St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 240 - July 28/August 10, 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

July 28/August 10, 2003
Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
No. 240



Ephesians 4:4-6

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Services This Past Week

August 3 - Thirty-five people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant. Approximately twelve people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ held at The Cross in the St. George Cemetery in the afternoon.
August 4 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 6 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 7 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Six people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
August 8 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Akathist to St. Panteleimon.
August 9 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - The Divine Liturgy is held at 10:00 AM each Sunday except on Pascha when it is earlier.
Mornings - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 6:30 AM.
Afternoon - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 3:00 PM.
Saturday - 10:00 AM - Holy Trinity Mission - Fairmont.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 10 - Parish Healthcare Day - Covered Dish Dinner and Program
August 13 - Dormition Fast begins
August 17 - Important Parish Meeting after Divine Liturgy to discuss the new Rt. 21 highway/bridge
August 19 - Feast of Holy Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ.
August 28 - Dormition of Mother of God - KSS Federation and St. George Kolo Slava.
September 5 & 6 - Diocesan Chapel Slava Vigil and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
September 14 - Church New Year
September 19 - Miracle of St. Archangel Michael.

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

Parish Life

Our parish is invited to the Divine Liturgy at St. Mary Orthodox Church in Masontown at 9:30 AM Friday and to the dinner afterwards.
Our parish is invited to the Vigil at Holy Dormition Greek Orthodox Church in Aliquippa - Thurs. 7:00 PM.
Thank you to all coming today for the Healthcare Day Program and dinner.
Five people came to Adult class Thursday night to see the conclusion of the video on St. Basil of Ostrog. No class this week.
The Dormition Fast begins this week and continues until the Feast of the Dormition - August 28.
May God comfort and give strength to the family of +Michael Mickey Mutich.
Trooper Marty Knezovich was featured in the Mckeesport Daily News on July 25 for his work with young people in the State Police Cadet Program

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

In order to realize the divine plan of the All-Holy Trinity concerning the salvation of men in the Church, the Lord gave us the Apostles. He bestowed them with all of the gifts. And just how are they Apostles? In that they function with the apostolic grace, which they received from the Lord. The Lord is the leader in the building of the body of the Church, and they are co-workers and co-laborers. They were with the Lord from the beginning during His earthly life. They were witnesses of the Resurrection and of all the happenings, which were connected for the economy of salvation (Acts 1:21-22).
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church p. 54. )

To Consider

The benefit of the Dormiton Fast.
The Mother of God throughout the centuries.
The Mother of God in each Orthodox Christian life.
The icons of the Mother of God
The Akathists to the Mother of God.
The prayers to the Mother of God.
The hymns to the Mother of God.
The books written on the Mother of God.
The unduplicated relationship of Jesus Christ and Mary.
The virgin birth of Jesus Christ.
The churches named in honor of the Mother of God.
The individuals named in honor of the Mother of God.

Remember the St. Sava School of Theology - Libertyville

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Presented talk on "Orthodox Christian Hope" at parish outdoor program - Attended picnic - August 3.
Served funeral service for Michael Mickey Mutich. Thank you to Sonia Janson for singing responses. August 4 - Belle Vernon.
Attended gathering at Dolfi's Restaurant for Serbian visitors from other communities hosted by Stan & Karen & Mitch Brozik - August 4
Went to St. Sava Camp-Shadeland - August 5.
Served Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity Mission - Fairmont - August 7. Eleven people came.
Visited resident of SCI-Greene - August 8. Visited home of parishioners - August 8.

From the Desert fathers

Abba Mius of Belos said, "Obedience responds to obedience. When someone obeys God, God obeys his request."

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Matt 14:14-22

And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, 'This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.' But Jesus said to them, 'They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.' And they said to Him, 'We have here only five loaves and two fish.' He said, 'Bring them here to Me.' Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.

We come today to the Eighth Sunday of Pentecost. The Holy Orthodox Church asks us to consider the words of the Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in the Gospel of St. Matthew.
We are Serbian Orthodox Christians living in the United States of America. We are required to be vigilant in faith. We do not live in an Orthodox country.
The culture in which we live does not support the Holy Orthodox Church. The culture in which we live permits and often encourages activities and values directly contrary to the teachings of the Holy Orthodox Church.
As Serbian Orthodox Christians, we are aware of the hostilities that have been perpetrated upon Serbian Orthodox Faithful in Kosovo and other parts of the former Yugoslavia. We are aware of the destruction of Serbian Orthodox Churches.
It is important that we remain strong and faithful here in this land. It is important that we adhere to the teachings of the Holy Orthodox Church as best we can.
We do our best when we pray daily. We do our best when we honor the fasts of the Church. We do our best when we attend church regularly and partake of the Precious Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We do our best when our homes and our lives reflect the teachings of the Holy Orthodox Church.
Today's Gospel reveals the healing power of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ can heal the illness of our souls. Jesus Christ can bring peace and direction to our lives.
The love of Jesus Christ is reflected in today's Gospel. Jesus gave nourishment to the more than five thousand men, women and children who had gathered together around Him.
Jesus nourishes all drawing near to Him in faith. Jesus provides nourishment for the soul through His holy words. Jesus provides nourishment for the soul through His Precious Body and Blood. Jesus provides for healing of soul and body through the Mystery of Holy Unction.
The Holy Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation, Confession and Communion and Holy Unction are integral to the lives of Orthodox Christians. The Holy Mysteries of Marriage and Holy Orders reveal actions of God in the Holy Orthodox Church.
Believers continue to learn about God and the work of God as they grow in the Church. Believers grow and mature as they actively live the Christian life. The work of God continues to be revealed as the believer searches for God and seeks to be united with God.
The more than five thousand men, women and children drawing near to Christ learned of the power of Jesus Christ to feed all coming to Him. Even after Jesus Christ had fed the multitude, He had more to feed others who might come later.
Twenty centuries have passed. Jesus Christ feeds multitudes today. On every continent, in every village and town where the Divine Liturgy is served, faithful have the opportunity to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
We are blessed with the Holy Orthodox Church today. We are blessed because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb.13:8) We are blessed because of the faith of the martyrs and saints and faithful through the centuries.
We have a responsibility to remain faithful. We have a responsibility to honor the faithful through the centuries. We have a responsibility to honor Christ.
The way we live our lives will reflect the values we hold and the faith we have.
Each day we write the story of our lives. Each day we reveal the depth of our faith. Each day we have the opportunity to repent and seek the kingdom of God.
While we have breath, while we have the faculty of clear thinking, while life exists in our body, we can return to God.
Being an Orthodox Christian is an act of choice. We come willingly to Jesus Christ. We remain Orthodox Christian by choice.
Love as reflected in today's Gospel is inherent in living the Orthodox Christian life. The Holy Evangelist John wrote: "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God." (I Jn.4:7)
We put on Christ at Holy Baptism. We are sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit at Chrismation. Our lives need to reflect the holiness that is of God. This can only be accomplished by living true to our Baptismal commitment.
The present Gospel teaches us about the work of God. Let us be attuned to the work of God in our lives. Let us be thankful to and look to God now and at all times.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 28/August 10, 2003.
Eighth Sunday After Pentecost.
Sts. Prochorus, Nicanor, Parmenas, and others, Apostles and Deacons.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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