St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 213 - January 20, 2003/February 2, 2003




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

January 20, 2003/February 2, 2003
Thirty Second Sunday after Pentecost
No. 213



Matthew 15:28
Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Services This Past Week

January 26 - Thirty two people came for the Divine Liturgy, Blessing of the Kolac and Koljivo. Two communicants.
January 27 - Five people were here for the Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Akathist to St. Sava.
January 28 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. The Funeral Service was held for George Vuich at Maykuth Funeral Home in Masontown with burial in St. George Cemetery. Five people were present for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Vespers.
January 30 - Three people were present for Matins and First Hour. Three people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 31 - Seven people were present for Matins and First Hour. Ten people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
February 1 - One person came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week

Today - Divine Liturgy.
Monday - 7:00 PM - Akathist to St. Sava - Prayer Service to St. Sava.
Tuesday and Wednesday - 7:00 PM - Akathist and Vespers.
Thursday - 8:30AM - Matins and First Hour. Vespers at 4:30 PM.
Friday - Matins and First Hour at 7:00 AM. Akathist and Vespers at 7:00 PM.
Saturday - Matins and First Hour at 8:30 AM. Ninth Hour and Vespers at 4:30 PM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

February 9 - Zacchaeus Sunday
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs
February 15 - Feast of the Meeting of the Lord
February 16 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 21 - 22 - Diocesan Assembly
February 23 - Sunday of Prodigal Son
February 26 - St. Simeon the Myhrrflowing
March 1 - Memorial Saturday
March 2 - Meatfare Sunday

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Parish Life

1. Thank you to the Choir, Kolo and parishioners for the hospitality to +George Vuich's family.
2. Four people came to Adult Class this past week. Class again this Thursday after Matins.
3. Thank you to the Kolo for continuing to bake.
4. Pray for Nadezda Rogish.

A Thought from +Proto Radovan Milkovich*

So, as far as God is concerned, as Our Lord Jesus is concerned, he does not accept second place in our life, in our heart, in our soul. Not the second, and still less the last! And that is the place left for him more often than we like to admit.
*(1978 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of the United States and Canada)

Remember The Students at St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville

To Consider

1. This is a time of transition.
2. The approach to Great Lent is before us.
3. The Feasts of the Nativity and Theophany are behind us.
4. Each day is measured in time.
5. Each day is a unique gift from God.
6. We do not get back time that is lost.
7. God gives us life.
8. Life is to be treated with great care.
9. God is due appreciation for blessings given.
10. God is due appreciation for life.

Activities of the Parish Priest

1. Went to Diocesan Headquarters - Monday and Wednesday afternoon.
2. Attended Christian Associates Jail Chaplaincy Meeting in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
3. Visited Nadezda Rogish at UPMC - Presbyterian Hospital - Wednesday.
4. Blessed two rooms of nursing home residents in Uniontown on Thursday, one resident of personal care home in Masontown, Thursday, and one resident of personal care home in Carmichaels.
5. Blessed one business and four residences on Friday.
6. Went to Holy Trinity Mission - Fairmont for Vespers and St. Sava Program - Friday evening.
7. Attended Diocesan Council Meeting - Episcopal Headquarters-Mars - Saturday.

From the Desert fathers

He (Isidore the Priest) also said, 'When I was younger and remained in my cell I set no limit to prayer; the night was for me as much the time of prayer as the day.


Thirty Second Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 15:21-28

Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed. But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came to Him, saying, "Send her away for she cries out after us." But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Then she came and worshipped Him, saying, "Lord help me!" But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their master's table." Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

The present Gospel reading reveals the great faith of the woman with the demon-possessed daughter. This woman was undaunted in her efforts to have Jesus Christ heal her daughter. She was persistent in the face of initial silence from Jesus Christ.

How many times have we faced silence when we have gone to God in prayer? Do we remain as persistent as this woman? Is our faith anywhere near to the degree of this woman's faith? What can we do to increase our faith...to make it strong?

Periodically, we must examine our relationship with Jesus Christ. We must look within to see if we hold Christ near and dear in our hearts. We must look within to see if we have strayed from a firm commitment to Christ.

The woman in the present Gospel reading was resolute. She had a single purpose in mind. She wanted her daughter healed and she was prepared to pursue the healing with great conviction.

Our Lord Jesus Christ tells us: "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Mt.7:7) ersistence in prayer is beneficial.

We are not to weary in well-doing. St.Paul told the Galatians "Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." (Gal.6:9)

Constant prayer is well-doing. It is beneficial to the soul. It is beneficial for those for whom one prays. The Thessalonians received similar encouragement from St.Paul. He told them: "But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good." (II Thess.3:13).

Goodness is expected from Christians. Doing good is expected from Christians. At times when the road gets rough, when times get rough, when setbacks appear to occur in the face of goodness, we are wise in turning to the Holy Scriptures for direction and understanding.


In the Old Testament a set of events took place which changed the life of Joseph. It appeared that actions taken by his brothers would be harmful and have a negative impact on Joseph. As it turned out, Joseph became of great help to his brothers. In the end, Joseph told his brothers: "Ye thought evil against me: but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive." (Genesis 50:20)

When seemingly bad things happen, perhaps God has in mind something good to come from it. We must be patient in the face of adversity. We must trust in God and come to God in prayer and with great faith.

Wiseness is found in the words of St.Paul to the Romans when he counselled: "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer." (Rom.12:12)

Our patience will be tried during events in life. Our vision will not always be clear. Our thinking will not always be so forthright in coming to grips with problems confronting us.

God is at hand to hear our prayer. God is present to sense our inner needs. God is present to guide and help and lead us in the most difficult of circumstances.

Developing inner peace, developing inner trust in God, comes from experience, comes from trusting God little by little. We know we can trust God when we have experienced the goodness of God and have sensed it.

The woman in the present Gospel was in command of her faculties. Her daughter may have been demon-possessed but the mother was coherent enough to know Jesus Christ was the way to solving her daughter's problems.

The words of our Lord are worth repeating and repeating unto they are engrained in our hearts and mind. He said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (Jn.14:6)

This is a time to review our relationship with Jesus Christ. Our relationship with Jesus Christ affects all that we say, think and do. There is always room for us to improve in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

More than "catch phrases" are necessary to turn us to Christ. More than simple practices are necessary to keep us concentrating on our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Constant prayer is hard work. It is worthwhile work. Today is the day to begin anew in Jesus Christ. Today is the day to turn to Christ for growth, for mercy and for healing.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Thirty Second Sunday after Pentecost.
January 20, 2003/February 2, 2003.
St. Euthemius the Great.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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