St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 664 - September 26 / October 9, 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. 664
September 26 / October 9, 2011
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost


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

II Corinthians 5:7

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Recent Services
September 29
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
Vespers was read.
September 30
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Cross, Akathist to the Mother of God, Unexpected Joy and Akathist to St. Panteleimon.
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
October 1
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
October 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-two people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
October 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
Vespers was read.
October 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
Vespers was read.
October 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
Vespers was read.
October 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God, She Who Healeth was read.
Approximately eighty people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God, Very Rev.Stavrofor Rade Merick, Very Rev. Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch and Rev. Fr. Matthew Stagon came to serve as the myhrr-flowing icon from Hawaii was present. Very Rev. Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov and Very Rev. Mitred Priest Stephan Romanchak were present.
October 7
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist of Thanks, Glory to God for All Things was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Saturday
4:00 PM Vespers. (Call to confirm)

Akathists and Special prayers scheduled during the week as needed.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 14 - Protection of Theotokos.
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas.

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People

Parish Life

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

The parish was blessed to have the myhrr flowing icon of the Mother of God from Hawaii this past week. People came long distances to venerate the icon.

Pray regularly.

Honor the fast days of the Church.

Bring a friend to church.

Thank you to all baking for the visit of the myhrr-flowing icon.

Read your Bible regularly

Five people came to Adult Class this past week. No class this week.

A Thought from President - Kumovi: +Ted and Frances Dragich

We cannot forget the many members who are no longer with us. As we attend our church on Sundays and see the spaces that were once occupied by these faithful ones, it brings a little sadness to our hearts. But as time goes on, we hope that some new and young faces will begin to fill these vacancies.

( St. George Church - Twentieth Anniversary booklet, October 27, 1974 )

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

To Consider

Miracle working icons.
Lives changed by miraculous icons.
Communities changed by miraculous icons.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 30 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
October 3 - Went to Morgantown to visit parishioner in hospital.
October 7 - Went to Diocesan Center.

Psalm 144/145:8

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.


The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 15:21-28

Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshipped Him, saying. “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their master‘s table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

We can never know enough about God. We can invest the rest of our lives in learning about God and never know all there is to know. God exceeds our human ability to fully comprehend. We grow to the extent we invest our lives in God. Fullness in life comes when God is the goal, the foundation and the way of daily life.

The present Gospel message describes the healing of the demon-possessed daughter of a woman of faith. The mother was persistent in her pleas to Jesus. She so desired her daughter to be healed and in her right mind. The woman persisted in her pleas to Jesus until the desired healing took place.

Sons and daughters possessed by demons can be frustrating to parents and to other family members and friends. Years may pass before definitive and lasting change takes place in a demon-possessed family member. The Lord Jesus Christ is the primary and central hope that change for the better will occur.

Concentrated prayers to the Lord Jesus Christ and pleas for intercessory action by the Mother of God, saints and martyrs are constructive steps to take. Believers need not live in frustration. Turning to Christ is the direction for personal peace. Living in Christ enables individuals to find balance and peace in their lives.

The mother in the current Gospel lesson told Jesus that even a little help would make a big difference. The woman was strong in her faith. Jesus recognized the degree of faith. Faith is cultivated and strengthened by learning more about God. Reading the Holy Scriptures informs the interested person about the goodness and mercy of God.

The Holy Scriptures document the goodness and miraculous work of God through the centuries. God’s Holy Church is the primary place where serious believers can seek and find the answers to the origin, existence, meaning and destination of life.

The present Gospel message gives indication of the mother’s love for her daughter. The woman had confidence in Christ could make a difference. Christ made a difference. The daughter was healed. The mother’s persistence changed the course of her daughter’s life. Many parents in succeeding centuries benefitted from the strong faith of this one mother. A single person of strong faith has a lasting effect on many other individuals.

The healed daughter in the present Gospel became living evidence of the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. When seeing the daughter was healed, other people in her community would be certain to notice the difference. The changed behavior would be reason for the healed daughter to give testimony about the goodness of God and the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Individuals seek healing and wholeness from God. Hunger exists in each person for the completeness that is best found in God. Individuals blessed to know that God is the perfect healer and source for completeness of life will turn to God in faith. Other persons operate with blindness, contempt or ignorance towards God and seek wholeness and health from different sources.

Turning to different sources other than God for healing and wholeness is never fully satisfying. Temporary pleasure and enjoyment may be found in various pursuits but they will eventually be found to be wanting and insufficient.

God has love that is satisfying. God has love that is complete and comprehensive. God has listening power and patience. God exercises mercy and forgiveness. God washes away sins and cleanses the heart and soul. The mind is renewed with the cleansing of the heart and soul.

Each day is a new day in God. The mother and healed daughter began life anew when the demons were gone and the daughter was made well. The mother and daughter would begin life anew with strengthened faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The mother and daughter were living proof that faith in Christ makes a difference.

Many questions may arise during a person’s life about the origin, meaning and existence of life. Questions may arise about death and the Second Coming of Christ. Turning to Christ in prayer is the purposeful step to take. Turning to Christ is the way to improve personal life and family life.

The mother in the present Gospel turned to Christ for the betterment of her daughter. The mother was not disappointed. The mother set a lasting example for her daughter and taught the daughter a lesson she would never forget.

Physical healings may not always take place when turning to Christ but a new understanding of illness can take place and peace of soul is achievable. The mother and daughter in the present Gospel had ample reason to praise and give thanks to God.

Every day believers have reason to praise and give thanks to God. Individuals are renewed by God with each rising of the sun.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 26 / October 9, 2011
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Repose of Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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