St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 661 - September 5 / September 18, 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. 661
September 5 / September 18, 2011
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

Romans 3:21-22

But now the righteous of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, e ven the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe.

Recent Services
September 8
Vespers was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
September 9
Matins and First Hour were read. Vespers was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
September 10
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. One communicant.
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
Vespers was read.
One grave was blessed.
September 11
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Thirty-Three people at tended. Two communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
September 12
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
Akathist to Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
September 13
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read. Three people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
September 14
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of She Who Healeth was read.
Vespers was read.
September 15
Matins and First Hour were read. Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Mother of God, Three Hands and Akathist to St. Panteleimon.
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
Molebien was read.
September 16
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours
Divine Liturgy, Please welcome Father Mojimir Zalcik.

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

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

6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 21 - Feast of Nativity of the Mother of God

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 and friends of +Florence Ladis unexpectedly departed this life this past week.

Stan Brozik has reason to fee l satisfaction regarding his daughter Marcy, an executive with a national business, recently honored at Boyce Campus of Allegheny County Community College.

Protopresbyter Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov, Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery, came to the parish week for the annual parish review.

Susan Donovan returned to the area for an extended stay.

Save the date of October 6 at 6:00 PM for a special weeping icon that will be visiting our parish.

Three people came for Adult Class this past week. Class again this week.

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.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stephen Zaremba

At Baptism, actually, when someone becomes a catechumen (declares his desire to receive Baptism), the priest asks him, or his kum: Do you renounce Satan? - three times. Having received a positive answer, he poses another question: Do you unite yourself to Christ? - again, three times. Only when he answers that he unites himself to Christ does the person to be baptized confess the symbol of faith and then he bows down before Christ as King and God. To bow down means he totally submits himself to Christ, that he belongs to Christ, for only he who is Christ's and is in Christ has eternal life.

( From a recent sermon at St. Sava Church, St. Pettersburg, Florida )

To Consider

The parents of St. John the Baptist.
The people blessed to personally know St. John the Baptist.
Individuals celebrating feasts of St. John the Baptist as their Slava.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 10-Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
September 14-Attended meeting in Waynesburg regarding transportation needs of individuals with mental health problems.
September 14-Attended audio seminar at Mon Generral Hospital on palliative care decisions. Morgantown, W.Va.
September 15-Visited parishioner in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

Psalm 140 141-8

But my eyes are upon You, O God the Lord; In You I take refuge.

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 22:1-14

And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again he sent out other servants, saying, “Tell those who are invited, ‘See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen, and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.’” But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, “The wedding is ready, but those who were invited are not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.” So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, “Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?” And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, “ Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping gnashing of teeth.” For many are called, but few are chosen.

Love for the Lord Jesus Christ is paramount in the relationship with Him. Love for Christ will be revealed in the way a person lives and relates with others. When love of Christ is paramount in relationships the bond increases. Joy is experienced. Individuals sense the difference. Individuals sense the meaning of the common greetings: ”Christ is amongst us!”

Love is combined with forgiveness and gentleness. Love is united with peace and respect. Love is epitomized with Christ on the Cross and His subsequent Resurrection. Love involves sacrificing for the other.

Wedding feasts are scheduled with the understanding that the bride and groom are entering a new relationship in the Church motivated by love for each other and love for Christ. Love is not static. Individuals are intended to grow in relationships with others and with Christ.

The current Gospel refers to individuals choosing not to celebrate the wedding with joy. The king wanted a festal occasion for his son’s wedding. Significant effort was put forth to invite the guests and to make them feel welcome.

Joy is found in the relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Individuals experiencing joy in Christ radiate the joy in their lives and share it with others by their speech.

Individuals confessing Christ with their lives and with their speech are positive forces in the communities where they live. Confessors of Christ counterbalance activities rooted in evil. Confessors of Christ demonstrate life can be lived in ways that enhance the community and enhance relationships.

The heart and the minds are always battlegrounds. Prayer is necessary to combat thoughts and tendencies that would lead to sin. The Holy Gospel provides nourishment to strengthen believers in their desire for faithfulness to Christ.

The king was persistent and resolute in his efforts. He succeeded in having the wedding hall filled. Motivations of individuals in attendance at gatherings influence the atmosphere. When a person is alive in Christ, the person has a direct influence on the individuals present. When a person is negative about life or is rooted in evil ways, the impact on others becomes known very readily. Turning to Christ and being united with Christ in prayer is the way to always draw strength and ward off evil. Christ is ever present to receive prayers and to answer them. Christ is every present to provide strength. Nourishment is readily available for individuals seeking to feed the hunger of the soul. When Christ is not the source of nourishment of the soul, the difference will be quickly perceived.

The Kingdom of God and the salvation of the soul are of primary interest to serious believers. Many struggles, perhaps for many years, are needed to avoid the perils of sin and the pitfalls of diverting from the faithful path of Christ.

Joy in the Lord Jesus Christ comes with faithfulness to Christ and the way of Christ. Clinging to Christ with the fullness of personal strength and dedication enables a believer to face trials and tribulations. Individuals holding firm to Christ when faith is tested are not disappointed.

Hunger in the soul causes a person to search for nourishment. Individuals coming to church find the nourishment readily available. Individuals seeking nourishment for the soul in locations where Christ is not wanted will not have the hunger satisfied. Many places make offers of help to individuals with personal problems, anxiety and emotional difficulties. God’s Holy Church helps individuals to put problems in perspective. God’s Holy Church is the starting point for dealing with any problems and for developing any personal interests. With God as the foundation and goal of any undertaking, the individual is on a safe course of action.

God offers a banquet at each Divine Liturgy. Serious individuals accept God’s invitation to draw near and be nourished. The soul finds peace and contentment when resting in God. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Mt. 11:28)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 5 / September 18, 2011
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Prophet Zaccariah and Righteous Elizabeth.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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