St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 406 - October 9 / October 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
October 9 / October 22, 2006
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 406

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

Luke 5:20

So when He saw their faith, He said to him, "Man, you sins are forgiven you."

Services This Past Week
October 15
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Thirty-six people came for Divine Liturgy.
Parastos. Baptism of James Matthew Enriquez Standish.
October 16
One person came for the reading of Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 17
One person was present for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 18
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person was present for Akathist to St. Nicholas.
Four people were present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 19
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Seven people were present for Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Nine people were present for Akathist to the Theotokos.
Father Dimitre came to concelebrate.
October 20
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came to read Ninth Hour and was present for reading of Vespers.
October 21
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour Hour.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.

Mornings
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM.

Afternoons
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM.
Thursday at 6:30 PM.
Friday, Divine Liturgy at 8:30 AM

Saturday
Divine Liturgy, YWCA, Fairmont at 10:00 AM

Support Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Holy Apostle James, Son of Alphaeus, St. Stephen, Despot of Serbia.
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St.Petka
October 31 - St. Luke
November 4 - Memorial Saturday
November 5 - Church begins at 8:50 AM. Please the change for this week only.
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 12 - St. King Milutin
November 16 - Dedication of the Church of the Great Martyr Georgius in Lydia

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

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia

Parish Life

Congratulations to the parents of newly baptized James Matthew Enriquez Standish, Attorney Joseph and Sheryl Standish and Kum Philip Sivak.

Thank you to all planning to stay for the banquet today.

Thank you to all helping with the banquet preparations.

Richard Menhart, Dustin Menhart, Michael DePhilips and Keith Knezovich are the four men with connections to the St. George Church involved with military action in Iraq or Afghanastan.

Mike Rogish must be the most senior of helpers in the altar.

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

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.

A collection will be taken next Sunday for the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

The Church has her eternal foundation in the Holy Trinity, for her life is interwoven with the life of the Holy Trinity. Thus the love of the Persons of the Holy Trinity produces an atmosphere of love among men. It is seen in Christ's Church, in the life of her members. Therefore, in the Church all three Persons act equally. The love which the Divine Persons institute is not closed; rather is manifested to the world. It can be said, even as the essence of God is LOVE. But love is also the basis of the world and the reason of man's life on Earth. It is from this very love of God the Fathers sends His Only Begotten Son into the world.

( The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul Translation by Protopresbyter Stephen Zaremba, 2001, p. 8 )

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

To Consider

The Jesus Prayer: "Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner."
Being able to pray the Jesus Prayer everywhere we go.
Remembering to pray the Jesus Prayer everywhere we go.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 16 - Attended Shadeland Camp meeting at Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
October 17 - Visited parishioner in hospital in Waynesburg.
October 18 - Went to home of parish family for pastoral reasons.
October 19 and 21 - Went to French Creek West, Virginia.
October 20 - Attended seminar at West Virginia University on social work and the law.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Isidore the Priest) also said, 'If you desire salvation, do everything that leads you to it.'


Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2006

Luke 6:31-36

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father who is merciful.

Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

John 17:1-17

Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world., just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, Just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

Today the St. George Church celebrates another anniversary. The building of this church took great planning, great faith and great sacrifice. The men, women and children, the priests and bishops responsible through the past fifty-two years for this church have reason to be pleased with the faithfulness to God.

The St. George Church is well maintained physically. The grounds of the St. George Church are always in good appearance. Improvements have been made through the years to the grounds and to the church building.

With few exceptions, Divine services are scheduled and held throughout the year on a daily basis. Faithful parishioners attend on Sundays, major feasts and weekdays, morning and evening.

The St. George Church is blessed with talented and dedicated Choir and Kolo members. The Executive Board and Audit Board perform the required work conscientiously.

Adult classes are held on a weekly basis throughout the year. Attendance is steady and really a larger number of people benefit than attendance indicates.

The parish nurse's office is one of only two such offices in the Diocese and serves the parish well.

Weekly bulletins, the parish website and the radio broadcast enable the Gospel to reach the homebound, the imprisoned, those in hospitals, nursing homes and travelers.

The St. George Church is relatively young in comparison to other parish churches in America and in Serbia. For some the St. George Church has been the only Orthodox Church they have known.

God has been good to the St. George Church in more ways than can be enumerated. Each day is a day to be grateful to God for this St. George Church.Each day is a day to express full appreciation to God for this church.

The best way to show appreciation to God for this church is to use the church with regularity. The best way to show appreciation to God for this church is to attend as many divine services and educational classes as you possibly can.

When you cannot attend the Divine services, adhere to the calendar of the Church. Follow the fasts, pray the prayers of the Church wherever you are located. Live according to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Remember your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and treat them accordingly. Study your Bible for the benefit of your soul. Continue to learn about the action of God from the time of Creation of the world to the present.

Live each day preparing for the glorious Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Heed the messages of the two Gospel readings for today. Pay attention to the daily Scripture readings of the Church. Pay attention to the lives of the saints for each day.

The life in Christ is to be lived each day. Orthodoxy is a way of life for every day of life. Organize your life and the life of your family to correspond to the practices of the Church.

Avail yourselves with great joy of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Avail yourselves of Holy Confession that you may have new life in Christ.

Keep your mind open to learning. We never will learn all there is to know about God. We can never work too hard to live in ways pleasing to God.

Remember the martyrs of the Holy Church. Remember the sacrifices made through the centuries enabling us to celebrate this Holy Divine Liturgy today. Honor your Christian identity and do nothing to tarnish your soul.

Remain faithful to St. Sava and the way of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Be faithful to Christ in all that you say, think and do. Repent throughout life. Seek God's mercy and guidance.

Follow the words of St. Apostle Paul: "Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Eph. 5:20)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 9 / October 22, 2006
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday of Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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