St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 772 - October 21 / November 3, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 772
October 21 / November 3, 2013
Nineteenth 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.

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:

Recent Services
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.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Important Dates

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 are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

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.

From the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (II Cor.10:17-18)

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

To Consider

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 our body.

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

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 6:31-36

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.” (Lk. 23:34) 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.” (Acts 7:60)

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.” (Mt. 7:16) 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.

1 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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