St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 509 - October 19, 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
October 19, 2008
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 509

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

I Corinthians 15:14

And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.

Recent Services
October 11
A pomen was held for departed buried under the auspices of the St. George Church. All names were read.
Vespers was read.
October 12
Midnight Office, Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Twenty-four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant. Parastos held.
Pomen held in the afternoon at funeral home in New Salem.
October 13
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read.
Funeral service and burial held for +Rose Blazovich.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
October 14
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
One person was present for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Two people were present for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
October 15
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hours. Divine Liturgy. Baptism.

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

Afternoons
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM

Tuesday
6:30 at PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - 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.

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

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People Throughout The World

Parish Life

Rich Porter made an icon stand for the St. George Cemetery and painted the frequently used entrance door to the church hall.

Anniversary banquet reservations are due next Sunday.

The Diocese will hold a Youth Retreat at Shadeland on December 28-30.

Protopresbyter Adam Yonitch and Protinica Roberta came for the Divine Liturgy this past Sunday.

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.

Two people came for Adult Class on Tuesday-Class again this Tuesday.

A Thought from Father Rade Merick

This is what we so often forget, and what has led us to discord and confusion in the first place. We forget that the Church is not ours; it is God's. It is not our handmaiden; it is the Bride of Christ. We do not save the Church. God saves us through His Church.

(Path of Orthodoxy May-June, 1998. )

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

To Consider

The Holy Apostle Thomas
The experiences of the Holy Apostle Thomas
The lessons from the life of the Holy Apostle Thomas

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 12 - Visited with parish family.
October 12 - Pomen for +Rose Blazovich at funeral home in New Salem.
October 13 - Funeral for +Rose Blazovich at St. George Church and Cemetery.

From the Wisdom of Sirach
27:8

If you pursue justice, you will attain it and wear it as a glorious robe.


Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2008
Luke 5:1-11

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

Holy Apostle Thomas
John 20:19-31

On the evening of that day. The first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." When He had said this, he showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, even so I send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him. "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe." Eight days later, His disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, "Peace be with you." Then He said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered Him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe." Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book, but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Devoting our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ is the commitment we make at Holy Baptism. At Holy Baptism, the decision is made to follow Christ. The whole self is committed to Christ. Believers do well to reflect on the joy of Baptism.

Believers have a responsibility to honor the commitment at Baptism. Christ is to be honored and given glory throughout the remaining days of our lives. It is an honor to be a Christian. Christ is due the honor from each life.

The Holy Apostle Thomas was blessed to be in the presence of the Risen Christ. The Holy Apostle Thomas verified that Christ had indeed risen. The joy of the Resurrection is a continuous joy.

Believers carry the joy of Christ's Resurrection in their hearts from the time of Baptism until departure from this life. The joy is renewed with each hearing of the Holy Gospel.

The joy of the Resurrection is renewed with each partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. The joy of the Resurrection is renewed with each Holy Confession.

The Risen Christ established an enduring hope penetrating each succeeding century. The Risen Christ showed the limits of death and the power of God.

Listening to God enables believers to experience growth beyond human comprehension. Listening to God enables believers to think in ways heretofore not considered possible.

Centuries ago the Holy Prophet Joel said: "After this it shall come to pass that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions." (Joel 3:1 SAAS)

Believers need to look beyond the limits of the present to the possibilities with God. Jesus showed Simon Peter the possibilities that occur when Jesus is taken at His word. The catch of fish was abundant.

The Lord Jesus Christ empowered His disciples when He said: "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." (Jn. 20:22-23)

Jesus Christ empowers each person. Each time a person comes to Holy Confession, each time a person comes to Holy Communion, the weight of sin is lifted from the person and new strength in Christ is experienced.

The Holy Apostle Paul said: " I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13)

With each passing day, believers benefit from being renewed in Christ. With each passing day, believers benefit from turning to Christ seeking forgiveness of sins and new life in Christ.

With each return to Christ with a repentant heart, the person draws strength and seeks the Kingdom of God. The merciful and loving God receives sinners returning in faith.

Each day is a day closer to the Second Coming of Christ. Each day is a day closer to the end of our earthly lives. Making good use of each day for the glory of God and the benefit of the soul is a sound practice.

The time of life is not replaced. Time wasted is not returned. Each moment of life is a precious gift from God to be treasured, appreciated and used wisely.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 19, 2008
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
The Holy Apostle Thomas.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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