Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320
October 21 / November 3, 2013
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944
Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at
12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.
I Timothy 1:4-5 - Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies,
which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart,
and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
- October 24
- Matins was read.
- October 27
- Matins was read.
- Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
- October 28
- Matins was read.
- October 30
- Matins was read.
- Six people came for the Akathist the Cross.
- Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
- October 31
- The Gospel of St. Mark was read.
- Nine people came to Fairmont for the Akathist.
- First, 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.
- 3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class at 4:00 PM.
Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled on Request.
Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions
November 3 - 59th Parish Anniversary Divine Liturgy and Dinner.
November 8 - St. Demetrius. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 A.M.
November 10 - St. Arsenije of Srem
November 12 - St. King Milutin, Teokist and Mother Jelena, Conf. Varnava of Hvosna
November 14 - Sts. Cosmas and Damien, Unmercenaries.
November 16 - Renovation of the Church of St. George.
November 17 - Choir Slava celebrated. Covered dish dinner and program.
November 21 - St. Archangel Michael. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
November 22 - St. Nectarios. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
November 2 - St. King Stefan of Decani
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Beginning of the Nativity Fast
If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!
Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia
and All Suffering People Everywhere
From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians
- We are a parish of the Eastern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox
Church. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN is the Diocesan Bishop.
- Very Reverend Stavrofor Dragoljub Malich is the Bishop’s Deputy.
- Very Reverend Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov is Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery.
- This parish is one of ten parishes in the Pittsburgh Deanery.
- The Eastern American Diocese has four Deaneries: Pittsburgh, Cleveland,
Washington and St. Petersburg with churches from Maine to Florida.
- Thank you to all participating and supporting the
Anniversary celebration today.
- Congratulations to St. Michael Orthodox Church of Monessen, Pennsylvania
celebrating the 100th Anniversary this weekend.
- Ryan Dates, Anja and Ksenije Sivak and Jenna and Kevin Cyr Jr. have been
attending Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck’s Sunday class for children.
Norma Hickman helps.
- Paulette Radock, John and Felicia Williamson, Marsha Pataskie, Amy Cyr,
Sonia Janson and Subdeacon Anthony Miralles attended Adult Class on
Wednesday. Come next week.
- Listen to the parish radio broadcast on the parish website or
radio station WMBS.
- 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.
But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he that commendeth himself
is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The contributions of the Holy Apostles
The Diocesan Bishop as a successor to the Holy Apostles
Apostolic Succession through the canonical laying-on of hands.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
October 24-26 - Went to Chicago, Illinois for Standing Committee meetings.
October 27 - Went to St. Alexandar Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral, Allison Park,
Pennsylvania for 50th Anniversary Ordination Reception
for Father Thomas Hopko.
October 28-29 - Went to Diocesan Center and Diocesan Clergy Seminar at Shadeland.
October 31 - even people came for class in Fairmont, W.Va. at Holy Trinity Mission.
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
The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church.
Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001, p. 48.)
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also
love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you,
what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to
them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also
lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies,
and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great,
and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful
and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Christians are expected to be different. Christians are expected to adhere
to the teachings of Christ and the standards set by Christ. Christians are
expected to be honest, loving and merciful.
The Holy Gospel makes the teachings and life of Christ available to
individuals seeking to know how best to live in the current world.
Attentive readers and listeners to the Gospel change their lives accordingly.
The standards and teachings established and set by Christ apply
in all aspects of a Christian’s life. In the home, the neighborhood and
in the workplace, serious Christians will strive to be as Christ expects.
In school, in personal relationships and in business dealings,
serious Christians seek to follow and honor Christ. Christians falling
short of the teachings and standards of Christ will sincerely repent
and commit to doing better.
The present Gospel speaks about being charitable and loving.
The love Christ expects includes loving those who are hard to love.
Christ expects love of enemies. Christ lived as He taught.
When Christ was on the Cross and was being crucified, He said:
“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”
Jesus was forgiving even when He was being innocently put to death.
Jesus’ love is far-reaching. Followers of Jesus are expected to model
Christ’s love in their personal relationships. Followers of Christ are
expected to manifest Christ in their daily relationships with each person they meet.
The lives of the saints show that following the teachings of Christ is possible.
The lives of the saints provide ample examples of serious sinners having repented
and embraced the teachings of Christ wholeheartedly.
The life of the Holy Apostle Paul is clear witness of the change
a single life can have when Christ enters into the person’s life.
The Holy Apostle Paul went from being a persecutor of Christians
to become a leading Apostle.
When St. Stephen was being stoned to death, he did not react in anger.
He did not exude hate. When he was being stoned for confessing Christ,
St. Stephen exhibited the love of Christ toward those casting stones at him.
St. Stephen spoke in the same way Christ spoke against his persecutors.
St. Stephen “cried with a loud voice, ‘Lord, lay not this sin to their charge’.
And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”
When a person commits to being a Christian, great responsibilities accompany
the honor and immeasurable blessings of being a Christian. The joy of being a
Christian includes the responsibilities of living the Christian life.
Personal demeanor, home life and language are to reflect the depth of
belief in Christ as King and as God. The total person is baptized into Christ.
The total person is sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.
When a person receives the Precious Body and Blood of Christ,
Christ permeates the whole body. Unity with Christ is experienced.
Christ loves each person to the great degree He is willing to receive
and enter into each sinner.
Gratefulness to Christ comes through honoring Him in daily life.
Gratefulness to Christ comes through mental and bodily discipline.
Rejection of sin is a necessity for the Christian.
Rejection of sin is an expression of love for Christ.
Serious believers will deal strongly and swiftly to
expel thoughts and temptations that would put the soul in peril.
Prayer and fasting enable believers to follow the path to the Kingdom of God.
Believers need to constantly examine their daily lives to ensure fidelity
to Christ. Believers need to be vigilant that sins do not creep into daily life.
Being nourished daily by Christ is the best defense against sin.
Nourishment from Christ comes through prayer and fasting. Nourishment
from Christ comes from keeping the mind focused on Christ and keeping
Christ dominant in the heart.
Repentance and Holy Confession are the best way to deal with sin.
Holy Communion is the best way to unite with Christ.
Frequent Confession and frequent Communion have a
proper place in the lives of Christians.
Believers have a responsibility to look into their hearts and minds
regularly and determine if Christ is first and foremost. Believers
have a responsibility to examine their relationships and determine
if they are consistent with the Gospel.
St. Mark the Ascetic said: “Your words are only as wise and as
profitable as your works.” 1
God knows if a person is a serious follower of Christ.
God knows the contents of the heart and mind of each person.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Ye shall know them by their fruits.”
Let our relationships reveal the love of Christ.
Let our love for Christ be revealed in our
relationships with each person we meet in daily life.
The Philokalia. Vol.One.
Translated and edited by G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware.
Faber and Faber, New York, 1983, p. 129
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 21 / November 3, 2013
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sts. Illarion and Visarion. Venerable Hilarion
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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