St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 250 - October 6/October 19, 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

October 6/October 19, 2003
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 250

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Services This Past Week

October 12 - Thirty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
October 13 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm 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, Saturday - 6:30 AM.
Evening Services - Monday and Thursday - 7:00 PM. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - 3:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 Thessaloniki
November 14 - Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Unmercenary Healers.
November 16 - Renovation of St. George the Great Martyr Church.
November 21 - Synaxis of St. Archangel Michael and All Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarios of Egina
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 27 - St. Philip, the Apostle
November 28 - Nativity Fast Begins
November 29 - St. Matthew, the Apostle and Evangelist

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Come to Adult Class on Thursday evening following the evening service.
Be attentive to the Church calendar on a daily basis.
Before and after the Divine Liturgy try to keep noise to a minimum.
Before Divine Liturgy, the priest is doing the Liturgy of Preparation in the Altar.
Following the Divine Liturgy, the Prayers of Thanksgiving for Holy Communion are being read.
Happy St. Thomas Slava to those celebrating today.
Each individual, each family in the parish should celebrate their Slava.
The Slava is a time for each Serbian Orthodox Christian to give glory and thanks to God.

A Thought From His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN *

All of the Holy Mysteries, and especially the Holy Mystery of the Eucharist, unite all of us in the Church of Christ. We become communicants, of His Body and Blood, true and authentic. Through this Holy Mystery we become Christ's kin.
*(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church p 64 )

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

To Consider

The Holy Apostle Thomas
The centuries passing since the Holy Apostle Thomas walked the earth.
The Holy Apostle Thomas in the Holy Scriptures.
The Holy Apostle Thomas in the liturgical life of the Church.
The time the Holy Apostle Thomas spent with Jesus Christ.
The individuals becoming Christian due to the Holy Apostle Thomas.
The Holy Apostle Thomas and the Mother of God.
The Holy Apostle Thomas in comparison with other Holy Apostles.
The details known about the life of the Holy Apostle Thomas.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Travelled to California for Sabor of Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States and Canada - October 14-October 19.

From the Desert fathers

The abbot Moses asked the Abbot Silvanus, saying "Can a man every day make a beginning of the good life?" The abbot Silvanus answered him, "If he be diligent, he can every day and every hour begin the good life anew."

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Luke 5:1-11

So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fisherman had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless, at Your word I will let down the net. And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he all and who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men." So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

In today's Holy Gospel we get a glimpse of Jesus Christ the Teacher. We read that Jesus taught the multitudes from Simon Peter's boat. Jesus taught in an open air classroom.

Jesus taught lessons which last forever. The Holy Apostles Peter, James and John observed the lesson of listening to Jesus and seeing the result of his words. They saw the full net of fish and were astonished.

If we are attentive to the words of Jesus Christ, we, too, will be astonished. If we are attentive to the life of Jesus Christ, we, too, will be astonished.

Serious believers examine their own lives with regularity. They see their own sinfulness, but also see the goodness of Jesus Christ at work in their lives.

Jesus Christ provides hope in times of darkness. Jesus Christ provides hope in times of despair. Jesus Christ provides hope in times of anxiety and confusion.

Peter recognized his own sinfulness when he was in the presence of Jesus Christ. The Holy Gospel lesson for today documents Simon Peter's realization of sinfulness.

Jesus reassured Simon Peter. Jesus told Simon Peter not to be afraid. Faith in God is the platform to proceed in life. Faith in God is the basis to go forward each day.

The Holy Apostles did not know the future with Christ. They had seen enough on this given day to be convinced to give up all they had and follow Him.

We have the benefit of more than two thousand years of evidence regarding Jesus Christ. Actually, we have the benefit of the centuries of evidence before Jesus' nativity that testify to His existence.

One need only listen to the Old Testament readings taking place at the time of the Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ to see the witness of earlier centuries to Christ.

One only need pay attention on Holy Pascha to the Gospel reading from St. John the Evangelist, Apostle and Theologian. St. John's Gospel on Pascha speaks about "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (Jn.l.1)

St. John's Gospel on Pascha also tells all who listen that "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us." (Jn.1:14).

Every Sunday, including today, we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every Sunday is, in effect, a Paschal celebration.

Our lives as Orthodox believers cannot be separated from Jesus Christ. If we separate our lives from Christ, we put ourselves in peril. We renounce the very commitment we made at Holy Baptism.

The Holy Prophet Isaiah centuries before the Nativity of Christ spoke of the virgin who would conceive and bear a son (Is.7:14). Just as Isaiah told of the coming of Christ centuries before, we, too, are notified that Jesus Christ will return.

We have a responsibility as Christians to prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ. Each time we recite the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed we express and remind ourselves Jesus Christ will come to judge the living and the dead.

Today is the time to review our lives. Today is the time to repent. Today is the time to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Mt.6:33)

We must give heed to the words of Jesus Christ. We must be attentive to the teachings of Christ.

Christian learning is a life-long essential. Everyday the Holy Orthodox Church offers instruction to believers. Everyday the lessons of God are before us to learn and incorporate into our lives.

For us to grow as Christians, we must acknowledge our own need to learn. We must be willing to learn. We must realize we live best in Christ when we choose to learn more about Christ.

At Holy Baptism we forsook the way of the devil. We turned our lives to the path of Jesus Christ. Let us continue on the path we entered at Holy Baptism and let us be faithful to it throughout our lives.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 6/October 19, 2003
St. Thomas the Apostle.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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