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 22/October 5, 2003
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
But you, beloved building yourselves up on your most holy faith,
praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God,
looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Services This Past Week
September 27 - Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 28 - Forty-four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Parastos for Theodore Dragich.
September 29 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 30 - Three people came for Akathist to the Cross and Vespers.
October l - Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross.
October 2 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for the Akathist to St. John the Evangelist,
Apostle and Theologian.
October 3 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour.
Services This Coming Week - Call to Verify Weekday Schedule
Divine Liturgy today and every Sunday at 10:00 AM except on Pascha when it is earlier.
Morning Services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 6:30 AM.
Afternoon - Services-Monday, Wednesday, Friday-3:00 PM. Tuesday and Thursday - 7:00 PM.
Thursday - Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont - 10:00 AM.
Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions
October 7 - Public Advisory Meeting regarding Rt. 21 construction & Masontown Bridge
Project. 1:00 PM See Notice on Bulletin Board.
October 9 - Repose of St. John the Evangelist, Apostle and Theologian.
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 15-18 - Sabor-California.
Ocotber 19 - St. Thomas the Apostle
October 26 - Parish Annual Banquet
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia - St. Petka
October 31 - St. Luke, the Apostle and Evangelist, St. Petar of Cetinje
November 1 - Memorial Saturday
November 5 - St. James the Apostle, First Bishop of Jerusalem
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Myrrhflowing, Great Martyr of Thessalonica
November 14 - Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Unmercenary Healers.
November 16 - Renovation of St. George the Great Martyr Church - Choir Slava.
If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!
· The grounds of St. George Church are scenic and were intended to remain a peaceful oasis
consecrated for the glory of God.
· The parishioners of the St. George Church have invested significant portions of their
lives in building and maintaining the parish church.
· The parishioners of the St. George Church have quietly for more than half a century
contributed to the upbuilding of their communities as representatives of the parish.
· The families of the St. George Church have been well represented in the military forces
of the United States of America from World War II to the present.
· At present time at least five men with connections to the St. George Church are serving
on active duty in United States military, one of whom is in Baghdad.
· Two former priests have served in the United States armed forces, one of whom currently
is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves.
· Adult Class will be held on Thursday evening following the service.
Six people came this past week.
· Maria Djonovich and Pearl Zivkovich have traveled many miles to and from the
St. George Church.
A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
All the gifts which are given to the Church have one and the same goal: to build a new Adam
in each person just as he was when he came out of the hand of the Creator. Each man receives
them and consciously builds them into that Theandric organism. His effort will not be for
naught, for the Lord will reward him and reveal to him many more of the mysteries which
are in His Church. It is a priceless treasure from which to each is given and it is never
impoverished, for it is enriched by Him who is most wealthy in all things.
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church p.67
· The talents given to each person.
· The degree of careful attention given to his or her talents by each person.
· Daily preparation for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
· Daily consciousness of the presence of Christ in our lives.
· Daily repentance.
· Daily prayer.
· Daily worship.
· Daily charitable works
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology - Libertyville
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
· September 29 - Had meeting with highway engineers.
· September 29 - Shadeland Camp meeting-Diocesan Center-Mars.
· September 30 - Went to Diocesan Center-Mars.
From the Desert fathers
The abbot Antony said, "Who sits in solitude and is quiet has escaped from three wars:
hearing, speaking, seeing: yet against one thing shall he continually battle: that is,
his own heart.
Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Matthew 25: 14-30
For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants
and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents; to another two, and to another
one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had
received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise
he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the
ground, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled
accounts with them. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents
saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides
them.' His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a
few things, I will make you a ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' He also
who had received two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have
gained two more talents besides them.' His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful
servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.
Enter into the joy of your lord.' Then he who had received the one talent came and said,
'Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where
you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground.
Look, there you have what is yours. But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and
lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered
seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have
received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who
has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance;
but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast into the
unprofitable darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Orthodox Christians have an Epistle and Gospel message at each Divine Liturgy. The Holy
Orthodox Church has a particular order for these messages. The order is repeated year after
Orthodox Christians experience consistency. The same Epistle and Gospel message is read
throughout the world. A person unable to attend Church can read the Epistle and Gospel message
because they are published and made available.
The present Gospel message is concerned with talents given by God. The expectation is
that individuals will make judicious use of the talents received. Every person does not
receive the same amount of talents. Every person is expected to make good use of the talents
Each person hearing the Epistle, each person hearing the Holy Gospel lesson is expected
to make good use of them. In effect the Epistle and Gospel are talents given to listeners,
given to believers.
When we hear the Epistle and Gospel messages, we become accountable for what we have heard.
The expectation is they will be incorporated into our lives and we will be better Orthodox
Christians as a result.
The challenge is to be attentive at each Epistle and Gospel reading. The challenge is to
understand the messages as they apply to our respective lives. The challenge is to take the
messages seriously as they are intended.
In America, every Orthodox Christian has access to a Holy Bible. Every Orthodox Christian
should be sufficiently familiar with the Bible to be able to find the daily Scripture readings of
the Holy Orthodox Church.
Every Orthodox believer in America should have access to a Church calendar and be familiar
with the saint or feast commemorated by the Church each day. The Orthodox Christian life is
always connected with the liturgical life of the Church.
Orthodox Christians not taking the Epistle and Gospel lessons seriously do not derive
benefit from them. Orthodox Christians listening to the lessons casually or being inattentive
will not benefit to the fullest extent.
Believers taking time before and after Church services to carefully consider and review
the Epistle and Gospel lessons will find their lives eriched. They will find their talents
increased! They will come to see increased benefit in being attentive to the Holy Scriptures.
Each person chooses the degree of seriousness he or she will practice as a Serbian
Orthodox Christian. In America the threats to Orthodox Christianity are more subtle that
in certain other areas of the world.
Reports from Kosovo and the Middle East and even the Far East indicate Orthodox believers
can place their lives in peril for practicing Orthodox Christianity.
The book Crucified Kosovo is graphic in showing the destruction of Serbian Orthodox
churches and monasteries. The book shows what can and has happened to a large population
of Serbian Orthodox Christians.
God has been very good to Serbian Orthodox Christians in America. God has blessed this
and orther Serbian Orthodox parishes in many different ways. We can show our gratefulness
to God for these blessings by being steadfastly true to the purposes for which the parish
has been consecrated. We can show gratefulness to God for blessing this parish by being
serious Serbian Orthodox Christians.
Let us be grateful to God for the opportunity to be Orthodox Christians in relative
freedom. Let us make maximum use of the availability of church services and educational
classes. Let us commit ourselves to learning and growing as Orthodox Christians throughout
We come to know the joy of the Lord by being attentive to the Holy Gospel, by being
partakers of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 22/October 5, 2003.