St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 632 - February 14 / February 27, 2011


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
February 14 / February 27, 2011
Sunday of the Last Judgment
No. 632

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

Ephesians 6:16

Above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you will able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

Recent Services
February 16
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
February 20
The Third and Sixth Hour were read.
Father John Kluchko served the Divine Liturgy.Thirty three people came. Five communicants.
February 21
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
February 22
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
February 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
February 24
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Matins and First Hour. Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos.

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

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs can be scheduled during the week on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

February 27 - Meatfare Sunday
March 6 - Cheesefare Sunday, Vespers at 5:30 PM, St. Sava Church-Mckeesport
March 7 - Great Lent begins
March 12 - Theodore Saturday
March 13 - Sunday of Orthodoxy, St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Canonsburg. 4:00 PM.
March 20 - Second Sunday of Great Lent, St. Gregory Palamas
March 27 - Third Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of the Holy Cross
April 3 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
April 7 - Feast of Annunciation
April 10 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent
April 17 - Palm Sunday
April 18 - Great and Holy Monday
April 19 - Great and Holy Tuesday
April 20 - Great and Holy Wednesday
April 21 - Great and Holy Thursday

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

Parish Life

The Eastern American Diocesan Assembly was held in Clearwater, Florida on February 18-19, 2011. Sonia Janson was the parish delegate.

Sympathy extended to family, friends and co-workers of Fayette Emergency Medical Services employee David P. Sechrist recently departed this life unexpectedly.

Two people came for Adult Class on Tuesday. Class this Tuesday. Come to discuss the Gospel for Forgiveness Sunday. Learn from Blessed Theophylact and St. John Chrysostom.

Retired Pa. Board of Probation and Parole Western Region Hearing Examiner David Flick and Hearing Office Coordinator Linda Lesniak visited the parish this week.

Make your investments in the Kingdom of God. Honor Great Lent entirely.

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.

Today is the last day to eat meat until Pascha.

A Thought from Very Reverend Radisa Purich

The Church is not just a building, designed and built to serve as a place, where our children can have fun on Sunday morning; or a place, where we can meet nice people, improve our social status and earn a good name in the society; or a place, where we can keep our customs and traditions, and pay tributes to our forebearers for being good men and good Christians. The Church is more than that. It is God's institution, founded by our Lord Jesus Christ, with the purpose to serve as an instrument for our salvation, and prepare us for the kingdom of God, by teaching us to be as perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect.

( 1971 Calendar. Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada. )

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

To Consider

The sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, the stranger, the hungry, the thirsty.
The care we give to the needy.
The care for the spiritually hungry, thirsty and imprisoned.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 16-Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
February 17-Travelled to Clearwater, Florida for Diocesan Assembly. Attended Shadeland and Diocesan Council meetings on February 18 in addition to Diocesan Assembly on February 18-19,2011. On February 19 traveled to Orlando,Florida for groundbreaking of new St. Petka Church on February 20, 2011. Returned to parish early AM on February 21, 2011.
February 23-Went to funeral home in Dawson for view of Paramedic David Sechrist.
February 25-Visited patient in Uniontown Hospital

Psalm 102/103-12

But You, O Lord, shall endure forever, and the remembrance of Your name to all generations.


The Sunday of the Last Judgement

Matthew 25:31-46

When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, "Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.' Then He will say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.' Then they will also answer Him saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?" Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.

Believers expect a final judgment when the Lord Jesus Christ returns. Every day is a day to get ready for the Final Judgment. Every day moves the world closer to Christ's return and each person being accountable. Great Lent provides believers with a definitive period in the Church emphasizing repentance. Repentance is necessary for unity with Christ. Forgiveness of sins is necessary for unity with Christ. The love and mercy of God is necessary for each person to be forgiven.

The present Gospel focuses on care of the stranger, the sick, the suffering, the hungry, the thirsty, the naked and the imprisoned. The Lord Jesus Christ places great importance on the care of the "least of these." Being with strangers, the sick, the suffering, the hungry and the thirsty and the imprisoned is not always attractive. At times it can be threatening. At times it can be uncomfortable. At times it can be repulsive.

Each person benefits by examining his or her attitudes and behavior regarding the people met in daily life. Brief but meaningful encounters can make a difference on where a person spends eternity. The present Gospel gives very definitive results for behaviors directed toward the "least of these." Everlasting punishment and eternal life are the two alternatives the Lord Jesus Christ describes. Those who are blessed will be invited to inherit the kingdom. Those individuals showing no compassion on the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, the hungry, the naked and the thirsty face everlasting punishment.

Being a Christian requires attentiveness to the people met in daily life. Being a Christian involves great responsibilities. Baptisms are always joyous. The journey from the baptismal fount to the end of earthly life involves not only the joys of the life in Christ, but also the crosses each person faces along the way. Pascha is the Feast of Feasts. Great and Holy Friday always comes before Pascha.

The present Gospel establishes expectations for Christians. Individuals who are strangers and approach a Christian should receive a welcome that Christ would approve. Individuals hungry and thirsty for Christ should find opportunities for nourishment when the come to a parish church. Individuals weary of life in the cold hard world should feel warmth when entering a parish church. Christians have a responsibility to love one another and to love others they meet in daily life. The First Epistle of St. John states: "He who does not love does not know God, for God is love." (I Jn. 4:8)

The violence in the world needs dealt with by an increase in love. The Lord Jesus Christ in the supreme act of humility ascended the Cross. The Lord Jesus Christ set the supreme example for Christian men, women and children. The present Gospel is motivation for putting Christian love into practice. The present Gospel is motivation to see "Christ" in each person we meet. The present Gospel is motivation to move beyond unreasonable resistances we may have developed to demonstrate the love of Christ.

Each believer does well to examine the ultimate personal goals in life. Each person benefits from seriously answering the question where he or she wants to spend eternity. The present Gospel sets forth the alternatives and the criteria for judgment.

Self-examination will reveal if Christ is primary in our lives. Jesus asked His disciples this question: "Who do you say that I, the Son of Man, am?" (Mt. 16:13) Every person answers the question by the way he or she lives each day. Simon Peter answered the question by saying: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." (Mt. 16:16). If we believe as Simon Peter said, our lives will reflect a love for Christ and for the people we meet in daily life. If we believe as Simon Peter said, we will live according to Christ's commandments.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own." (Mt. 10:14) Followers of Christ want to be true to His teachings and standards. Followers of Christ want to be true to the example He set and the examples set by the saints and martyrs through the centuries.

The ultimate invitation any person could receive exists in the present Gospel: "Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." (Mt. 25:34) The way we treat the people we meet in daily life will determine if we are blessed to receive the ultimate invitation leading to eternal life.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 14 / February 27, 2011
Sunday of the Last Judgment.
St. Auxentius. St. Cyril the Slav.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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