St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 405 - October 2 / October 15, 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
October 2 / October 15, 2006
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 405

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

Ephesians 6:16

Above all taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

Services This Past Week
October 8
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-four people came for Divine Liturgy.
October 9
One person came for Midnight Office,Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 10
One person came for Midnight Office.Three people came for Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 11
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 12
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Nine people and Father Dimitre came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to Mother of God.
October 13
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 14
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Ten people came for Divine Liturgy Father Dimitre was here to concelebrate.
Five people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
5:30 AM.

Today
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

Afternoons
Tuesday, Wednesday at 4:00 PM
Thursday and Friday at 6:30 PM.

Support Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 17 - Sts. Stefan and Jelena (Stiljanovic)
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 22 - St. James, Apostle, Parish Anniversary Banquet

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

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia

Parish Life

Reservations are due today to Dorothy Bozick for the Anniversary dinner.

Six people and Father Dimitre came for the Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss the Beatitudes. Class again this week at 7:00 PM, Thursday.

Keith Knezovich, grandson of Anna Mae Knezovich, is serving in Iraq, Keith is the fourth military person with a connection to the St. George Church to serve in Iraq or Afghanastan

We continue to pray for those serving in the military and their families.

St. George Church has a significant number of parishioners having served in the military dating back to World War II and each subsequent war.

Pray for miners, living and departed and their families.

The St George radio broadcast is 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.

Visitors coming to the St George Church offer compliments regarding the singing of the St. George Choir.

A Thought from Father Vojislav Dosenovich

The Resurrection of Christ calls for all Christians to lift up their eyes toward Heaven to see resurrected faith, hope and love. Through the burden of many doubts, humanity appears to be learning the hard way, exploring the universe in order to arrive at the truth of our need for help from Heaven.

( Worda of a Shepherd: The Life and Writings of the Very Reverend Protostavrophor Vojislav Dosenovich. Compiled and edited by Nicolai Roddy, p. 118. )

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

To Consider

The on-going protection of the Mother of God.
The prayers to the Mother of God each day.
The miracles attributed to the Mother of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 8 - Visited parishioner in hospital in Waynesburg.
October 10 - Visited with parish family.
October 10 - Met with individual interested in becoming Orthodox.
October 12 - Attended lecture at West Virginia University discussing public relations for non-profit agencies.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Poemen said: "There are three things which I am not able to do without: food, clothing and sleep; but I can restrict them to some extent."


Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2006

Luke 5:1-11

So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lakeof 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

The Gospel of St. Luke describes the Lord Jesus Christ teaching the multitudes from a boat. The Lord Jesus Christ continues to teach all individuals interested in learning.

The Lord Jesus Christ continues to teach all individuals interested in the salvation of their souls. The Lord Jesus Christ teaches all persons seeking the Kingdom of God.

Serious believers maintain a willingness to learn about and from theLord Jesus Christ throughout life. Serious believers acknowledge the need to know and learn more about Jesus Christ. They know the value of making the effort.

We cannot know everything there is to know about the Lord Jesus Christ. Knowing everything is beyond the ability of our finite minds. When we make the effort to learn more about Jesus Christ and to learn from Him, we draw closer to Him.

When we experience Jesus Christ through learning, we change for the better. A person can invest his or her whole life in learning from the Lord Jesus Christ and never learn all there is to know.

Learning from and about the Lord Jesus Christ is a joyful experience. Learning from and about Jesus Christ enriches the soul and strengthens the heart and mind.

Simon Peter learned a fundamental lesson from the Lord Jesus Christ.The Gospel of St. Luke describes Simon Peter's learning experience. Simon Peter learned that when doing work, if we consider Jesus Christ and listen to Him, the work is blessed and the benefits multiply.

Initially Simon Peter and those with him fished all night without success When Jesus Christ became part of the effort and told Simon Peter to try again, the amount of fish caught exceeded the capacity of their nets.

Praying to God is the way to begin every work or activity. When we turn to God in prayer for any work or activity we are undertaking, we acknowledge God's part in the undertaking.

Everything good comes from God. The Epistle of St.James says: "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." (James 1:17)

We should begin each day in prayer. Throughout the day as we work and go about our activities. we should invest in the Kingdom of God.

Everything we do during the day should be pleasing to God. Everything we do during the day should be consistent with the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Everything we do during the day should be consistent with the practices of God's Holy Orthodox Church.

We should not be afraid to have all aspects of our lives exposed to the Light of Christ. Through sincere repentance, the Lord Jesus Christ will forgive our sins. Through Holy Confession and Holy Communion, through the daily life in Christ, unity with Christ can be maintained.

We have reason to fear only when we stray from the path of Christ. We have reason to fear only when we are not faithful to Christ and the ways of Christ. We have reason to maintain faith, hope and love in Christ.

We experience the joy and love of Christ in faithfulness to Christ.

Simon Peter, James and John left all and followed Christ. Centuries after being with Christ at the Lake of Genessaret, we continue to hear about Simon Peter, James and John.

Do we do all that we can each day to bring our lives into conformity with the way of the Lord Jesus Christ? Do confess belief in the Holy Trinity by the way we live and act during the course of the day?

Do we draw strength from God each day through continuous prayer and consciousness of the presence of God? Do we nourish our souls daily with readings from Holy Scripture?

Do we actively and sincerely follow the fasts of the Church throughout the year? Do we try to move beyond minimal observance of rules of fasting to be serious in our efforts?

Prayer on a regular basis, day after day, requires commitment and effort. Are we willing to commit to the serious effort for the benefit of our souls, our families, our neighborhoods, and our communities?

Do we treat the management of our souls with the same degree of seriousness we treat the management of our physical health? Do we treat the management of our souls with the same degree of seriousness as we treat our financial responsibilities?

Let us always bear the mind the words of the Lord Jesus Christ:"For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mt. 16:26)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 2 / October 15, 2006
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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