St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 404 - September 25 / October 8, 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
September 25 / October 8, 2006
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 404

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 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.

Services This Past Week
October 1
One person came for Midnight Office and Matins.
Approximately twenty people attended the service conducted by visiting priest Father Dimitre of St. Mary Orthodox Church, Masontown.
October 2
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
October 3
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 4
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 5
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Five people came for the Akathist to St. John the Baptist and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Father Dimitre came to con-celebrate.
October 6
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 7
One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office, Matins, and First Hour.
Three people came to the Holy Trinity Mission at the YWCA in Fairmont for Divine Liturgy
One person was present for the Akathist to the Departed and Pomen for all the departed buried from the St. George Church.
Five people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.

Mornings
5:30 AM, Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Daily Monday through Saturday.

Afternoons
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 4:00 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.
Saturday time to be announced later in week.

Saturday
Divine Liturgy at 8:30 AM

Support Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 9 - Repose of the Apostle and Evangelist John
October 14 - Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas

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

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia

Parish Life

Three people including Father Dimitre came to participate in the Adult Class this past Thursday. The topic was the Major Feasts of the Church. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Thank you to the Kolo for continuing to bake rolls. Help always needed.

Dorothy Bozick is taking reservations for the October 22 Anniversary Banquet. Please reply by October 12.

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

Time for the St.George radio broadcast changes to 6:20 PM when the Steelers play on Sunday afternoons.

Remember the sick, the suffering, those in prison, the homebound, those in hospitals and rehab centers. Remember the people caring for them Remember crime victims.

Remember those who are grieving for departed family members and friends.

Read your Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

Fast each Wednesday and Friday according to the Church practices

A Thought from Father Vojislav Dosenovich

We are reminded not to overlook the fact that our health does not depend on food alone, but on inner peace as well. To have this peace our life must be centered on This life in God, cutting us off from worldly turmoil, brings peace to the heart and, through this, keeps the body in good health as well.

( Worda of a Shepherd: The Life and Writings of the Very Reverend Protostavrophor Vojislav Dosenovich. Compiled and edited by Nicolai Roddy, p. 131. )

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

To Consider

The place of faith in the life of the believer.
The place of hope in the life of the believer.
The place of love in the life of the believer.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 1 - Attended Hundredth Anniversary celebration of Holy Resurreection Serbian Orthodox Church, Steubenville, Ohio.,
October 3 - Visited a parish family.
October 4 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
October 6 - Visited parishioner at home.
October 7 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.

From the Desert Fathers

A brother asked Abba Tithoes,"How should I guard my heart?" The old man said to him, "How can we guard our hearts when our mouths and our stomachs are open?"


The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

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 and urged 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.

The current Gospel describes the strong faith of the mother with the demon daughter. The faith of mothers has changed the course of history. Due to God-loving mothers, mothers of faith, mothers loving their children, the course of history has been changed beyond calculation.

Only God knows how many wayward sons and daughters have corrected their ways as a result of the prayers and faithfulness of their mothers. Only God knows how many sick and suffering children have recovered and lead productive and long and healthful lives because of the loving care, faith in God and prayers of their mothers.

Only God knows how many mentally ill and disturbed children have recovered and gone on to lives of wellness with good mental health as a result of the faith in God of their mothers and the prayers to God by their mothers.

The love of mothers for their sons and daughters makes a difference. When children grow up in homes with God-loving and faithful parents, they tend to be healthier, they tend to be more law-abiding, they tend to be more productive.

Hardened criminals on death row, hardened criminals serving long sentences in jail will remember and appreciate the love of their mothers. The love of a mother, the faith in God of a mother can cause a prodigal son or daughter to repent and return from ways of sin.

The love of a mother, the prayers of a mother can keep hope alive in a tragically ill person who might otherwise give up hope. I remember one mother of a violent prisoner who stayed by his hospital bedside for six months. He had been burned all over his body in a prison attack. She was his mother. She had love for him and she showed that love to the fullest extent possible, moving a long distance at great expense to herself.

How many nights do mothers spend in prayers for sons or daughters overcome with drug or alcohol addiction? How many nights do mothers spend in prayers for sons and daughters living on the streets, who are homeless or hospitalized due to torments of the mind?

God gives hope. The prayers and love of mothers bring hope. The present Gospel is about a mother but the same can be said about fathers. The return of the prodigal son in the Gospel of St.Luke well documents the love and forgiveness of the father who rejoiced when his wayward son returned home (Lk. 15:11-32)

The behavior of sons and daughters can test to the faith of parents. The behavior of sons and daughters will be influenced by the faith of parents. Proverbs says: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." (Prov. 22:6) One priest at a conference discussing problems of people emphasized the part of the proverb "of when the child is old." Sometimes it may seem the improved behavior is a very, very long time in coming.

Parents will find the words of St. Paul encouraging in times of frustration. The Holy Apostle Paul said to the Corinthians: "Love suffers long and is kind: love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; doe not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails." (I Cor. 13:4-8)

Rising children is a great responsibility. Being faithful to God, trusting God, seeking guidance from God can provide the necessary strength for the raising of children.

Sons and daughters come from God. Parents need to turn to God and remain grateful to God. Parents need to follow the example of the mother in the present Gospel.

The mother in the present Gospel was persistent in her requests for help from Jesus. The mother was not dissuaded when her first plea to Jesus did not result in immediately healing of her daughter.

Jesus recognized the mother's faith. Jesus acknowledged her great faith. St. Matthew recorded the mother's faith as a lesson for each generation of each succeeding century.

During our lives we will encounter mothers and fathers struggling with the problems of son and daughters. Let us in faith, encourage them. Let us pray for and with them. Let us tell them of the mother in the present Gospel lesson

The Lord Jesus Christ offers hope. The Lord Jesus Christ offers healing. The Lord Jesus Christ offers salvation of the soul. Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "He who endures to the end will be saved." (Mt. 10:22)

While there is time, while we have faculty of mind, let us be grounded in the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us seek the Kingdom of God. Let us repent of our sins and live in ways pleasing to God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 25 / October 8, 2006
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Venerable Mother Euprohsyne; Venerable Father Sergius of Radonezh.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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