St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 369 - January 16 / January 29, 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 16 / January 29, 2006
Chains of St. Peter
No. 369

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

Matthew 15:28

Then Jesus answered and said unto her, "O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Services This Past Week
January 22
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist for Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Following the Divine Liturgy, a trip was made to the nearby Monongahela River where Old Testament readings from the Feast of Theophany were read and an ice cross was placed into the river.
January 23
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Two people were present for Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Akathist to the Holy Trinity and Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
January 24
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
January 25
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
One person was present for Akathist to the Holy Trinity and Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
January 26
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Three people came for Matins and First Hour.
Seven people came for the Akathist to St. Sava.
January 27
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ , Akathist for Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
January 28
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, and Canon to the Mother of God.
Two people came for Matins and First Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today
Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist for Communion, Matins and First Hour. Divine Liturgy.
Mornings
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 and 6:30 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 29 - Feast of St. Apostle Peter's Chains. St. Sava Program and Covered Dish Dinner.
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great. St. Cyril of Alexandria. St. Maxim of Serbia.
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs, Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord
February 19 - Sunday of Prodigal Son
February 24-25 - Diocesan Assembly.
February 26 - Meatfare Sunday

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

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family of Jack Rose. May God give the needed comfort.

Thank you to all parishioners helping with today's program and dinner.

Eight people came to Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss Holy Orders. Class again this week. 7:00 PM

R.J. Porter, doctoral candidate at Penn State received an award last week in Washington D.C. at Transportation Research Board Conference.

Father Deacon Gavrilo Milkovich, cousin of Susan Ralich Quick was ordained last Sunday in North Carolina.

"Serb Wings" confirmed the group plans to come to the parish March 24-25 to sing at Vespers, the Divine Liturgy and immediately after the Divine Liturgy. Please reserve the time now to be present. "Serb Wings" came a few years ago and it was wonderful.

Sophie Krivosky is among the listeners to the parish radio program.

Pray for the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo.

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.

Next Sunday's collection will go to St. Sava School of Theology. Each parish is expected to send the full collection on the Sunday following the principle celebration of St. Sava to support the only Serbian Orthodox School of Theology on this continent.

A Thought From St. Bishop NIKOLAI

The Heguman then strongly opposed Sava's wish to go away from the Monastery. He explained to Sava how dangerous it was for a Monk in his teens to wrestle alone "against the rulers of the darkness." It might lead to disappointment and frustration or even to insanity, as it sometimes did happen. But now Sava was a ripe man of thirty, and had to ask no superior for permission. He built a small house in Karei with a prettly little chapel in it, dedicated it to his namesake St. Sava the Sanctified(+532). There, in a narrow, dark cell he gave himself to the most terrific and rigorours austerities he had seen or heard of. With these austerities, as with lashes, he whipped his body and his soul without mercy. Day and night, in the complete darkness of his cell, he spent his time in deep meditation of every sentence in the Gospels, taking time off only for prostrating himself, in weeping, and ceaseless prayers.

The Life of St. Sava (The Serbian Eastern Orthodox Diocese for the United States and Canada, St. Sava Monastery, Libertyville, Illinois, 1951. p. 60)

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

To Consider

The continuing influence of St. Sava through the centuries.
The need to continue to learn about and from St. Sava.
The need to be true to the Faith practiced by St. Sava.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 23 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown Hospital. Visited parishioner in rehab center.
January 25 - Blessed two homes.
January 26 - Blessed eight homes.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Sisoes said, "Seek God, and do not seek where he dwells."

Thirty-Second Sunday after Pentecost 2006

Matthew 15:21-28

Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed. But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came to Him, saying, "Send her away for she cries out after us." But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Then she came and worshipped Him, saying, "Lord help me!" But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their master's table." Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Today is a great lesson in faith. Today is a great lesson in faith regarding the woman with the demon possessed daughter. This woman believed Jesus Christ was the answer to the problem with her daughter. She was unwilling to settle for anything less.

The disciples wanted to send the woman away. Perhaps she was perceived as a problem. Jesus Christ can help people with problems. Faith is required. Willingness to follow the teachings of Christ is required.

The woman was persistent. Her faith was not that described in Revelation 3:16 where it is said "because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."

To deal with the temptations and battles of being a Christian, strong faith is required. To deal with the long range journey of being a Christian, resoluteness is necessary.

St. Apostle Paul told the Ephesians: "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." (Eph. 6:11)

The way to the Kingdom is narrow. (Mt. 7:14) The woman with the demon possessed daughter could have given up in frustration. She could have felt her daughter's condition was beyond being improved. The mother could have resigned herself to having a daugther that would be demon-possessed for the rest of her life.

The mother had hope in Christ. The mother had hope and determined in Jesus Christ her daughter's condition could improve. Through the centuries, it would be interesting to document the lives improved through prayer when individuals turned to Jesus Christ for help.

The mother said: "Have mercy on me Son of David." In the Divine Liturgy and other services of the Church, believers appeal to God with the words: "Lord have mercy."

If we think carefully, we will recall individuals who have had family members with certain problems that seemed insurmountable but whose situations changed for the better through prayer and living a Christian life.

God makes a difference in the lives of those turning to God seeking a better way of life.

The history of the Church back to the time of the Holy Apostles shows that believers often suffer and even experience the loss of life. When one suffers as a Christian, when one loses one's life in defense of the faith, God provides the necessary internal peace.

Suffering for Christ does not go unnoticed.Suffering for Christ is not in vain. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." (Mt. 16:25)

The mother came to Christ with the problem her daughter was experiencing. The woman presented her problem to Jesus and the problem was resolved. How many people deny themselves the healing power of Jesus Christ by not turning to Jesus Christ in faith?

How many people seek solutions to personal problems in places outside of the Church and ways contrary to the teachings of Christ? How many people fail to employ prayer and fasting as means of healing?

When the disciples asked Jesus why they could not cure the child who was sore vexed and falling into the fire, Jesus told them "This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." (Mt. 17:14:21)

When we exit the baptismal fount we begin the life-long Orthodox Christian journey. We determine each step along the way whether we will be serious Orthodox Christians. We determine each step along the way whether we will be lukewarm or completely faithful to Christ.

The mother in the present Gospel was not deterred by Jesus' questions. The mother in the present Gospel did not let the dimensions of her daughter's condition terrify her.

The mother in the present Gospel focused on Jesus Christ. The mother in the present Gospel articulated her daughter's condtion.

If we take time to study people of faith through the centuries, we will find they were not disappointed. The Eleventh Chapter of Hebrews is a summary of faith through the centuries.

Jesus told the mother in the present Gospel "O woman, great is your faith." How would Jesus find the degree of our faith? Would Jesus say to each of us that our faith was great? Would he find us lukewarm in faith? Would Jesus find us less than resolute in faith and with great doubts?

The present Gospel is a strong lesson in the healing power of Jesus Christ. Let us be strong in our faith in Christ that we too may be healed of sinfulness and infirmities.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 16 / January 29, 2006
Thirty-Second Sunday after Pentecost.
Chains of St. Peter.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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