St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 855 - May 25 / June 7, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 855
May 25 / June 7, 2015
Sunday of All Saints

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.

Colossians 1:3-4

We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints...

Recent Services
May 30
Six people came for the Akathist for the Departed and Parastos for All Persons Buried from St. George Church.
All graves in St. George Cemetery were blessed.
Vespers was read.
May 31
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Kneeling Prayer. Thirty-five people attended. Four communicants.
June 1
Six people came for Divine Liturgy.
June 2
One person came for Divine Liturgy.
June 3
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy. Parastos.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday.

4:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 7 - Sunday of All Saints.
June 8 - Apostles Fast begins.
June 14 - Venerable Justin of Chelije
June 15 - St. Erasmo of Ohrid
June 17 - St. Metrophanes
June 18 - Venerable Peter of Korish
June 27 - Prophet Elisha
June 28 - Vidovdan Dinner and Program.
July 2 - St. John of Shanghai
July 3 - Venrable Naum of Ohrid
July 4 - Venerable Anastasia of Serbia
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist

If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia AND All Suffering People throughout the world.

Parish Life

Seek comfort and wisdom from God through prayer each day.

A warmest welcome to all persons attending St. George Church.

Thank you to all supporting Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

Thank you to all supporting and attending St. George Church.

Honor the Apostles Fast each day until July 12.

Thank you to Andrea Janson and Anthony Myers for bringing the grass for Pentecost each year.

Mark Zivkovich keeps his long standing connection with St. George Church.

Listen to the parish radio program each Sunday on the Uniontown station 590 or on the parish website throughout the week.

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

If you want your house blessed, contact the priest to schedule the visit.

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

Remember the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville with prayers and contributions.
St. Sava School of Theology has helped greatly to fill the continuing need for priests in established and new parishes.

To Consider

The influence and example of the saints through the centuries.
The common themes in the lives of the saints.
The value of learning the lives of the saints.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 30 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
May 31 - Attended dinner at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in New Salem.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 10:5-6

He who rejoices in evil will be condemned. And he who hates talkativeness will sin less.

( The Orthodox Study Bible St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, 2008. )

The Sunday of All Saints

Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. (KJV)

The saints of God leave no doubt about their love of God. The saints of God leave no doubt about their commitment. Saints are firmly and irrevocably rooted in God.

The Church sets aside this Sunday to remember and honor the saints known and identified. Countless saints are known only to God and they are honored and remembered as well.

God is fully aware of the saints doing Godly work anonymously. God accounts for the saints suffering for Christ. God remembers the martyrs and confessors.

Today the saints are remembered collectively. Today and everyday prayers are offered in the Church with the saints in mind. Believers everywhere benefit from the intercessions of the saints with the Lord God.

The Sunday of All Saints is the first Sunday after the Feast of Pentecost every year. Believers are firmly reminded of the saints on this Sunday. Believers are expected to join in this celebration of the Church.

The present Gospel expresses the fullness of love believers are to have for the Lord Jesus Christ. Today’s Gospel message places importance on taking up the cross and following Christ.

Saints take the life in Christ to the most serious degree. Saints are resolute in the face of temptation and adversity. Saints leave no doubt their love of God exceeds any other love.

Saints are recipients of countless prayers by the faithful. New saints continue to join the ranks with each passing year. Saints are diverse in ethnicity and age. Males and females are among the saintly.

Believers today have the benefit of the saints reaching back centuries. A wealth of knowledge exists about the saints having lived before this day. A person enriches his or her life by studying the lives of saints through the ages.

Saints are valuable as personal models. Saints show the possibilities that exist with God. Saints are examples that lives of sin can be repelled and following Christ becomes very possible.

Believers learn that one-time criminals can turn into saints by loving Christ and following of Christ. The life of St. Mary of Egypt and the life of St. Moses the Ethiopian are convincing examples of repentance.

The Holy Apostle Paul changed from being a persecutor of Christians to being a leading apostle. St. John Chrysostom left a lasting record of written works to inspire and educate each new generation.

St. Lazarus and the martyrs of Kosovo were witnesses to Christ in the face of adversity. St. Sava continues to be loved and viewed as an educator, peacemaker and lover of Christ.

The survival and renewal of the Church in formerly communist countries are rooted in the saints. Christians suffering reach out in desperation to the saints for help.

Churches are built to St. George, St. Demetrious, St. Vladimir, and St. John the Baptist because these saints are valued to this day. Believers who are ill and afflicted often travel to monasteries to venerate the relics of saints.

The Monastery of St. Basil of Ostrog is a common destination for individuals seeking personal healing. Believers value the healing power of the relics of saints. Believers pray Akathists to various saints in anticipation of healing.

Certain saints are identified with being helpful with bodily afflictions. Cancer patients often pray to St. Nectarios. St. Panteleimon is known as a great healer.

Each Sunday of All Saints is a basis for healing and learning. Individuals seeking models in life do well to consider the lasting examples of the saints. Parents holding up models for their children do well to teach about the saints.

The lives of the saints are sources of inexhaustible learning. The Church values the saints to the degree they have places on the calendar throughout the year.

The liturgical texts identified with each saint are great sources for learning. The lives of the saints compiled in various collections educate the believer seeking to grow in Christ.

On this Sunday of All Saints, give thanks to the saints of God. Give thanks to the saints for their example and love of God. Give thanks to the saints for their intercession before the Lord.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 25 / June 7, 2015
Sunday of All Saints.
Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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