St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 242 - August 11/August 24, 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

August 11/August 24, 2003
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost
No. 242



I Timothy 4:12

Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Services This Past Week

August 17 - Twenty-seven people came to Divine Liturgy. One person came for Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God and Vespers.
August 18 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Vespers.
August 19 - Nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
August 20 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God and Akathist to St. Panteleimon.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Divine Liturgy today and each Sunday at 10:00 except Pascha when it is earlier. Akathist to the Dormition of the Mother of God and Vespers at 3:00 PM today.
August 25 - Matins and First Hour - 6:30 AM. Akathist to the Dormition and Vespers - 3:00 PM.
August 26 - Matins and First Hour - 6:30 AM. Akathist to the Dormition and Vespers - 3:00 PM.
August 27 - Matins and First Hour - 6:30 PM. Akathist to the Dormition and Vespers - 3:00 PM.
August 28 - Divine Liturgy - 10:00 AM. Vespers or Akathtist - 7:00 PM followed by Adult Class.
August 29 - Matins and First Hour - 6:30 AM. Ninth Hour and Vespers - 3:00 PM.
August 30 - Matins and First Hour - 6:30 AM. Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission - Fairmont - 10:00 AM. Ninth Hour and Vespers - 4:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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. - Mars, Pa.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
September 14 - Church New Year.
September 16 - St. Joanikije, First Serbian Patriarch
September 17 - St. Petar of Dabro - Bosnia
September 19 - Miracle of St. Archangel Michael.
September 21 - Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos
September 27 - Exaltation of the Life-Giving Cross
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - St. Thomas the Apostle

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

Parish Life

Support the Kolo Slava - Attend the Divine Liturgy Thursday with a dinner afterwards at Dolfi's. Mike "Mac" Rogish is Kum.
Come to Adult Class on Thursday evening.
Honor the Dormition Fast until the Divine Liturgy on Thursday.
Paige Shlosky was honored by the Waynesburg community during Rain Day Festivities and is a scholarship recipient.
May God grant strength and comfort to Pete and Dorothy Smargie. Dorothy's mother "Grandma" Anna Cindric was a joyful presence here at the St. George Church. May her memory be eternal.

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

The unity of the Church is kept by the Holy Mysteries and holy virtues, some of which the Holy Apostle Pau enumerates: Baptism and Communion. Christians are only baptized once in the name of the Holy and Life-giving Trinity. It is a mystery, which is performed once and not repeated. We are all baptized in the Church.
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church )

To Consider

The importance of fasting.
The importance of fasting without developing pride.
The importance of fasting with great seriousness of purpose.
The importance of not making a minimal effort in fasting.
The importance of fasting in actions and in thought.
The importance of repentance.
The importance of prayer.

Remember the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Attended parish meeting last Sunday.
Provided accompanying support to a Serbian Orthodox Christian on Tuesday.
Visited with a parish family on Tuesday.
Went to viewing of Anna Cindric at funeral home - Wednesday.
Visited with a parish family - Wednesday.
Went to Chicago for Sabor planning meeting - Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

From the Desert fathers

Abba Xanthias said, 'The thief was on the cross and he was justified by a single word; and Judas who was counted in the number of the apostles lost all his labour in a single night and descened from heaven to hell. Therefore, let no one boast of his good works, for all those who trust in themselves fall.'

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

Matthew 17:14-23

And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they did not cure him." Then Jesus answered and said, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me." And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting." Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up. And they were exceedingly sorrowful.

Today we see the compassion of Jesus Christ at work. We see Jesus Christ at work healing a needy person. We see Jesus Christ dealing with the demon that tormented the child.
Prayer and fasting are central to the Gospel message today. Jesus said the type of problem the child had could not be solved except by prayer and fasting. We must give careful thought to these words. We must think about them when we face problems.
Jesus put all problems into perspective in the present Gospel. He made all problems manageable when they are faced with faith. Jesus said even a mountain could be moved when faith if applied.
Perhaps too often we do not credit the importance of faith in facing problems. Perhaps to often we do not carefully think about our approach to God.
Jesus asked how long He would be with the faithless and perverse generation. Jesus asked how long He would bear with them. We must ask ourselves what Jesus thinks about our degree of faith. We must ask ourselves what Jesus thinks about the way we fast and pray.
The father of the child that was healed come to Jesus in faith. The father was persistent in His effort to reachout to Jesus. The father's love for his child was strong.
When we reach out to God in love, in faith, and with conviction, we are not disappointed. When we live according to the teachings of the Holy Gospel, we are never disappointed.
We grow in Christ as we fast and pray and seek to be fully united with Christ. We are healed as the child in the Gospel was healed when we come to Christ with the purity of intentions.
Demons lose their strength when confronted by Christ. Peace and "rightness of mind" come about when Christ is dominant in our lives. Crises like an ill child can result in lives being changed forever.
Certainly the life of the boy in the present Gospel and the life of his father were changed forever aften the healing by Jesus. The lives of countless people through the centuries have been changed due to the healing of the boy in the present Gospel.
The account of the healing of the boy has been told and retold through the centuries. The healing power of Jesus Christ is reaffirmed each time the present Gospel is read.
The healing of the boy in today's Gospel is added to the accounts of others healed by Jesus Christ. Each person is tormented by demons that can be unsettling.
When we make decisions about fighting the demons we face, let us choose Christ as our Guide, as our Savior, as our Healer.
When we hear the present Gospel, we hear directly about Jesus Christ. Our lives become different when we hear the Gospel. We become accountable for what we have heard.
When we enter the Church, when we enter to attend the Divine Liturgy, we become more knowledgeable. We are exposed to and learn more about God.
God changed the life of this single child. God listened to the boy's father. Parents today do well when they take their problems to God for help. Parents do well today when they bring their children to Jesus Christ.
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are mentioned in the present Gospel. We can never tire of hearing about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our lives will never be the same due to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We can never dwell too much on the death and resurection of Jesus Christ. Our lives are changed by the death and resurrection of Christ when we are baptized. Our lives are continuosly changed by the death and resurrection of Christ as we live Christian lives.
Everyday we are reminded in the services of the Church of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Serious Orthodox Christians attending the services of the Church regularly know of the continuous references to and importance of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The importance of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is summarized by St. Apostle Paul in these words to the Corinthians: "If Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins." (I Cor.15:17)
The healed child found new life in Christ. The Crucfied and Risen Lord continues to bring new life to those who have ears to hear, to those who open their minds and hearts to Jesus Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 11/August 24, 2003.
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost.
St. Euplus, the Archdeacon and Martyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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