St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 765 - September 2 / September 15, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 765
September 2 / September 15, 2013
Twelfth 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 12:1-2

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Recent Services
September 5
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
September 6
Matins was read
September 8
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
September 9
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
September 10
Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for the Akathist to St. John the Baptist.
September 11
Matins was read.
Eight people came for Divine Liturgy.
September 12
Matins was read.
Eight people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Akathist to St.John the Baptist.
September 13
Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
September 14
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Monday Tuesday, Friday, Saturday

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Nativity of the Mother of God.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael
September 21 - Feast of Nativity of the Mother of God
September 27 - Exaltation of the Honorable Cross
September 30 - Sts. Faith, Hope and Charity and their Mother Sophia, Martyrs.
October 5 - Memorial Saturday
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God.
October 19 - Holy Apostle Thomas.
October 27 - Venerable Mother Paraskeva of Serbia, St. Petka

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 the family of +John William Mercadante newly departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Rita Sivak newly departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Mika Rocknage newly departed this life.

Dr. Andrei Popa was here visiting from Bakersfield, California. He always remembers St. George Church throughout the year.

Kathleen Waters completed her residency at Antiochian Village in the St. Stephen’s Program.

Remember the workers at Hatfield Ferry Power Plant facing the loss of their jobs soon.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak and Felicia Williamson came to adult class last week. Class this week on Wednesday.

Plan to enroll your son or daughter in church school classes beginning September 22.

Remember the workers in the mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, 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 institution staffs..

If you need prayers for particular needs or want your home blessed, ask the priest.

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (II Cor.3:2-3)

Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

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

To Consider

The joy found in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The nourishment found in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The peace found in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 6 - Attended the Vesper service for the Slava of St. Nikodim Chapel, Mars, Pa.
September 7 - Participated in the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy for the St. Nikodim Chapel Slava.
September 8 - Went to Jefferson Hospital to visit a patient.
September 10 - Went to Aliquippa for viewing of +John William Mercadante.
September 11 - Went to Aliquippa for funeral of +John William Mercadante.
September 12 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, for Akathist and class. Six people came for class. Eight people came for the Akathist.
September 12 - Visited one family in local area. Visited one family in W.Va.
September 13 - Attended Pa. Senate public hearing held at Waynesburg University regarding the closing of Hatfield Ferry Power Plant.
September 13 - Went to Donora for Panahida for +Rita Sivak.

A Thought from Reverend Alekssandar N. Dimitrijevich.

We may pray to God at any time, or anywhere, but to do this in a befitting manner, we must select a worthy and appropriate place, in solitude and tranquility. However, the very best place, which with its constancy and impressiveness best incites prayer in man, is the church.

( Orthodox Religious Instruction: Old Testament. Translated by Mrs. Dragica Milkovich and Mrs. Violet Bastie. Serbian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of United States and Canada, Libertyville, Illinois, 1958, p. 17. )

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 19:16-26

And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Matthew 5:14-19

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

The Holy Gospel is read in each Divine Liturgy for believers to hear and to seriously consider the meaning. Lives are enriched and are expected to become better as a result of hearing the Holy Gospel.

Believers are expected to actively participate in the Christian life. Growth in Christ is expected throughout life. The Holy Gospel brings the life and teachings of Christ into the lives of devout listeners.

Christ enables peace to develop in the hearts and minds of believers. Christ heals broken hearts. Christ delivers individuals from despondency and depression. Christ shines light into lives overcome by darkness.

Serious followers of Christ find joy in each day. Serious followers of Christ find strength for the most difficult of days. Serious followers of Christ experience Christ’s love throughout each day.

The Gospel of St. Matthew speaks about eternal life. Eternal life is the desire of all serious Christians. Eternal life is the desire from the time of Holy Baptism until departure from this life.

The way a person lives in this life determines the final judgment when Christ returns in His Glorious Second Coming. The recitation of the Creed at each Divine Liturgy is a constant reminder of Christ’s eventual return.

Every moment of waking life is an opportunity for repentance. Only by repentance can a believer experience the forgiveness of sins. Only by repentance can a believer draw forth in unity with Christ.

Sin creates a barrier between the believer and Christ. A hardened heart keeps a believer from being fully united with Christ. Tears of repentance can lead to tears of joy when Christ’s forgiveness is experienced.

Holy Confession is used too infrequently by believers. Holy Confession is medicine for the soul. Holy Confession provides healing for the soul. God is a good, merciful and forgiving God.

Believers do well to repent of their sins and come to Holy Confession with regularity. Holy Confession facilitates Christian growth. Holy Confession enables weight to be taken from the minds and hearts of sinners.

Today is Sunday, a day dedicated to the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ went to the Cross voluntarily. He demonstrated His love for each of us. Today is a day to demonstrate our love for Christ.

We demonstrate our love for Christ by spending time with Him in His Holy Church. We demonstrate our love for Christ by spending time with Him in prayer. We demonstrate our love for Christ by loving others.

The Lord Jesus Christ said; “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” (Mt. 7:16) Our daily relationships will reveal if we love Christ. Our daily use of time reveals if we love Christ.

The words we use and the actions of our bodies reveal if we love Christ. The contents of our hearts and minds reveal if we love Christ. If we savor sin, it will be apparent. If we love Christ, the love will be apparent.

Today and every day is the time to ensure love of Christ is paramount in our lives. Today and every day will reveal if eternal life is the desired objective of our lives.

The Lord Jesus Christ said to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.” (Mt. 6:33) The way we live each day determines if we are seeking first the kingdom of God.

Let us pray with the greatest of seriousness to seek first the Kingdom of God each day. Let us pray with fervor to avoid sin and to love and desire Christ with all our hearts, minds and souls.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 2 / September 15, 2013
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.
Synaxis of Serbian Saints.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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