St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 727 - December 10 / December 23, 2012


The Orthodox Faith


Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320


No. 727
December 10 / December 23, 2012
The Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost


Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN


Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944


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


Hebrews 11:7

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

Recent Services
December 13
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
December 14
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
December 15
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy were held at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Four communicants,
Twenty-one people came to Holy Trinity Church. Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey were baptized in Holy Trinity Church.
Three people came for Great Vespers at St. George Church.
Two people came for Confession at. St. George Church.
December 16
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-one people attended. Fourteen communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
December 17
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
December 18
Canon for Matins was read at St. George Church.
Akathist to the Mother was read at St. George Church.
Nineteen people came to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers. One Slava kolach was blessed.
December 19
Matins and First Hour were read.
Twelve people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
Three people were present for the Akathist to St, Nicholas. Two Slava kolac’s were blessed.
December 20
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Confession.
December 21
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Mornings
5:30 AM on Monday

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

December 23 - Serbian Children’s Day
December 26-29 - Diocesan Winter Retreat at St. Sava Camp, Shadeland
December 30 - Serbian Mothers’ Day, Parish Annual Assembly.

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +George Cyanovich, Jr. recently departed this life

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Margaret Myers recently departed.

Very warm welcome to Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey baptized on December 15.

Congratulations to Dr. Risto Popstojanov for receiving a Master’s degree from WVU.

Mickey Bezjak is collecting for flowers for decorating the church for the Feast of the Nativity. Please see Mickey if you want to contribute.

Judge Gustave and Emma Diamond visited the St. George Church last Sunday.

Judge Farley Toothman’s interest in the St. George Church is appreciated.

Arthur “Butch” Chambers has an abiding interest in the St. George Church.

Mike Rosso comes to the St. George Cemetery to decorate the graves of members of the Blazovich family.

Thank you to all helping the Kolo to bake this week.

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 the families.

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

The Serb National Federation is always seeking new members. Consider joining.

If you have a question about the teachings or services of the Church, ask the priest.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the Feast of the Nativity on December 25 / January 7.

A Thought from St. NIKOLAI (Velimirovic)

That which is of the Living God in the graves, will be resurrected into life. No one can resurrect the dead except the Lord, and no one can rise from the dead except the Lord. For He is in His holy people. Truly, He is in His living people, both in the grave and out of the grave.

(Prayers by the Lake Translated by Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Todor Mika and Very Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott, Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwestern America, 2010. p. 183 )

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

To Consider

The feasts of God’s Holy Church.
The changes in our lives due to the feasts of the Church.
Taking time throughout the year to properly honor and celebrate the feasts.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 14 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va for printing purposes and to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va to prepare for scheduled services.
December 15 - Went to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont for Divine Liturgy and Baptism.
December 18 - Went to Magee Hospital while parishioner had surgery.
December 18 - Went to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers.
December 20 - Went to viewing in Aliquippa for +George Cyanovich Jr.

Wisdom of Sirach 13:15 (SAAS)

All flesh gathers together by species, and every man clings to one like himself.


The Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 17:12-19

Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said: “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner? “ And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

Believers pray for God’s mercy throughout the year. God hears prayers and healings occur. Thanking God for healings and for mercy has a place in each believer’s life through the year.

In the current Gospel, only one of the ten lepers took time to give thanks for having been healed. Each believer in contemporary life determines if he or she will be counted among the grateful to God.

Each believer has a responsibility to thank God. Each believer benefits from God’s mercy, healing and forgiveness. Not all believers are conscious of the full extent of God’s love, forgiveness and mercy.

Believers are in need of God’s healing and mercy throughout life. The soul, the heart and the mind need continued healing. Each person needs God’s mercy for the cleansing of sins that occur throughout life.

Remaining on the narrow path to the Kingdom of God is difficult. Frustrations, unintended detours from the narrow path and acts of sin take place in believers’ lives. God’s mercy and love bring healing and wholeness.

The current Gospel is an expression of God’s love. The present Gospel is a gentle reminder for believers to take time to acknowledge the healing power of God and to give due thanks.

The depth of God’s love and healing power exceeds the imagination of believers. The immeasurable extent of Jesus’ humility was demonstrated when He took on human flesh, accepted arrest, ascended the Cross and died.

The human mind is not capable of fully comprehending the greatness of God. The human mind is not capable of fully understanding the humility and love of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The human mind is fully capable of giving thanks to God. The human person is fully capable of giving thanks for the continuous mercy flowing from God. The human person does well to continuously give thanks to God.

The words “Lord have mercy” quickly come to our lips and arise in our minds in time of need. The words “Thanks be to God” and “Glory be to God” need to permanently emanate from our hearts, minds and souls.

Healings and mercy from God give freedom and new life to believers. The ten lepers were granted new life. The leper taking time to thank God enjoyed a greater sense of freedom.

The leper giving thanks to God had his faith acknowledged by the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ gave credence to the leper’s faith. This was a lasting lesson that has instructed succeeding generations of believers.

Many people in each generation hear of the mercy and love of God. Everyone benefits from the mercy, love and healing power of God. Too often God is not credited and shown appreciation.

In these difficult days when violence is manifested all too often, the search for answers for a more stable and peaceful life in the community is necessary. The present Gospel provides a starting point. God needs to be remembered more often.

God cannot be taken for granted. God needs to be a conscious part of daily life. Daily life needs to be shaped and lived in ways pleasing to God. Believers are indebted to God for daily expressions of love, mercy and kindness.

Believers are indebted to God for giving each believer additional opportunities to begin anew in Christ. Every time a believers falls away from the path to the Kingdom of God, the believer is welcomed with great joy when repentance takes place. (Lk. 15:7)

Newness in Christ occurs through Holy Confession. As the lepers were cleansed in the current Gospel, cleansing takes place when repentance occurs and sins are forgiven. Holy Communion brings unity with Christ.

Believers do well to turn to Christ with regularity and in repentance. Believers do well to seek the healing that comes from the forgiveness of sins. God’s mercy, love and forgiveness enable healing throughout life.

The Holy Gospel provides the healing and nourishing words of Christ. The Holy Gospel is filled with the power of God. Lives change when the Holy Gospel is taken to heart.

The present Gospel message is a message of renewal. The power of the present Gospel message changes lives in each generation. The power of the present Gospel penetrates the centuries.

Too often individuals in the present society do not heed the Holy Gospel. Too often individuals in the present society live in ways that not only hurt themselves but live in ways that hurt others including innocent adults and children.

Now is the time for each believer to determine the way the remaining days of life will be lived. Now is the time for each believer to determine if he or she will live in accord with the teachings of Christ in the Holy Gospel


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 10 / December 23, 2012
Twenty-Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Sts. Menas and Comp. Martyrs. St. Jovan of Serbia. Children’s Day

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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