St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 389 - June 5 / June 18, 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
June 5 / June 18, 2006
Sunday of All Saints / St. Petar of Korisha
No. 389

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

Hebrews 12: 2

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Services This Past Week
June 11
One person came for Matins and First Hour
Twenty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy on the Feast of Pentecost.
The Third and Sixth Hours were read before the Divine Liturgy.
June 12
St. George Church - One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came personally to read Ninth Hour and Akathist to the Holy Trinity.
June 12
Fifteen people came for the Slava of Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia. Mr. Niko Ilich was honored Kum. Vespers was served at the YWCA.
June 13
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers. Pomen held in Uniontown for +Slavko Skoric.
June 14
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Funeral held for +Slavko Skoric with burial in St. George Cemetery. Later in the afternoon, a group from St. George Church in Midland visited the parish and an Akathist to St. George was celebrated. Additionally, an Akathist to the Holy Trinity and Akathist to Jesus Christ was held with two St. George parishioners in attendance. In the evening, an Akathist to the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow was served in a private parish residence.
June 15
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Seven people came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
June 16
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came to personally read the Ninth Hour and Akathist to the Holy Trinity.
June 17
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Six people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Mornings
Daily at 5:30 AM - Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Afternoons
Daily at 4:00 PM - Monday and Tuesday.
6:30 PM - Thursday.
Others services to be announced daily.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 18 - Parish Vidovdan Program with a lunch immediately after Divine Liturgy.
June 20 - Beginning of Apostles Fast
June 28 - Vidovdan, Great martyr Prince Lazar. All Serbian Martyrs.
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel

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

Parish Life

Thank you for all supporting and participating in the Vidovdan remembrance today.

Sympathy extended to family, kumovi and friends of +Slavko Skoric.

Congratulations to Frances Dragich. Grandson Nathan graduated from the University of Pittsburgh .Grandson Brad graduated from Trinity High School in Washington.

Plan to attend Diocese Days in Shadeland the first weekend in August.

Plan to visit Shadeland during the camp season. Consider volunteering.

Five people attended Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss St. Sava and St. John Chrysostom and stewardship. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Dorothy and Rose Blazovich from New York always remember the St. George Church.

Father Djokan Majstorovic sends his greetings.

Proto Vasilije and Protonica Zoreen Sokolovich sent icons of Proto Vasilje's father that are now hanging in the church hall.

A group from St. George Church in Midland visited this past week.

Thank you to St. George parishioners attending the Slava in Fairmont.

Do you listen to the parish radio program. Do you tell others about the radio program.

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

A Thought from Dr. Darren Torbic

Secondly, besides blessing and praising God for the world, man is also able to reshape and alter the world. Man puts the seal of his understanding and his intelligent work onto creation. The world is not only seen as a gift from God, but also as a task for man. It is mans calling to cooperate with God in His creation. As St. Paul explained, man is called to be God's fellow worker (1 Cor 3:9). The fact that man is made in God's image means that man is a creator after the image of God the Creator. Man fulfills this creative role through the clarity of his spiritual vision; his vocation is not to dominate and exploit nature, but to transfigure and hallow it. Thus, man is priest of the creation through his power to give thanks to God and to offer the creation back to God. Man is also king of the creation through his power to mold and fashion the world

(Image in Everything Paper prepared for St.Tikhon's Seminary. )

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

To Consider

The saints of the Church.
The many different ways saints have lived their lives.
The common theme in the lives of all the saints.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 11 - Went to hospital in Waynesburg to be with parishioner's family.
June 12 - Went to Slava celebration in Fairmont, W.Va.
June 13 - Went to hospital in Waynesburg to visit two patients.
June 14 - Visited the homes of two parish families.
June 16 - Went to Monastery Marcha. Served Vespers.
June 17 - Attended parish family celebration in Carmichaels.

From the Desert Fathers

One day someone asked Abba Silvanus, 'How have you lived, father, in order to become so wise?' He replied, 'I have never let a thought that would bring the anger of God upon me enter my heart.'

Sunday of All Saints - 2006

Mt. 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30

Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Then Peter answered and said to Him, "See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?" So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

The Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Sunday of All Saints today. The list of saints continues to accrue through the centuries. No two individuals recognized as saints are identical.

Each person recognized as a saint in the Holy Orthodox Church was created in the image and likeness of God. (Gen. 1:26-27). Each person recognized as a saint in the Orthodox Church demonstrated a belief in and commitment to God that set him or her apart.

Some saints are part of a particular group such the Holy Apostles. Others are distinguished as individuals such as St. Bishop NIKOLAI (Velimirovic) and St. Parasceva (Petka) 1

The Holy Three Hierarchs, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and St. John Chrysostom, are viewed together and yet separately, which in many ways is similar to the Holy Apostles. 2

Believers benefit from knowing the wide range of Orthodox Christian expressions in the lives of the saints. The wide range of Orthodox Christian expression in the saints demonstrates that believers can follow their Orthodox Christian interests provided they live well within the overall acceptable boundaries of the Church.

Not everyone has a deep interest in Orthodox iconography and therefore will not invest major portions of his or her time in iconography. Not everyone has a deep interest in Orthodox theology at high levels and will not invest major portions of his or herself extensively in reading and researching theological texts.

At least one saint was a cook in an Amorean monastery. St. Euphronius was described by St. Bishop NiKolai as "a simple man, but a man of God." 3

All saints are recognized for having lived within certain boundaries required for recognition of sainthood.

We look to the saints as intercessors before God. We look to the saints to learn from their lives. We look to the saints for inspiration as we go about our daily lives.

We look to the saints to learn from their writings. We look to the saints to learn from their homilies. We look to the saints to learn from their witness in times of adversity and critical points in history.

We look to the saints past and present. The lives of the saints through the centuries give a glimpse of the Church through the centuries. The saints of modern times are clear reminders that individuals in the present can be saintly if fully devoted to God.

The saints are protectors of the present. The saints have been protectors in the past. The saints offer hope in times of desperation. The saints offer comfort in times of despair.

The saints offer examples when a believer reaches the end of his or her patience. The saints offer instruction that is timeless.

Certain living believers have benefitted from personal contact with modern saints. Certain living believers are related to modern saints.

The troparia of the saints summarize their contributions. The services of the saints tell of their lives. The lives of the saints offer instruction.

The liturgical calendar of the Church is a history lesson for Orthodox Christians. The liturgical calendar of the Church is a way of uniting the present with saints past and present.

Individuals reading the lives of the saints come to know that regardless of how sinful a person may have been, there is hope for a new life in Christ. There is always hope not only for a new life in Christ but for a life that is exemplary.

Saint Apostle Paul went from persecutor of Christians to a foremost example of Christian witness. The Good Thief on the Cross, St. Mary of Egypt, and St. Moses the Ethiopian are examples worth considering when new life in Christ is considered.

It is only too late to repent when one's mind ceases functioning. It is only too late to repent and turn to Christ when one ceases to breathe. It is only too late to repent and turn to Christ when one has lost the will to do so.

Now is the time to turn to Christ. We have only the present as a certainty. We have no guarantee of life beyond the moment in which we are living. Let us devote every living moment of our lives to Christ. Let us live every moment of our lives in Christ.
1St. NIKOLAI VELIMIROVIC. The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. Two. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Alhambra, California., 2002, p. 424.)

2St. NIKOLAI VELIMIROVIC. The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. One. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Alhambra, California., 2002, pp. 108, 668-669,)

3St.NIKOLAI, Vol. Two, p. 293.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 5 / June 18, 2006
Sunday of All Saints.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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