St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 780 - December 16 / December 29, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 780
December 16 / December 29, 2013
Twenty-Seventh 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.

Mark 4:40 - And He said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

Recent Services
December 21
Midnight Office was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia followed by Divine Liturgy. Nine people attended. Five communicants.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers at St. George Church.
December 22
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-three people came to Church. Three communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
December 23
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
Two people came for Akathist to the Mother of God.
December 24
Matins and First Hour were read. Two people came for Akathist to the Mother of God.
December 25
Matins and First Hour were read.
December 26
Matins and First Hour were read.
December 27
Matins and First Hour were read.
Vespers was read.
December 28
Midnight Office was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Akathists, Prayers for Special Needs, and Home Blessings scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, December 29 - St. Haggai. Prophet. Mothers’Day.
December 30 - St. Daniel the Prophet. Ven. Deacon Avakum, Abbot Paisius, Martyrs.
December 31 - St. Sebastian and Companions, Martyrs; St. Modestus
January 2 - St. Ignatius of Antioch; St. Daniel II of Serbia (Antefeast of Nativity)
January 5 - St. Naum of Ohrid, Fathers’ Day
Monday, January 6 - Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
January 6, Christmas Eve. Blessing of Badjnak at 7:30 PM. Vigil at 8:30 PM.
Tuesday, January 7 - Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
Wednesday, January 8 - Synaxis of Most Holy Theotokos. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
Thursday, January 9 - St. Stephen Archdeacon, Protomartyr. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
January 13 - Ven. Melanie of Rome: Dosetij the Confessor; Apodasis of Nativity

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 all staying for the Annual Meeting last week. Executive Officers elected at the Assembly included: President - Stan Brozik; Vice-President - John Williamson; Secretary - Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck; Financial Secretary - Andrea Janson; Treasurer - Felicia Wiliamson; Audit Board - Aaron Carson, Dr.Ivko Dimitric, Anna Mae Knezovich. Assembly Delegate - Sonia Janson. Rich and Linda Porter continue as Tutors.

Kolo Treasurer Linda Porter is collecting for flowers for Christmas.

Thank you to Lud Miscovich for bringing the tree.

Thank you to Sandi Radoja’s for remembering St. George Church.

Very Rev. Djokan Majstorovic of St. Sava Cathedral in New York was here this week.

Congratulations to NYPD Sgt. Ray Sanchez for helping to save a man’s life recently. Ray attends St. Sava Cathedral and helps at Shadeland Camp with his wife Suzana each year.

The Christmas radio broadcast will be on Christmas evening, January 7 at 5:15 PM on Uniontown station 590 AM, WMBS. The broadcast can be heard online at the radio station’s website. His Holiness Patriarch IRINEJ’S Nativity message will be included.

You will be able to hear His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN’S Nativity message on next Sundays’ radio broadcast and on the parish website at the time of the Nativity.

Tom Hunter enables many people to experience His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN”S festal messages and the St. George Church via radio and the internet.

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 the 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 have a question about the teachings or services of the Church, ask the priest.

Be mindful of the twelve miners that lost their lives on January 2, 2006 in the Sago Mine disaster. Be mindful of their families and friends.

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

To Consider

Preparing the heart, the mind and the home for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ.
Seriously welcoming Christ into the heart, the mind and the home.
Sharing the love of Christ with each person we meet in daily life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 21 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy and to Morgantown for printing purposes.
December 24 and December 27 - Went to Diocesan Center.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

The Church tolerates sinners just as God does, and it rejoices greater at the repentance of one sinner than for ninety-nine righteous who have no need of repentance (Lk. 15:7). It tolerates them under its wing until such a time as they to infect other members with their sin and then each is thrown out of it (I Cor. 5:13).

( The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001. P. 49. )

The Sunday of Holy Forefathers

Luke 14:16-24

Then said He unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

The Lord God extends invitations to each and every person at each and every moment of time. The Lord God offers a banquet without equal. Each person may draw near at any given moment and draw nourishment from the Lord God.

Throughout each day and night individuals may draw nourishment for the soul by praying to the Lord God. The supreme banquet occurs at the Divine Liturgy when believers partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

The Lord God’s invitation goes out constantly. At each moment of time, individuals choose whether to draw near and be nourished by the Lord God. Too often God’s continuing and welcoming invitation is rejected.

Too often individuals make choices of lesser value and nourishment than accepting the invitation of the Lord God. Too often individuals succumb to the societal pressures and temptations that fall short of benefitting the soul.

The Church is in the midst of the Nativity Fast. Of central importance is properly preparing for the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of Christ. The Lord taking on human flesh is worthy of the most serious contemplation.

The individual’s relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ merits careful examination at each moment of time. The contents of the heart and mind reveal the degree a person is committed to Christ.

The extent to which a person wards off thoughts and actions that put the soul in peril gives an indication of the depth of interest in being united with and growing in the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the present Gospel individuals invited to the great supper chose to decline the invitation. At each Divine Liturgy, the invitation is extended to partake of Holy Communion. At each Divine Liturgy, many decline the invitation to commune.

A person’s relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is the most important relationship. The way a person responds to invitations from Christ affects all other relationships.

Each time a person accepts an invitation from Christ, the person changes. Christ changes the person when they are united. Saying “yes” to attend the banquet of Christ reveals the depth of the individual’s interest in Christ.

The Precious Body and Blood of Christ nourish and strengthen the lives of believers that partake. The relationship with Christ is strengthened with the acceptance of the invitation to draw near.

Each person’s attitude toward and relationship with Christ are worthy of careful examination during the Nativity Fast. The way a person perceives and values the birth of Christ influences the way a person lives.

Gratefulness to God has primary value for believers joyful for the birth of Christ. The newness of life ushered in by the birth of Christ is beheld with great awe.

Believers are invigorated during the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity. The Holy Spirit’s action in the birth of Christ has an immeasurable reach. The Holy Spirit influences each believer’s heart, mind and soul. (Lk. 1:35)

The Nativity Fast is a time for the heart, the mind and the soul to be fully and completely open to Christ. The Nativity Fast is time to remove personal barriers impeding unity with Christ.

Fasting and prayer help believers reject the temptations and distractions distancing themselves from Christ. When Christ’s invitations are accepted, other personal relationships and actions take on conformity to the ways of Christ.

Unity with Christ brings joy. Partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ brings joy. Saying “yes” constantly to invitations from Christ brings joy. The joy in Christ is the joy of all joys.

A person’s growth in and nourishment from Christ is limited only by the willingness of the person to accept Christ’s invitations to draw near. The saints are examples of individuals resolutely saying “yes” to Christ’s invitations.

In today’s world, individuals have many different invitations from which to choose. Individuals benefit by centering on the invitations from Christ and drawing near to partake of the authentic nourishment He has to offer.

Invitations from sources other than Christ offer insufficient satisfaction for the heart, the mind and the soul. Saying “no” to invitations from Christ and “yes” to other than Christ often leads to despondency, despair and peril for the soul.

Christ’s Nativity is transcends the centuries. Christ’s Nativity offers the indefatigable hope for newness in life. The Feast of Christ’s Nativity offers the reassurance of Christ presence through the centuries.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 16 / December 29, 2013
Sunday of the Holy Forefahers

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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