St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 593 - May 17 / May 30, 2010, 2010

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
May 17 / May 30, 2010
Sunday of All Saints
No. 593

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

Romans 4:20

He did not waiver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.

Recent Services
May 21
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
The Akathist for the Ascension was read at the Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
May 22
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for the Akathist for the Departed and Pomen for all individuals buried under the auspices of the St. George Church. All graves in the St. George Cemetery were blessed.
May 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Kneeling Prayers of Vespers. Thirty people came. Three communicants. One Fayette EMS Ambulance was blessed.
May 24
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Twenty-three people came to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, West Virginia for the Slava Vespers, Blessing of Kolach and Koljivo. The Mission was honored to have His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN come for the Slava celebration accompanied by Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic.
May 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity.
May 26
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy. Warmly welcome Protopresbyter Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch.

5:30 AM on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Matins and First Hour.

4:00 PM on Thursday, Ninth Hour and Vespers.

3:00 PM, Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 31 - Apostles Fast Begins
June 3 - Holy Equal to the Apostles Emperor Constantine and Helen
June 4 - St. John Vladimir
June 7 - Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist
June 12 - Pittsburgh Deanery Meeting on Christian Education
June 17 - St. Metrophanes, Hieromartyr Joannicius of Montenegro
June 18 - Venerable Petar of Korish
June 27 - Parish Vidovan Covered Dish Dinner and Program
June 28 - Vidovdan

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Harold Krause, friend of St. George Church, Marine, and retired state parole agent, recently departed this life.

Thank you to Andrea Janson and Tony Myers for bringing the grass each year for Pentecost.

Congratulations to new college graduate Justin Hunchuck.

Congratulations to Steven Majstorovich, Tess Meinert and Nathan Klingensmith for completing this year of studies at West Virginia University.

Congratulations to Emily Dowler and John Buffalini for completing this year of studies at W&J.

Congratulations to Angela Tassari for graduating from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Congratulations to new grandparents Gojko and Anka Arbutina.

Thank you to Fayette EMS Director Rick Adabato for sending an ambulance to be blessed this past Sunday as part of National EMS Week. Thank you EMS ambulance staff Erica Saunders and Brian Shakespeare for bringing the ambulance.

Thank you to Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck for posting seven church videos on UTube.

Thank you to Milosh Serb Krewasky for providing a photographic record of church activities.

Two people came to Adult Class this past week.

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.

U.S. Army Captain Dustin Menhart was in church this past Sunday. Dustin is completing graduate studies at the University of Georgia and is preparing to teach at West Point. He and brother LTC. Rich Menhart are a credit to their families and the United States Military. They always remember the St. George Church.

As Memorial Day approaches, let us remember all of our veterans, living and departed.

A Thought from Archimandrite Thomas Kazich

Angels help us to pray to God to be good and happy and at peace. Angels help us when we are weak to overcome temptations for there is a constant struggle between the powers of good and evil. Angels also teach us how to repent for whatever we have done wrong and being sorry for it. And angels take our prayers up to God.

(Little Falcons. Vol. 12. No. 1. 2004 )

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

To Consider

The saints of God.
Our patron saints.
The benefits derived from studying the lives of the saints.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 21 - Went to Holy Trinity Church, Fairmont, W.Va.
May 22 - Went to Diocesan Center and then to St. Archangel Michael Church in Akron for Baptism.
May 23 - Went to viewing for +Harold Krause in Mckees Rocks.
May 24 - Went to Holy Trinity Church, Fairmont, West Virginia.
May 24 - Went to funeral for +Harold Krause in Kennedy Township.
May 25 - Visited parish family in Uniontown

From Psalm 60/61

Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.

Sunday of All Saints

Mt.10: 32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30

Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Then Peter answered and said to Him, "See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?" So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first. (NKJV)

The Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ is central to the understanding of our relationship with Christ. The way we handle the personal crosses each of us must bear in our earthly lives reflects our relationship with Christ.

Pain and stress in daily life will bring out the extent of our personal faith. Pain and stress in our daily life will reflect the degree of hope and patience we maintain.

If we are confident in God, our prayers will reflect this confidence. This is the Sunday of All Saints. There are more saints than any of us will ever individually come to know and understand. The saints were confident in God.

We do have the ability to know that all of the saints ultimately lived in ways that were pleasing to God. They lived and died faithful to God. Many saints are known only to God. God knows and sees what is done privately.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly." (Mt. 6:6)

The thirst and hunger for God is only satisfied in God. He who created us and gave us life is the only source of authentic nourishment that will satisfy the thirst and hunger of the soul.

Contemporary society exposes many people living restless lives. Anxiety can be overwhelming for individuals not well-grounded in faith. Fear can be overpowering for individuals not firmly united with Christ.

Despair and despondency characterizes individuals rejecting the message of hope rooted in the Resurrection of Christ. For believers in the Resurrected Christ, there is no force than can nullify the hope established by the Resurrection.

The current Gospel reveals that Jesus expects believers to confess Him in daily life. Believers confess their belief in Christ at Holy Baptism. Believers reaffirm their profession of faith each time they recite The Creed.

The Cross of Christ reveals the divinity of Christ. The importance of the Cross continues to be revealed with each passing day. The Holy Apostle Paul embraced the importance of the Cross as central to his faith.

The Holy Apostle Paul said to the Corinthians: "I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." (I Cor. 2:2) Believers do well to personally examine themselves with respect to the Crucified Christ.

The Crucified Christ and the Precious Body and Blood of Christ received at Holy Communion are inseparable. The Resurrected Christ and the Precious Body and Blood of Christ received at Holy Communion are inseparable.

Serious believers place the greatest importance in receiving the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Serious believers seek unity and renewal in the Crucified and Resurrected Christ.

The world offers many temptations, distractions and goals. The opportunity to acquire abundant material goods can blind a believer and cause the believer to put the soul in peril.

Great care and great commitment are needed for the life in Christ. The commitment to Christ and the way of Christ requires renewal at each moment of time.

Whenever a person fails in commitment to Christ or weakens in faith, repentance and renewed expressions of commitment are necessary. Most people live many years of life. Faithfulness to Christ is expected from Baptism to death.

The life in Christ is a life of fulfillment and realization of potential. Gifts and talents from God are multiplied and enhanced to the degree a person remains faithful.

Joy in Christ increases by the degree a person is faithful to Christ. Healing and health of the soul increases by the extent the person lives faithful to Christ. Peace in the heart, mind and soul are realized in Christ.

Saints provide inexhaustible examples of different ways to live faithful to Christ. Ascetics living in the wilderness, individuals feigning madness of mind, and prayerful in monasteries are a few examples of different ways to live.

Married individuals have become saints. Individuals having become widows or widowers have become saints. Young children and aged adults have been known to realize sainthood. How one lives or dies is the determining factor.

One thing is clear and common in the lives of the saints. All of them have lived in ways that reflect the purity and sincerity of the commitment to God.

Let us use this Sunday of All Saints to reflect carefully on the lives of the saints through the centuries. Let us personally examine our commitment to Christ. Today and everyday is the time for renewal in Christ following the paths of the saints.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 17 / May 30, 2010
Sunday of All Saints.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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