Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320
June 30 / July 13, 2014
Fifth 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.
Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.
Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.
- July 5
- One person came for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers with Litya.
- July 6
- Matins was read.
- Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy.
Twenty-Three people attended. One communicant.
- July 7
- Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
- July 8
- Matins was read.
- July 9
- One person came for the Akathist to the Holy Spirit,
Akathist of the Mother of God, Inexhaustible Cup
and Akathist of St. Theophan the Recluse.
- Nine people came for Vespers at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
in Fairmont, W.Va.
- July 10
- Four people came for the Akathist to the Holy Spirit and a Pomen.
Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions
- Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy
- Thank you to Very Rev. Theo Shomsky for serving the Divine Liturgy
July 25 - Three Handed Icon Mother of God
July 26 - Slava, Monastery Marcha, Richfield, Ohio. Plan to attend.
August 2-3 - St. Elijah, 100th Anniversary of Parish in Aliquippa, Pa.
August 4-7 - Serbian Orthodox Church Sabor, Alhambra, California
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Healthcare Seminar. Slava. Parish Nurse’s Office
August 10 - Diocesan Day, Shadeland Camp. Most Holy Mother of God Monastery
August 14 - Beginning of Dormation Fast
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration
August 28 - Eastern Diocese Kolo Federation Slava, St. George Church, Midland
August 31 - St. George Kolo Slava Celebration. Covered Dish Dinner and Program.
If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!
Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia
and All Suffering People
- Congratulations to Col. Richard Menhart on receiving a new Command
position with the United States Army. Col. Menhart has an outstanding
military record. Throughout his career he has remained connected with
St. George Church.
- Michael Maddish is faithful in his willingness to help St. George Church,
family and friends.
- Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak and Dr. Romanos Pierce
attended class on Thursday. Next class is August 24.
- Thank you to Andrea Janson for helping direct St. George Choir when needed.
- Thank you to Choir Director Sonia Janson and Choir members Andrea Janson,
Djelosh Jerry Milosevich, Paulette Radock, Mildred Mickey Bezjak,
Anna Mae Knezovich, Ludwig Miscovich and Frank Menhart for faithfully
singing each week.
- Stan Brozik and Sonia Janson plan to attend the Sabor in California
- Kathleen Waters is progressing toward completion of the St.Stephen’s
- Speakers for the forthcoming Healthcare Seminar on August 9 include:
Attorney Linda Chambers; Nurse Practitioner Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck,
Dr. Scott Michael Newton; and Nurse Anesthetist Christina Sivak.
- The theme for the Healthcare seminar this year is” Putting Stress in
- Contributions continue to be received to help the flood victims in Serbia.
- Remember and appreciate the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections,
probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.
- Remember and appreciate the men and women serving in the military and
- Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers,
the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.
- If you want you want your home blessed, contact the priest.
- If you have a question about the services or teachings of the Church
ask the priest.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The willingness of the faithful Holy Apostles to follow Christ.
The continuing impact of the faithful Holy Apostles of Christ.
The lessons we can learn from the lives of the faithful Apostles.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
July 5 and 9 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.purposes.
July 6 - Visited patient at St. Clair Hospital.
July 9 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
for Vespers and class. Nine people attended.
July 10 - Local pastoral visit.
A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Through the Holy Apostles we have learned what the Lord Jesus Christ taught
and how the Church taught from the earliest times. This is recorded in the
Holy Gospel and Epistles. They understood His teaching only after His resurrection,
when their minds were opened to understand Scripture”
The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church
Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 57.
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 8:28-34, 9:1
And when He was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes,
there met Him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce,
so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying,
What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art Thou come hither to
torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of
many swine feeding. So the devils besought Him, saying, If Thou cast us out,
suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And He said unto them, Go.
And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold,
the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea,
and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways
into the city, and told everything, and what was befallen to the possessed of
the devils. And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they
saw Him, they besought Him that He would depart out of their coasts.
And He entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into His own city.
The current Gospel speaks about the fierce demons blocking the passage
of travelers coming that way. Fierce demons appear on the roadway of life.
Fierce demons would rejoice in blocking passage to the Kingdom of God.
The current Gospel is clear in saying that Jesus Christ is stronger than demons.
Christ opened the pathway in the current Gospel. Christ keeps the paths open to the
Kingdom of God.
Without strong faith and confidence in Christ, individuals will yield to
fears arising in life. Faith in Christ enables believers to address any fears.
The light of the Resurrection of Christ is stronger than any dark moments in life.
Demons may seem ferocious. Death may seem ferocious. We learn from the martyrs
for Christ that love of Christ is stronger than the fear of death. We learn from
the faithful Holy Apostles that love for Christ prevailed over any fears.
Believers’ faith is tested during the trials and journeys in life.
Believers strengthen their faith in Christ by constantly being nourished by Christ.
The Gospel is nourishment. The Gospel provides strength.
Holy Communion provides strength and nourishment. The faithful prior to the
Battle of Kosovo partook of Holy Communion. Faithful today facing adversity
receive the necessary strength from Christ by partaking of Holy Communion.
Believers looking to God will find hope and light. Christ enables believers
to overcome moments of gloom arising unexpectedly in life. The fierce demons
in the current Gospel were no match for Christ.
Christ cleared the passage way. The demons met their demise. Death seemed
to be a formidable foe until Jesus called Lazarus forth from the tomb.
Death seemed formidable until Jesus rose from the dead.
The joy of Pascha is permanent. The joy of Pascha exists today.
Christ is Risen! Christ tramples down death. The value of love for
Christ and the love of Christ is expressed in I John 4:18.
The Epistle of I John states: “There is no fear in love;
but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.
He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” Individuals
loving Christ fully need not fear demons.
Individuals loving Christ completely are confident Christ makes the
needed difference to overcome any demons. Individuals loving Christ
appreciate and recognize the complete love Christ demonstrated on the Cross.
Christ humbled Himself to the point of death. He suffered willingly.
Christ showed the shallowness of death. Christ showed His immeasurable
capability by overcoming death.
The Christian life is a life of joy in Christ. The Christian life requires
complete of love Christ. The complete love of Christ for each person is capable
of transforming and renewing each believer.
Men and women on death row have reason to find hope in Christ.
The good thief next to Christ on the Cross had his life changed at
the last moment of his earthly existence.
Yielding to fears that arise in life can bring death. Loving Christ
and embracing the love of Christ brings hope and joy. The Gospel brings hope and joy.
Today’s Gospel brings hope and joy. Each Gospel message brings hope and joy.
Individuals lacking in faith and facing personal demons may recoil
and cower in fear. Christ is the source of strength to overcome demons.
Christ opens the way to the Kingdom of God. Christ keeps the way open.
Thank God for the present Gospel. Thank God for the love of Christ
demonstrated on the Cross. Thank God for the forever joy of Pascha.
Thank God for the Holy Spirit renewing each believer.
Christ demonstrated His ability to remove limits when He rose from the dead.
Christ showed He could remove barriers to passage. He caused the demons to be
removed in the present Gospel.
Cherish the love of Christ each day. Cherish the path of Christ each day.
Search for the nourishment in the Holy Gospel. Draw from the nourishment of Christ.
When tired, turn to Christ. When happy turn to Christ. Always turn to Christ.
Do not let demons become permanent barriers in life. Learn from the present Gospel.
Continue to learn from the Holy Gospel.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 30 / July 13, 2014
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
Synaxis of the Holy Twelve Apostles.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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