St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 516 - November 24 / December 7, 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
November 24 / December 7, 2008
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 516

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

Matthew 14:31

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"

Recent Services
November 29
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Six people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read at St. George Church.
November 30
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read immediately before Divine Liturgy. Eight communicants. Thirty-three people present.
Three people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ, Supplicatory Canon to Jesus Christ and Supplicatory Canon to the Theotokos.
Six people came for Vespers. Akathist of the Passion of Christ read at hospital in Brownsville for parishioner.
December 1
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 2
Midnight Office was read.
December 3
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour read.
One person came for Akathists to the All-Holy and Life-Creating Spirit, to the All-Holy Theotokos, Abbess of Mount Athos, and to Venerable and God-bearing Fathers Anthony and Theodosius.
Pomen held in Brownsville at funeral home for +Sarah Pasquini.
Pomen held in Masontown at funeral home for +Fred Glumsic.
Vespers read at St. George Church.
December 4
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour read.
One person came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Funeral service held for +Fred Glumsic at St. George Church with burial in church cemetery.
Funeral held in Brownsville at funeral home for +Sarah Pasquini with burial in Lafayette Cemetery.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, and First Hour. Third and Sixth Hours immediately before Divine Liturgy.

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

Afternoons
4:00 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday.

Tuesday
6:30 PM followed by Adult Class.

Saturday
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 8 - Leave-taking of Feast of Entry of Theotokos into the Temple
December 13 - Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called.
December 19 - St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra in Lycia.

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

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People Throughout The World

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to family and friends of +Fred Glumsic.

Sympathy extended to family and friends of +Sarah Pasquini.

Thank you to Sonia Janson and members of St. George Choir for at funerals and memorial services. It is always comforting to family members and friends.

Twelve people have been buried from the St. George Church this year.

Adult Class again this Tuesday.

The Nativity Fast began on November 28 and continues until the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Nativity, January 7. Please honor the complete fast.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Holy Communion during the Nativity Fast.

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.

Remember and honor your Slava every year.

Every parishioner is a missionary for the St. George Church.

Tell your friends and neighbors to list to the parish radio broadcast.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

The Holy Spirit unites us with the Holy Trinity and with all men. The Holy Virtues, which are the gift of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22) unite us with men and with ourselves. Conflict ceases in our soul when the Holy Spirit alights.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 37. )

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

To Consider

The limited number of days we have in our earthly life.
The amount of time we give to God during our earthly life.
The care we take in the use of each day of earthly life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 29 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
November 30 - went to Brownsville Hospital to visit parishioner.
December 1 - Went to home of terminally ill parishioner.
December 2 - Took West Virginia University class in Charleston on the topic of "Human Resources-Employment and Team Building."
December 3 - Served two pomens at funeral homes.
December 4 - Served two funeral services.

From the Wisdom of Sirach
34:22

To take away a neighbor's living is to murder him; to deprive an employee of his wages is to shed blood.


Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost - 2008
Luke 10:25-37

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" So he answered and said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live." But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denari, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, "Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you. So which of these three do you think was the neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

The present Gospel sets standards for eternal life. To achieve eternal life requires loving God with all your mind, heart, soul and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.

To experience eternal life requires dedicating the complete self to God. God does not want us to hold anything back. We receive our lives from God and are expected to live them in complete dedication and appreciation to God.

Love of neighbor in the same way as loving the self shows conformity to Christ's teachings. Believers need to give careful thought to whether complete love of neighbor is present in our lives.

We are in the Nativity Fast at this time of the year. This is the time of preparation for the Feast of the Nativity. It is the time to make corrections and adjustments in our lives to be in conformity with Christ's teachings.

Fasting is a means of concentrating on the continuous presence of God. Fasting is a means of heightening awareness of God. Fasting is a time to cast off ways unpleasing to God and to return to practices pleasing to God.

The Nativity Fast is a time for increased prayer and attentiveness to God. The present Gospel heightens awareness of our relationships with our neighbors. Eternal life is fully associated with our relationships with our neighbors.

Jesus used the example of the victim of a violent crime to teach the lesson of love and compassion. We have many victims of violent crimes in our midst. The daily news speaks of too many instances of violent crime.

Christians have a responsibility to be sensitive to the suffering in our communities. Sensitivity to suffering among our neighbors requires action. In the present Gospel, the Samaritan was the model held high by Christ.

Too often Christians withdraw when suffering is nearby. Christians are expected to be healers. Christians are expected to help alleviate suffering in the community.

The present Gospel is a lesson about active love of neighbor. The present Gospel is a lesson about very concrete interest in the plight of suffering neighbors.

Prayer for suffering neighbors is strong and direct action. Words of concern and being physically present to show support in time of suffering are concrete actions.

The Samaritan used personal funds to help the crime victim. The Samaritan took time to care for the wounds of the crime victim. The Samaritan committed himself to future care of the crime victim.

The Samaritan did not know the person who was robbed and injured but took time to love the person. Our society has become too impersonal. The present Gospel is a strong lesson of showing love to complete strangers.

The Holy Apostle Paul speaking about Christ said: "For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation." (Eph. 2:14)

The Lord Jesus Christ in the present Gospel unites us with our neighbor and conditions eternal life upon our relationships with our neighbors.

We are not Christians in isolation. We are Christians in specific communities. We are Christians in specific neighborhoods. The way we live our daily lives defines whether we meet the standards set by Christ.

The way we live our daily lives determines whether we will experience eternal life. Jesus said: "Not everyone who says to Me,' Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven." (Mt. 7:21)

Being a Christian necessitates certain kinds of behavior. Being a Christian necessitates showing love for neighbor. Being Christian necessitates loving God completely.

Individuals holding back from showing complete love to God and complete love to neighbor do well to reconsider the direction of their lives.The Nativity Fast is the time to redirect life towards the Kingdom of God.

The Nativity Fast is the time to take necessary steps to bring life into complete conformity with the Gospel teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. The joy of Christ is experienced in showing love for neighbor.

The joy of Christ is in knowing that Christ's healing love is manifested in our lives as we share Christ with the suffering neighbors in our midst.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 24 / December 7, 2008
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Greatmartyr Catherine of Alexandria

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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