Our Diverse Ministries
Saint Anna Greek Orthodox Church offers many ministries, organizations, and programs to all those in the community. From cultural programs to service-oriented organizations, to religious and spirational offerings, Saint Anna welcomes and encourages its parishioners to participate in its ministries.
The community gives thanks and praise to Father Anastasios Kousoulas, the parish council, and all the parents and grandparents who volunteer their time to help with serving the needs of the community.
Saint Anna believes in growing strong ministries for its parishioners. The ministries emphasize the faith as they serve parishioners, from the youth to the venerable.
We are proud to offer a breadth of programs for our children, including:
Religious Education, Acolytes, GOYA, HOPE and JOY, Greek Dance and Greek Language Education. We also have an active PTO for parents and teachers.
Our youth are an active part of the Saint Anna Family and we remain proud of their commitment to their faith, their community and each other. They serve as an inspiration for what the future holds and we are blessed to serve their needs each and every year.
Father Anastasios and our advisors spend many hours giving of their time and talents to ensure our youth grow-up with a strong foundation in their faith that will help them as they face the many challenges of young adulthood. We strive to ensure they stay engaged with educational, spiritual and recreational activites and pray they might someday raise their children in the family of Saint Anna.
Agia Magdalene Philoptochos of St. Anna
In the 1930s, Athenogoras I, then Archbishop of North and South America established a ladies' organization to be named Philoptochos, friends of the poor. Ever since, Philoptochos has served as the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Church. It composes over 27,000 volunteers dedicated to our faith, our church, and the philanthropic mission. This dynamic force for those-in-need is attributed to the early women who pioneered Philoptochos.
Archbishop Demetrios refers to Philoptochos as “an army of women.” For over 80 years Philoptochos has provided aid to the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the impoverished, the widowed, the handicapped, the victim of disaster, and those in need of assistance by the church.
Saint Anna Choir & Psaltist Program
The Saint Anna Greek Orthodox Choir has received the praises of His Eminence, Evangelos, Metropolitan of New Jersey, during his visits to the community.
Under the directorship of Diana Grina, the choir has developed into a pleasant and soothing accompaniment to Father Anastasios and our Psaltists.
Director Diana also established a youth choir with the help of Maria Georgeles.
The choir has performed numerous Christmas programs for the community and continues to participate in community outreach. Learn More.
Polycarp the Holy Martyr & Bishop of Smyrna; Proterios, Archbishop of Alexandria; Gorgonia the Righteous, sister of Gregory the Theologian; Damian the New Martyr of Mount Athos; Boswell, Abbot of Melrose Abbey