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
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944
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.
September 26 / October 9, 2011
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
St. George Church - Twentieth Anniversary booklet, October 27, 1974
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
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.
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
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
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
Back to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church,
Carmichaels - Home Page