St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 355 - October 10, October 23, 2005


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
October 10, October 23, 2005
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost / Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
No. 355

Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

Galatians 3:25-26

But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian; for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.

Services This Past Week
October 16
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
October 17
Two people came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Chirst and Canon to the Mother of God.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers..
October 18
One person was present for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and V espers
October 19
One person came for Akathist to Communion and the First, Third and Sixth Hours.
Two people were present for the Divine Liturgy.
One person came in the afternoon to read the Ninth Hour and Psalms
October 20
One person was present for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for the Akathist to St.George and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
October 21
One person was present for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and V espers.
October 22
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Canon to the Mother of God.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
One person was present for the reading of Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today
5:30 AM - Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour. Third and Sixth Hour at 9:40 AM. Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
Friday
5:30 AM and 6:30 AM. 4:30 PM.
Saturday
5:30 AM and 6:30 AM at St.George Church.
10:00 AM - YWCA, Divine Liturgy, Fairmont, West Virginia.
4:30 PM - Vespers at St. George Church.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 24-25 - Diocesan Clergy Seminar at St. Nicholas Church, Steelton
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia, St. Petka
October 30 - Parish Anniversary Banquet
October 31 - St. Luke
November 5 - Memorial Saturday
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Myrrflowing, Great Martyr of Thessalonica.
November 13 - Choir Slava Celebration, Covered Dish Dinner
November 14 - Sts. Cosmas and Damian
November 16 - Renovation of St. George the Great Martyr Church
November 21 - Synaxis of St. Archangel Michael and All Bodiless Powers

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

Parish Life

Congratulations to Sean and Yadranca (Jikich) Zurek married in Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral on October 22, 2005.

Reservations are due in today for next Sunday's banquet.

Five people attended Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss Holy Baptism and Holy Chrismation.
No class this week.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, hospitals, rehab centers and homebound. Remember their families and the staffs of the facilities.

Read your Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

Remember those grieving for loved ones departed this life.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Listen to the weekly parish radio broadcast on the radio and on the parish website.

A Thought from St. Irenaeus of Lyons

So those took the judgment upon themselves who crucified Him, so that by this judgment, taken on them, they will be destroyed with torments; while the judgement has been taken from the believers in Him, and they are no longer under it. And the judgement, which will come by fire, will be the destruction of unbelievers, at the end of this world.

(St. Irenaeus of Lyons. On the Apostolic Preaching.. Translation and Introduction by John Behr. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1997, p 85. )

To Consider

The Holy Trinity are revealed in Holy Scripture.
The Holy Trinity as revealed in the Divine services of the Church.
The Holy Trinity as we perceive as believers.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 17 - Visited parishioner in Cherry Tree Nursing Center.
October 19 - Travelled to French Creek and Buckannon sections of West Virginia for Slava celebration and home blessing and for blessing of the start of a new home.
October 22 - Travelled to Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh and Morgantown, West Virginia for wedding of Sean and Yadranca Zurek.

From the Desert Fathers

They said of the abbot Arsenius that when he was in the palace none wore finer garments than he: and when he was in holy living, none was so poorly clad.

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost - 2005

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 fishermen 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

Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council 2005

John 17:1-13

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

Today we come to the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost. The Feast of Pentecost was many Sundays ago but the Holy Spirit is ever present with us. If we take time to view carefully the services of God's Holy Church we will increase our sensitivity to the Holy Trinity. We will increase our sensitivity to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

God gave us a mind to use. The mind is to be used for good purposes. The mind is not to be abused or wasted. If we use our mind carefully, we will see God at work in the world. We will see the many blessings and benefits we have received from God.

Today's Gospel of the Eighteenth Sunday clearly illustrates the difference when we listen to God. Simon Peter told Jesus they had fished all night and caught nothing.
When the nets were let down at the behest of Jesus, the catch of fish was astonishing. We read in the Gospel of St. Matthew that with God all things are possible (Mt. 19:26).

When we turn our hearts and minds over to God, God reveals the direction we are to take in life. The fishermen in todays' Gospel went from catching fish to catching men. With God, lives change dramatically for the better.

Trust is God is necessary for believers. History witnesses to the presence of God. History witnesses to the benefits of placing trust in God. The words of Samuel centuries ago still hold true for those willing to listen: "Do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart; and do not turn aside after vain things which cannot profit or save, for they are vain. For the Lord God will not cast away His people..." (I Sam. 12:20-22)

Today's Gospel for the Seventh Ecumenical Council reflects the unity of the Father and the Son and draws our attention to Jesus' relationship with the Father. In our finite minds, it is beyond our capability to fully understand the immeasurableness of God, but it is good that God is always in our minds and hearts.

The love of God is evident in the present Gospel message. The desire for joy being manifested among believers is evident in the present Gospel message.

Life takes on a different perspective when viewed in ways pleasing to God. Patience is necessary as is evident by the abundant catch of fish that occurred when Jesus entered the lives of the fishermen.

If we wait for God, we will be strengthened and renewed in life. In the book of the Holy Prophet Isaiah we read: "They who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." (Is. 40:31)

When we face dilemmas, when we get impatient in prayer, let us place our trust in the loving God. Let us take a lesson from Abraham who took his son Isaac to be sacrificed out of what he considered obedience to God. God watched Abraham carefully. When God saw Abraham's complete faith, God spared the life of Isaac and provided an alternative sacrifice (Gen.22:1-14)

We cannot measure time in the way God measures time. We do not know all that God intends for us. We do not know the limits beyond which we can reach with the help of God.

The fishermen in today's Gospel, prior to the behest from Jesus, may have concluded that continuing to fish would be of no benefit. The same futility may appear in our lives. We may feel we are making no progress in certain areas of life. We may be frustrated. Perhaps we have not turned to Christ or put forth efforts in ways pleasing to Christ.

Our lives can change dramatically as did those of the fishermen in the present Gospel if we listen carefully to Jesus Christ and if we follow Him with complete faith and confidence.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 10, October 23, 2005
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday of the Seventh Ecumenical Council.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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