St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 633 - February 21 / March 6, 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 21 / March 6, 2011
Forgiveness Sunday
No. 633

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

I Timothy 1:14

And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

Recent Services
February 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read
February 26
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Sixth Hour was read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Twelve people attended with one communicant.
Pomen was held for all departed members of St. George Church.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
February 27
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Forty-seven people attended. One communicant.
February 28
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
March 1
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and Pomen.
March 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
March 3
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Matins and First Hour. Third and Sixth Hours. Divine Liturgy.

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

Evenings
6:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Wednesday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 6 - Cheesefare Sunday, Vespers, 5:30 PM at St. Sava Church, Mckeesport
March 7 - Great Lent begins
March 12 - Theodore Saturday
March 12 - Mon Valley Vespers at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, Belle Vernon, 6:30 PM
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
5:30 PM - St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church, Aliquippa
5:30 PM - Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church-Youngwood
March 27 - Third Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday of the Holy Cross
5:30 PM - St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Midland
April 3 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
5:30 PM - St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Monroeville
5:30 PM - Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church, Steubenvillle, Ohio

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

May God give eternal rest to +Proto Stavrofor Bronko Skaljac and comfort to his family.

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN officiated at the services for +Father Bronko with many clergy serving and attending. Mother Ana and Sister Anastasia also were present from Monastery Marcha along with a large gathering the faithful.

Milosh "Serb" Krewasky, Mildred Bezjak, Sonia Janson and Andrea Janson were parishioners traveling to St. Sava Cathedral in Cleveland where +Father Bronko's viewing, pomen, the Divine Liturgy and funeral service were held.

Sophie Krivosky, her daughter Judy, Steve Popovich, his brother and sister, Bill Kovach with his wife and sister Patty, and Mike and Josephine Vuich also were among those formerly from this area coming to St. Sava Cathedral for +Father Bronko and his family.

Former St. George parish priest, Proto Stavrofor Vasiljie Sokolovich served and spoke at the funeral and was accompanied by his family. A statement was read from Proto Djokan Majstorovich as President of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood.

Father Majstorovic, Father Sokolovic and Father Skaljac are three priests from this parish that served as President of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood.

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 dairy products until Pascha. Eating meat was discontinued last week. It is time to concentrate on increased prayer and care of the soul.

Many of +Mike "Mac" Rogish's family traveled long distances to attend the Parastos last Sunday.

Four people came for Adult Class this past week. No class this week.

Remember the eighteen miners that lost their lives on March 8, 1960 at Island Creek Holden #22 in West Virginia.

A Thought from Dr. Milan G. Popovich

A religious man believes what the Bible reveals, that God created man in his own image for the life of this world and in world to come, and endowed him with some exclusive spiritual faculties not found in the entire animal world. Like God, man's soul possesses vision but is not visible; it fills his body as God fills the world.

( 1975 Calendar. The 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 immeasurable capacity of God to forgive.
The countless individuals benefiting from God's forgiveness.
Beginning anew in Christ after having been forgiven.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 2-3 - Went to Diocese, then to St. Sava Cathedral in Cleveland for viewing, and service including funeral.

Psalm 103/104: 1

Bless the Lord, O my soul!O Lord my God, You are very great!


Forgiveness Sunday

Mt. 6:14-21

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive me their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroys and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Believers have a choice as to whether to treat the Gospel of Christ with great seriousness. This choice is a daily choice. Every minute of every day individuals choose whether to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with their lives. Even the most well-intentioned person will deviate from the love of Christ and full attentiveness to Christ. When a person fails to honor Christ, repentance is necessary.

Great Lent is the structured period of time provided by the Church every year emphasizing repentance. Wise individuals take Great Lent seriously. Wise individuals see Great Lent as an opportunity to invest in the Kingdom of God. Repentance requires attention to the condition of the soul. Acknowledging personal sin is necessary. Acknowledging dependence on God is necessary. Acknowledging the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross and the immeasurable love of Christ is necessary.

Serious believers will recognize the spiritual filth that has become part of their lives. Holy Confession is a means of cleansing this filth. Holy Confession is the means for purification of the soul. The purity of the Mother of God is an example and inspiration for every believer. The purity of the souls of the martyrs cleansed by the extreme suffering undergone in the name of Christ and in confession of Christ is inspiration and model for every believer.

Believers determine every day what their goals are and in what condition they will end their earthly lives. Some individuals give more conscious attention to personal goals than others. The way a person lives each day has a cumulative effect. Unless a person consciously devotes his or her life to Christ every day, he or she will face a perilous final judgment.

Christ is present each day to forgive sins and to aid believers in forgiving family, friends and individuals sharing their daily lives. The present Gospel message stresses laying up treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not consume and where thieves cannot enter and steal. (Mt. 6:19-20)

Great Lent is the time to assess where our lives are headed. Great Lent is the time to redirect our lives toward the Kingdom of God. When we exit the baptismal fount, the Kingdom of God is our intended final destination. Great Lent is the time to make sure we are faithful on the narrow path toward the Kingdom of God. (Mt. 7:13-14)

God's Holy Church has a proven path through the centuries. The path has been kept clean by the lives of the faithful. The path has been cleared by the efforts of the saints and martyrs. Each generation makes choices whether to remain on that path. Each generation has responsibility to be faithful to the path.

Honoring Great Lent requires conscious use of the mind and the heart. Honoring Great Lent requires conscious effort of the body. Great Lent increases in value in proportion to the degree it is honored. The individuals taking Great Lent seriously each day realize greater benefits. Investing in banks and the stock market cannot compete with investing in the Kingdom of God. The safest and surest investment is in the Kingdom of God. (Mt. 6:33) Eternal life is the immeasurable dividend. Care of the soul is of immeasurable value. (Mt. 16:26)

The present time is the only time of certainty in life. We know not when Christ will return. We know not how much longer we will live. We have to decide now whether we will honor this Great Lent. We have to begin immediately if we are going to have full benefit of this Great Lent. Each person honoring Great Lent brings benefits not only to his or herself. Each person honoring Great Lent brings benefits to family and friends, to co-workers and neighbors. Each person honoring Great Lent invests in the Kingdom of God and strengthens the parish.

Believers investing seriously in Great Lent experience joy as a result. Joy comes with loving and honoring Christ. Joy comes in being united with Christ. Joys comes in following the path of the saints and martyrs. Each person chooses with whom he or she will associate with and identify with in daily life. When we choose to unite our lives with Christ and hold Christ, His Mother and the saints and martyrs as examples, we make the soundest decision of our lives.

Today is the day to repent. Today is the day to seek forgiveness from God and from all whom we have offended. Today is the day to be forgiving of all individuals who may have offended us. Today is the day to "lay aside every weight and sin which doth so easily beset us, let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith." (Heb. 12:1-2)


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 21 / March 6, 2011
Forgiveness Sunday.
Venerable Timothy. St. Eustathius.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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