St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 820 - September 22 / October 5, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 820
September 22 / October 5, 2014
Seventeenth 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.

Acts 6:8
And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

Recent Services
September 27
Eight people came for the Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Vespers was read.
September 28
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-two people attended. Two communicants
September 29
Vespers was read.
October 1
Four people came for the Akathist of Thanks at Waynesburg University.
October 2
Three people came for the Akathist to the Cross.
Served pomen for +Matilda Dragosoljvich at funeral home in Monaca, Pa.
October 3
Served pomen at funeral home for +Matilda Dragosoljvich, then funeral service at St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church in Aliquippa, with burial at St. Elijah Cemetery.
Vespers was read

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Times.

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Friday, Saturday

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class


Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 5 - Hundredth Anniversary of Nativity of Virgin Mary Orthodox Church. Monogahela, Pa.
October 6 - Conception of St. John the Baptist
October 9 - St. John the Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist
October 11 - Memorial Saturday
October 14 - Protection of the Mother of God
October 19 - St. Thomas, Apostle
October 27 - Ven. Mother Parasceva of Serbia, St.Petka
October 31 - St. Luke

If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy

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

Parish Life

The Sixtieth Anniversary celebration of St. George Church is scheduled for November 2.

Sonia Janson, Mildred Bezjak and Felicia Williamson came for class on Thursday.

Anya, Ksenije and Maxim Sivak came for class last Sunday.

Funds are being accepted for flood victims in Serbia. New flooding has occurred.

Sympathy extended to Brian and Luann Vula, Luannís mother departed this life recently.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Marko Yandrich, +Marko having departed this life.

Dr. Rade Dimitric finds time to attend St. George Church with brother Dr. Ivko Dimitric.

Svetko Davidovich remembers the St. George Church.

Marilyn Newton remembers the St. George Church.

Mark Opacic stays attentive to St. George Church.

Take time to assess if you are maturing as an Orthodox Christian.

Take time to come to Confession and prepare for Communion regularly.

Do you have an Orthodox Study Bible in your home.

Do you have an icon of your patron saint or patronal feast day in your home.

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 their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, and the mentally ill. Appreciate their caretakers and the institution staffs.

If you want your home blessed, contact the priest.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, talk to 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

To Consider

Your daily investment in the Kingdom of God.
Your daily personal attentiveness to the condition of your soul.
Your daily preparation for Christís Second Coming.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

September 27 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va for printing purposes. Visited parishioner in Ruby Memorial Hospital.
October 1 - Served Akathist at Waynesburg University.
October 2 - Went to Monaca, Pa for pomen.
October 3 - Went to Monaca and Aliquippa for funeral.
October 3 - Went to residence in area of Republic to bless bees and apiary.

A Thought from Very Rev. Stephen Zaremba, Dean of St. Petersburg Deanery

ďSo what does it mean to be a Christian? A Christian is one who not only believes in Christ, but loves Christ and strives to emulate Him.Ē

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 15:21-28

Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto Him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and besought Him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, help me. But He answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. (KJV)

The present Gospel shows the strong faith and love of a mother for her daughter. The woman in the present appealed firmly to the Lord Jesus Christ. The mother desperately wanted her daughter to be healed.

The mother turned to the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy. In the Divine services of Godís Holy Church, requests for Godís mercy are continuous. The Jesus Prayer is also a very personal way to seek mercy from the Lord Jesus Christ.

The motherís pleas to the Lord Jesus Christ did not fall on deaf ears. The Lord Jesus Christ recognized the great faith and persistence of the mother. The Lord Jesus Christ healed the daughter vexed with the devil.

Mothers and fathers having afflicted sons and daughters benefit from the current Gospel. Turning to Christ seeking mercy makes a difference. Turning to Christ for help and healing make a difference.

Too often individuals turn to other than Christ and His Church when seeking to solve personal problems. Too often individuals become angry or turn to drugs and alcohol to deal with problematic behavior by a son or daughter.

Too often individuals give up in despair because a son or daughter exhibits problems that seem beyond the possibility of improvement. The mother in the current Gospel did not relinquish hope.

The mother in the current Gospel rightly perceived the Lord Jesus Christ would make a difference in the life of her daughter. Many mothers and fathers rightly hold out hope in Christ for their incarcerated sons and daughters.

Many mothers and fathers hold out hope in Christ for improvement in their sons or daughters afflicted with drug or alcohol problems. Christ made a difference in the daughter in the current Gospel.

Christ makes a difference in every personal problem when individuals turn to Him in faith. Christ helps individuals put problems in perspective. Christ helps individuals to examine the self to see what personal change is needed.

Christ responds to prayers. Christ acknowledges strong faith. Christ is the source of hope even in the bleakest moments of life. The one thief on the cross next to Christ changed his life radically by turning to Christ. (Lk. 23:40-43)

The present world is full of people experiencing personal problems in life. Too few people rely upon prayer. Too few people come to the church as a hospital for the soul. Too few people turn to God in faith.

Many people seek solutions for personal problems outside of Godís Holy Church. Too few people heed the lesson of the present Gospel and similar Gospel messages.

The Gospel is always timely and relevant. The Epistle to the Hebrews continues as truth: ďJesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.Ē (Heb. 13:8)

The day Jesus died on the Cross, darkness appeared. (Lk. 23:44) When sons and daughters suffer severely as the daughter in the current Gospel, the onset can be dimsaying for the parent.

Christ rose from the tomb. Christ overcame death. Christís Resurrection is the constant reason for hope in all circumstances. The present Gospel is verification of the value of placing hope in Christ.

Too many men and women suffer from depression due to personal problems. Too many young people are attempting suicide today due to being overwhelmed with life.

Christ offers hope. Christ offers a different way of life. Christ offers richness in life that is beyond any monetary value. When her daughter was healed in the present Gospel, Christ gave the woman an experience no money could ever buy.

The new life experienced in Christ after healing is an opportunity. Confession offers healing. Communion offers healing. Holy Unction offers healing. Listening to the Holy Gospel being read has a healing effect.

Coming to Godís Holy Church regularly is the best action to take to prepare for moments when difficulties arise in life. Christ does not disappoint those individuals following Him in faith.

The mother in the present Gospel was not disappointed. The mother in the current Gospel was persistent. The mother did not give up on Christ. The mother did not intend to give up on her daughter.

Thank God for the lessons in the Holy Gospel. Thank God for the nourishment and healing found in the Holy Gospel. Thank God for the hope in Christ that is always present for those turning to Christ in faith.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 22 / October 5, 2014
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Phocas, Hieromartyr. St. Jonah, Prophet.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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