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 are part of this same Body. We can offer our help in our prayers and monetary
donations. It may not solve or completely lift the heavy cross from their shoulders,
but we will show the Kosovo Serbs that there is a brother and sister in this world
that sympathizes and co-suffers together with them. Our showing of sympathy and pain
will uplift them. They will know they are not alone in this world—‘till daybreak comes again.’
November 28 / December 11, 2011
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
1984 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Churchin the United States of America and Canada.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
Each of the days of the Nativity Fast.
The drawing near of the Feast of the Nativity
Christ always being dominant in our hearts.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
December 3 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
December 5 - Visited parishioner inWaynesburg.
December 6 - Participated in the Robena Mine Memorial.
December 6 - Went to Diocesan Center.
December 8 - Attended continuing education class conducted in Clarksburg
by West Virginia University Division of Social Work on
“Documentation, Ethics, and Risk Management.”
Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil.
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Then He spoke a parable to them saying, "The ground of a certain rich man yielded
plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have
no room to store my crops?' So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns
and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will
say to my soul, "Soul, You have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease;
eat, drink, and be merry"' But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul will
be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?"
So is he who lays up treasures for himself, and is not rich towards God."
Concern for the soul has an appropriate place in every day of life, every minute of life.
The present Gospel speaks about a sudden and unexpected change in personal circumstances.
The present Gospel is a lesson in preparedness…readiness.
No one knows the day or the hour the Lord Jesus Christ will return. Christ advises that
we always be alert and ready for His return.(Mt.25:13)The present Gospel is also about
personal goals and the direction life.
We never know when our last breath will be taken.
We need to think carefully about our personal goals and the management our lives.
The Lord Jesus Christ states individuals should seek first the Kingdom of God.
If we are fully committed to seeking the Kingdom of God, everything we do will be directed
toward the Kingdom.
The rich man in the present Gospel was exclusively concerned about his material
possessions. If his soul was of primary interest, he would have considered sharing
the abundant crops with less fortunate individuals.
The rich man was concerned about laying up more material possessions. He already
had plenty of crops and goods in storage. He was greedy for more. The rich man’s
interests were not consistent with the teachings of Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ taught that individuals should” lay up treasures in heaven
where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
Fasting is a way of considering the condition of the soul and focusing on the soul.
Fasting periods are opportunities to review the extent of personal possessions
and determine if certain of those possessions would be of more benefit to others in
less fortunate circumstances.
Christians are expected to help individuals in need. Almsgiving…doing charitable
works is fundamental to the Christian life. Almsgiving in a spirit of love is consistent
with the Christian life.
The Lord Jesus Christ equates Himself with the hungry, the thirsty, and those
needing clothing .The Lord Jesus Christ equates Himself with the stranger.
The care we give to the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the imprisoned and the
stranger will affect where we spend eternity.
Christians have a responsibility to care for the soul every minute of every day.
The soul can be destroyed in a moment of carelessness. The soul can be destroyed in
a moment of anger or loss of self-control.
Prayer is necessary for vigilance and strength. Prayer is necessary for discipline
to focus consistently on the Kingdom of God. Prayer is necessary to remain firmly and
fully united with Christ.
Holy Confession helps believers to reject sinful behavior and redirect their lives
to toward Christ’s ways. Holy Confession enables believers to be forgiven of sins and
to begin anew in Christ.
Holy Communion unites the person with Christ. Holy Communion enables the believer
to share in the joy of Christ. Holy Communion strengthens the believer to live in ways
pleasing to Christ.
Material wealth can be a burden if a person does not use it and manage it in ways
pleasing to God. Material wealth can be a source of stress if not viewed as a blessing
from God to be used for the glory of God.
Everything a person does is to be governed by Christ’s love. When we work, we should
perform our work in a spirit of Christian conscientiousness. Relationships on the job,
in the home and in the community are Christian to the extent they conform to the teachings
and life of Christ.
Being a Christian is the highest calling and the summons the person to live up to the
highest of standards. The standards set by Christ are firm and lasting. When a person takes
on the Christian identity, the person is expected to honor that identity throughout the
remaining time of life.
Being a lukewarm Christian denies the person the fullness of the life in Christ.
Merit exists during the Nativity Fast of personally evaluating whether this period of
time is true personal preparation for celebrating the Nativity of Christ.
The soul has value in excess of the value of the whole world.
The soul should be treated and protected with the care and concern equal to its value.
Relationships, use of material goods, and use of time of life greatly affect the soul.
Coming to church regularly helps believers to stay focused on the Kingdom of God.
Partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ regularly keeps the believer strong
and transforms the believer.
Individuals have the capability of committing sins. Remaining united with Christ is
the best defense against committing sins. Remaining united with Christ is the most joyful
experience of life.
During each moment of time believers choose or reject Christ. Today’s Gospel lesson
makes it clear that care of the soul at all times is of paramount importance.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Martyr Christos. Martyr and Confessor Stephen the New.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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