St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 789 - February 17 / March 2, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 789
February 17 / March 2, 2014
Cheese fare 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.

Galatians 2:20
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.

Recent Services
February 20
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
February 21
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
February 22
Midnight Office was read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. Ten people attended. Two communicants.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
February 23
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-two people attended Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
February 24
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
February 25
Matins was read
February 26
Complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
February 27
Matins was read

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy

6:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, March 2 - Cheese-fare Sunday. Forgiveness Vespers at St. Sava Church in Mckeesport at 5:00 PM
Monday, March 3 - Beginning of Great Lent
Friday, March 7 - 8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts
March 8 - Theodore Saturday
Saturday - 6:30 PM 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. Doxology 4:00 PM at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 9000 Babcock Blvd. Pittsburgh.
March 12 - 8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts
March 14 - 8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts
March 16 - Second Sunday of Great Lent. St. Gregory Palamas. 5:00 PM Deanery Vespers in Aliquippa and Youngwood.

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 +Ann Tepovich recently departed this life.

Congratulations to Ryan Porter recently honored for his managerial work.

The parish outdoor religious program and picnic are scheduled for June 1.

The parish Sixtieth Anniversary celebration is scheduled for Nov.2.

View the bulletin board for details for Lenten services being held in the area.

Honor Great Lent every day.

Make an effort to attend the weekday services specific to Great Lent.

The investment made in Great Lent will be proportional in benefits.

Regularly prepare for Holy Confession and Communion.

Ryan Dates attended class last Sunday.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles came for Adult Class this week.

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

The personal investment in Great Lent.
Joyfully being a part of the Church during Great Lent.
Firmly rejecting personal sin and fully embracing Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 21 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
February 21 - Blessed one home in the area.
February 22 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va for Divine Liturgy.
February 22 - Visited a patient in Ruby Memorial Hosptial, Morgantown, W. Va.
February 25 - Visited with a patient at Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, Pa.

A Thought from His Holiness Patriarch PAVLE

Always and especially during Lent we should diligently read and listen to the Word of God, Holy Scriptures, and pray to God both at home and in the Church with others, in this time of adversity for our people. Fasting was not established by man but by God, Who through the prophet Moses called it a “perpetual statute” (Lev. 3:17). Christ consecrated it by fasting Himself for forty days and ordered all His faithful ones to fast. Fasting was practiced by the apostles, by all the faithful of that time, and subsequently for all these 2000 years.

(“On Fasting.” The Voice of Saint Stephen Lackawanna, New York, Vol. 24 No. 2. March-April 2000, p. 1. )

Cheesefare Sunday

Mathew 6:14-21

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

The Lenten journey begins in earnest this evening. Believers are expected to invest in the Lenten journey for the benefit of the soul. Great Lent is the time for strong action. Believers are to commit to the Lenten journey with intensity.

Battling sin with fullness of heart and mind is of primary importance. Peace, love and unity with God are primary Lenten goals. Peace, love and unity with neighbors are corresponding and inseparable goals.

The Lord Jesus Christ established the standard of laying up secure treasures in heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ established the investment practice beneficial to the soul. The Lord Jesus Christ established the direction and content for the heart.

Practiced vigilance of the heart and mind increase the value of the Lenten journey. Erecting barriers to keep out sin and increasing room for the presence of God within the heart and mind make a great difference.

Christ’s words provide focus and a basis for continued pondering:” Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Lk. 17:21)

Great Lent provides time to look within the self and assess personal direction, interests and goals. Too often interests, thoughts and the time of life have little to do with God and the salvation of the soul.

Too often the time of life is wasted. Personal thoughts and actions stray from the path to the Kingdom of God. In today’s world, greed and personal interests ascend to heights far from the mountain of God.

The Psalmist said: “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. (Ps. 47/48:1)” The Psalmist provides words of nourishment and direction for serious believers making the Lenten journey.

Believers do well to invest significant time savoring and becoming more familiar with the Psalmist’s words of enduring value. The Psalter is a reliable and time-tested companion for believers seeking God’s Kingdom.

Believers benefit by heeding words in the book of the Holy Prophet Isaiah. In Isaiah we read: “… many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; (Is. 2:3)

The direction we take in Great Lent is important. The travelling companions we choose to accompany us during Great Lent are also important. We are influenced by the company we keep. God’s Holy Church is the place to be.

The Divine services of Great Lent provide sustaining nourishment for the soul. The Divine services of Great Lent make us aware of the need for repentance and the joy of unity with Christ.

The Lenten journey proceeds steadily and with certainty when the Psalmist and the Holy Prophets are our traveling companions. The words of the Psalmist and the Holy Prophets provide substance and stability for the heart and mind.

The rich man who neglected poor Lazarus at his gate suffered greatly after his death. He wanted to warn his brothers to live their lives differently. Abraham said: “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them” (Lk. 16:29)

Moses and the Holy Prophets have much to teach individuals seeking unity with God. Moses and the Holy Prophets are directly relevant for the contemporary world where many people live contrary to the ways of God.

Believers need to constantly assess the content that fills their hearts and minds. Believers need to assess the way daily life is lived. Believers benefit by always making certain the Kingdom of God is the primary goal. (Mt. 6:33)

Lives change according to the content permitted in the heart and mind. The daily use of time determines whether personal life will change for the better. Failure to repent and confess sins can have lasting consequences.

Failing to forgive and to reconcile in important relationships can have lasting consequences. Failing to reach out and seek harmony with loved ones can be costly to the conscience and the soul.

When little time is given to attentive prayer, change for the better cannot be expected. When little thought is given to God, change for the better cannot be expected. When Christ is absent from personal life, sin abounds.

When grudges and ill feelings continue to be harbored, there is little room left for forgiveness and love among family members and friends. When forgiveness is not practiced, forgiveness from God cannot be expected.

Great Lent is the time for love and peace to dominate our lives. Love for God and neighbor, family and friends needs to occupy the heart and mind during Great Lent.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 17 / March 2, 2014
Forgiveness Sunday
St. Theodore of Tyre, Greatmartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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