St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 528 - February 16 / March 1, 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 16 / March 1, 2009
Forgiveness Sunday
No. 528

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

Titus 2:2

That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

Recent Services
February 19
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
February 20
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
Pomen held at funeral home for +Anna Krewasky. Proto Presbyter Stavrofor Dragoljub Malich served at the pomen and was accompanied by Djuro Klipa.
February 21
Midnight Office, Matins, and First Hour were read.
+Funeral service held for +Anna Krewasky with burial in St. George Cemetery.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read
February 22
Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Twenty-four people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
February 23Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
February 24
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross.
February 25
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
February 26
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Third and Sixth Hours. Divine Liturgy.

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

Afternoons
6:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Wednesday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 1 - Forgiveness Sunday-5:30 PM- St.Sava Church-Mckeesport.
March 2 - Great Lent begins.
March 7 - 6:30 PM Mon Valley Orthodox Vespers, St. Spyridon Church, Monessen.
March 8 - Sunday of Orthodoxy, 4:00 PM at Holy Cross Greek Church, Mt. Lebanon.
March 15 - Vespers, Second Sunday of Great Lent, 5:30 PM at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.
March 22 - Vespers, Third Sunday of Great Lent, 5:30 PM at St.George Church-Midland.
March 29 - Vespers, Fourth Sunday of Great Lent, 5:30 PM at Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville
April 5 - Vespers, Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, 5:30 PM at St. George Church, Carmichaels.

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

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Sonia Janson attended the Diocesan Assembly in North Miami, Florida as parish delegate.

Thank you to Janice Smargie, Joseph Katusa, Djelosh Milosevich, Paulette Radock, Anna Mae Knezovich, Mildred Bezjak and Lud Miscovich for singing in the choir last week.

Great Lent begins on Monday. Honor Great Lent each day.

Eric Rose is doing very well in the Air Force.

Mike Dephillips serves this nation both at SCI - Greene and in the military.

Remember the good teachers helping students to learn and develop each day.

Remember mothers and fathers caring very well for their children.

Three people came for Adult Class this past Tuesday. The topic was "Forgiveness."

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.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
The aim of the Savior's advent is to rebuild in man a building to God, that man may once again become that which he was when he was created. The Savior did this by His sacrifice on the Cross, saving us objectively, and it is up to us to work on our own personal salvation. He did not merely make sacrifice and then leave us. He also gave us all the divine means by the Holy Spirit through which we will be perfected. For the true designation of man is to live in the Holy Spirit and by the holy Gospel.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p.p. 60-61 )

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

To Consider

The joy of being forgiven.
The love of Christ in grant forgiveness.
The responsibility to live well after being forgiven.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 20 and 23 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
February 25 - Went to Morgantown to see a student.
February 25 - Visited with parishioner.
February 26 - Went to Diocesan Center.
February 27-28 - Attended Diocesan Assembly in North Miami, Florida.

From the Psalms
1:6

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous; but the way of the ungodly shall perish.


Forgiveness Sunday
Matthew 6:14-21

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Great Lent is here. The time to seriously consider the condition of the soul is now. Great Lent is the time to think carefully about the soul. Great Lent is the time to repent of sin and return to a life pleasing to God.

People commonly consider their physical health. People commonly review their financial condition. The condition of the soul deserves very serious consideration. Prayer and fasting help a person focus more carefully on the soul.

The personal relationship each person has with God is of primary importance. Great Lent is a structured time in the Church Year to improve the personal relationship with God.

Great Lent is a collective action of the Church summoning the commitment and honor of each person in the Church. The world is better because of each Great Lent. Each person is better in direct relationship to the investment in Great Lent.

Individuals honoring Great Lent from beginning to end and making a significant investment in prayer, fasting and almsgiving will experience great joy. A sense of health and the love of Christ will be experienced.

The joy of Pascha awaits individuals journeying in faith through Great Lent and being deeply involved in each day of Holy Week. The message of the Cross of Christ becomes indelible in the hearts and minds of serious Christians.

The power of the Cross in each life is an on-going consideration during Great Lent and Holy Week. The Cross of Christ serves as the Sign pointing to Christ's victory over death. The Cross and Empty Tomb show the limits of death.

The length of time between now and Pascha seems great. Honoring Great Lent may seem arduous. Great Lent is to be greeted with warm welcome and anticipation. This is time for Christian renewal...time for cleansing of the soul.

The Lord Jesus Christ grants forgiveness of sin. Believers must have sufficient faith to turn to Christ and confess sins. The relief of having sins forgiven is a new freedom to the believer.

Freedom is to be used responsibly. Believers being forgiven need to follow Christ in earnest. Following Christ involves coming to terms with the Cross of Christ. Following Christ involves confronting sin and choosing Christ.

Believers need to examine the heart and mind and determine the degree of commitment to Christ as King and as God. At Holy Baptism the believer rejects Satan and embraces Christ as King and God.

The commitment to Christ as King and God is to be honored every moment of time from Baptism to departure from this life. When believers weaken in faith or become involved in sin, repentance is the only proper course of action.

When a person fails to confess personal sin, the person carries that sin as a weight. Sin keeps a person from developing as a Christian. Sin is a barrier in the relationship with Christ. Sin keeps a person from full unity with Christ.

When sin takes up space in the heart, mind and soul, space for Christ is limited. Each person has a war in the heart. Is the heart going to be given over to Christ or to Satan? Do we nourish the soul each day?

Do we repel Satan by our actions each day? Do we take actions each day through prayer and fasting and reading of the Holy Scriptures to be strengthened for battle with sin?

What attention do we give each day to feeding the soul? Having sufficient food for the body is of common interest. Having sufficient food each day for the soul is absolutely necessary.

Great Lent provides structure each year for believers to examine personal values and practices. Personal sin receives heightened attention during Great Lent. The services of the Church educate believers about sin and inspire repentance.

The decision to repent is a personal decision. The importance of the decision to repent must be emphasized. The alternative to repentance, choosing denial and continuance in sin is perilous.

The believer chooses whether to seek God's Kingdom or to take the road to damnation. The road to damnation is followed as believers give in to temptations and attractions which seem superficially appealing but bring death to the soul.

Believers need to be patient in making decisions and weigh the outcome of decisions. Every word, every thought deserves careful attention. Every word, every thought, every action either draws a person closer to Christ or distances the person from the Kingdom of God.

Great Lent begins in a spirit of forgiveness and continues with forgiveness being of primary interest. Believers need to end this life in ways pleasing to God. To end this life with hardness of heart and firmly entrenched in sin would be sad.

We do not know when will be the last moment of earthly life. We do not know when the last breath will be taken. Greet each moment as an investment in the Kingdom of God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 16 / March 1, 2009
Forgiveness Sunday

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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