St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 616 - October 25 / November 7, 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
October 25 / November 7, 2010
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 616

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

Luke 8:48

And He said to her, "Daughter be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace."

Recent Services
October 31
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Forty seven people came for the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN officiated. Very Rev. Lt. Col Adam Yonitch came to serve. St. Sava School of Theology graduate MilovaJovanovich participated. Three communicants.
November 1
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
November 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person was present for the reading of the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
November 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
November 5
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

5:30 AM Matins on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday,

8:00 AM St. Demetrius, Divine Liturgy.

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

Akathists and Prayers for special needs scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

November 8 - St. Demetrius the Great Martyr
November 10 - St. Arsenius
November 14 - Celebration of Choir Slava, Covered Dish Dinner
November 16 - Translation of the Relics of Greatmartyr George.
November 21 - Synaxis of Archangel Michael and Other Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarios
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 27 - Holy Apostle Philip
November 28 - Nativity Fast Begins
November 29 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew
December 4 - The Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos

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

Thank you to everyone helping to celebrate the Parish Anniversary.

Please make an effort to come for the Choir Slava next Sunday. The St. George Choir inspires the parish throughout the year.

Two people attended Adult Class this past week.

Happy St. Demetrius Slava to all celebrating.

Remember our many veterans from the parish, living and departed.

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. Come to Adult Class on Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Learn more about the Holy Gospel. Learn from St. John Chrysostom, St. Cyril of Alexandria and Blessed Theophylact!

If your home has not been blessed and you want it blessed, contact the priest.

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 each year.

Read the Church calendar to learn about the feasts, saints and fasts.

Troparion for St. Demetrius

The world has in you, O martyr, as a mighty champion in dangers and the conqueror of infidels. Wherefore, as you have put to shame the arrogance of Lyaios and inspired Nestor with courage to combat him, thus, also, O holy Demetrios, beseech Christ our God to bestow upon us His great mercy.

To Consider

The many people making the pilgrimage to the Church of St. Demetrius in Thessalonica.
The miracles attributed to St. Demetrius.
The many prayers for St. Demetrius to intercede with the Lord Jesus Christ.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 26 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
October 27 - Went to Diocesan Center.
October 28-30 - Went to Chicago for Standing Committee Meetings.
Participated in Anniversary Banquet.
November 1 - Pastoral visit.
November 2 - Pastoral visit.
November 3 - Pastoral visit.
November 3-4 - Participated in Diocesan Clergy Seminar at Shadeland.

Psalm 85/86:4

Rejoice the soul of Your servant, For to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 8:41-56

And there came a man named Jairus, and he was ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus' feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. Now a woman, having an flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately, her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, "Who touched Me?' When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?'" But Jesus said, "Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me." Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and she was healed immediately. And He said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace." While He was still speaking, someone came from the Ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, "Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher." But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, "Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well." When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, "Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping." And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, "Little girl, arise." Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.

Christ healed the woman with the issue of blood and restored life to Jairus' daughter after she had died. These two miracles proclaimed in the Holy Gospel benefit our hearts and minds. These miracles deserve to remain in the forefront of our thoughts forever. The Lord Jesus Christ heals our infirmities and renews our lives. We have to repent and be faithful to Christ. We have to patient and be nourished by the Holy Gospel and His Precious Body and Blood.

Many years can pass before healing and before we are renewed in Christ. The love of Christ endures forever. The power of God endures forever. Jesus acts in each human life. The woman in the current Gospel touched the hem of Jesus' garment. Jesus visited Jairus' home to restore life to his daughter. Jesus' direct personal attention was shown to Jairus' daughter and to the woman with the issue of blood.

We are encouraged to pray individually to Jesus as well as to pray collectively as part of God's Holy Church. Our lives are not isolated. We live in existence with others in this world. We are connected through Christ to our family and friends departed this life. We are connected to others in Christ.

Christ demonstrated in the current Gospel that He can bridge the gap between death and life. He demonstrated in the present Gospel and in His Resurrection that He has power over death. We need only open our hearts to Christ and welcome Him in order to experience the newness of life He provides. We need to expel sin from our hearts and diverse thoughts and activities from our lives that prevent us from having fervor for Christ.

When illness or tragedy strikes, very quickly we realize the importance of Christ in our lives. The Holy Gospel, Confession and Communion prepare us to deal with unexpected eventualities in life. Christ gives us the vision to perceive and understand life. Our lives take their meaning from Christ and Christ sustains us. The Holy Apostle Paul expressed this best when he said: "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." (Gal. 2:20)

At Holy Baptism, believers take on their identity as Christians and are expected to remain faithful to Christ for the remaining days of their lives. The love of Christ expressed at Holy Baptism is to be nourished and cherished throughout life. The fervor for Christ shown at Holy Baptism is to be renewed and strengthened continuously in God's Holy Church. Attending the Divine services of the Church and being faithful to Christ enable a person to grow in Christ.

From infancy to departure from this life, the believer faces many obstacles, temptations and challenges. The present Gospel is a strong lesson in the value of faith in Christ and the healing power of Christ. Believers do well never to underestimate the love and power of Christ. Believers do well to attempt to be in constant prayer with Christ.

The present Gospel summons the innermost thoughts of believers. Believing in the miracles in the present Gospel requires great faith. Individuals having great faith in Christ will continually realize the wonder and greatness of Christ. The more we love Christ and the more we place our faith in Him, the more we experience that He is immeasurable in love and goodness. We do well to contemplate Christ's humility exemplified on the Cross. Christ's humility was also shown in the present Gospel in the healing of the woman with the issue of blood and the restoration of life to Jairus' daughter.

When restoring life to Jairus' daughter, Christ did not seek to bring attention to Himself. He told the parents to remain silent about His actions. Jesus did not seek to draw attention to Himself. He did not seek to be the center of attention or to be praised for this act of restoring life to the dead girl.

We do well to ask ourselves each day the question: "How can we be more Christ-like?" How can we do better in living in ways pleasing to Christ?" What more can we do to strengthen our faith and be renewed in Christ? "We will never be disappointed if we try each day to live in Christ and to follow His teachings.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 25 / November 7, 2010
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Martyrs Marcian and Martyrius.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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