St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 267 - February 2/February 15, 2004




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

February 2/February 15, 2004
Feast of Meeting of the Lord/Sunday of Last Judgment
No. 267



Philippians 1:27

Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast, in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.

Services This Past Week

February 8 - Twenty-six people attended Divine Liturgy.
February 9 - One person came for Matins and First Hour at St. George Church. Seven people came to Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va. Two people came to St. George Church for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to Archangel Michael.
February 10 - One person came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
February ll - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. The Vesper service was read.
February 12 - Three people came for Divine Liturgy.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Welcome Father Deacon John Oleynik serving at 10:00 AM today.
Morning services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 6:30 AM.
Afternoon services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:30 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.
Radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Feast of the Meeting of the Lord-Meatfare Sunday
February 16 - St. James, Archbishop of Serbia
Febraury 21 - St. Sava II of Serbia
February 22, Forgiveness Sunday - St. Sava Church, Mckeesport.-Vespers.
February 29, Sunday of Orthodoxy - Holy Ascension Church, Youngwood - Vespers
March 7, Second Sunday of Great Lent - St. George Church, Carmichaels - Vespers
March 14, Third Sunday of Great Lent - St. George Church, Midland - Vespers
March 21, Fourth Sunday of Great Lent St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville - Vespers
March 24, First Vigil - Nativity of Virgin Mary Church, Clairton.
March 26 - Akathist - St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa
March 28 - Fifth Sunday St. Nicholas Church, Johnstown - Vespers

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

Parish Life

Thank you to all helping with the Kolo baking this past week. Helpers continue to be needed.
Today is the last day for eating of meat until Pascha. Honor the fast as it progresses.
Plan to attend the Sunday evening Vespers services at churches in the Deanery.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Remember the homebound, those in care homes, hospitals, rehab centers, jails and prisons.
Adult class on Thursday evening following the 6:30 PM service.
Thank you to Jack Rose for hanging the large icon in the Church. This is the third icon Jack has hung in addition to building the icon stand at the entrance to the picnic grounds.
Congratulations to Eric Rose for serving the community as a firefighter.
RJ Porter is featured in a story on the Penn State website for his academic achievements as a doctoral civil engineering student.

A Thought from Very Reverend Stavrofor Vojislav Dosenovich

The medical profession is busying itself to find cures for many and various diseases. Medication has to be tested and proven to be effective before it is approved for safe use. This one way our Lord helps us. However, there are many diseases we do not have a remedy for, and many remain to be diagnosed. We are told that the causes of many diseases are psychosomatic. Our mind acts on our body, and if the mind is affected, the body becomes affected also. Poison spreads from the center to the periphery. Understanding this makes it possible for us to enter into the meaning of the words of our Saviour: "This kind can come forth by nothing but prayer and fasting." This is the saving prescription of the Chief Physician of our souls. This prescription is tested and proven to be just what it should be. And there is no other prescription better for human sanity. Aftall what kind of sickness is it? (Spiritual Reminder)

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

To Consider

Today is the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord
The words of St. Simeon as he holds the Child Jesus in his arms.
The words of the prophetess Anna.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 8 - Visited patient at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
February 9 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.
February 9 - Visited patient at Allegheny General Hospital.
February 9 - Went to Duquestne University to listen to a talk given by His Grace Bishop ARTEMIJE regarding Kosovo.
February 10 - Blessed three homes.
February ll - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.

From the Desert fathers

The priest of Nitria asked him how the brethren ought to live. He replied, 'With much labor, guarding their consciences toward their neighbors.'


The Sunday of the Last Judgement - 2004

Matthew 25:31-46

When the Son of Man come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, the He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, "Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 'For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me' Then He will aslo say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 'for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.' Then they also will answer Him, saying 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You? Then He will answer them, saying 'Assuredly, I say to you, in asmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.

Today is the last day Orthodox Christians are to eat meat until the celebration of Jesus Christ's Resurrection on Pascha. The time has come to be serious about our life in Jesus Christ. The time has come to repent. The time has come to work in earnest in being better Orthodox Christians.

The Gospel tells us we will be judged by the Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel tells us we will be judged based upon the way we treat the hungry, those in need of clothing, the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned and the stranger.

We meet many people in life. We must take care in the meeting of others and their needs. Today's Gospel emphasizes the importance of the least of the brethren. Every person is important to Jesus Christ.

The consequences of "The Last Judgement" require that we be very attentive to the way we treat the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, the stranger, those in need of clothing and the hungry.

The present Gospel makes us think about the Kingdom of God. The present Gospel makes us think about eternal fire. The present Gospel makes us think about eternal life. The present Gospel makes us think about the devil and his angels.

We make choices in life. We have choices in life. The choices we make affects our relationship with Jesus Christ. The choices we make affects our future in Christ.

Governments pass away. People pass away. Possessions wear out. Our Lord Jesus Christ said, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away." (Mt. 24:35)

We need to pay careful attention to the words of Jesus Christ. The Gospel message is a serious Gospel message for each of us.

No one deliberately wants to be cast into eternal fire. No one wants to experience punishment, particularly lasting punishment.

The time has come to assess our values. The time has come to assess "who" and "what" are most important to us. The time has come to evaluate the condition of our lives.

We receive from God a certain period of time on earth. We determine the way we use the time God gives to us. We do not know the length of time we have on earth.

Each moment of time is precious. Time given to us is not reusable. Each moment of time that passes means we have less time remaining in our earthly lives.

Let us make the best use of the time we have remaining. Let us treat each moment and each person we meet with the care intended by Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is our Guide. Jesus Christ is our Saviour. Jesus Christ is our Redeemer.

We can come to Jesus Christ with the greatest of confidence, if we come with minds and hearts seeking Christ and repentant for our sins. We cannot and do not fool Jesus Christ.

On Pascha and Pentecost, we say: "Who is so great a God as our God? Thou art the God who does wonders." Let us keep in mind the greatness of God. Let us keep in mind the constant presence of God.

Today our lives are different. We have heard the Holy Gospel. We are informed. We have received notice of the importance of our actions in relation to others.

The opportunity to seek God's mercy exists while we live. In the remaining days of our lives, let us beseech His mercy and seek His Kingdom.

May we resolve at the present time to pay great attention to the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and follow them each day that remains for us.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Feast of Meeting of the Lord. Meatfare Sunday.
February 2/February 15, 2004

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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