St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 754 - June 17 / June 30, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 754
June 17 / June 30, 2013
Sunday of All Saints

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 11:8

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

Recent Services
June 22
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist for the Departed and Pomen for All Faithful Buried Under the Auspices of St. George Church.
All graves in the St.George Cemetery were blessed.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read. Vespers was read.
June 23
Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Twenty-Six people came for Divine Liturgy and Vespers. Two communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
June 24
The complete Gospel of St.Mark was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Twenty-eight people came for Vespers at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission Church in Fairmont, W.Va. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN accompanied by Mr. Milovan Jovanovic came for the Vespers and Blessed the Slava Kolach and Koljivo. St. George Choir Director Sonia Janson came to help with the singing. Four additional people came as the celebration was concluding.
June 25
The complete Gospel of St. Mark 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, Wednesday, Saturday.

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

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, June 30 - Vidovdan Celebration with Covered Dish Dinner and Program.
July 1 - Beginning of Apostles Fast
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
July 11 - New Martyrs of Dabar. Bosnia and Mileseva.
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul
July 13 - Synaxis of the Holy Apostles
July 25 - Icon of Theotokos. Three Handed.
July 26 - Synaxis of St. Archangel Gabriel
July 27 - Celebration of Monastery Marcha Slava. All invited to attend.
August 2 - Holy Prophet Elijah
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Healthcare Day Seminar. Putting Cancer in Perspective.
August 11 - Diocese Day, Parish Churches closed.

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

Thank you to parishioners helping with the Vidovdan dinner and program.

Thank you to Andrea Janson and Anthony Myers for bringing the grass each year for the Feast of Pentecost.

Attending the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission Slava in Fairmont, W.Va.from Pennsylvania were: Sonia Janson, Stan and Karen Brozik, Frank and Gail Menhart, Milosh “Serb” Krewasky and Josephine Gresko. Stan Brozik spoke in behalf of St. George Church.

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.

Plan to attend Adult Class on Tuesday evening.

Parish Nurse Practitioner Mitzie Hunchuck is preparing for Healtcare Day on August 9. The seminar will put cancer in perspective.

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (I Cor. 7:240)

“Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.”

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

To Consider

The faith of the martyrs of Kosovo.
Willingness to remain Christian in all circumstances.
Confessing Christ even when personal danger exists.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 22 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
June 24 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers/Slava celebration.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stavrofor Rade Merick.

So all the heroes of Kosovo went to church and received Holy Communion to prepare themselves for whatever awaited them. They went hoping for victory but expecting death. In so doing they accepted God’s will, and chose, as the poems tell us, the Kingdom of Heaven over any earthly kingdom. Why? Again, as the poems tell us, because an earthly kingdom lasts only a short while, but the Heavenly Kingdom is forever. So they chose the better part, the “Kingdom not of this world,” with Jesus Christ as their King and Lord and God.

(Kosovo 1389-1989.” The Path of Orthodoxy. June 1989, p. 2. )

The Sunday of All Saints

Matthew 10:32-33,37-38, 19:27-30

Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven. He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me. Then answered Peter and said unto Him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

The present Gospel comes on the Sunday following Pentecost each year. The saints of the Church are the primary focus on this given Sunday. The saints of the Church are revealed by the way they live their lives in Christ.

The saints of the Church hold Christ first in their lives. Christ is the consuming interest of the saints. Christ is the Guide, the Goal and the Foundation of the lives of the saints.

Saints are not without sin as their earthly lives develop. Saints battle sin in their earthly lives. Saints fall into sin but they do not let sin prevail. The interest in Christ is sufficient in the saints for them to repent and seek unity with Christ.

Repentance needs to be constant. Christ needs to be first and foremost in life. A person never knows when the last moment of breath will be taken. A person never knows when an accident could bring earthly life to an unexpected end.

A violent crime can take away life unexpectedly in an instant. Readiness is a fundamental element of the Christian life. Christ’s Second Coming is going to occur and each believer needs to be ready for judgment.

Unnecessary fear does not need to be a dominant element in daily life if the person is united with Christ and constantly seeking Christ. Faith and hope in Christ have their places of dominance in the serious Christian’s life.

Fear of the Final Judgment has its place in the life of the person living far from Christ. Fear has its place in the life of the person choosing sin willingly and having hardness of heart towards Christ.

Fear has its place in the life of the person rejecting Christ, the teachings of Christ, and all that is associated with the way of Christ. Choosing sin over the way of Christ prevents the joy and love made possible in Christ.

Love of Christ is evident in the lives of saints willing to pursue their interest in Christ at all costs and under all circumstances. Saints are willing to face their fears. Saints are willing to face adversity with complete faith and trust in God.

Saints perceive in Christ that the life is Christ is the life intended for them. Saints perceive that in Christ their lives are complete. Saints are nourished by Christ and value the nourishment. Saints manifest love toward others.

The common element in the lives of saints is their strong and unyielding interest in Christ. The lives of the countless saints through the centuries show a richness of diversity but always a oneness in Christ.

St. Mary of Egypt lived far differently from St. John Chrysostom. St. Sava and St. Nikolai (Velimirovic’) lived in different centuries under different circumstances but their love of Christ unites them in a common bond.

Individuals today will hear the present Gospel and will determine if Christ is of consuming interest in their lives. Individuals across the world will hear today’s Gospel and determine if they are willing to pick up the crosses to follow Christ.

At Holy Baptism, Christians are completely dedicated to Christ. Those believers taking their baptismal commitment seriously will try in earnest to live the remaining days of their lives in Christ. Sin will be firmly and constantly rejected.

Hearers of the Gospel today who have been living in sin with abandon have the opportunity to repent and be united with Christ during the remaining days of their lives.

Repentance is possible while there is faculty of mind and breath in the body. Many have become saints later in life after having realized the error of their ways and repented before it was too late.

The lives of the saints show the great and full possibilities of the life in Christ. Nominal Christians going about in a lukewarm state of faith deny themselves the full possibilities of the Christian life.

Saints show by their lives they have chosen the path of lasting importance. St. Lazar and those joining with him in the Battle of Kosovo are known to have chosen the heavenly kingdom over the earthly. 1

Centuries divide the lives of the saints from the earliest to the latest. Christ unites the saints through the centuries. This unity in Christ is remembered and exemplified in the Divine Liturgy today.

On this Sunday of All Saints in Divine Liturgies being celebrated around the world, individuals are present who will take the current Gospel seriously. They will live in Christ with greater fervor and greater interest.

The saints are inexhaustible resources. The saints are sources of inspiration. The saints can be turned to in prayer and for the seeking of miracles. May the lives of the saints make our lives in Christ better today.

1 Very Rev.Rade Merick. Kosovo 1389-1989.” The Path of Orthodoxy. June 1989, p. 2.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 17 / June 30, 2013
Sunday of All Saints

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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