St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 676 - December 19, 2011 / January 1, 2012


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. 676
December 19, 2011 / January 1, 2012
Sunday of the Holy Fathers


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

I Corinthians 13:13

So faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Recent Services
December 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
December 24
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers
December 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third Sixth Hours were read.
Twenty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. Two people came for Confession. Five people came for Communion.
December 26
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
December 30
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
December 31
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came of Ninth Hour, Vespers and Confession

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Mornings
5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

Friday Morning, January 6
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Christmas Eve, January 6
7:30 PM Blessing of Badjnak followed by Vigil

Christmas, January 7
10:00 AM Feast of the Nativity, Divine Liturgy

Sunday, January 8
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Monday, January 9
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Services of Special Needs and Akathists scheduled on Request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Thanksgiving

Important Dates

Today - Sunday of the Holy Fathers. Serbian Fathers Day.
January 6 - Nativity Eve
January 7 - Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
January 8 - Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos
January 9 - St. Stephen, Apostle, Archdeacon, Protomartyr
January 13 - Apodasis of Nativity
January 14 - Circumcision of the Lord. St. Basil the Great. New Year.
January 15 - Parish Annual Meeting
January 18 - Feast of Holy Cross

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

Plan to come to all of the Divine services for the Feast of the Nativity.

The Christmas Divine Liturgy rebroadcast will be on WMBS, Uniontown station 590AM at noon on Christmas Day. It will also be available on WMBS online.

Father Djokan Majstorovic, Protinica Mirjana, Savo and Marta were welcomed back in the area this past week.

Father Milan Pajic of St. George Church in Midland will be on KDKA radio on Christmas morning at 5:00 AM to discuss Christmas.

Mildred Mickey Bezjak is collecting for flowers for the church for Christmas.

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.

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

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion regularly.

Let the love of Christ guide all your decisions and activities.

A warm welcome to every visitor to the church.

Bring a friend to church the next time you come.

Tell your friends about the weekly parish radio broadcast.

Tell your friends about the parish website.

Very Reverend Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich

The Church as the Body of Christ offers common prayers, prayers and petitions which are for all members and in which all members of the praying assembly participate. The Church as the Body of Christ offers the eucharistic offering in which all members should participate. The eucharistic assembly as the central and most important divine service is intended for all.

( The Eucharist as Sacrifice. Johnstown, Pa. 1953, pp. 117-118 )

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

To Consider

The Feast of the Nativity of Christ.
The account of Christ’s birth in the Holy Gospel.
The birth of Christ in our hearts.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 23 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
December 26-December 30 - Participated in Diocesan Winter Retreat at Shadeland.

Proverbs 7:4

Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call insight your intimate friend.


The Sunday of the Holy Fathers

Matthew 1:1-25

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham. Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abija begot Asa. Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jeshoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon. And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth after her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

Each day is unfolding and moving toward the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ. The unfolding of each day is under the control of God. God brings the sun each morning. God brings the night each evening.

God brings the rain and the snow, the stars and the moon. God causes the grass to grow and the rivers to flow. Humans exert considerable control over the environment. God is ultimately in control.

Humans can only do what God will permit. Humans exercise choices affecting the environment and affecting their souls. The current Gospel states the Lord Jesus Christ was sent to save God’s people from their sins.

Help is needed for believers to be saved from their sins. Believers need Christ to forgive their sins. Believers need Christ to cleanse their hearts and minds. Believers need Christ to help them follow the path of salvation.

The current Gospel message reminds believers of important historical figures connected with coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The time of life is influenced by the way individuals live.

When individuals lead Christian lives faithfully, they influence their surroundings. When individuals are lukewarm in faith or negative about Christ, the culture reflects the negative beliefs.

Sin triumphs when believers fail to live fully for Christ. Sin triumphs when individuals yield to temptations or diversions leading away from the path of salvation.

The coming of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ is an opportunity for Christian renewal. Some individuals will use the Feast of the Nativity of Christ to renew their Christian commitment.

Each person is responsible for his or her choices. Each person is responsible for personal sins committed. The current Gospel speaks about “God with us.” Each person determines his or her relationship with God.

God’s Holy Church provides the place for believers to come to learn, to worship and be united with Christ. God’s Holy Church is where sins are forgiven and the Body and Blood of Christ are received.

The love of God is always manifested. Individuals often are blinded to the love of God in their personal lives. The celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ is a way to acknowledge the love of God and share in it.

Life is better when Christians acknowledge the love of God and embrace it. Life is better when the love of God is shared by Christians. Life is better when the Holy Gospel lives in the heart, the mind and the home.

The approach of the Nativity of Christ impacts the Christian mind, the heart and the soul. Christians welcoming the arrival of the Feast look to the meaning of the feast for their personal lives.

The existing culture in western society is heavily dominated by materialism associated with Christmas. The Gospel gives a more lasting and meaningful message regarding the coming of Christ.

Hunger in the soul is satisfied in Christ. Peace of mind is achieved in Christ. Loving hearts are full of Christ. Clean souls are the result of Christ.

The approach of the Nativity of Christ heightens anticipation. Each moment leading to the Feast is laden with rich thoughts. Christ’s birth changed the world forever.

The Feast of the Nativity of Christ is cause for great joy. The Feast of the Nativity of Christ strengthens the confidence of believers. Hope increases with the arrival of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ.

Today is the day to seriously consider the message that “God is with us!” Today is the day to fully and seriously commit to the way of God.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 19, 2011 / January 1, 2012
Sunday of the Holy Fathers.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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