St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 508 - September 29 / October 12, 2008

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 29 / October 12, 2008
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 508

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

Ephesians 2:8

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.

Recent Services
October 4
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 5
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Thirty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy. Ten communicants.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos.

5:30 AM Midnight Office followed by Matins and First Hour on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

4:00 PM Ninth Hour and Vespers on Monday and Wednesday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
6:30 PM Akathists followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 14 - Protection of Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia-St.Petka
October 31 - St. Luke, St.Peter of Cetinje
November 2 - Fifty-Fourth Parish Anniversary Dinner
November 8 - St. Demetrius
November 16 - Choir Slava, Dedication of the Church of the Great Martyr George in Lydia.
November 21 - Holy Archangel Michael and other Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarios Kephalas of Pentapolis
November 24 - St. Stevan of Decani.
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Nativity Fast begins.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People Throughout The World

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family of +Rose Blazovich recently departed this life. May God give comfort to the family.

Be an active missionary for the St. George Church.

Live the Orthodox Christian life each day.

Honor the fasts days of the Church all year.

Show by your daily life you are a serious follower of Jesus Christ.

Read your Bible each day.

Prepare regularly throughout the year for Holy Confession and Communion.

Attend as many Divine services as you can.

Pray at regular times each day.

Honor your Slava each year.

Remember the men and women working in dangerous occupations including those in the mines and criminal justice agencies, the police, correctional officers and parole agents.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, nursing homes, jails and prisons. Remember the staff members and caretakers.

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

Remind your friends and neighbors to listen to the parish radio program.

From the Akathist to the Departed

The whole world is a common sacred cemetery, in every place is the dust of our fathers and brethren. O Christ our God Who alone lovest us unchangeably, forgive all that have died from the beginning until now, that they may sing with boundless love: Alleluia!

( Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, New York, 1994. )

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

To Consider

The protection of the Mother of God.
Miracles attributed to the Mother of God.
The love of the Mother of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 4 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.

From the Wisdom of Sirach

A good wife is a great blessing; she will be granted among the blessings of the man who fears the Lord.

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 woman of Canaan cried out to the Lord Jesus Christ for help. She was seeking help for her demon-possessed daughter. Parents always benefit by seeking help from Christ for their sons and daughters.

The woman was persistent in turning to Jesus. The woman's love for her daughter was reflected in the persistence. The woman's belief that Jesus could make a difference was reflected in the persistence.

Parents in the present age do well to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ to keep their sons and daughters grounded in a moral base. Parents do well in praying to Christ for wisdom in raising their sons and daughters.

The present world is fraught with dangers and temptations. Predators are in the news each day seeking to lead children and youths astray. Being strong in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the family's best defense.

The woman of Canaan recognized Jesus as "Lord." She was firm in her conviction about the Lord Jesus Christ. Parents of today do well to look with conviction for the hope, strength and direction to be found in Christ.

When life seems tumultuous, go to the church and seek the peace of God. When life seems uncertain, turn to the certainty found only in God. Peace comes from turning to God in prayer.

Peace comes for quietly listening to God. Peace comes from committing one's life to God. Peace comes from adhering to the ways of God. Peace comes from being still and knowing God (Ps. 46:10)

Parents may come to their wits end as to how to deal with problematic children. Parents may not know where to turn when a son or daughter exceeds the limits of acceptable behavior.

Prayer is always the first step to take. Attending the Divine services of the Church and being serious about the life in Christ are always the best steps to take. A parent is expected only do his or her best in the role as parent.

Each parent blessed with a son or daughter takes on the responsibility to raise the child to the best of their ability and resources. Being faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ is the best way to be responsible.

Parents give the child the best upbringing when the child is reared in a thoroughly Christian home. Parents set the tone and the atmosphere in the home. Parents set the standards in the home.

Parents always have the Lord Jesus Christ as the primary source of strength, nourishment and direction. Wise parents will turn to Christ throughout each day for the wisdom necessary in caring for their children.

The woman of Canaan was not disappointed by the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ never disappoints parents turning to Him with faith.

At times a son or daughter may get into to difficulty, perhaps even break the law. Faithful parents will make a difference in the future of the son or daughter.

Prayers for the well-being of sons and daughters always make a difference. Prayers for the well-being of sons and daughters are investments that bring dividends. Prayers for sons and daughters are barriers against worse behavior.

Children raised in homes where faith in God is fundamental will be influenced for the better. The demon-possessed daughter in the present Gospel was healed due to the faith of the mother.

A father or mother's faith can be the deciding influence against the temptations and dangers of the modern world. A father or mother's faith can be the barrier against successful attacks upon child from the inside or from without.

Parental faith helps to shape the faith of sons and daughters. Sons and daughters will quickly realize if parents are serious about the Lord Jesus Christ. Sons and daughters will know if parents love God completely.

Sons and daughters will know if parents pay only lip service to the Christian commitment. Sons and daughters will know if parents apply Christ's teachings in the family home and in relationships with others.

Sons and daughters will not only listen to what their mothers and fathers say. Sons and daughters will observe how their fathers and mothers use their time and talents.

Sons and daughters will notice if the mother and father are in church on a regular basis, whether the mother or father engage in frequent prayer and whether the mother and father support the parish church regularly.

Sons and daughters will always know if the love of God is in the hearts of their mothers and fathers. Sons and daughters' lives will be absolutely affected by the parents' relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 29 / October 12, 2008
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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