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
October 3 / October 16, 2011
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Akathists and Prayers for Personal Needs Scheduled on Request During the Week.
The Church School began in early 1950, before there was a Serbian Orthodox Church
in Masontown. The children met in Carmichaels with Church –School teachers coming from
the Youngwood parish. In 1955 we started classes in our own church hall. In the past
25 years, we have had 134 children enrolled in our Church School with 19 Church School
Twenty Fifth Anniversary Booklet, October 28, 1979
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
*The value of the soul.
* Daily attention given to the soul.
*Necessary nourishment of the soul.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
October 7 - Pastoral visit in Morgantown.
October 8 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by
the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had
gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was
Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the
multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out
into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. But Simon answered and said to Him,
"Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless, at Your word I will
let down the net. And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and
their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and
help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When
Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a
sinful man, O Lord." For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of
fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who
were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. From now on you
will catch men." So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and
The Lord Jesus Christ made a difference in the lives of the fishermen. Simon Peter
acknowledged that they had fished all night without success. Only when they listened
to the Lord Jesus Christ and tried again were their results fruitful and abundant.
Contemporary believers do well to begin every effort with prayer and attentiveness
to God. When God is the beginning, the goal and the foundation of every effort the results
are different and much better. Centuries ago the Psalmist said: “Unless the Lord builds
the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman
stays awake in vain.”
Serious Christians will make an effort to listen to God when beginning an undertaking.
Serious Christians will begin undertakings with prayer. Praying constantly during any
work is beneficial. Prayer is the way to remain connected with God and a means to ward
off distractions, diversions and temptations.
Peter recognized his own sinfulness while in the presence of Christ. Every person
being honest will acknowledge personal sinfulness. The Lord Jesus Christ is the standard
of perfection and the way for sinners to improve and be saved. The Lord Jesus Christ was
comfortable in taking the fishermen in the current Gospel and turning them into Holy Apostles.
The Lord Jesus Christ has the power and authority to change individual lives. Not only
does Jesus change individual lives for the better, but the people who change and become more
Christ-like have an impact on others. The choosing of the Holy Apostles set in motion changes
in the world that continue to the present day. Each believer taking Christ seriously will be
forgiving and loving. Each person taking Christ seriously will reflect the standards and
teachings of Christ in daily life.
Family homes changes when one or more of the residents becomes a serious Christian.
Places of employment change when one or more employees become a serious Christian. In the
present Gospel, the fishermen changed from attempting to catch fish to attempting to catch
individuals and lead them to Christ.
Turning to the Lord Jesus Christ and following Him is always the way to alleviate fear.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the way to pursue personal peace. Living in Christ is the greatest
form of personal security. Turning to the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer is the way to clarify
personal goals and determine the best use of time and personal resources. God’s Holy Church
is always in need of the talents and resources of believers. Prayer enables believers to
determine the best way to participate in the life of the Church.
Everyone has different talents and resources. Talents and resources are best used for
the glory of God. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His
The time of life is very precious and never returns. The time of life is used only once.
Individuals never know exactly the amount of time of their earthly lives. The time of life
is best used carefully and consciously. The time of life is not to be wasted in frivolous
The fishermen saw the difference Jesus could make. The fishermen knew in their hearts
that following Jesus was the best course of action. Centuries of evidence exists on the
merits of following Christ. No one has been successful in discrediting Christ. Miracles
continue to be performed. Lives continue to change dramatically. Through Christ, peace
comes to the hearts, homes and minds of believers. Joy increases in the lives of believers.
Life is in the proper perspective when viewed through the life and teachings of Christ.
The Holy Apostle Paul said: “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child,
I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
(I Cor. 13:11)
Many individuals in this world never mature and move beyond childhood in their Christian
development. Certainly having the faith of a child is important. The Lord Jesus Christ said:
“Unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the
kingdom of heaven.”
The Holy Apostle Paul provided a certain focus to Christian development when he said:”
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that
you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
In all of our efforts, let us begin with God, continue with God and conclude
with God as our primary interes
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 3 / October 16, 2011
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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