179  
52 Heinke, Zoe & Andy Riley * 116 Rienzo, Candice 180  
53 Higueros, Jorge & Katerina Douvris 117 Roupas, Daniel & Mary 181  
54 Iliakostas, Vasilis & Konstantina 118 Rudy, George & Sofia 182  
55 Iliopoulos, Christos & Anna 119 Sacalis, John 183  
56 Jaghab, Danny & Delmy 120 Sakellos, Evan & Catherine 184  
57 Jimenez, Lee&Deanne 121 Sakellos, George 185  
58 Johnson, Bill 122 Sfondouris, John & Maria 186  
59 Johnson, Gloria 123 Shepardson, Lilyan 187  
60 Kaldes, John & Zoi 124 Sideris, Leonidas & Elizabeth 188  
61 Kamnitsis, Christopher & Heather 125 Soteropoulos, Dean & Elizabeth 189  
62 Kamnitsis, Constantine & Nancy 126 Staikos, Angelica 190  
63 Karazoupis, Vasilios & Panayiota * 127 Staikos, Anthony 191  
64 Kasabian, Spiro & Kathleen 128 Staikos, George & Christi 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 24

6th Sunday of Matthew

July 24

Christina the Great Martyr of Tyre

Saint Christina was from Tyre in Syria, the daughter of a pagan named Urban. Enlightened in her heart to believe in Christ, she broke her father's idols, made of gold and silver, and distributed the pieces to the poor. When her father learned this, he punished her ruthlessly, then cast her into prison. The rulers subjected her to imprisonments, hunger, torments, the cutting off of her breasts and tongue, and finally impalement, in the year 200, during the reign of the Emperor Septimius Severus.

July 25

Dormition of St. Anna, mother of the Theotokos

According to tradition, Anna, the ancestor of God, lived for sixty-nine years, and her spouse Joachim, for eighty; according to one account, Saint Joachim died two years before Saint Anna. The Theotokos had been orphaned of both her parents already when she was eleven years of age, when she was living in the Temple (see Sept. 8 and Nov. 21). Saint Anna is invoked for conceiving children, and for help in difficult childbirth.

July 26

Paraskeve the Righteous Martyr of Rome

Saint Paraskeve, who was from a certain village near Rome, was born to pious parents, Agatho and Politia. Since she was born on a Friday (in Greek, Paraskeve), she was given this name, which means "preparation" or "preparedness" (compare Matt. 27:62, Mark 15:42, Luke 23:54, and John 19:31, where 'Friday' is called "the day of the preparation"). From childhood she was instructed in the sacred letters and devoted herself to the study of the divine Scriptures, while leading a monastic life and guiding many to the Faith of Christ. During the reign of the Emperor Antoninus Pius, she was apprehended because she was a Christian and was urged to worship the idols, but she answered with the words of Jeremias: "Let the gods that have not made heaven and the earth perish from off the earth" (Jer. 10:11). Because of this she endured exceedingly painful torments, and was beheaded in the year 140. The faithful pray to her for the healing of eye ailments.

July 27

Panteleimon the Great Martyr & Healer

This Saint, who had Nicomedia as his homeland, was the son of Eustorgius and Eubula. His father was an idolater, but his mother was a Christian from her ancestors. It was through her that he was instructed in piety, and still later, he was catechized in the Faith of Christ by Saint Hermolaus (see July 26) and baptized by him. Being proficient in the physician's vocation, he practiced it in a philanthropic manner, healing every illness more by the grace of Christ than by medicines. Thus, although his parents had named him Pantoleon ("in all things a lion"), because of the compassion he showed for the souls and bodies of all, he was worthily renamed Panteleimon, meaning "all-merciful." On one occasion, when he restored the sight of a certain blind man by calling on the Divine Name, he enlightened also the eyes of this man's soul to the knowledge of the truth. This also became the cause for the martyrdom of him who had been blind, since when he was asked by whom and in what manner his eyes had been opened, in imitation of that blind man of the Gospel he confessed with boldness both who the physician was and the manner of his healing. For this he was put to death immediately. Panteleimon was arrested also, and having endured many wounds, he was finally beheaded in the year 305, during the reign of Maximian. Saint Panteleimon is one of the Holy Unmercenaries, and is held in special honor among them, even as Saint George is among the Martyrs.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 1st Tone. Psalm 11.7,1.
You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse: Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 12:6-14.

Brethren, having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

Gospel Reading

6th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 9:1-8

At that time, getting into a boat Jesus crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, they brought to him a paralytic, lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven." And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming." But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say 'Rise and walk?' But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" he then said to the paralytic -- "Rise, take up your bed and go home." And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 1st Tone

Let us worship the Word, O ye faithful, praising Him that with the Father and the Spirit is co-beginningless God, Who was born of a pure Virgin that we all be saved; for He was pleased to mount the Cross in the flesh that He assumed, accepting thus to endure death. And by His glorious rising, He also willed to resurrect the dead.

Apolytikion for Great Martyr Christina 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

He puts an end to the woman's fear ... He sets her right, in respect of her thinking to be hid ... He exhibits her faith to all, so as to provoke the rest also to emulation ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 31 on Matthew 9, 4th Century

In this case indeed He discloses also another sign, and that no small one, of His own Godhead, and of His equality in honor with the Father. For whereas they said, "To unbind sins pertains to God only," He not only unbinds sins, but also before this He makes another kind of display in a thing which pertained to God only; the publishing the secrets in the heart. For neither had they uttered what they were thinking.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 29 on Matthew 9, 4th Century