St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 684 - February 13 / February 26, 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. 684
February 13 / February 26, 2012
Sunday of Forgiveness

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

Luke 18:42

Then Jesus said to him, ”Receive your sight, your faith has made you well.”

Recent Services
February 17
One person came for the reading of the Akathist to the Mother of God.
February 18
Canon for Matins was read.
Akathist for the Departed was read.
Pomen was held for all persons buried from the St. George Church.
Two people came for Great Vespers.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
February 19
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Forty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
Akathist for the Mother of God was read.
February 20
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
February 21
Midnight Office was read at St. George Church.
Pomen was held at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
February 22
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Mother, Unexpected Joy.
February 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people were present for the Akathist to the Mother of God, Icon of the Inexhaustible Cup.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

6:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

Wednesday and Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Held on Request During the Week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

February 26 - Cheesefare Sunday. Ven. Simeon the Myhrrgusher.
February 26 - Forgiveness Vespers, St. Sava Church, Mckeesport at 5:00 PM.
February 27 - Great Lent begins.
March 3 - 6:30 PM Mon Valley Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers, Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, Monongahela
March 4 - Sunday of Orthodoxy, 4:00 PM at St. George Church, Oakland, Pittsburgh
March 11 - Second Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to Niko and Rose Ilich and family. Niko’s sister +Stane departed this life this past week.

Three people came for Adult Class on Wednesday. No class this week.

Two students from Waynesburg University visited the church this week.

A full day Lenten seminar will be held in the parish on Wednesday March 14. Tell Father Rodney if you plan to attend.

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.

Unless you live far distant from the church, please come to confession on Saturday evening or one of the weekday evenings when Vespers is scheduled.

Schedules of Lenten services in different churches are posted in the church hall.

Millicent "Mitzie" Hunchuck attended the Pittsburgh Deanery meeting on Christian Education in Weirton, West Virginia on February 18, 2012.

A Thought from +Rev. Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich

St. Sava, above all, had Christ in his heart. That was the moving force for everything else. That was the lighthouse showing him the way. St. Sava was deeply religious. He was imbued with true piety. Such he was when youthful enthusiasm and inspiration carried him to the Holy Mount, and such he remained till his last days.

( 1219-1969 The Serbian Orthodox Church Through 750 Years. P. 13 )

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

To Consider

Receiving forgiveness from God.
Being forgiving of others.
The joy of being forgiven and of forgiving.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 17 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
February 18 - Went to Weirton, W.Va. for Christian Education meeting.
February 20 - Went to Diocesan Center.
February 21 - Went to Washington Hospital, Washington, Pa.
February 21 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Visited with a family.
February 23 - Met with two individuals wanting to learn more about the healing power of God.

Proverbs 15:1

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Forgiveness Sunday

Mt. 6:14-21

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive me their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroys and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The Lord Jesus Christ awaits those turning to Him with open hearts and minds. The Lord Christ provides the forgiveness necessary for individuals to begin anew.

Accepting forgiveness from Christ involves rejecting ways of sin in personal life. Holy Confession provides the beginning of new life in Christ. Holy Communion provides the desired unity with Christ.

Daily life is full of choices that can lead to the Kingdom of God or eternal punishment. The wise person looks for Christ and the way of Christ and makes the definitive decisions to follow Christ.

Individuals must look carefully for Christ in daily life. Many attractions and temptations appear during the course of the day. Careful choices are needed that lead to the Kingdom of God.

Being familiar with the ways of Christ comes through prayer, attending the Divine services of the Church and reading the Holy Scriptures. Constant effort is necessary to remain united with Christ.

Forgiveness of others is necessary to remove weights that deter growth in Christ. Being forgiven by God is necessary to move past feelings of guilt and unworthiness that drag a person down.

Christ took on human flesh. He went voluntarily to the Cross. He rose from the tomb. Christ offers hope for the hopeless. Christ offers life for those on the way to death. Christ offers light for those living in darkness.

Forgiveness Sunday is the entry to Great Lent each year. Believers are expected to seek forgiveness from God and to be forgiving of everyone in their lives. It is time to begin anew in Christ. It is time to seek Christ.

In Hebrews we read: “Let us lay aside every weight, and sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” (Heb. 12:1-2)

There are many paths available to take in life. The Lord Jesus Christ spoke about taking the narrow way that leads to life. (Mt. 7:13-14). Constant vigilance and discernment are necessary to protect the soul.

Prayer keeps the person alert and attuned to the way of God. Prayer provides protection against evil. Prayer puts the person in the presence of God. Prayer is a way to listen carefully to God.

The desire to be with God and united with God must not be stifled or fed from artificial sources. The Triune God satisfies the hunger of the soul. The soul’s desire for God is satisfied only by God.

God’s Holy Church is where to seek God. God’s Holy Church is where to fully experience God. Saints and martyrs provide the historical record of authenticity. Holy Prophets point the way.

The Holy Scriptures enrich the lives of individuals taking time to read them. The Holy Scriptures provide direct personal experience with God. The Holy Scriptures tell the ways of life pleasing to God.

The Holy Mysteries of the Church change the believer. The Holy Mysteries of the Church heal the wounded believer. The time of life is precious and is not to be wasted.

The soul benefits from the believer taking Great Lent seriously. The weight of sin is lifted from the believer taking Great Lent seriously. The joy of God is experienced in the lives of those honoring Great Lent.

The Church provides Great Lent each year as a time for beginning anew. Each person determines if he or she will begin anew. Each person is responsible for personal choices made.

Individuals cannot blame others for the condition of their soul and the condition of their lives. Christ is accessible to each person choosing to draw near and begin anew.

One of the criminals on the cross next to Christ made a wise decision at the very last moment of his life. Jesus told the criminal: “Today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (Lk. 23:39-43)

We never know the amount of time remaining in our lives. We never know when Christ will return for the Final Judgment. We have only the certainty of each moment of time in which we are living.

While we have faculty of mind and breath in our body, let us choose Christ. Let us choose to love Christ and to love as Christ loves. Let us forgive as Christ forgives and seek Christ’s forgiveness for ourselves.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 13 / February 26, 2012
Sunday of Forgiveness.
St. Simeon the Myhrrgusher.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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