St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 594 - May 24 / June 6, 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 24 / June 6, 2010
Second Sunday after Pentecost
No. 594

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

Jude 3

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

Recent Services
May 26
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
May 27
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
May 28
Matins and First Hour were read.
May 30
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy.
Very Reverend Lt. Colonel Adam Yonitch was the visiting priest officiating.
Living and departed veterans were remembered. Twenty-seven people attended. One communicant.
June 1
Matins and First Hour were read
June 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and First Hour. Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM AM-Matins and First Hour on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM Vespers on Monday, Thursday, Friday. Saturday at a time to be determined.

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

5:00 PM Vespers at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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
July 7 - Birth of St. John the Baptist
July 11 - Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:00 AM for this Sunday only
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
July 25 - St. George Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic
July 26 - Synaxis of St. Archangel Gabriel
August 2 - St. Elijah Day
August 8 - Diocese Day, Parish churches closed. Consecration of church at Shadeland.

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

Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic Dean of St. Sava Cathedral in New York City and President of the Clergy Brotherhood of North and South America and his brother Presbyter Savo Majstorovic, priest of St. Sava Church in the Diocese of Banat visited the parish on May 27th and 28th.

The area around St. George Church is changing. More truck traffic is due to drilling of gas wells and hauling of waste from the drilling and from Hatfield Ferry Power plant.

More jobs are coming to the area due to gas drilling. More waste is put into the river.

The new stacks/towers at Hatfield Ferry Power Plant have changed the view.

Continue to invite people to attend the St. George Church with you each week.

Attend the Adult Class on Tuesday at 7:00 PM. The topic will be Holy Confession.

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.

Honor the Apostles Fast that began last Monday until July 12-Sts. Peter and Paul.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stephen Zaremba

How do we confess the Lord before others? By not being ashamed of Him. By not being ashamed of God, nor the Church, nor one's icon, nor slava, neither fasting, nor prayer, confession and communion, nor the virtues... regardless of the consequences. And the consequences can be unpleasant, even quite difficult. Maybe someone will make fun of us, we can have issues in our families, at work, in society. We can even lose our very life (at least as the world reckons it). It is not by chance that by far the greatest number of saints are Martyrs (Witnesses). Whenever we do these things and are not ashamed, then the Lord will confess us before His Father in the heavens. But whenever we are ashamed or, if we are afraid of the consequences, by this we deny Christ and He will deny us before His Father who is in the heavens.

( From a recent sermon at St. Sava Church, St. Petersburg, Florida. )

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

To Consider

The benefits of honoring the Apostles Fast every day.
The benefits of caring for the soul each day.
The benefits of seeking first the Kingdom of God each day.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 27 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
May 29-30 - Went to St. Basil of Ostrog Serbian Orthodox Church in Greensboro, North Carolina for the consecration.
June 1 - Went to St. Sava Cathedral in New York City
June 2 - Went to Christian Education Meeting at St. Vladimir's Seminary-Crestwood, New York.

Psalm 62/63

O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 4:18-23

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

The proclamation of the Holy Gospel is an essential part of the Divine Liturgy. Attentive believers benefit from hearing about the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The proclamation of the Holy Gospel establishes a certain standard of belief and order. Believers attending the Divine Liturgy come to expect the proclamation of the Gospel at a certain point.

Serious believers become familiar with the Epistle and Gospel readings for each day and for other Scriptural readings integral to the liturgical services of the Holy Orthodox Church.

Learning about the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ is important. Believers benefit from incorporating this learning into their personal lives. Believers benefit from drawing closer to Christ, seeking complete unity.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion enable believers to experience unity with Christ. Constant healing by Christ is necessary for every believer. Believers will sin. Believers will allow their hearts, minds and souls to be infected with sin.

Not all sin is clearly intentional. Nevertheless believers at times relax the vigilance needed to enter the Kingdom of God. Sin is quick to occur. St. Nikolai said at times sinfulness is disguised as good and the believer can be deceived. 1

Believers need to be careful who they hold as models and with whom they associate. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "By their fruits you shall know them." (Mt. 7:20) Eventually sin is unmasked and revealed for what it is.

Parents need to be careful about who takes care of their children. Parents need to be informed about the friends of their sons and daughters. Believers need to be careful about whom they associate with in the workplace.

Ethical behavior is a constant expectation of believers. In business and in professions, ethical standards are to be used in making decisions. Too often greed and unethical behavior have reared themselves in the public and private sectors.

Believers can draw strength from the Lord Jesus Christ, from His most pure Mother, from the saints and martyrs in maintaining a life consistent with Christ's teachings.

In the current Gospel, Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John accepted the invitation to follow Jesus. Every person receives an invitation to follow Christ. The invitation is a constant invitation which is accepted or declined at each moment.

Faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ improves as a person increases in prayer, fasting and the studying of the Holy Scriptures. At the same time, every believer needs to be conscious of the dangers of pride and the perils of sin.

Christian growth is expected throughout life. Healing of the soul is possible at every juncture of life. The healing power of Christ exceeds the human ability to comprehend and can soften the hardest of hearts and put at rest tormented souls.

Modern life can bring the possibility of torment to husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters. Being centered in Christ, united with Christ, and seeking of Christ is the best way to deal with distress that arises.

The Holy Gospel has the power to strengthen believers in the face of adversity. The Holy Gospel provides courage and vision in the most difficult of circumstances.

In the hospital, on the job and in the community, the Holy Gospel is always relevant, always powerful, and always timely. It doesn't matter what your job is or what your responsibilities are, Christ can always help.

If a person can believe and comprehend Christ's existence and presence, the person can always choose to follow Christ and benefit. The celebration of the Divine Liturgy touches the lives of individuals with different backgrounds.

The celebration of the Divine Liturgy has meaning for individuals with different problems, having different cultural origins and of different ages. Young children and aged adults find healing and peace in the Divine Liturgy.

The love of Christ is essential for each believer. Recognizing and being appreciative of Christ's love is essential for each believer. Taking time to say "Thank You" to Christ has a place in each day of life.

Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John had select places in the life of Christ. They hold places in history that remain of constant interest. Every believer has a responsibility as a follower of Christ to confess Christ in daily life.

Believers sharing Christ with others expand the healing nature of Christ and enable others to experience this healing. Sharing the healing power of Christ is to be accomplished in a spirit of Christian love.

1 St. Nikolai Velimirovic. The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. 1. Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, Alhambra, California., 2002, p. 519

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 24 / June 6, 2010
Second Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Symeon the Stylite.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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