St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 312 - December 13/December 26, 2004


The Orthodox Faith


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
December 13/December 26, 2004
Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost / Sunday of Holy Forefathers
No. 312

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

Ephesians 6:14-17

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Services This Past Week

December 19 - Thirty-five people came for Divine Liturgy. Seven communicants. Parastos for Joseph Maraney. Pomen for Joseph Radock in North Belle Vernon.
December 20 - One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Funeral service and burial of Joseph Radock. One person came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Vespers.
December 21 - One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 22 - Two people came for Midnight Office, Canons to Jesus Christ and Mother of God. Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Akathist to Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow and Vespers.
December 23 - Two people came for Midnight Office, Canons to Jesus Christ and Mother of God, Matins and First Hour.
December 24 - Three people were present for Midnight Office and Canon to Jesus Christ. Four people were present for Canon to Mother of God, Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Mornings - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM; Midnight Office, 6:30 AM Matins.
Afternoons - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 4:30 PM; Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Monday - Divine Liturgy at 6:30 AM, St. George Church.
Thursday - Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 26 - Mother's Day-Sts. Gabriel and Nicodemus of Serbia
December 27 - Sts. Thursus, Leucius, Philemon and Others, Martyrs.
December 30 - Venerable Abbot Paisije and Deacon Avaccum
December 31 - St. Sebastian, Martyr.
January 7 - Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

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

Parish Life

Let us prayerfully remember the Radock Family, brothers Joseph, Michael and Richard, all having departed this life within a one week period of time and all buried this past week.
Let us prayerfully remember the Klipa Family of St.Nicholas Church in Monroeville, Stevo Milos Klipa having departed this life within the past week.
Honor the Nativity Fast until the Divine Liturgy of the Feast on January 7. Honoring the fast helps the parish.
It was good to have Father Djokan, Popadija Mirjana, Savo and Marta Majstorovic in the area this past week.
Mary Trbovich is receiving donations for flowers for the Church for the Feast of the Nativity.
Let us remember the homebound, those in care homes, hospitals, rehab centers, jails and prisons. Let us remember caregivers, healthcare workers, rehab and correctional workers.
Let us remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Try to increase your weekday church attendance at least one day more per month.
Thank you to Andrea Janson for singing responses for the funeral of Joseph Radock.
It is good to have Dr. Radoslav Dimitric visiting the parish.
Thank you to Jack Rose for hanging the icons in the altar.

A Thought from St. John Chrysostom

Marriage is a bond ordained by God. Why then do you celebrate weddings in a silly and immodest manner? Have you no idea what you are doing? You are marrying your wife for the procreation of children and for moderation of life; what is the meaning of these drunken parties with their lewd and disgraceful behavior"? You can enjoy a banquet with your friends to celebrate your marriage; I do not forbid this, but why must you introduce all these excesses?

Remember St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville

To Consider

The importance of the Nativity Fast.
The benefits of the Nativity Fast.
The Feast of the Nativity of Christ.

Activities of Parish Priest

December 19 - Served at Pomen for Joseph Radock, N.Belle Vernon. Went to viewing for Michael Radock.
December 20 - Served Funeral Service and Burial for Joseph Radock. Attended funeral for Michael Radock. Visited parishioner at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.
December 21 - Visited with parishioners in Morgantown. Served at Pomen for Steve Milos Klipa at St.Nicholas Church, Monroeville.
December 22 - Served at Divine Liturgy and Funeral of Steve Milos Klipa, Monroeville.
December 24 - Attended funeral of Richard Radock.
December 24 - Attended service at Nativity of Blessed Virgin Orthodox Church, Masontown.

From the Desert Fathers

A brother who shared a lodging with other brothers asked Abba Bessarion, 'What should I do?" The old man replied, 'Keep silence and do not compare yourself to others."

Sunday of Holy Forefathers

Luke 14:16-24

Then He said to him, "A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready. But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused. And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused. Still another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore cannot come.' So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind. And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is no room.' Then the master said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.'

Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost

But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name's sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relative and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience possess your souls.

The feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ is approaching. The Nativity Fast puts the focus on the arriving feast. The Nativity Fast is a way to honor and prepare for the feast.

Fasting is a way to benefit the individual. Fasting with the Church is a way to contribute to the strengthening of the parish. We take on identities as Orthodox believers at Holy Baptism.

With the identity of being an Orthodox Christian comes the responsibility to live according to the practices of Orthodoxy. Orthodox Christians are expected to honor and maintain all fasts.

Orthodox Christians are expected to live moral lives in keeping with the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Orthodox Christians are expected to be honest. Orthodox Christians are expected to be faithful to God, to family, to employers, to friends.

Orthodox Christians are expected to pray regularly. Orthodox Christians are expected to be charitable. Orthodox Christians are expected to be knowledgeable about the Lord Jesus Christ. Orthodox Christians are expected to be knowledgeable about the teachings and practices of the Holy Orthodox Church.

Orthodox Christians are expected to make an effort to growth in Christ throughout life. Orthodox Christians are expected to take care about their souls.

Orthodox Christians are expected to be serious about living an Orthodox Christian life.

Regular church attendance is expected of Orthodox Christians. Sensitivity to personal sinfulness and repentance are part of the Orthodox Christian life.

Christ welcomes believers coming to Him in prayer. Christ welcomes believers seeking healing. Christ welcomes believers seeking to mend a broken heart. Christ welcomes believers seeking to experience the joy of Christ.

The present Gospel messages give the Orthodox believer reason to think carefully about the words of Christ. The present Gospel messages summon the believer to review his or her life in relationship to the Holy Gospel.

Each person is at a different stage of growth in Christ. Each person has an individual relationship with Christ while simultaneously sharing the common bond, the common unity of Orthodox Christianity.

We must think carefully about our relationship with Jesus Christ. We must think about ways to improve our relationship with Christ.

A richness exists in serious prayer to Christ. A richness exists when seriously seeking salvation in Christ. St. Paul epistle to the Colossians admonishes: "Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Col.3:5)

Individuals choosing to be serious in prayer benefit not only themselves but others. Too often serious prayer is not recognized for the value it has. Too often the value of attending weekday church services is not embraced by large numbers of believers.

Too often weekday feasts of the Lord and Mother of God have only minimal church attendance. Too often days of major saints occurring during the week do not result in proper recognition in the lives of Orthodox believers.

Turning to God in prayer is a way to effect positive change. Turning to God in prayer is the way to live life. Turning to God in prayer is the way to connect with God.

Too often believers do not live the Orthodox way of life throughout the week, throughout the month, throughout the years.

When we do not deny ourselves and take up the Cross, we are not doing all we can do to live in Christ. When we do not deny ourselves, when we are not disciplined in prayer and fasting, we cannot experience the fullness of life in Christ.

Each person coming to Church to pray seriously, will not be disappointed. Each person coming to Christ in prayer will not be disappointed. Each person coming to Christ has the opportunity to learn from Christ and to grow in Christ.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Colossians "Christ is our life."(Col.3:4) Let us live with Christ as our life so that we can say the words once said by the Holy Apostle Paul: "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." (Gal.2:20)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 13/December 26, 2004
Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost. Sunday of the Holy Forefathers.
Sts. Gabriel and Nicodimus of Serbia.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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