St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 298 - September 6/September 19, 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

September 6/September 19, 2004
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 298


Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown at 6:20 this evening.

Matthew 25:21

His Lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'

Services This Past Week

September 12 - Twenty-seven people attended the Divine Liturgy.
September 13 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 14 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 15 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
September 16 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers. Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross.
September 17 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy
Mornings - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday at 6:30 AM.
Afternoon - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday at 4:30 PM.
Divine Liturgy - Tuesday at 10:00 AM, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 21 - Nativity of Most Holy Theotokos
September 27 - Exaltation of Precious Cross
October 14 - Protection of Mother of God
October 16 - An Evening for Shadeland
October 19 - St. Thomas, Apostle
October 24 - St. George Church Fiftieth Anniversary
October 27 - St. Petka-Paraskeva
October 31 - St. Luke
November 5 - St. James the Apostle
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

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

Parish Life

Congratulations to Pennsylvania State Trooper Marty Knezovich on his recent promotion.
If each parishioner came to a church service one additional day per month, the parish would benefit.
Five people came to Adult Class this past Thursday, the tenth class discussing the Divine Liturgy. Next class September 30. All parishioners physically able should attend these classes.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Pray for the many people suffering from the recent flooding and storms.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo.
The parish benefits when parishioners read their Bibles regularly.
The parish benefits when parishioners set aside time each day to pray.
The parish benefits when parishioners practice the fasts of the Church.

A Thought from St. Basil the Great

The Holy Spirit is one, and we speak of Him as unique, since through the one Son He is joined to the Father. He completes the all-praised and blessed Trinity. He is not ranked with the plurality of creation, but is described in the singular; this is sufficient evidence of His intimacy with the Father and the Son. He is not one of many but one only: just as there is one Father and one Son, and there is one Holy Spirit
(St. Basil the Great. On the Holy Spirit. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1980. p. 67. )

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

To Consider

The Holy Archangel Michael.
The days the Church celebrates St. Michael.
The Holy Angels mentioned in Holy Scripture.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 13 - Visited parishioner in Adult Personal Care Home, Dunlevy.
September 14 - Visited parishioner at Brownsville Hospital.
September 15 - Visited parishioner at Personal Care Home, Masontown.
September 17 - Attended Vigil at St. Nikodim Chapel.
September 18 - Attended Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Nikodim Chapel Slava.

From the Desert fathers

A brother asked Abba Tithoes, 'How should I guard my heart? The old man said to him, 'How can we guard our hearts when our mouths and our stomachs are open.'

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2004

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.

Today we hear the reading from the Holy Gospel. The Holy Gospel is read at each Divine Liturgy. The Holy Gospel has been preserved and proclaimed in the Holy Orthodox Church through the centuries.

We have a responsibility to be attentive to the words of the Holy Gospel. We have a responsibility to prepare ourselves as best we can when we come to the Divine Liturgy.

Much precedes the reading of the Gospel in the Divine Liturgy. Much follows the reading of the Gospel. The believer is expected to be attentive to each word of the Holy Liturgy.

This present Gospel reading speaks of the rewards given to faithful servants. Those who are faithful over little are given increased responsibilities.

God knows the hearts and minds of believers. God knows the men, women and children who are faithful. God knows the tremendous sacrifice of faithful believers.

Each person must come to terms with the message of the Gospel. Each person must come to terms with the life and love of Christ. The Gospel message is not abstract. The road to the Kingdom of Heaven is paved with explicit directions by the Lord Jesus Christ.

We cannot hear too often the message: "...narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Mt 7:14)

The prayers we recite are to be consistent with the teachings and principles of the Holy Orthodox Church. The prayers we offer are to conform to the teachings of the Holy Orthodox Church.

When we listen to the Holy Gospel carefully, we are changed by the impact of the words. When we read the words of the Holy Scriptures we place ourselves in a position to learn more about God. We place ourselves in a position to experience the love of God.

Each day is limited by a certain number of minutes. Each believer chooses the ways he or she will manage the minutes of life. We can squander the minutes of our lives. We can invite family and friends to share in and be beneficiaries of the Life of Christ.

The choices we make lead to certain results. If we are faithful to Christ in the use of our talents, benefits will accrue. We will experience the love of Christ to a greater degree. We will experience the joy to a greater degree. We will experience the peace of Christ to a greater degree.

The holy Apostle Paul told the Galatians "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. To the degree that we experience these fruits of the Spirit, we can determine the soundness of our use of talents in life.

To the degree we experience the fruits of the Spirit, we can assess whether we are moving in the direction of the Kingdom of God.

God is a good and merciful God. God's mercy endures forever. (Ps.107:1-2) It is for each of us to repent of our sins. It is for each of us to turn from our sinful ways while time remains. It is for each of us to make better use of the talents given us by God.

Today the Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Miracle of the Holy Archangel Michael. The Holy Archangel Michael is associated with the end of the world. Let us heed the thought of the Holy Archangel Michael's association with the end of the world.

Let us put our lives in order. Let us order our lives that they reflect clearly the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us order our lives clearly that our lives reflect Christ prevails in our hearts, in our minds and our deeds.

Repentance is constant for the true believer. Repentance is the only way for the true believer. Repentance is acknowledgement of the ways of God and the sinfulness of humanity.

Repentance is recognition of the goodness and mercifulness of God. Repentance is remembrance of the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the joy and the willingness of the Father to accept the returning sinful son. (Lk.15:11-32)

Today is the day to repent. Today is the day to be faithful to God to a greater degree than ever. Today is the day to strive to pray without ceasing. Today is the day to keep Christ in our hearts to the greatest of degree possible.

Today is the day to prostrate before God and seek forgiveness of our sins. Today is the day to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Mt.6:33)


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 6/September 19, 2004
Miracle of Archangel Michael at Colossae.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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