St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 666 - October 10 / October 23, 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. 666
October 10 / October 23, 2011
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Recent Services
October 15
The Akathist to the Theotokos was read.
October 16
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy. Twenty-nine people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
The Akathist to the Theotokos was read.
October 17
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akatist to the Theotokos was read
October 18
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Theotokos was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
October 19
The full Gospel of St.Mark was read.
Akathist to the Theotokos was read.
October 20
Matins and First Hour were read. Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, Abbess of Mt. Athos and Akathist to St. Archangel Michael.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
October 21
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins, First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy. Warmly welcome Very Rev. Lt. Col.Adam Yonitich.

5:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy
3:30 PM (Call to confirm)

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 27 - Venerable Mother Parasceva, St. Petka
October 31 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, St. Peter of Cetinje
November 5 - Memorial Saturday

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Plan to attend the Anniversary celebration on November 6th. Send in your reservations.

Attend Adult Class this week on Wednesday evening. Two people attended last week.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Dorothy Katusa recently departed this life.

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.

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

Honor your Slava each year.

Read your Bible daily.

Practice the Jesus Prayer each day: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.”

Experience the joy of God in church.

Bring children to church each week.

Prepare regularly for Holy Confession and Communion

Next Sunday’s collection will be for the students at St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville, Illinois.

St. Sava School of Theology is celebrating its Twenty-Fifth Anniversary.

A Thought from +Kum Pete and Kuma Stella Shlosky

We want to mention our parents and loved ones that have fallen asleep in the Lord. They have left us a Treasure of Faith. May their Memories be Eternal! To our children, may they always strive for knowledge about our Holy Orthodox Church and that it will always remain in their heart. To our St. George Serbian Orthodox Community and friends, our Kumstvo is another Treasurer passed on to us from you. We will always love you and we will always need you.

( Thirtieth Anniversary booklet, October 28, 1984 )

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

To Consider

- The responsibilities of being a Christian.
- The joys of being a Christian.
- The daily challenges of being a Christian.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 15 - Attended Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir concert in Pittsburgh.
October 17 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
October 19 - Went to French Creek, W.Va. Blessed one house.

Psalm 146/147:1

Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 6:31-36

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father who is merciful.

Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

John 17:1-13

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

We have to ask ourselves what is necessary to improve life in the world in which we live? We improve the world in which we live when we repent of sins and cling to God and the ways of God. We control only ourselves and controlling the self is a sufficient challenge for anyone. God gives us life. God gives us breath. God makes the organs of our body to function. God is deserving of continuous appreciation and thanksgiving. The current Gospel of St. Luke makes it very clear that God’s kindness is far reaching. The Gospel of St. Luke states: “For He is kind to the unthankful and the evil.” (Lk. 6:35)

We have time-limited earthly lives. We have the time of life only once. It behooves each person to make the best use of each moment of earthly life. If we have not seriously and continuously repented, the time to do so is now and continuously. If we have not seriously united ourselves with God and invested in the Kingdom of God, the time to do so is now and each remaining day of earthly life. We do not know when the Lord Jesus Christ will return and judge the living and the dead. We do know that each day is a day closer to His return and the Final Judgment. We do not know when our final moment of life will be. We do know that each moment of time is a movement toward the end of our earthly life as we know it.

While there is time, while we have faculty of mind, let us turn to Christ with fullness of strength and love and repent continuously. While there is time let us continuously express our appreciation to the Lord God for unending blessings received. The Lord Jesus Christ spoke about eternal life. His words are preserved in the Gospel of St. John. (Jn. 17:1-13). Each believer at Holy Baptism sets out on a journey toward eternal life. Faithfulness to Christ from the Baptismal fount to departure from the life is the expectation.

When sins take us from Christ and departure from the path to the Kingdom of God does occur, repentance is in order. Repentance is not be postponed. Procrastination has no place in matters of the soul. Care of the soul is of paramount importance. Repentance, Holy Confession and Holy Communion make unity with Christ possible. Unity with Christ brings strength to fight sin and temptations. Unity with Christ brings joy that surpasses all joy.

In the Akathist to Our Lord Jesus Christ, we pray: “Jesus, Shelter of Joy, cover me, the unworthy!” 1 Taking time to contemplate about God, to worship God and draw near to God always has a part in the Christian life. With each passing day of life, the importance increases of drawing near to God and living in ways pleasing to God. The Gospel of St. John prescribed for reading today came as Jesus’ earthly life was drawing to a close. Jesus would face Crucifixion and Death on the Cross. Jesus’ Death on the Cross was not the end. Jesus’ Death on the Cross was the beginning of a totally new understanding and era of living. Jesus rose from the Tomb. Jesus defeated death. The joy of the Resurrection continues to this day. The joy of the Resurrection rises to the forefront in the most needed of places and the most needed of hearts. The celebration of Pascha at Dachau on May 6, 1945 is one of those memorable recorded occasions. 2

Every person with a heavy heart for whatever reason can turn to Christ and experience the joy of the Resurrection. Every person seeking direction, wisdom orunderstanding of life benefits from turning to Christ. Every person has worth in Christ.

1 Book of Akathists Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, New York, 1994. p. 37

2 AGAIN Magazine Vol 26 No 1, Spring 2004 (Posted on Internet site)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 10 / October 23, 2011
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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