St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 193 - September 2/September 15, 2002

Chronicle of St.George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Fr. Rodney Torbic
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

September 2/15, 2002
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 193

I John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all righteousness.

Services This Past Week
September 6 - Three people came to Matins.
September 8 - Divine Liturgy

Services This Coming Week - Call To Verify Weekday Schedule
Saturday-Divine Liturgy-10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael
September 21 - Nativity of Mother of God.
September 22 - Kumovi Sunday, Bring a Kum or Kuma or Godchild to church this week.
September 26 - Vigil of Feast in Mckeesport, St. Sava Church.
September 27 - Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
October 5 - Memorial Saturday
October 9 - St. John the Apostle and Evangelist
October 14 - Protection of Mother of God.
October 19 - St. Thomas, the Apostle
October 27 - St. Petka, Paraskeva, Parish Anniversary Dinner
October 31 - St. Luke
November 2 - Memorial Saturday
November 5 - St. James the Apostle
November 8 - St. Demetrius.
November 14 - Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Unmercenary Healers
November 16 - Renovation of St. George the Great Martyr Church-Choir Slava.
November 21 - Synaxis of St. Anchangel Michael and All Bodiless Powers.
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 27 - St. Philip the Apostle, Nativity Fast Begins.
November 29 - St. Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist.
December 4 - Entry of Theotokos into the Temple.
December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called. Among the Apostles
December 19 - St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life
1.Please welcome Father Stephen Mazaris back today. He is a friend of the parish and it is a joy to have him here again to serve the Holy Liturgy.
2.For emergencies during the week until the 19th, contact Fr.Rajko Kosic at 412-882-3900 or 412-429-2064.
3.According to parish records, Father Sava Gnjatovich came to this area in 1950 to organize church school classes. The parish incorporated in 1951. Fr.Bronko Skaljac came in 1952, the year construction was begun on the church building.

A Thought From His Eminence Metropolitan CHRISTOPHER*
In addition to our concern for salvation, be mindful that good Orthodox Christians make good citizens. Our nation needs today and will need in the future the moral and spiritual strength of upstanding and God-fearing people. Nothing can better provide our Serbian youth with greater spiritual and moral strength than the Faith of our Fathers and the Holy Orthodox Church.(Letter in Twenty Fifth Anniversary Book, St. George Church, Carmichaels 1979).

To Consider
1.The bells of St.George Church.
2.The bells are rung to call us to church.
3.The bells are rung to announce the service is beginning.
4.The bells are rung when the Bishop comes.
5. The bells are rung during the Divine Liturgy when the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ.
6.The bells are rung at funerals.
7.The bells are rung to mark periods of mourning such the daily ringing during the the bombing in Kosovo.
8.The joy brought by the ringing of the bells.
9.The important work of the bell ringers.
10.The witness to the community of the ringing bells.
11.Sad times when bells cannot be rung.
12.The inspiring sounds of bells.

Activities of Parish Priest
Fr. Rodney is on a trip to Serbia.

From the Desert fathers

He (Abba Poemen) also said, "Many become powerful, but few eminent."

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 19:16-26

Now behold, one came and said to Him, 'Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?' So He said to him, 'Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.' He said to Him 'Which ones?' Jesus said, 'You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and your mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' The young man said to Him, 'All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?' Jesus said to him, 'If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.' But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.' When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, 'Who then can be saved?' But Jesus looked at them and said to them, 'With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'

The present Gospel message is an encounter between Jesus Christian and a young man. The focus is on life as Jesus would have us to see it and live it. It is a lesson on eternal life.

Jesus put emphasis on the commandments: honoring of parents, love of neighbor, not lying, not stealing, not committing adultery, not murdering. Jesus went further in telling the young man to sell all that he had, give to the poor and follow Christ. These are Jesus' directions for perfection.

Adherence to the commandments, following them daily, still has complete value, centuries later. The passage of time and the seeming increase in the pressures and complexities of daily life has not lessened the value of following the commandments.

The quality of life improves each time a person moves to adhere more closely to the commandments. Jesus went further. He set the standard for perfection. The young man was to move away from attachment to worldly things to following Christ completely.

Blessed Theophylact commenting on the present Gospel said: "As long as a man is rich and he has in excess while others do not have even necessities, he can in no way enter the kindgom of heaven."

When the riches are shed, the man can go forward. The wide range of living in the world comes to mind. The great excesses we hear of daily of those in corporate power and the plight of people in poverty are cause for great wonder.

When corporate executives take mind-stretching large bonuses while at the same time allowing company pension plans to be destroyed, one must wonder if they ever read or heard the present Gospel message.

We must examine our own lives in regards to the following of the commandments and in being captivated by certain possessions. Worldly goods and activities that deter or hinder us from following Christ must be put aside if we are to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Each day is an opportunity to draw nearer to Christ, an opportunity to live in greater conformity with His teachings. Blessed Theophylact tells us that as we reduce our excesses, and cease the greed that can consume us, God will help us along the way.

The Gospel lesson is for each of us. The joy of the kingdom is for each person seeking it and choosing to follow Christ. The current Gospel message ends with the message of hope: When the disciples asked "Who then can be saved?", Jesus replied "…with God all things are possible."

If each person, one by one, began to live more consistently with the teachings of Christ, the world would improve. We control only ourselves. We have no control over others.

The actions of God in the lives of those who follow Him are noticed. They become convincing for those who desire a better life. Material possessions and activities that are not of God do not bring the fulfillment or peace desired by the soul.

Lasting rest and lasting peace are only from God. When we realize our life was created by God and is only well nourished when we look to God, we move closer to following Him more completely.

The Holy Gospel and the Holy Body and Blood of Christ provide for believers the experience of Christ. The Holy Gospel and the Holy Body and Blood of Christ feed the hungry throughout the world. The Holy Gospel and the Holy Body and Blood of Christ nourish each serious believer coming with the fear of God and with faith.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, PA, September 2/15,2002.
St. Mamant, Martyr. St. John the Faster.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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