St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 623 - December 13 / December 26, 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
December 13 / December 26, 2010
Thirty-First Sunday after Pentecost
No. 623

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

Galatians 3:7

Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.

Recent Services
December 18
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont followed by Divine Liturgy including Blessing of two Slava Kolacs. Four communicants.
Two people came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers. One Slava Kolac was blessed.
December 19
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Six communicants.
December 20
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
December 21
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
December 22
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

No weekday services this week.

Sunday, January 2
5:30 AM Matins and First Hour.
9:30 AM Third and Sixth
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy

January 6
7:30 PM Blessing of Badjnak followed by Vigil
8:00 AM Nativity Eve Divine Liturgy

January 7
10:00 AM Feast of the Nativity Divine Liturgy.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - December 26-St. Gavrilo; St. Nikodim of Serbian, Mother's Day
December 27-30 - Youth Retreat at Shadeland
December 30-January 1 - Clergy Gathering at Shadeland
December 30 - Deacon Avakum, Martyr.
December 31 - St. Sebastian and Companions; St. Modestus
January 2 - St. Ignatius of Antioch-St. Daniel III of Serbia, Father's Day
January 5 - St. Nahum of Ohrid
January 6 - Christmas Eve
January 7 - Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ
January 8 - Synaxis 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

Festal greetings to our friends and neighbors celebrating Christmas at this time.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion before the Feast of the Nativity.

A warm welcome to Protinica Mirjana, Savo and Marta Majstorovic visiting at this time from St. Sava Cathedral in New York City.

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 Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity on January 7.

Tell friends and relatives to listen to the weekly St. George radio broadcast.

Bring a friend to church when you come.

The young children and youths are a welcome addition to the Divine Liturgy.

Stan Brozik, Tom Hunter and Tom's friend Don Alston worked to repair the chandelier in the choir loft. Mickey Bezjak cleaned the many, many small pieces of glass.

Frank Menhart is the only person in the parish working on the railroad.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette series on power plants made extensive information available regarding the impact on the health of area residents.

One person came to Adult Class on Tuesday. No class this week.

If you have a question about the teachings or practices of the Church, ask the priest.

Lee Klingensmith came quickly when he learned the furnace was not working.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Dragomir Tuba

Our most faithful parishioners, those who regularly attend the divine services, are the first ones to be asked to work in the kitchen or to do other manual work, to do Martha's job. They love the Church so they would not refuse to help, therefore they are repeatedly being asked over and over again to work. There has to be a better way to utilize their desire to help our Church and clergy. A number of them should be encouraged to witness their love for Christ not just with manual labor but doing other missionary work

( Excerpt from talk entitled: "Every Parish is a Mission Parish" given at Diocesan Clergy Seminar )

To Consider

The multiple benefits of honoring the fasts of the Church.
The love for God invested in honoring the fasts.
The love of God manifested each day.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 18 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va for Divine Liturgy.

Psalm 92/93:1

The Lord reigns. He is clothed with majesty; The Lord is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved.

Thirty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 14:16-24

Then He said to him, "A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready.' But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go to see it. I ask you to have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.' Still another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore cannot come.' So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.' And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.' Then the master said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you that none of those men who were invited shall taste of my supper."

The Holy Gospel is preached throughout the world. Millions of people have the opportunity to hear the Gospel. Everyone hearing the message of the Holy Gospel has the opportunity to follow Christ. Every person baptized into Christ is expected to be faithful to Christ throughout life. A certain number of individuals take the Gospel seriously and follow Christ. A certain number of people remain faithful to Christ throughout their lives.

Many individuals hearing the Gospel and even being baptized into Christ find reasons not to attend the Divine Liturgy. Many individuals find reasons not to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Christ invites every person to the fullness of life in Him. Christ invites every person to repent of sin and live a virtuous life.

Choices are made throughout the day, everyday as to whether to follow Christ. Temptations and attractions and attachments to personal possessions can lead a person away from Christ. The path away for Christ is dangerous to the soul. When distance is created between a believer and Christ, the soul is in jeopardy. Failing to attend the Divine Liturgy regularly and failing to come to Holy Confession and Communion regularly puts the person at risk for greater sin.

Joy and fulfillment increase to the degree a person follows Christ, loves Christ and repents of sin. The cross is a part of the Christian journey and hard choices need to be made throughout life in order to be faithful to Christ. The way of Satan needs to be firmly rejected each day. The way of sin needs to be viewed as repugnant and perilous.

The road to great sins begins with little sins. The road to death begins when a person first says "yes" to sin and begins to abandon the way of Christ. Repentance and Holy Confession are the way to unity with Christ. Nourishment from the Holy Gospel and the Precious Body and Blood of Christ restore unity with Christ.

This is the time of the Nativity Fast. The Nativity Fast emphasizes preparation for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ. Keeping the mind focused on Christ taking on human flesh and dwelling among the peoples of the earth for their salvation is the strongest guide for preparation. The Nativity Fast is not a time to focus on acquiring material possessions. The Nativity Fast is not a time to engage in activities that dilute the best interests of the soul.

The Nativity Fast is a time to concentrate on God and blessings from God. The Nativity Fast is a time to focus on Christ restoring purity in our hearts, our minds, and our souls. The joy and peace associated with the Nativity of Christ emanate from the love of Christ and the reciprocal love of believers for Christ. Freely engaging in sinfulness during the Nativity Fast and any other time of the year does not engender peace.

The soul suffering from anxiety and being disturbed is healed thoroughly only with repentance and love of Christ. Lasting peace is experienced only by daily faithfulness to Christ. The Holy Gospel must live in the heart and the home for peace to be achieved. Saints and martyrs serve as constant witnesses that peace in Christ is possible and desirable. Saints and martyrs serve as constant evidence that love of Christ surpasses all other loves in experiencing completeness in life. Husbands and wives can achieve sainthood if they love Christ and each other consistently and completely. Sons and daughters can achieve sainthood if they love Christ and live according to Christ consistently. The difference between saints and martyrs and those who are not is measured by willingness to repent and follow Christ completely.

Christ does not discriminate against individuals in any way. Everyone hearing about Christ has the possibility of growing and maturing in Christ. The decisions a person makes each day determine if that growth in Christ will occur. Christ repeated invites individuals to draw near to be nourished. The man in the present Gospel sent out invitations just as Christ does. Whether an invitation is accepted rests with the person receiving it. Each capable person is responsible for the care of his or her soul. Each person determines person priorities and personal goals. Each person determines the values that will guide his or her life.

Parents influence their children in establishing life's goals and priorities. Sons and daughters benefit when seeing mothers and fathers loving Christ and living according to the Holy Gospel. Raising sons and daughters is a great responsibility. Christ enables faithful believers to meet that responsibility.

With the Feast of the Nativity of Christ drawing near, everyday of the Nativity Fast increases in importance as a time of preparation. Increased love for Christ make each day of the Nativity Fast more beneficial. Making extensive use of the Nativity Fast is an investment in the Kingdom of God. There is no sounder investment to be made than in the Kingdom of God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 13 / December 26, 2010
Thirty-First Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday of Holy Forefathers.
Serbian Mothers Day.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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