St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 788 - February 10 / February 23, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 788
February 10 / February 23, 2014
Meatfare Sunday

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.

Acts 26:18
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

Recent Services
February 14
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
February 15
Matins was read.
February 16
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Fifty people attended Divine Liturgy and Parostos. Six communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
February 17
Matins was read.
February 18
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
February 19
Matins was read.
Four people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
February 20
Matins 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

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Akathists, Prayers for Special Needs and home blessings scheduled on request

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, February 23 - Meatfare Sunday
February 28-March 1 - Diocesan Assembly, Monroeville
March 2 - Cheese-fare Sunday. Forgiveness Vespers at St. Sava Church in Mckeesport at 5:00 PM
March 3 - Beginning of Great Lent
March 7 - 8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts
March 8 - Theodore Saturday
March 8 - Vespers for Sunday of Orthodoxy for Orthodox churches in the Mon Valley to be held at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Belle Vernon.
March 9 - Sunday of Orthodoxy

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 +Meghan Mercadante recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to Joseph and Mildred Bezjak, their brother-in-law +John Chatlak recently departed this life.

One person wrote in appreciation to commend Andrea Janson for the professional statement she sends to each donor summarizing yearly financial contributions.

Congratulations to Father Branislav Golic recently ordained as Presbyter.

U.S. Army Major Dustin Menhart sends his greetings from Leavenworth, Kansas.

Very Rev. Djokan, Protinica Mirjana and Marta Majstorovic visited the parish this week.

The American Serbian Club in Pittsburgh is holding a fundraiser for Lifeline Chicago on March 1 to raise funds for needy children in Serbia. See bulletin board for details.

Milos Rastovic and Aleksandar Slavkovic will speak at Pitt University on Monday evening on the topic: “200 Years of Serbs in the U.S.” See bulletin board for details.

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Scott Newton for being chosen to speak at the Twenty Fifth International Nursing Research Congress in Hong Kong in July. Mr. Newton has supported Healthcare Day here from the very beginning and has spoken here.

Subdeacon Anthony and Madeline Miralles and John and Felicia Williamson attended class on Wednesday. Class again this coming Wednesday. Plan to attend.

Remember the 125 people that died in 1972 when the coal slurry dam broke in Buffalo Creek Hollow, W.Va.

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 or want your home blessed, ask the priest.

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

To Consider

Being ready for Christ’s Second Coming.
Being attentive to the sick, suffering, imprisoned, hungry and in need of clothing.
Seeing Christ in each person we meet.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 14 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
February 15 and 17 - Went to Diocesan Headquarters in Mars, Pennsylvania.

A Thought from Father Vasilije B. Sokolovic with His Family

I pray to God Almighty and to our patron saint, St. George, to grant eternal peace to all deceased souls of the founders of our church and to all deceased parishioners; as well as, to grant all of us living, good health and future progress.

( Oct. 27, 1974 St. George Church Twentieth Anniversary )

Meatfare Sunday

Matthew 25:31-46

When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And He shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: Naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me:I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee? Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me. Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungered, and ye gave Me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me not in: naked, and ye clothed Me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited Me not. Then shall they also answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto Thee? Then shall He answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to Me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

The present Gospel is very specific about the treatment of the sick, the suffering, the hungry, those in need of clothing, the stranger and the imprisoned. Christ is in each needy person we meet.

Believers are expected to be attentive to and about the people met during daily life. Whether a person experiences eternal life depends upon the relationships formed and treatment of individuals met during daily life.

There is much suffering in the present world . Some individuals by their own actions and irresponsibility put themselves in positions of suffering. It is easy to develop an attitude of insensitivity toward them.

Christ set a standard for believers to follow. Christ spoke the words: “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” (Mt. 7:1-2)

Every person fails to make full use of the blessings of God. Every person mismanages and squanders blessings coming from God. Every person is less than fully appreciative to God.

Persons with hungry souls need nourished. Individuals need sheltered from ill will and cold heartedness. Persons imprisoned deserve the outreach of the Church. Strangers benefit from being prayerfully welcomed.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” (Lk. 6:31) Believers cannot separate their Christian lives from the people met in daily life. Believers are connected with people they meet.

The present Gospel speaks about the final judgment that will occur. The alternatives are everlasting punishment or eternal life. The way believers relate to individuals in daily life determines the final outcome.

Speaking of His sheep, Jesus said:”. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (Jn. 10:10) Faithful followers of Christ heeding the current Gospel will see Christ in each person in daily life.

Faithfully following Christ requires exertion of the mind and the body. The heart cannot become hardened. The eyes and ears cannot be blinded or deafened to the sights and sounds of suffering at the doorstep or in the community.

The rich man ignored the suffering beggar Lazarus at his doorstep. The rich man suffered lasting punishment as a result. Lazarus endured his suffering with patience and had lasting care in Abraham’s bosom. (Lk. 16:19-31)

Individuals taking the words of the Holy Gospel seriously come to know the Gospel is truth. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (Jn. 14:6)

Individuals must get over their own selfishness and proclivity for greed to reach out and help the hungry, the needy, those in need of clothing. Individuals need to reach passed personal interests to help the sick and the suffering.

Creativity is needed to bring help to the imprisoned. Prayers to God bring better solutions. Saints do much to change the world for the better. Saints are individuals taking the Gospel seriously.

Each person exposed to Christ and Christ’s teachings is limited only to the extent he or she limits commitment to Christ and the way of Christ.

The lives of the saints show definitively that radical change for the better takes place in individuals committed to following Christ. Each person at each moment of time draws near to Christ or withdraws from Christ.

Each person at each moment of time decides whether to live and act according to the Gospel. Each person at each moment of time makes decisions that put the soul in peril or serves to cleanse and purify the soul.

The Jesus Prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner” can be used by any person with sufficient intellect and will. The Jesus Prayer empowers and gives individuals strength to do necessary good.

While there is life in the body, while the mind and heart function, let us use the remaining time of life to live in accord with the Holy Gospel. Let us say “Yes” to Christ at each remaining moment of life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 10 / February 23, 2014
Meatfare Sunday.
Hieromarytr Charlampus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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