St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 231 - May 26/June 8, 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

May 26/June 8, 2003
Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
No. 231



I Timothy 1:5

Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.

Services This Past Week

June 1 - Divine Liturgy - Thirty people attended. Parastos for George and Milica Milosevich.
June 2 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Five people came for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
June 3 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for the Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers.
June 3 - Three people came for the First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours. Five people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
June 5 - Eight people came for the Divine Liturgy of the Feast of Ascension.
June 6 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
June 7 - One person came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Akathist to St. John the Baptist and Vespers. One Kolac' blessed.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Times

Today - Divine Liturgy.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - Matins and First Hour-6:30 AM.
Tuesday - 6:00 PM - Holy Trinity Mission - Fairmont - Slava celebration.
Monday and Wednesday - Akathist and Vespers - 7:00 PM. (Call to confirm Wednesday)
Friday - Ninth Hour and Vespers - 4:30 PM.
Saturday - Akathist for Departed - Blessing of Graves - 10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 14-Commemoration of the Dead - Blessing of Graves
June 15 - Pentecost
June 16 - Pentecost Monday
June 17 - Pentecost Tuesday - St. Mitrophanes Sts. Joanikije and Sava, Hieromartyrs.
June 18 - St. Peter of Korish
June 22 - Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic
June 28 - St. Lazarus Great Martyr and All Serbian Martyrs - Vidovdan
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul

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

Parish Life

1. May God give comfort and strength to the families of +Melvin Dragich and +Nicholas 'Nick' Rantovich who fell asleep in the Lord this week.
2. Thank you to Joe Katusa, Mildred Belch, Mary Trbovich, Nadezda Rogish, Mickey Bezjak, and Marion Luteran for making the trip to Monastery Marcha.
3. Eric Rose has begun doing volunteer work with a local ambulance service and has joined a local fire department.
4. Thank you to each person singing responses at the pomen and funerals this week.

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

Even though the Church has a mystical character, we should not forget that it is a living community, a community of love, a community in which men are united by the same faith, the same baptism and the rest of the holy mysteries(Eph.4:5) Every member of the Church works on the growth of the Body of Christ, and this can be done only if one first builds the Church of God and a place of love for his neighbor in himself. Not only that, one must also work on one's own growth. From the beginning and until the end of his life, man is a collaborator of God.
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church )

To Consider

1. The different stages of the earthly life of Jesus Christ.
2. The birth of Christ.
3. The teachings of Christ.
4. The miracles of Christ.
5. The periods of prayer and withdrawal from crowds.
6. The time spent with the apostles.

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology - Libertyville

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 1 - Attended Slava dinner - Holy Ascension Church - Youngwood.
June 2 - Went to Diocesan Center. Made pastoral visit to parishioner.
June 3 - Went to Shadeland with Tom Hunter. Stopped at Diocesan Center.
June 4 - Went to Diocesan Center. Made pastoral visit to family of parishioner.
June 5 - Went to Monastery Marcha with parishioners. Served Thanksgiving Service at Monastery church. Served pomen in the evening at funeral home for Melvin Dragich.
June 6 - Served pomen in funeral home and funeral service at St. George Cemetery for Melvin Dragich. Served pomen in funeral home in the evening for Nicholas 'Nick' Rantovich.
June 7 - Served funeral service at funeral home and pomen at St. Mary Orthodox Cemetery for Nicholas Rantovich.

From the Desert fathers

He (James) also said, 'Just as a lamp lights up a dark room, so the fear of God, when it penetrates the heart of a man illuminates him, teaching him all the virtues and commandments of God.'

Seventh Sunday of Pascha
Holy Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council

John 17:1-13

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

We need to take care about our soul. We need to think about our soul each day. We need to think about the condition of our sinfulness. We need to think about the glory of God and about the goodness of God.
God brings joy and peace. To find that joy and peace, to experience that joy and peace, our lives need to be in harmony with God. Our lives need to be lived consistent with the teachings and life of Jesus Christ.
The present Gospel reveals the relationship between God the Father and God the Son. The present Gospel reflects the relationship between Jesus Christ and His disciples.
Our identity as Orthodox Christians comes from our relationship with Jesus Christ. We must take care about the relationship with Jesus Christ. Baptism is a beginning point. Baptism is a starting point.
Our whole life is to be devoted to Christ. Our whole life is to be rooted in Christ. In the present Gospel, Jesus speaks about the unity of those given to Him. Christ teaches us about the nature of relationships. Christ teaches us about ways to relate with the people we meet in life and the people we love in life.
The present Gospel message has been preserved through the centuries. The Holy Orthodox Church sets it before believers throughout the world to consider. We consider the Gospel message in the context of the Divine Liturgy. We consider the Gospel message as part of our worship experience. We consider the Gospel message as direct teaching from Christ.
When we enter an Orthodox Church, we enter space dedicated specifically to God. We enter space to be used for the glory of God. We enter space to be used for the worship of God. We enter to draw near to God, to experience the goodness of God.
God is greater than we can fully comprehend. We know that when we come to the church, we can communicate with God. We know that God will hear our prayers. We know that God will understand our problems. We know that God will know the contents of the innermost part of our hearts.
The Church helps us to expand and improve our understanding of God. The music, the iconography and the services of the Church cause us to expand our thinking.
As we go through life. We come to know that God is greater than we ever imagined. We come to know the greatness of God reaches beyond our ability to describe.
We also know that God can be found in simple acts of kindness. We know that simple steps taken to draw near to God are known to God. The simple acts of kindness described in the Gospel of St.Matthew (25:31-45) of being kind to the stranger, of caring for the sick and the suffering, of visiting the prisoner, or feeding the hungry are acts of kindness to Jesus Christ.
The present Gospel speaks about Jesus Christ as the grantor of eternal life. The present Gospel speaks about Jesus Christ finishing His work. How often do we consider the direction of our lives? How often do we think about the work God has given us to do?
Do we look at what we do as being for the glory of God? Do we give God credit as we go about our daily lives? Do we carefully examine our relationship with Jesus Christ?
Do our relationships reflect that we our Orthodox Christians? Does our work reflect we are Orthodox Christians? Do our homes reflect we are Orthodox Christians?
By identity, we cannot separate ourselves from the Church. We cannot separate ourselves from Christ and still call ourselves Orthodox Christians. The present Gospel message gives us much to consider.
Each day we benefit from reading the Epistle and Gospel message of the day. Each day we benefit from thinking about the saint or feast for the day. Each day we benefit from thinking about the time of the day and the services of the Holy Orthodox Church for that particular time of the day.
We can sense the unity of the Church when we devote time during the day to thinking about the Church. Let us examine our priorities. Let us examine the way we spend our time. Let us think more about Christ. Let us do more for and with Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 26/June 8, 2003.
Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.
Sts. Caprus and Alphaeus, Apostles.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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