St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 368 - January 9 / January 22, 2006


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
January 9 / January 22, 2006
Sunday after Theophany
No. 368

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

Matthew 17:20

If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you.

Services This Past Week
January 15
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist for Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
January 16
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 17
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
January 18
One person came for Canon to Jesus Christ and Akathist for Communion.
Two people came for the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil beginning with Vespers.
Two people came for Matins.
January 19
One person came for Canon to Jesus Christ and Akathist for Communion.
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy and Great Blessing of the Water.
Three people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to St. John the Baptist
January 20
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Akathist for Communion and Matins.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 21
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Akathist for Communion.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour at St. George Church.
Three people came to the service at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont followed by the blessing of the Monongahela River in Fairmont.
One person came to Ninth Hour and Vespers at St. George Church.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.
Mornings
Daily Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 5:30 & 6:30 A M
Divine Liturgy Friday, St.Sava at 8:00 AM.
Afternoons
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 27 - St. Sava, First Serbian Archbishop and Enlightener
January 29 - Feast of St. Apostle Peter's Chains. St. Sava Program, Covered Dish Dinner.
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great. St. Cyril of Alexandria. St. Maxim of Serbia.
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs

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

Parish Life

Home blessings have begun.

Plan to stay today for the Blessing of the Monongahela River following the Divine Liturgy.

Thank you to Sonia Janson for crafting the ice crosses for the river blessings.

Mildred Belch has returned to daily church services.

Pete Smargie continues to maintain a strong interest in the St.George Church.

Rose Miscovich and Diane Trbovich are among the listeners to the parish radio program as is Stefanie Kornick. Dennis and Joann Mercadante from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania listen via the internet regularly. One person reports from another state that he listens on the internet.

Several parishioners reported listening to the radio rebroadcast of the Christmas Divine Liturgy. Tom Hunter did an excellent job of preparing the two CD's required.

Father Djokan Majstorovic sends his greetings to the parish.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, photographer Milosh "Serb" Krewasky has written volumes about the St. George Church.

Four people came for Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss the topic of marriage. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

The straw now bundled up from Christmas was courtesy of Andrea Janson.

Pray for the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo.

Another mining tragedy occurred this past week. Pray for miners, living and departed.

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

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.

Take time to pray as much as you can each day.

A Thought From St. Bishop NIKOLAI

Therefore, Raskto wanted to betroth his soul with this Lord of Life. It is clear then why he shunned any other betrothal. His young soul was longing for the best, the steadiest and the highest. The Agorite monks helped only to grow the seed which was already deeply rooted in Rastko's heart.

The Life of St. Sava (The Serbian Eastern Orthodox Diocese for the United States and Canada, St. Sava Monastery, Libertyville, Illinois, 1951.)

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 11-12 - Attended viewing and funeral service for Sally Bosnic Honsaker.
January 17 - Visited parishioner recently discharged from the hospital.
January 17 - Attended Shadeland Camp meeting, Diocesan Headquarters, Mars.
January 20 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown Hospital. Visited parishioner in rehab center.
January 20 - Blessed one home on occasion of parishioner's Slava.

From the Desert Fathers

A brother came to Scetis to visit Abba Moses and asked him for a word. The old man said to him, 'Go, sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything."

Sunday after Theophany -2006

Matthew 4:12-17


Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

Thirty-First Sunday after Pentecost

John 20:19-31


On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, fo fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." but he said to them, "Unless I see his hands and the print of the nails, and place my finger in his side, I will not believe." Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Many people hear these enduring words of the Lord Jesus Christ but not take them to heart. Many people hear these enduring words of the Lord Jesus Christ but do not necessarily repent.

The Apostle Thomas wanted additional proof before believing Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Thomas wanted to see the Risen Christ. He wanted to touch the Risen Christ.

The Apostle Thomas wanted proof beyond the testimony of the disciples who had seen the Risen Christ. How many individuals throughout the world will hear the Gospel message of Jesus Christ today? How many hearing the Gospel today will repent?

More than twenty centuries of evidence exists about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. How many people in the world today need additional proof that Jesus resurrected from the dead?

How many people today have heard the prophecies of Christ's resurrection and the fulfillment of those prophecies and continue to doubt His resurrection?

The Holy Orthodox Church is in the time of the Afterfeast of Theophany. The Baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan is prominent in the minds of Orthodox believers.

Priests are blessings homes. Families having St. John the Baptist as their patronal saint have celebrated their Slava. Believers are blessed with and drink of the newly blessed holy water.

This is a time of joy in the Orthodox Church. The manifestation of the Holy Trinity is proclaimed in the troparion for the Feast of Theophany. With the birth and baptism of Jesus Christ fresh in the minds of believers and with Jesus Christ's resurrection in the minds of believers, the message of repentance rings strongly at this time.

The Holy Apostle Thomas' declaration of "My Lord and my God!" has a place in the vocabulary of each believer. The Risen Christ is before each of us. We need only open our eyes, our minds and our hearts to experience the Risen Christ!

We hear in the Divine Liturgy "Receive the Body of Christ! Taste the Fountain of Immortality." Lives are changed when believers repent. Lives are changed when believers are forgiven. Lives are changed when believers partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

The Gospel is proclaimed throughout the year. Believers have the responsibility of making the Gospel an integral part of their lives. Believers have the responsibility to draw near to Christ.

When the priest or deacon says: "In the fear of God and in faith draw near," the believer is required to step forward. God helps the person wanting to repent. God helps the believer wanting to be united in Christ through Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

True faith in Christ is recognized. True faith in Christ is never in vain. Jesus said: "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." (Jn. 14:18) Jesus provided reassurance when He said: "I am with you always,even to the end of the world." (Mt. 28:20)

The continuing presence of God and the faithfulness of God was recognized centuries and centuries ago. The Psalmist David said: "The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children." (Ps. 103:17).

Like the Apostle Thomas, our lives need to declare in word and in action Jesus as "My Lord and my God.! Like the Apostle Thomas our lives need to reflect unequivocal belief in the Risen Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 9 / January 22, 2006
Sunday after Theophany.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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