St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 752 - June 3 / June 16, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 752
June 3 / June 16, 2013
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of 1st Council

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.

Galatians 3:26

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Recent Services
June 8
Midnight Office was read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. followed by Divine Liturgy. Seven people attended.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read at St. George Church.
June 9
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-five people attended Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
June 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
June 11
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Resurrection.
June 12
Matins was read at St.George Church.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Four people came for the Akathist for the Ascension at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
June 13
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third Hour was read followed by Divine Liturgy. Five people came for Divine Liturgy.
June 15
Midnight Office was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hours.
Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Friday.

6:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Akathist for Departed
Pomen for All Buried from St. George Church.
Grave blessings.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request during the week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 17 - St. Metrophanes
June 18 - Ven. Petar of Korish
June 21 - Apodasis of Ascension
June 22 - Memorial Saturday. Grave Blessings.
June 23 - Feast of Pentecost
June 24 - 5 PM Pentecost Monday. Slava at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.
June 28 - St. Prince Lazar, Greatmartyr and All Serbian Martyrs. Vidovdan.
June 30 - Vidovdan Covered Dish Dinner and Program
July 1 - Beginning of Apostles Fast
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist.

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

Congratulations to Stevan Kosic, son of Very Rev. Rajko and Protinica Vera Kosic. Stevan recently graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School.

Let us honorably and prayerfully remember those fathers living and departed this life.

May God give comfort to the family and friends of +Doreen Essey newly departed this life.

Two people came for class this past week. Class again this Wednesday.

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.

If you want your house blessed, please call the priest.

Ask the priest if you have questions about the teachings or practices of the Church.

Thank God for the blessings bestowed upon St. George Church.

Thank God for the parishioners and friends of St. George Church.

Honor the feasts and fasts of the Church.

Learn from the Church calendar each day.

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (I Cor. 4:5)

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

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

To Consider

The lasting contributions of the Church Councils.
The Church Councils as a continuing point of reference.
The serious participants in the Church Councils.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 8 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy. Seven people attended.
June 12 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist for the Ascension and Adult Class. Seven people attended.
June 13-14 - Went to St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, Lackawanna, New York for Orthodox Christian Education Commission/ Standing Committee on Christian Education meeting.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

The Church has her eternal foundation in the Holy Trinity, for her life is interwoven with the life of the Holy Trinity. Thus the love of the Persons of the Holy Trinity produces an atmosphere of love among men. It is seen in Christís Church, in the life of her members. Therefore, in the Church all three Persons act equally. The love which the Divine Persons institute is not closed; rather is manifested to the world. It can be said, even as the essence of God is LOVE. But love is also the basis of the world and the reason of manís life on Earth. It is from this very love of God that the Father sends His Only Begotten Son into the world.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 8 )

The Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

John 17:1-13

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee: As thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him. And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent. I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou Me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was. I have manifested Thy name unto the men which Thou gavest Me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept Thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever Thou hast given Me are of Thee. For I have given unto them the words which Thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given Me; for they are Thine. And all mine are Thine, and Thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy name: those that Thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

The present Gospel comes at the time in the Church when the Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ is being celebrated. Christís Resurrection and Ascension are fresh in the minds of believers. The Feast of Pentecost will be celebrated soon.

Every person has the opportunities to be enriched by Pascha and the feasts of Ascension and Pentecost. These world-changing celebrations follow closely in time and summon the serious attention of believers.

The present Gospel speaks about the relationship of Christ with God the Father as Christís earthly life in the flesh draws near the end. The Gospel refers to the Holy Apostles and Christís deep and continuing interest in them

In the present Gospel the Lord Jesus Christ describes eternal life. Jesus mentions the desire for His joy to be fulfilled. Believers coming to Godís Holy Church having continuing opportunities to learn about joy and eternal life.

Every moment offers the opportunity to draw near to Christ and heed His teachings. The present Gospel and every Gospel reading is a direct source of nourishment for the soul.

Every personís decision regarding Christ influences whether joy and eternal life are greatly desired. The Cross is always a part of the Christian journey. Believers need to be disciplined in rejecting sin and faithfully following Christ.

The contemporary world is loaded with temptations and paths that lead to destruction of the soul. At Baptism, each Christian assumes responsibility for the care and nourishment of his or her soul.

Individuals having been informed about Christ are responsible for their subsequent actions regarding Christ. Each person determines the degree of personal motivation to follow Christ and to live in Christ.

The Christian life is for each moment of each day. The opportunity to grow in Christ is limited only by the personal interest in Christ and actions taken to live in Christ.

Many different accounts occur in the writings of the Church of individuals in remote areas and in great hardships having lived faithfully in Christ. Records exist of individuals with great physical problems who radiate with Christ in the heart.

The lives of the saints tell of faithful followers of Christ serving the needy or giving their lives to constant contemplation of God. Too often in this world frivolous activities command public attention. God deserves even greater attention.

Individuals investing in the Kingdom of God will make sure God is a central part of each day of life. Individuals seeking the eternal life and joy Jesus spoke of in the present Gospel will seek to faithfully follow the ways of Christ.

Repentance, Holy Confession and Communion enable individuals to begin anew in Christ. The weight and responsibility is on each person to follow the path of Christ.

Christ welcomes individuals tired and heavy laden. Christ offers rest for the soul but the person must show interest and draw near to Christ. Christ constantly says ĒComeĒ but the person must answer the call. (Mt. 11:28-30)

Godís Holy Church offers Divine services throughout the year. The services are open invitations for individuals to follow the path of Christ. The Divine services developed through the centuries have proven effectiveness.

Coming to Godís Holy Church is a definitive step toward healthiness of the soul. Welcoming Christ into the heart, mind and soul makes a decided difference. The Church is the place to best experience Christ.

The Church is the place to welcome Christ as part of the heart, mind and soul. The Church is the place to be united with Christ and carry forth Christ into the home, the workplace and the community.

The present Gospel offers an intimate view of Christ. Christ speaks about divine unity. Christ speaks about unity among those given to Him. Unity in Holy Communion comes to mind in the reading of the present Gospel.

The present moment is a moment given by God. Individuals determine whether the moment is dedicated to the glory of God and for unity with God. Godís followers are most united when receiving His Precious Body and Blood.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 3 / June 16, 2013
The Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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