St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 527 - February 9 / February 22, 2009

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
February 9 / February 22, 2009
Sunday of the Last Judgment
No. 527

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

I Corinthians 2:4-5

And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Recent Services
February 14
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Six people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers at St. George Church.
February 15
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Twenty people came for Divine Liturgy, One communicant.
February 16
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
February 17
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Holy Spirit and Akathist to the Mother of God, the Healer
February 18
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
February 19
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday.

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

No services on Friday or Saturday.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

February 26 - St. Simeon the Myrrhgusher
February 27-28 - Diocesan Assembly
March 1 - Forgiveness Sunday, 5:30 PM at St. Sava Church, Mckeesport.
March 2 - Great Lent begins.
March 7 - 6:30 PM at Mon Valley Orthodox, Vespers St. Spyridon Church, Monessen.
March 8 - Sunday of Orthodoxy, 5:00 PM at Holy Cross Greek Church, Mt. Lebanon.
March 15 - Vespers Second Sunday of Great Lent at 5:30 PM St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.
March 22 - Vespers Third Sunday of Great Lent at 5:30 PM St. George Church, Midland.
March 29 - Vespers Fourth Sunday of Great Lent at 5:30 PM Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family of +Ann Krewasksy, devoted member of St. George Church departed this life. May God give comfort to her beloved family and friends.

Today is the last day for Orthodox Christians to eat meat until Pascha.

Honor the full fast beginning on March 2 and continuing until Pascha.

Two people came for Adult Class this past Tuesday to discuss "Self-Control." Class again this Tuesday.

If any parishioner has a question about the Divine services of the Church, please ask Father Rodney or attend the Adult classes.

Remember the people who work, support and contribute to the parish in any way.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill and their caretakers and the institution staffs.

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

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Read your Bible regularly..

Each parishioner is a missionary for the Church.

Tell your family and friends to listen to the parish radio broadcast each week.

If you do not celebrate your Slava, it is time to begin.

If you have not been to Holy Confession and Holy Communion, it is time to prepare.

Learn the calendar of the Church. Use the calendar as a daily guide.

Become familiar with the lives of the saints and you will benefit from the effort.

A Thought from Proto Stavrofor Rade Merick

The power of television in our society is absolutely tremendous. The set sits in our homes constantly, pouring out into our lives and minds whatever thoughts, attitudes and images some programmer decides we should see (and, let us not forget, whatever we are willing to let in). The power of the medium is such that we are inevitably affected by what we watch.

(Path of Orthodoxy. September-October 1998. )

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

To Consider

The sick and suffering we hear of each day.
The strangers we meet during our lives.
The imprisoned in our midst.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 14 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
February 18 - Went to Rolling Meadows Rehab Center and Nursing Home

From the Wisdom of Sirach

From his descendents the Lord brought forth a man of mercy, who found favor in the sight of all flesh and was beloved by God and man, Moses, whose memory is blessed.

The Sunday of the Last Judgement
Matthew 25:31-46

When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, "Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.' Then He will say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.' Then they will also answer Him saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?" Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.

For many years this was a favorite Gospel lesson and in a certain way, still is. The Christian faith of believers is tested as they relate to the poor, the sick, the stranger, and the imprisoned.

The poor, the sick, the stranger and the imprisoned are always to be considered. How does a nation treat its poor, sick and imprisoned? How does the individual Christian relate to the poor, sick or imprisoned?

The poor, sick, and imprisoned have responsibilities as well. Does each person in these situations do all that is possible to make the best of the situation?

Does each person take responsibility for his or her actions that may have contributed to the poverty, sickness or imprisonment? A man or woman squandering the family income on gambling and making the family poor is different that someone born into conditions of poverty not of his or her own making. Help for family members with no control over the behavior is necessary.

A person suffering from physical ailments due to alcoholism or drug abuse must take responsibility for the self-destructive behavior. At the same time, Christian support for the recovery process has its place.

At times, "tough love" as it is sometimes known, is needed to bring a change in circumstances. The alcoholic, drug addict, and the person capable but willing to work, needs to know taking personal responsibility for improvement is expected.

God "makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." (Mt. 5:45) Christians have a responsibility to help the needy.

Large portions of the general public may not be exposed to the imprisoned, the extensively poor, and even to large numbers of the severely ill. Providing care is still necessary and Christian support for that care is important.

Individuals working daily with the sick, the suffering and imprisoned need support. The work is stressful. Christian communities, particularly parish churches should be sources of spiritual nourishment for individuals in stressful work.

Parish churches should not be oblivious to the surroundings of the communities in which they are located. If the parish church is in a poor neighborhood, attention to the poor in the area is a Christian duty.

Parishioners doing volunteer work or employed in prisons, hospitals or care homes deserve recognition for their work. The Gospel of Christ is expected to be put into action as believers go forth in the community.

St. Nicholai said:" The holy soul is concerned where the homeless will spend the night, how the hungry will be fed, how the naked will be clothed. The holy soul is concerned, and prays to God that his neighbors be saved." 1

In present day society, individuals speak to others across the globe very readily but very often do not know or speak to their next door neighbors. Christ needs to be shared where we live.

St. James states Christians should not show partiality for the rich and less favor to the poor. St. James said: "If you show partiality, you commit sin." (James 2:1-9) Christians do well to heed the words of St. James and follow them.

Years ago I met a priest living near a prison. The particular priest had never been in the prison even though he lived nearby for a long time. Priests are expected to go to prisons. Ministering to prisoners is part of the priesthood.

All Christians have a responsibility to have concern for the sick, the suffering, the stranger and the imprisoned. Each Christian is expected to meet that responsibility in the way God provides the direction.

Nurses and doctors, hospital and nursing home staffs, prison staff members, all can have an effect on the individuals in the facilities where they work. Parishes do well to pray for individuals working in and residing in these facilities.

Experiencing the Kingdom of God begins immediately. The actions we take each day determines the final judgment. The care shown to the stranger that enters the parish church at the next service, the interest shown to the ailing neighbor, and the letter sent to sick friend make a difference. Prisoners near and far need prayers.

Act wisely today. Actions taken today have lasting effects.

1St.Nikolai VelimirovicThe Prologue of Ohrid Translated by Fr.Ti. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, Alhambra, California, 2002, p. 37.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 9 / February 22, 2009
Sunday of the Last Judgment.
Holy Martyr Nicephorus of Antioch.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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