St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 655 - July 25 / August 7, 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

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

No. 655
July 25 / August 7, 2011
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

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

I Peter 1:7

So that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Recent Services
July 29
Vespers was read.
July 30
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Ten people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy. Third and Sixth Hours were read prior to the Divine Liturgy.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
July 31
July 31-Matins and First Hours were read. Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-two people came for Divine Liturgy.
A parastos was also held.
August 1
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read
August 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Five people came for Divine Liturgy.
August 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
A pomen was held in Masontown for +Peter Smargie. The St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church Choir of Monroeville came for the pomen.
August 4
A funeral service was held for +Peter Smargie with burial at Sylvan Heights Cemetery. Very Rev.Stavrofor Dragoljub Malich came for the funeral.
August 5
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

August 7
Area Diocesan churches are closed due to Diocese Day at St. Sava Camp, Shadeland.

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

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

7:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Kolach and Koljivo

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 7 - Diocesan Day, Shadeland, St. George Church will be closed.
August 9 - St. Panteleimon, Healthcare Day Seminar
August 12 - Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia
August 14 - Beginning of Dormition Fast

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

Sympathy extended to the family of +Pete Smargie departed this life this past week.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Nancy Thompson of Waynesburg departed this life this past week.

Thank you to parishioners expressing sympathy at the departure from this life of +Michael Torbic.

Thank you to all parishioners helping with the Healthcare Seminar.

The singing of the St. George Choir at funerals is always greatly appreciated by individuals in attendance.

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.

Celebrate your Slava every year.

Tell your friends and neighbors about the parish radio broadcast on the Uniontown station and internet.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

All the gifts which are given to the Church have one and the same goal: to build a new Adam in each person just as he was when he came out of the hand of the Creator. Each man receives them and consciously builds them into that Theandric organism. His effort will not be for naught, for the Lord will reward him and reveal to him many more of the mysteries, which are in His Church.

( The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translated by Protopresbyter Stevan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac, 2001, p. 67 )

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

To Consider

The Greatmartyr and Healer Panteleimon.
The miracles attributed to St. Panteleimon.
The importance of faith in seeking miracles

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 29 - Visited patient in Mon General Hospital-Morgantown.
July 30 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
July 31 - Pastoral Visit.
August 2 - Went to family Slava.
August 3 - Pomen for +Pete Smargie
August 4 - Funeral and burial services for +Pete Smargie.

Psalm 130/131:

Out of the depth I cry to Thee, O Lord!

Holy Confession

(From the Archives)

I John 1:9-10 - If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Believers coming to Holy Confession with serious intent seek the cleansing power of God. Serious believers come to Holy Confession seeking unity with God and the restoration of health to the soul.

Coming to Holy Confession with seriousness of purpose entails placing confidence and trust in God. Being willing to confess sins that are sensitive and personally embarrassing demonstrates trust in God and the priest.

The priest is expected to give complete and undivided attention to the believer. The priest is expected to listen carefully to what is said, the way it is said, and what remains unsaid that is related to the confession.

Believers are expected to give careful forethought to coming to Holy Confession. Being aware of the presence of God and the power of God to forgive sins is essential to Holy Confession.

Confession ideally starts at a young age and has an important place throughout the serious believerís life. Confession is a way to return to the path of Christ entered at Holy Baptism.

Confession redirects a personís life to the Kingdom of God after a believer realizes that the narrow path has not always been taken. (Mt. 7:13-14). Confession provides the believer with the God-given opportunity for personal renewal.

Priests hearing confessions can offer words of comfort and words of assistance. Priests can offer strong words of caution and re-direction for believers treading on the precipice of self-destruction.

Healing taking place affects body, mind and soul. The mind can be at peace knowing that God forgives sins and accepts the repentant heart. The body experiences reduction of stress created by the removal of the weight of sin.

Great Lent, the Nativity Fast, the Apostles Fast and the Dormition Fast are structured periods during which Holy Confession is strongly encouraged. Great Lent and the Nativity Fast are the two most extensive periods for Confession.

The recognition of personal sin and the desire for unity with God can cause a believer to desire frequent confession throughout the year. A desire to maintain a healthy soul and healthy body motivates serious believers.

The personal value attached to Holy Confession increases as a believer grows in Christ. The more a believer grows in Christ, the more apparent personal sinfulness is recognized and requires repentance.

Arrogance and pride keep a person from acknowledging personal sin. Being distant from God and having distrust of God deter a believer from benefiting from Holy Confession.

The distance between a believer and God is determined by degree of personal sin. Individuals with Christ constantly in their minds, hearts and souls will immediately know the benefit of Confession and the great degree of personal sin.

Individuals distant from God and giving little thought to God place little value on Holy Confession. Holy Confession is fundamental to health of body, mind and soul. Holy Confession is fundamental to life in the Church.

Believers change as a result of serious participation in Holy Confession. Believers grow in Christ through serious participation in Holy Confession. Relationships change for the better due to Holy Confession.

Personal peace is achieved through Holy Confession. Understanding of life increases through Holy Confession. A believerís relationship with God is revealed in the preparation for and participation in Holy Confession.

Holy Confession is a reaching out by the believer to the welcoming presence of God. Holy Confession is a prostrating of the believer before the merciful presence of God. Holy Confession is the opening of the heart, mind and soul to God. Holy Confession involves the believer being attentive to Godís mercy. The believer benefits from Godís forgiveness and the experience of a new life in Christ.

Coming to Holy Confession is an act of the complete person. Every dimension of the believerís life is affected. Holy Confession ďsets arightĒ the relationship with God. The weight of sin is lifted. New freedom occurs.

A personís relationship with the priest matures over time. Trust increases and builds as the believer and the priest come together more often. The believer increases in willingness to open the heart and mind and soul as time passes.

The atmosphere in which Holy Confession takes place is important. An absence of hurriedness, sufficient quietness and the absence of external distractions are necessary. Hope is a dominant aspect for the believer coming earnestly to Holy Confession. The believer needs to perceive a sufficient degree of hope that by Holy Confession God will enable life to be better.

A certain amount of trepidation because of personal sin has a proper place in the heart, mind and soul of the believer. Coming to Holy Confession is not a casual act. Coming to Holy Confession is not a routine duty. Believers are expected to be sorry for sins committed and desirous of a better relationship with Christ. A renewed relationship with Christ, stronger and more meaningful is the anticipated result.

The seriousness of Holy Confession corresponds with the healing and wholeness that result. Individuals approaching Holy Confession with complete commitment to the life in Christ benefit greatly. Sins are without effect in the face of the forgiving God. The forgiveness of sins is a manifestation of the love of God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 25 / August 7, 2011
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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