St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 738 - February 25 / March 10, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 738
February 25 / March 10, 2013
Meatfare Sunday

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 6:11-12

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Recent Services
March 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Seventeen people came for Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
March 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
March 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
March 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
March 7
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Akathist to St. John the Baptist was held in Fairmont, followed by a baptism.
March 8
Matins canons for St. Polycarp and for Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

5:30 AM on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 10 - Meatfare Sunday
March 17 - Cheesefare Sunday, Forgiveness Vespers at St. Sava Church, Mckeesport 5:00 PM.
March 18 - Beginning of Great Lent
March 23 - Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at 6:30 PM, St. Spyridon Church, Monessen
March 24 - St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 903 Ann Street, Homestead, Pa. 15120 for the site of Triumph of Orthodoxy Service on Sunday, at 4:00.
March 31 - Second Sunday of Great Lent. 5:00 PM Vespers at St.Elijah, Aliquippa. Vespers 5:00 PM at Holy Ascension, Youngwood.
April 7 - Annunciation, Third Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at 5:00 PM St. George Church, Midland, Pa.
April 14 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at 5:00 PM, Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville Vespers at 5:00 PM, St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville.
April 21 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at 5:00 PM, St. George Church, Carmichaels.

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

One person came for Adult Class on Wednesday. No class this week.

Make plans now to attend the additional services during Great Lent.

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.

Prepare for the coming of Great Lent.

Be mindful of the daily Scripture readings.

Be mindful of the fasts of the Church.

Pray a little more each day.

If you have a question about the practices and teachings of the Church, ask the priest.

Bring a friend or relative to church. Listen to the parish radio broadcast regularly.

Donate to a charity or help someone in need without calling attention to your actions.

Donations to the Lifeline fund raiser for Serbian children in need held on March 9 in Pittsburgh are appreciated.

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

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

From the Holy Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (13:12-13)

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

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

To Consider

The importance of prayer and fasting.
The importance of being attentive to God throughout the day and night.
The importance of honoring the commitment to the Christian life at Holy Baptism

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 23 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
February 23 - Went to All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania for the wedding of Matthew and Brittany Filipovic.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN.

Since Christ is the Head of that community, spiritually united by faith in Him, from Him, as the holy Head, holiness comes in that spiritual community—the Church. Holiness flows through the entire body of the Church, just as blood flows through our body. The Lord Jesus Christ has sanctified the Church by His Blood, and the Holy Spirit has fulfilled it by His descent, and so ‘the entire building grows” (Eph. 2:21-22).

(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001, p. 48. )

The Sunday of the Last Judgement

Matthew 25:31-46

When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, “Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Then He will say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ Then they will also answer Him saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?” Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.

In this Gospel the Lord Jesus Christ identifies Himself with the hungry, the thirsty, those in need of clothing, the sick, the stranger and the imprisoned. The Lord Jesus Christ identifies Himself with the “least of these.”

This Gospel lesson is a strong and powerful reminder for believers to be greatly sensitive to the needy people we meet in daily life. Callousness to the needs of others is too common in today’s world. Greed abounds in too many places. Greed is not confined to those wealthy individuals known to do absolutely nothing to help the needy. There are plenty of wealthy people that quietly give greatly of themselves and their wealth for the benefit of the needy.

Greed is found at all economic levels of society. Greed equates with personal selfishness with little concern for the needy in our midst. Needy family members or acquaintances can be ignored in every economic group.

Headlines report regularly of instances where inheritances of the sick have been squandered by family members in positions of trust. Crimes are reported of known victims screaming for help and no one stepping forth to provide assistance.

Strangers appreciate being warmly welcomed when they enter a church. The hungry, the thirsty and those in need of clothing appreciate having their conditions improved through acts of personal charity.

How many closets are full of unused and never to be used clothing are located on this continent? How many individuals in nursing homes, care homes or neighborhoods never get a phone call, a letter or a card?

A personal care home resident wanted to continue receiving the parish bulletin even though she physically couldn’t read it. Receiving the bulletin caused others in the personal care home to consider her important

Needy people exist in hospitals, on the streets and in neighborhoods across the land. Needy people are found in war-torn countries. Individuals isolated in their homes for health reasons can be among the very needy.

Christians have a responsibility to be sensitive to their neighbors. The present Gospel is a call to sensitivity. Christ reminds believers through this Gospel to see Him in the people we meet during the course of our lives.

Appeals to help the needy can seem never ending in today’s world. Stories of corruption or individuals abusing programs to help the needy may cause believers to have second thoughts about responding to requests for help.

The Holy Apostle Paul said: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Gal. 6:9) The Holy Apostle’s words are in the same spirit as the present Gospel.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: “Charity never faileth.” (I Cor. 13:8) Individuals in need at times may be difficult to deal with. Patience and wisdom are required in determining the appropriate response.

Employees of hospitals, nursing and care homes, and correctional institutions benefit from having great patience. Daily demands can be extensive. Teachers, police and emergency medical personnel also deal with needy people.

The present Gospel makes it clear that responses to the needy have a direct bearing on where a person will spend eternity. Personal interaction with human beings in need affects not only the present but also the long range future.

Every Gospel message is important. Every Gospel message has a lasting and beneficial message. The words of the Lord Jesus Christ are to be taken seriously. Each time a Gospel message is heard, something new can be learned.

The Gospel is relevant and timely with the passing of each year. Individuals serious about the condition of the soul give heed to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. The words of the Lord Jesus Christ directly benefit the soul.

The present Gospel appears each year as believers prepare for the arrival of Great Lent. Care of the soul is important throughout the year. Care and attentiveness to the needy is important throughout the year.

The soul and the needy have a common meeting point in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Care for our souls is reflected in the attention we give to the sick, the thirsty, the imprisoned, the stranger, those in need of food and clothing.

The Lord Jesus Christ is very attentive to our thoughts and interactions with other human beings. We do well to be very attentive and heed the words of the Lord Jesus Christ in today’s Gospel.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 25 / March 10, 2013
Meat-Fare Sunday.
St. Tarasius of Constantinople.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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