St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 734 - January 28 / February 10, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 734
January 28 / February 10, 2013
Ven. Ephraim the Syrian / Ven. Isacc the Syrian

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.

Romans 14:1

Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

Recent Services
February 1
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
February 2
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Seven people attended the Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to the Mother of God and Vespers were read at St. George Church
February 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Seventeen people attended.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
February 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
February 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
February 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow.
February 7
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read at St. George Church.
Eleven people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Akathist to St. Sava.
February 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Akathists and prayers for special needs held on request during the Week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord
February 24 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

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 Mildred and Joseph Bezjak, a niece having departed this life this past week.

Three people came to Adult Class at St. George Church on Wednesday. Class again this week. Plan to attend.

Eight people came to Adult Class at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. on Thursday.

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.

View the St. George Church website:

See Stan Brozik and the flyer in the church hall for details on a March 9 fundraiser in Pittsburgh for suffering people in Serbia.

See Stan Brozik for college scholarship information for individuals entering college.

Honor the fast days of the Church.

Prepare for Confession and Communion regularly.

From the Holy Apostle Paulís Epistle to the Romans (8:6)

ďFor to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peaceĒ

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

To Consider

The importance of Christ filling our mind, our heart and our soul.
Having Christ as nourishment and goal of our lives.
Keeping Christ in our thoughts and as our prayer at all times.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 2 - Went to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont for Divine Liturgy.
February 4 - Blessed a house in Waynesburg.
February 5 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
February 7 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va forAkathist and Adult Class.
February 8 - Went to Jefferson Hospital while a patient had surgery.

Sirach 20:27

He who speaks wisely will advance himself, and a sensible man will please great men.

The Thirty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 15:21-28

Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto Him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and besought Him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But He answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

The woman with the afflicted daughter was persistent in her appeal to the Lord Jesus Christ. She was seeking mercy and help from Christ. She was convincing in her appeal. Her strong faith was evident.

Jesus granted the womanís request for mercy and help. Jesus healed her daughter. The current Gospel lesson has enduring value. Doubt may enter the minds of believers. This Gospel lesson confirms the value of strong faith.

Jesusí mercy is unlimited and continues through the centuries. Believers may need help in accepting Jesusí goodness and mercy. Believers may need convincing about proceeding with firmness of faith in Christ.

Christ is within reach of each person through prayer. Christ is welcome in the hearts, minds and souls of individuals opening themselves for Him to enter and remain. Believers have a responsibility to reject all that is not Christ in their lives.

At Holy Baptism, believers dedicate their complete lives to Christ. The baptismal commitment is intended for the remaining days of earthy life. Becoming baptized carries with it accompanying responsibilities.

The woman in the current Gospel lesson would have her life changed forever. Her daughterís life would change forever. The power of Christ was clearly revealed in this Gospel lesson.

Christís power, love and mercy are beyond measure. We experience Christís goodness and unending love each day. If we were more sensitive to Christ being present in our lives each day, our faith would grow accordingly and be stronger.

Individuals do well to assess what they seek with their eyes, with their hearts and their minds. Individuals do well to determine if Christ is the goal of each moment of each day.

The setting of goals takes place within the heart and the mind. Earthly pleasures and temptations can distract a believer from firmness of faith. Firmness of faith shown by the woman in the current Gospel is inspirational.

Reading the Gospel and becoming familiar with the Gospel helps keep a person strong in faith. The life and words of Christ provide for lasting nourishment.

Hunger for Christ exists within each person. The hunger is satisfied only in and through Christ. Completeness is found only in and through Christ. Alternative sources of nourishment and paths to completeness are less than satisfying.

The present Gospel reveals the value of Christís goodness and mercy in bringing healing. Every person requires healing. Sins occur and take their toll in affecting a personís quality of life.

Seeking mercy as is done in the Divine Liturgy and is encouraged in prayer makes a difference. The Holy Gospel shows Jesus is attentive to prayer and pleas for mercy.

The Christ who deigned to take on human flesh and humbled Himself does not close His ears to the needy. The Christ who went to the Cross voluntarily is attentive to individuals of each generation.

Each day brings the world closer to the return of Christ and the final judgment. Each day is an opportunity to live more completely and joyfully in Christ.

Individuals need not suffer with uneasy hearts or minds. Individuals need not continue being overcome by demons. Christ is the source of strength and the path to personal peace. Christ is the path to joy.

The present Gospel demonstrates healing from torment is possible. The present Gospel shows that mothers strong in faith can make a decided difference in the lives of their sons or daughters.

Parents need not feel alone when a son or daughter suffers an affliction. Parents do well to reach out in prayer to Christ for assistance. The present Gospel is a clear reminder for parents to remain hopeful in difficult circumstances.

Being a parent is a great responsibility. The same God creating and granting life provides the necessary mercy and goodness throughout life.

The darkness of Holy Friday came before the brightness of the Resurrection.

The present Gospel begins with a situation that is difficult for the mother and the daughter. The Gospel lesson ends in a situation of lasting joy.

Jesus' words in the Gospel of St. Luke encourage reaching out in prayer. Jesus said: ďAnd I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.Ē (Lk. 11:9)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 28 / February 10, 2013
Venerable Ephraim the Syrian and Venerable Isaac the Syrian.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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