St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 856 - June 1 / 14, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 856
June 1 / 14, 2015
Second 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.

Romans 5:2

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Recent Services
June 3
Vespers was read.
June 4
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity.
June 5
Matins was read.
Twenty-five people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for the Slava. His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN came for the Vespers and Blessing of the Slava Kolací and Koljivo.
June 7
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-five people attended. Three communicants. Blessing of one Slava Kolací Parastos held.
June 8
Matins was read.
Vespers was read
June 9
Matins was read.
Vespers was read

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday Saturday.

4:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, 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 (Fasting) 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

Stan Brozik, John and Felecia Williamson, Richard and Linda Porter, Dr. Charles and Sharren Paroda, Michael Danko and Michael Tennant, Niko and Rose Illich, Goyko and Anka Arbutina, Wayne and Joyce Kirby, Carlos, Edith and Cameron Godbey, Vesna Prodanovich Meinert, Vanessa Lasobek, Dennis Elliot, Alex Zemcov and Susan LaFleur attended the Slava at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

Congratulations to Brittany Menhart graduating from high school in North Carolina.

Congratulations to Vesna Prodanovich Meinert appointed as new CASA Director in Marion County, West Virginia.

Frank Snyder is a strong presence and active voice for workers.

Paulette Radock, Felecia Williamson and Subdeacon Anthony Miralles attended class last Thursday.

Honor Apostles Fast until the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on July 12.

Aaron Carson in faithful in celebrating his Slava each year.

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

Answering the call to follow Christ.
Every person is called to follow Christ
Faithfulness to Christ is expected of all believes.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

June 3 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va for printing purposes.
June 4 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. to prepare for Mission Slava.
June 5 - Went to Pittsburgh airport.
June 5 - Went to Slava at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
June 6 - Went to Cranberry Township.
June 6 - Went to Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church in Steubenville, Ohio for wedding of Steven and Amanda Kosanovich.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 20:7

A wise man will keep silent until it is the right time to speak, but an arrogant and undiscerning man will speak out of turn.

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

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 4:18-23

And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. (KJV)

The present Gospel describes Peter, Andrew, James and John leaving their daily work to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. This Gospel is repeated year after year. Peter. Andrew, James and John were quick and complete in sacrificing for Christ.

At Holy Baptism each person answers the call to follow Christ. Sacrifice and complete commitment to Christ are expected following Holy Baptism. Believers do well to periodically assess their sacrifices and commitment for Christ.

As Holy Baptism recedes in memory, the fervor in following Christ may wane. Fasting, repentance, Holy Confession and Holy Communion restore the firmness of commitment and unity with Christ.

The present Gospel describes Christ preaching and Christís healing the people. We learn about Christ by listening to and reading the Holy Gospel. We are nourished and benefit greatly from the Holy Gospel.

Christís healing power is at work in lives throughout each day. Prayer brings individuals seeking healing closer to the Lord Jesus Christ. Prayer readies a person to receive the healing available in Christ.

Prayer helps a person face every circumstance in life. Prayer is the best beginning for each undertaking. Praying to the Lord Jesus Christ and for the intercession of the Holy Apostles with the Lord is sound investment of life.

The Holy Apostles saw in Christ reason to give up their livelihood and follow Him. Believers benefit by having the same degree of love and commitment for Christ as did the Holy Apostles.

Prayer enables a person to experience Christ and to be united with Christ. Prayer leads a person to increased understanding of Christ. A person learns about the personal self the best when praying to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Self-aware increases when a person measures the self against the teachings and standards of the Lord Jesus Christ. A person realizes the degree of personal sinfulness when he or she studies Christís teachings.

Christ helps individuals through prayer to uncover the paths they are to choose in life. Christ is the source for understanding illnesses and afflictions arising in life.

Studying the Holy Gospel and giving value to the teachings of Christ gives a person a sounder perspective for life. The Holy Apostle determined their lives would be better by following Christ.

Individuals choosing to be baptized make a choice that life will be better in Christ. Holy Baptism affects the identity of a person for the remaining days of life. Faithfulness to Christ due to Holy Baptism is to be taken most seriously.

We do not know what went through the minds of Peter, Andrew, James and John when they first followed Christ. We do know by their actions that following Christ was compelling.

Holy Baptism is a voluntary action. The commitment to follow Christ is expected to last throughout life. Every moment of life is a moment to renew the Baptismal commitment and follow Christ.

The Holy Apostles followed Christ. We benefit from their actions today. We benefit from asking ourselves the degree to which we follow Christ. We benefit from asking ourselves how we can be more fervent in following Christ.

If we want healed of the infirmities of our souls, we need to utilize this Apostles Fast wisely. This is a time in the Church to think carefully and greatly of the contributions of the Holy Apostles.

This is a time dedicated by the Church for prayer and fasting. The Apostles Fast becomes beneficial to the degree that it is honored. Believers determine if they focus their mind on Christ throughout each day of the Apostles Fast.

The opportunity to receive the Precious Body and Blood of Christ exists at each Divine Liturgy. Unity with Christ is experienced in Holy Communion. Believers are invited to draw near.

The Apostles Fast is a period emphasizing fasting. The fast is intended as beneficial for all believers. Believers honoring the fast benefit not only themselves but others in their lives.

Thank God for the commitment of the Holy Apostles. Thank God for the benefits accruing due to the work of the Holy Apostles. Thank God for the intercession of the Holy Apostles before the Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us use our minds beneficially during this Apostles Fast. Let us discipline our bodies according to the teachings of the Church. Let us heed the message of the Holy Gospel and follow Christ in our daily lives.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 1 / 14, 2015
Second Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Justin the Philosopher; Venerable Justin of Celije.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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