St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 436 - May 7 / May 20, 2007

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
May 7 / May 20, 2007
Holy Fathers of 1st Ecumenical Council
No. 436

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

Hebrews 4:2

For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.

Services This Past Week
May 13
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Thirty-six people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
May 16
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 17
One person came for Divine Liturgy of Feast of Ascension.
May 18
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 19
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. at 5:30 AM
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, at 4:00 PM, Ninth Hour and Vespers.

6:00 PM - Akathists followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

9:00 AM - St. George Church -Blessing of Graves

4:00 PM - Ninth Hour and Vespers YWCA, Fairmont, W.Va., Mission Slava

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
May 25 - Leavetaking of Ascension.
May 26 - Memorial Saturday
May 27 - Pentecost
June 2 - Leavetaking of Pentecost
June 4 - Apostles Fast Begins
June 28 - Vidovdan
July 12 - Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
July 22 - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic
July 25 - "Three Hand" Icon of Hilandar Monastery
July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel
August 2 - St. Elijah

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Congratulations to R.J. Porter on receiving his Ph.D in Civil Engineering today at Penn State University. RJ is the son of Rich and Linda Porter and grandson of +John and Bertha Decovich.

Dr. Anatoli Peredera called from the Washington D.C. on the Feast of the Ascension to express festal greetings to the parish.

Proto Djokan and Protonica Mirjana Majstorovic, Savo and Marta sent their greetings from New York City to St. George parishioners this week.

Joyous Slava greetings to parishes in Monroeville, Youngwood, Johnstown and Steelton celebrating today.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the homebound, those in hospitals, care homes, nursing homes, prisons, jails and rehab centers. Remember their caretakers and the staffs.

Remember the miners, those in law enforcement and corrections, probation and parole and other dangerous occupations.

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

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia.

Adult Class this week on Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Melva and Mitzie Hunchuck send out almost ninety bulletins per week to the homebound and friends of the parish.

During the past eight years, pastoral visits have been made to one or more nursing and personal care and assisted living residences in Fayette City, Uniontown, Waynesburg, Masontown, Carmichaels, Clarksburg, the Fairmont area of West Virginia, Morgantown, Isabella, rural Fayette County, Clarksville, and New Salem.

During the past eight years pastoral visits have been made to state prison in Waynesburg (SCI-Greene) and the state prison in Labelle (SCI-Fayette.) Pastoral trips have been made to Night Court in Pittsburgh, one magistrate's court, and one federal court. Also there have been visits to state parole offices.

Proverbs of Solomon

My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.

(Prov. 3:1-4 )

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville

To Consider

The continuing influence of the Ecumenical Councils of the Church.
The necessity of having Ecumenical Councils.
The lasting impact of made by participant in the Ecumenical Councils.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 13-16 - Roundtrip travel to New York City to participate in Orthodox Christian Education Meeting in Wayne, New Jersey on May 14. Visited Proto Djokan Majstorovic and family at St. Sava Cathedral in New York City. Attended lecture on Stewardship at the Cathedral given by Obren Brian Gerich.
May 17 - Travelled to State College, Pennsylvania. Put on a Serbian exhibit for Heritage Days at Coral Street Elementary School with emphasis on the Serbian Orthodox Church.
May 18 - Served pomen for +William Mamula at funeral home in Pittsburgh area.
May 19 - Served funeral service for +William Mamula at Holy Trinity Cathedral with burial in Jeffereson Memorial Cemetery.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Abba Poemen) also said, 'Experience is a good thing; it is that which tests a man.'

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council 2007

John 17:1-13

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that 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.

The Holy Orthodox Church is now in the time of the Afterfeast of the Ascension. Jesus Christ ascending in heaven in the presence of His disciples is visually depicted in the iconography of the Church.

The Holy Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ is recorded in the Gospel of St. Luke and is celebrated forty days after Pascha (Lk. 24:36-53). The celebration of the feast continues for more than a week. 1

Jesus Christ ascending to heaven draws the thoughts of believers to the completion of Christ's work on earth in human flesh. The present Gospel references Jesus Christ having completed His work.

The Gospel of St. John concludes with this statement: "There are many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written." (Jn. 21:25)

Individuals, scholars, researchers, believers and skeptics examine the Holy Scriptures carefully to learn of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. God's Holy Church provides the best forum and framework to learn of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Personal familiarity with the Holy Scriptures is a necessity for believers. The life, teachings, and miracles of the Lord Jesus Christ nourish the soul.

The hunger of the soul must be fed. The soul must be nourished with the lasting food coming from the Lord Jesus Christ. His Precious Body and Blood is nourishment for the soul.

The life, works, words and miracles of the Lord Jesus Christ are nourishment for the soul. Jesus told the Samaritan woman, "whoever drinks of the water I will give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." (Jn.4:14)

Believers must learn to structure their lives to provide nourishment for the soul. Just as basic meals are planned to provide nourishment for the body, just as basic education is planned to provide for economic growth and security, nourishment for the soul must be planned.

Time to attend church services regularly must be firmly scheduled. Days to fast and time to pray must be set aside firmly and securely. Time to confess sins and to prepare for the Holy Mysteries of the Church need incorporated into daily life.

Sensitivity to the teachings of the Church and the liturgical cycle of the Church year are necessary for personal and family planning.

Looking to the lives of the saints and martyrs provides inspiration for daily living and for drawing strength in times of difficulty and adversity. There is no substitute for serious prayer. There is no substitute for seriously wanting to be united with Christ.

Joy is evident in the Divine services of the Church. Joy is evident in being loved by Christ. Joy is evident in being united with Christ. Joy is evident in being healed by Christ. Joy is evident in being forgiven by Christ.

Serious searches for joy begin and end with Christ. Serious searches for joy culminate in unity with Christ. In the present Gospel, Jesus said: "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." (Jn. 17:3)

The heart and soul were made for the Lord Jesus Christ. The mind and the body are dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ at Holy Baptism. Believers need not limit their daily lives to mundane interests having no lasting value.

The life in Christ beckons believers to a higher calling. The life in Christ beckons believers "To be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness." (Eph. 4:23-24)

The life in Christ is a precious life (Mt. 13:46). The life in Christ was bought with a price. (I Cor. 6:20). May our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ be dominant in our daily lives.

May we look to Him with joy, peace and love. May we look to the Lord Jesus Christ with the greatest of gratitude.

1 See the 2007 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of the United States and Canada, p. 19.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Given at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
May 7 / May 20, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

Back to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels - Home Page