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
September 13 / September 26, 2010
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15
on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
- September 17
- Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
- September 18
- Matins and First Hour were read.
- Vespers was read.
- September 19
- Matins and First Hour were read.
- Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by the Divine Liturgy.
Thirty-people came. Two communicants.
- September 20
- Matins and First Hour were read. Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
- September 21
- One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
- September 25
- Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
- Six people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church
in Fairmont, W.Va.
- Two people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs will be scheduled during the week on request.
- Matins, First Hour, Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.
- 5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Matins and First Hour.
- 4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Ninth Hour and Vespers.
- 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy - Feast of Elevation of the Holy Cross.
- 6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class
Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions
Today - Parish Executive Board Meeting
September 27 - Feast of the Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross
September 30 - Holy Martyrs Faith, Hope and Love with their mother Sophia.
October 4 - Leavetaking of the Elevation of the Cross
October 9 - Repose of Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, Memorial Saturday
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas
October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva, St.Petka
October 31 - St. Luke
November 6 - Memorial Saturday
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Great Martyr
November 10 - St. Arsenius
If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!
Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia
and All Suffering People Everywhere
A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
- · Increase your commitment to the parish church each week.
- · Three people came to Adult Class last week. Join the class
and bring a friend to study the Gospel for the 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.
- · If you have a question about the practices of the Church and want to learn more,
ask the priest and come to Adult Class. Come and learn about the Holy Gospel.
- · If your home has not been blessed and you want it blessed, contact the priest.
- · Bring a friend to church. Come to church during the week as often as possible.
- · The parish radio broadcast will be after 6:00 PM when the Steelers play on
Sunday afternoon. Invite your friends and relatives to listen with you.
- · Honor your Slava every year.
Since Christ is the Head of that community, spiritually united by faith in Him, from Him,
as the holy Head, holiness comes in that spiritual community-the Church. Holiness flows
through the entire body of the Church, just as blood flows through our body. The Lord
Jesus Christ has sanctified the Church by His Blood, and the Holy Spirit has fulfilled
it by His descent, and so 'the entire building grows"
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church.
Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac
2001, p. 48.
· The Precious and Life-giving Cross.
· The Cross and the Resurrection
· The Meaning of the Cross and Resurrection for Our Lives
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
September 21 - Went to Diocesan Center and then to Old Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox
Church in Youngstown, Ohio.
September 22-24 - Went to Phoenix and Safford, Arizona for Farah Grant presentation
and Clergy Brotherhood Meeting. Visited St. Sava Church in Phoenix,
St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Monastery and St. Paisius Serbian Orthodox
September 25 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
for Divine Liturgy.
Restore us, O God; Cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved.
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood
by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had
gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was
Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the
multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into
the deep and let down your nets for a catch. But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master,
we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless, at Your word I will let down
the net. And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net
was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them.
And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it,
he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord."
For he all and who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;
and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.
And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men." So when
they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
The Sunday before the Elevation of the Precious Cross
No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is,
the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,
even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 'that whoever believes in Him should not
perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten
Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the
world through Him might be saved.
St. John's Gospel message for today speaks of salvation and eternal life. St. John's
Gospel lifts thoughts to beyond the limits of earthly life, to the heights of life everlasting.
The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "If in this life only we have hope in Christ,
we are of all men the most pitiable."
(I Cor. 15:19)
We benefit from having concern for the condition of our souls and of the care we give to
The thoughts we have regarding the Lord Jesus Christ and the relationship we have with
Christ will govern our behavior and approach to life. We will treat our friends and the
people we meet in life in accord with our relationship with Christ. Our attitude and
thoughts regarding Jesus' death on the Cross and His Resurrection will define the meaning
we find in life and the ways we conduct our daily lives. At Baptism believers embrace and
confess belief in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. Every remaining day of life believers
are expected to conduct themselves in accord with the beliefs confessed in the Creed.
Belief in the Death and Resurrection of Christ is not an abstract belief. Belief in
the other equally important articles of the Creed is not a matter of abstraction.
The way we live earthly life determines the way we spend eternity. Each believer
heeding the call to become a Christian accepts the responsibility to live as a Christian
for the remaining days of earthly life. The full joy of the Christian life is experienced
in living the Christian life fully. The Lord Jesus Christ went to the Cross voluntarily.
St. John's Gospel speaks of the world being saved by Christ. We can weigh the events of
the world to formulate the degree to which believers heed the message of Christ.
Each Christian is accountable personally to the Lord Jesus Christ. Each person bearing
the name of Christ is expected to act in a Christ-like manner. The Gospel will nourish
believers and provide strength and insight. Holy Confession and Holy Communion enable the
believer to cast behind sinful ways and to begin anew in accord with the ways of God.
Each day unfolds as a new day drawing closer to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Each day unfolds as new and unknown. Believers do not know what to expect with each
coming day but have reason to hope in the Crucified and Resurrected Christ.
The Cross of Christ has an enduring and lasting effect reaching through the centuries.
The Resurrection of Christ has an enduring message strengthened with each passing day.
Believers draw strength daily from the power of Christ's Cross and the hope established
by His Resurrection. This strength translates into action as believers face and effectively
deal with adversity due to the firmness of faith in Christ. Personal faith in Christ is
renewed with participation in the Divine services of the Church and with the hearing of
the Holy Gospel.
The Gospel delivers messages of faith and hope that affect individuals and transform
the world. Each person strengthened by the Gospel message and going forth into the world
spreads the Gospel by his and her actions. One person taking the Gospel seriously can
affect many people. The lives of the saints bear testimony to the effect a single person
can have when the Christian life is taken seriously.
Today the message from St. John's Gospel is a strong reminder of Christ's Crucifixion and
Resurrection. Believers do well to remember Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrection each day.
Every day is a day to give thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ for His death on the Cross and
His glorious Resurrection. Everyday is a day to give thanks and commit to living in ways
pleasing to God.
The message of the Gospel carries the power of Christ and transforms the attentive
listener. The power of Christ changes human lives and renews individuals who repent of
their sins. Each Divine Liturgy is an opportunity for renewal and unity with Christ.
Each Divine Liturgy is an opportunity to experience a foretaste of the Kingdom of God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 13 / September 26, 2010
Sunday before the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross.
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Dedication of the Church of the Resurrection at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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