St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 556 - August 31 / September 13, 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
August 31 / September 13, 2009
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 556

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

Ephesians 4:4-6

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.

Recent Services
September 3
Midnight Office, Matins, and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 4
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
September 5
Vespers was read
September 6
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read before the Divine Liturgy.
Thirty-one people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
September 7
Midnigt Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 8
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for reading of the Akathist to Sophie, Faith, Hope and Love and the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, Unexpected Joy.
September 9
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
September 10
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for reading of Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to St. John the Baptist and Akathist to St. Nicholas.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

No weekday services this week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael
September 20 - Synaxis of Serbian Saints
September 21 - Feast of Nativity of the Mother of God.
September 27 - Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.
October 10 - Memorial Saturday
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St.Petka
October 31 - St. Luke November 8 - St. Demetrius

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Serbian People Who Are Suffering and All Suffering People.

Parish Life

It was good to see Roger Rogish in church with son Andrew last Sunday. Andrew is beginning six years of active duty with the Air Force. His brother has completed his Air Force service.

A parish Executive Board meeting will be held on Sunday September 20, 2009 following the Divine Liturgy.

The St. Mary Serbian Orthodox Church of Clairton, Pennsylvania will celebrate the Eighty Fifth Anniversary and Slava on September 19, 2009. The parish is scheduled to close on September 27, 2009. Our parishioners are invited to attend the Anniversary/Slava. If you plan to go, please inform Father Rodney.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, 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.

If you have a question about the services or the Church, ask Father Rodney.

Two people came for Adult Class on Tuesday. No class this Tuesday. The Adult Class will focus on the Divine Liturgy for the next several weeks. Next class will be on September 22, 2009.

Charles Duhigg from the New York Times accompanied by photographer Damien visited the parish last week while working on a story about Hatfield Ferry Power Plant.

Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovich, President of the Clergy Brotherhood of North and South America and Dean of St. Sava Cathedral in New York City visited the parish last week.

A Thought from Very Reverend Protos Stavrofor Vojislav Dosenovich.

No other social organization, gathering or contact produces such a deep unity among the people as does the Divine Liturgy. And one can ask: "Why is it that way?" Because in the Divine Liturgy each person is seen and felt as an unique, unrepeated and irreplaceable being. Here each person is a spring of inexhaustible light, personality, and at the same time inexplicable mystery which is in constant search and hunger for eternity. Furthermore, that person is cab\pable to give to other persons the joy, emanating from his (hers) eyes-that joy with which itself will never be filled. Here, in such an environment, one experiences how love and eternity go together unto the life after this life.

(St.John Chrysostom Omaha, Nebraska, p. iv. )

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

To Consider

The beginning of the Church Year!
Being committed to Christ during the full year.
Living the life in the Church to a greater degree.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 4,5 - Attended Diocese Chapel Slava, Mars, Pa.
September 6 - Went to St.Elijah Church in Aliquippa for Adoption service.
Congratulations to new parents John and Susan Quick and daughter Kimberly.
September 8 - Went to Ruby Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. to visit parishioner.
September 9 - Went to Fayette County Behavior Health for a lecture on "Behavioral Health and the Elderly."

From Psalm 24:1

The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein; for He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers.

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 22:1-14

And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again he sent out other servants, saying, "Tell those who are invited, 'See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen, and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.'" But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, "The wedding is ready, but those who were invited are not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding." So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, "Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?" And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, " Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping gnashing of teeth." For many are called, but few are chosen.

The Lord Jesus Christ invites us to follow Him at every moment. Believers are invited to the Divine Banquet at each Divine Liturgy. Just as when the Lord told the parable of the wedding, today many people decline Christ's invitation.

Following the Lord Jesus Christ is completely voluntary. Following Christ is the best and soundest a decision a person will ever make. The decision to follow Christ requires renewal throughout life.

Temptations, attractions, and interests may take a person's focus away from Christ. Sin can occur. Serious sin can occur. Small sins can occur that lead to larger sins. Laziness can set in. Frustrations and depression can take root.

Saying "yes" to the Lord Jesus Christ at every moment of time unites a believer with Christ. Saying "yes" to the Lord Jesus Christ lifts a person from the depths of despair to the heights of heavenly mountains.

Hope springs from saying "yes" to the Lord Jesus Christ. Hope is founded in the Cross and Resurrection of Christ. Wedding banquets are reason for celebration and great joy. Jesus' first recorded miracle was at the wedding of Cana. (Jn. 2:1-11)

At each Divine Liturgy the Chalice is brought forth and the invitation is offered: "In the fear of God and in faith draw near!".

Only a relatively few people prepare themselves throughout the year to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. The Lord Christ is not the priority in the lives of many professed believers.

Relatively few people avail themselves of the Divine services other than the Sunday Divine Liturgy. Relatively few people honor the fast days of the Church throughout the year.

Very few people participate in adult Christian education programs. People lament the condition of the contemporary society. How many people have turned to increased prayer on a sustained basis in an effort to improve the world?

Since the terrorist attack on America eight years ago and the continuing war in Iraq and Afghanastan and the downturn in the economy, how many people have made a sustained effort to increase their church attendance, fasting and prayer?

There are no short cuts to lasting peace. The tried and true methods of prayer, fasting, participating in the Holy Mysteries of the Church, increased church attendance, and reading the Holy Scriptures, these bring lasting peace and understanding.

Repentance, confession and Holy Communion bring peace. Morality improves when each person takes responsibility for his or herself and lives according to the Holy Gospel.

Morality improves when followers of the Gospel stand up in the workplace and in the community and say "no" to activities that are immoral and illegal. Morality improves when parents set good examples for their children.

Morality improves when parents raise their children well. Morality improves when believers work at saying "yes" to Christ and "no" to the attractions that lead to death for the soul.

Individuals receiving invitations for the king's son's wedding were not forced to attend. Individuals are not forced to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. At any point from baptism until departure from this life, an individual can decline to follow Christ.

When a person sins, a person is expressing an unwillingness to follow Christ. When a person sins, the person is saying that ways contrary to Christ are preferable.

When a person chooses not to prepare for Holy Confession and Holy Communion, the person determines other interests are more pressing. It is not good to lament about one's personal condition and then choose not to follow Christ.

Personal peace, personal joy, and personal strength are found in Christ. Lasting peace, lasting joy, and everlasting life are found in Christ.

Each person is accountable for his or her choices. Each person will face Christ when He returns in glory. Each person doe well to weigh the choices being made each day and determine if following Christ is dominant throughout the day.

Prayer and fasting are to be greeted with joy and approached with joy for the benefits they offer to the soul. Saying "yes" to the invitations of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the day is the best way to live a sound and healthy life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 31 / September 13, 2009
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
New Martyrs of Jasenovac.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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