St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 438 - May 21 / June 3, 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 21 / June 3, 2007
Sunday of All Saints
No. 438

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

James 2:5

Listen, my beloved brethren; Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?

Services This Past Week
May 26
Fourteen people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for the Vespers and Mission Slava celebration.
May 27
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Twenty-seven people came to Divine Liturgy with Kneeling Prayers of Vespers

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

Thursday
Adult Class this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

No services on Saturday

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 4 - Apostles Fast Begins
June 28 - Vidovdan
July 1 - Parish Vidovdan, Fasting Covered Dish Dinner and Program
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
August 4-5 - Shadeland Days
August 12 - Parish Health Care Day
August 13 - Parish Seminar -"Issues on Aging"
August 14 - Dormition Fast Begins
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God, Kolo Slava.

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

Parish Life

Dr. Anatoli Peredera came to visit and attend Vespers yesterday.

Sympathy extended to the family of Architect Michael Molnar who designed the parish handicap ramp.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those that are homebound, in care homes and rehab centers. Remember the staff and caretakers.

Remember miners, law enforcement and corrections officers, parole agents and others in dangerous work.

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

Adult Class this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Honor the Apostles Fast until the Feast on July 12.

The parish internet broadcasts have been listened to in Oregon. Do you listen? Do you tell your friends, family and neighbors to listen?

Do you listen to the Sunday radio program?

When is the last time you read your Bible?

When is the last time you came to church during the week?

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo.

The Proverbs of Solomon

For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths. His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, and he is caught in the chords of his sin. He shall die for lack of instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

(Prov. 5:21-23 )

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

To Ponder

The saints we can name.
The saints we pray to.
The name of our patron saint.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 28 - Went to St. Tikhon's Monastery and Seminary for the annual pilgrimage.
May 29-June 2 - Went to St. Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California for the Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood meeting and attended the seminar held.
June 3 - Visited parishioner in Washington Hospital.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Pambo said: "If you have a heart, you can be saved."


Sunday of All Saints - 2007

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.

Believers benefit by learning from and about the saints. Believers benefit by opening their lives to the saints. Each home benefits by welcoming the saints as an integral part of family life.

For Serbian Orthodox Christians, the family patron saint has a primary importance. The family's Christian identity is inextricably linked with the patron saint. The Krsna Slava is very important to maintain.

Other saints take on personal significance for individuals. This significance may be associated with the name of the saint. For instance, individuals named James or Elizabeth will often have a strong personal identification with St. James and St. Elizabeth.

Other saints may take on increased significance for an individual due to personal circumstances. For instance sailors are known to identify with St.Nicholas. Individuals with health concerns often turn to St. Panteleimon in prayer. St. Nectarios is a source of hope for individuals with cancer.

Believers can learn from the writings of the saints. St. John Chrysostom and St. Nicholai of Zicha have left volumes of written material to inspire and teach succeeding generations.

St. Moses the Ethiopian and St. Mary of Egypt are examples of repentance and sources of inspiration for individuals wanting to move from lives of sin to the path of salvation.

Today is the Sunday of All Saints. Today the Holy Orthodox Church Devotes attention to the saints through the ages. While thousands of saints are known by name, many saints are known only to God.

Saints vary in age in the time of their departure from this life. Saints vary in ethnic and racial backgrounds. Males and females have become saints.

By studying the lives of the saints, believers come to know of their struggles and temptations as well as the resolve of the saints to repent and live in ways pleasing to God.

By carefully examining the lives of the saints, believers learn of the fervor and love for Christ burning in the hearts of the saints. The sacrifices of martyrs and the strict discipline of ascetics have much to teach each generation.

Men, women and children of each generation need models to look to for inspiration and as sources of learning. Saints lived as real live people holding dear to God in the way they lived and ended their earthly lives.

Sinners of all types can turn to saints to learn that sinfulness is not a barrier to sainthood. Sainthood is possible if a person is willing to repent and be fervent towards God.

Very few of each generation will reach sainthood. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Mt.7:14)

Certainly there are saints in each generation known only to God. Men, women and children can lead saintly lives in caring for their families and in enduring hardships with complete faith in God.

God knows the contents of each heart. God knows the contents of each mind. God knows when individuals sacrifice and maintain faith in times of extreme adversity and hardship.

In the present Gospel Jesus states: "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven." (Mt.10:32)

We confess Jesus Christ with the way we live. We confess Jesus Christ in the way we talk. We confess Jesus Christ in the way we deal with adversity. We confess Jesus Christ in the way we worship.

Partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ and confessing our sins are ways for our lives to become distant from sin and closer to God.

We cannot remain in sin and treasurer sinful ways and activities and expect to benefit from the lives of the saints.

It is necessary to put sin behind and draw strength from the saints who have gone before in seeking the kingdom of God.

Let us heed the words in Hebrews (12:1-2): "Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith."
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Sunday of All Saints
May 21 / June 3, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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