St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 685 - February 20 / March 04, 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. 685
February 20 / March 04, 2012
Sunday of Orthodoxy

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

Romans 4:20

He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.

Recent Services
February 24
Matins and First Hour were read.
February 25
Vespers was read.
February 26
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
February 27
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third, Sixth and Ninth Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Great Compline was served with Canon of St. Andrew. Two people came for Great Compline.
February 28
February 27-Matins and First Hour were read.
Third, Sixth and Ninth Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Great Compline was served with Canon of St. Andrew. One person came for Great Compline.
February 29
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour was read followed by Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
Three people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Two people came for Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew.
March 1
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Two people came for Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew.
March 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

5:30 AM Matins and First Hour on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

3:00 PM followed by Adult Class.

4:00 PM

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled on Request During the week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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, 5:00 PM.
March 18 - Third Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at St. George Church, Midland, 5:00 PM
March 25 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville, 5:00 PM
April 1 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, St. George Church, Carmichaels, 5:00 PM.

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

Rich and Linda Porter attended the Diocesan Assembly at St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa on February 24 and 25, 2012.

Aaron Carson and Milosh “Serb”Krewasky accompanied by Josephine Gresko attended the Forgiveness Vespers at St.Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in McKeesport.

The 2012 parish officers and budget have received Diocesan approval from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN, President of the Diocesan Administrative Board.

Remember the 18 miners that lost their lives at Island Creek Holden #22 in West Virginia on March 8, 1960.

The recent tragic death of the deputy sheriff from Morgantown, West Virginia is evidence the dangers law enforcement personnel face each day.

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.

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

Honor the Lenten fast until Pascha.

A Thought from Very Reverend Dragan Zaric

The Church is not some unclear and hazy theory, she is not some community, rather she is the real, living community of the faithful. God, who is unfathomable and invisible, manifests and shows Himself to us, that we may see and feel Him.

( Diocesan Assembly, St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa, February 25, 2012. )

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

To Consider

The power of holy icons in our lives.
The opportunity to learn from holy icons.
Countless lives changed due to holy icons.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 24 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
February 24-25 - Attended Diocesan Assembly at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.

Proverbs 16: 7

When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

The Sunday of Orthodoxy

John 1:43-51

The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathaniel and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law; and also, the prophets wrote---Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” Nathaniel said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathaniel answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

Jesus said to Philip: “Follow Me.” Each Christian elects to follow Jesus at the time of Holy Baptism. The commitment to follow Christ requires renewal throughout life.

The initial commitment to Christ is intended to be complete and long-lasting. Daily renewal of the commitment is required for Christ to live in the heart, the mind and soul.

Believers face temptations, trials and diversions during the course of life. Remaining steadfast on the narrow path (Mt. 7:13-14) is the expectation. When a believer deviates from the narrow way, repentance is necessary.

Great Lent is the opportunity for the believer to return to the full life in Christ. Great Lent is the time to firmly reject the way of sin. Great Lent is the time to train the body for use for Christ.

Great Lent is a time to welcome the nourishment of Christ that is everywhere. The warmth of the sun, the light of the moon, the freshness of the air are blessings from God.

The content of the Divine services of the Church guide the believer to the narrow path during Great Lent. Nathaniel called Jesus the Son of God. Personal views about Jesus are revealed in the way individuals live each day.

Great Lent is a definite period of time set aside by the Church. The structure of the Church helps believers to draw closer to Christ and to experience the presence of Christ.

Following Christ is a completely voluntary decision. The faithful Holy Apostles chose to follow Christ. Judas chose to violate his relationship with Christ.

Each person exiting the baptismal font on a daily basis determines the degree of faithfulness to Christ as King and as God. Faithful believers experience continued joy in Christ.

The Holy Apostle Peter expressed the value of following Christ when he said: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (Jn. 6:68)

Great Lent began recently. The days of ahead hold great value for individuals choosing to invest in Great Lent and honor Great Lent. Individuals benefit from Great Lent to the degree they invest in Great Lent.

There is a saying that applies to athletes and musicians: “You play as you practice.” The same thought has value regarding the Church. If a person is faithful each day to Christ, the life in Christ becomes better.

Holy Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image, from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Cor. 3:18)

Homes change when the family members honor Great Lent. Family members change for the better by honoring Great Lent. Relationships improve when believers honor Great Lent.

Believers honoring Great Lent do everything possible to reject the way of sin and turn to Christ. Believers honoring Great Lent increase the amount of prayer and the attentiveness to prayer.

Honoring Great Lent involves honoring the fast as set forth by the Church. The value of the fast is embraced and the fast is welcomed by serious believers.

The words of the Divine services during Great Lent remind believers of sins committed and of the mercy of Christ. Forgiveness is possible for each person wanting to rise from the depths of sin.

New beginnings take place in Great Lent as believers repent and open their hearts, minds and souls to the loving God. Comfort and strength exist in knowing that the Lenten journey is being taken by other believers.

The soul needs regular nourishment as does the body. The Gospel provides nourishment for the soul. Holy Communion provides nourishment for the soul.

The present Gospel message takes minds back more than twenty centuries. The invitation from Jesus to follow Him has remained strong through more than twenty centuries..

The Holy Apostle Paul made his position clear that nothing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:39)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 20 / March 04, 2012
Sunday of Orthodoxy.
St. Leo of Catania.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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