St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 657 - August 8 / August 21, 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. 657
August 8 / August 21, 2011
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

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 be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

Recent Services
August 12
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
August 13
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
Vespers were read at St. George Church.
August 14
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Fifteen people attended Divine Liturgy.
August 15
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
August 16
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Jesus Christ was read.
August 17
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Vespers
August 18
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Matins. Five people came for Vespers
August 19
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy.
Twelve people came for Divine Liturgy.
August 20
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

5:30 AM Matins and First Hour on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Friday.

4:00 PM Vespers on Monday.

Tuesday Evening
6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on request during the week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

August 26 - Apodasis of Transfiguration
August 27 - KSS Federation Slava, Shadeland
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God, St. George Kolo Slava, Covered Dish Dinner-Plan to Attend.
September 3 - St. Nikodim Chapel Slava, Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 18 - Synaxis of Serbian Saints .

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

Support the KSS Eastern Region by attending the Slava in Shadeland. The KSS Eastern Region does remarkable work at St.Sava Camp-Shadeland.

Support the St. George Kolo by coming to the Divine Liturgy, dinner and program next Sunday. The Kolo helps the St. George Church throughout the year!

May God bless the area miners on pension gathering on Saturday, August 27.

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.

Plan to attend Adult Class on Tuesday 7:00 PM and learn more about the Gospel.

Tell friends and relatives about the parish radio program to be heard locally and also on the internet.

Honor the Dormition Fast until the feast on August 28.

Read your Bible regularly.

Honor your Slava every year.

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

Prepare for Holy Confession and Holy Commuion regularly and with seriousness.

View many parish services on You Tube.

A Thought from Very Rev. Stavrofor Rade Merick

Nationality is a given of human life in this world; it is in itself neither a good or bad thing. As the history of the Orthodox Church has repeatedly shown, nationality can be sanctified and Christianized and made a worthy servant of the Kingdom of God. Extreme nationalism, on the other hand, is a rival of Christ’s claim to be the ultimate Lord and Master of our lives and as such is demonic. Orthodox people must not allow themselves to be seduced by the siren song of secular nationalism, but must be faithful enough to Christ to make sure they, and their national identities, serve Him above all else.

( Path of Orthodoxy June 2000 )

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

To Consider

Moses and Elijah, Peter, James and John on Mt. Tabor with the Transfigured Christ. (Mt. 17:1-9)
The impact of the Transfiguration on the world.
The lives changed by Christ’s Transfiguration.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

August 3 – Attended Webinar at Mon Valley Hospital on Rural Health Ethics.
August 12 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.
August 13 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.

Psalm 134/135:1

Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord; Praise Him, O you servants of the Lord!

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 17:14-23

And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they did not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up. And they were exceedingly sorrowful.

Prayer and fasting enable a believer to draw closer to God and to concentrate on the personal relationship with God. Prayer is direct communication with God. Prayer enables a believer to bring the deepest innermost self before God and pour out concerns and sins.

Prayer is the vehicle for preparing for Holy Confession. Prayer is the foundation and beginning point for all good work. Fasting heightens personal awareness of God and renders focus and discipline to the prayerful effort. Fasting is a relinquishing of certain thoughts, foods and activities for the benefit of the soul. Serious care of the soul is necessary throughout life.

The present Gospel states Jesus cast the demon from the troubled child and brought peace to the child’s life. Jesus brings peace to individuals and families welcoming His presence and turning to Him with prayer and fasting.

Jesus established the lasting lesson of prayer and fasting in the present Gospel reading. The Church proclaims the current Gospel reading each year for the benefit of individuals caring to take it to heart. Repetition is valuable. Hearing the present Gospel each year, the believers may increase their appreciation for the value of prayer and fasting.

Purity of faith determines the quality and benefits of prayer and fasting. Benefits increase proportionately to the degree of effort and seriousness applied to prayer and fasting.

Prayer and fasting are not only for the clergy or clergy families. Every person can benefit from prayer and fasting. Sooner or later every family has a member in need of serious prayers due to major health concerns or a personal crisis in marital or family matters. Prayer and fasting are a way to bring problems before God in search of desired resolution. Evagarios the solitary said: “Prayer is the remedy for gloom and despondency.” 1

Prayer and fasting are constructive steps toward the resolution of serious issues. Prayer and fasting summon the help of God and enable the believer to put problems into perspective. Problems are best dealt with in manageable size.

Listening to God is a true form of prayer. Silence is necessary if true listening is to occur. The heart, mind and soul need to be attentive to God. The stomach cannot be full causing lethargy and inattentiveness. One priest is known to have said: “You cannot pray on a full stomach.”

Individuals determine the personal goals for themselves. As members of the Body of Christ, all believers have the established goal of the Kingdom of God. (Mt. 6:33) All efforts of life need to be directed to the Kingdom of God.

The father and the son in the current Gospel certainly had reason to appreciate the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every believer has reason to appreciate the healing power of God. When a person is at a loss for words and direction in life, turning to the Lord Jesus Christ and placing the self humbly before Him, direction can be sought and found.

The words of the Holy Gospel give direction for all willing to listen and follow Christ. The words of the Holy Gospel nourish the soul of the hungry believer. The words of the Holy Gospel are sufficient to bring peace in times of personal distress.

The Gospel is best heard in Church. The Gospel is best understood in the context of the Church. The meaning of the Gospel is best understood when a person attends church with regularity and attentiveness.

The current Gospel is proclaimed wit the authority of the Church and in accord with the practices of the Church. Order and reason exist in the Church giving structure to the year and services of the Church.

Believers have reason to place confidence in the order and structure of the Church services. The Gospel is read at a constant place in the Divine Liturgy and common points are established proper for the preaching on the Holy Gospel.

Life in the Church requires order on a personal basis and in the larger universal dimension. Prayer and fasting are part of the order expected and anticipated on the personal and universal basis. The Lord Jesus Christ extols the benefits of prayer and fasting in the present Gospel. Jesus’ words are sufficient in authority for believers to actively welcome the practices of prayer and fasting.

1 The Philokalia Vol. I Translated by G.E.H. Palmer, Philiip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware and others. Faber and Faber, London and Boston., 1979. p. 58.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 8 / August 21, 2011
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Emilanus the Confessor.
Ven. Zosim of Tuman

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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