St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 862 - July 13 / 16, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 862
July 13 / 16, 2015
Eighth 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.

2 Corintians 13:5

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Recent Services
July 19
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-seven people attended Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
July 20
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
July 21
Canon for Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
July 22
Matins was read.
Pomen at funeral home in Fredericktown for +Mary Trbovich.
Six people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers.
July 23
Matins was read.
Funeral service and burial for +Mary Trbovich in Frederickown,Pa.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

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

6:30 PM at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

4:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Saturday, August 1
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy ast Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel. St. George Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic. 1:00 PM Program 2:30 PM Akathist at Cross in Cemetery.
August 2 - St. Elijah Day
August 4 - Holy Myhrr-bearer and Equal to the Apostles Mary Magdalene
August 9 - St. Panteleimon. Diocese Day at Shadeland. Parish church closed.
August 12 - Venerable Mother Angelina of Serbia
August 14 - Dormition Fast begins.
August 19 - Feast of Transfiguration

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

Sympathy extended to family and friends of +Mary Trbovich recently departed this life. Thank you to St. George Choir for singing.

Thank you to all helping with the Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic.

Attend Diocese Day at Shadeland on August 9. See details on bulletin board.

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

Hearts healed by Christ during the centuries.
Hearts filled with joy by Christ during the centuries.
Hearts filled with love by Christ during the centuries.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

July 18 - Went to Morgantown,W.Va. for printing.
July 19 - Went to Rolling Meadows Care Home in Waynesburg to visit resident.
July 19 - Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral Picnic grounds in Castle Shannon for Serb National Federation picnic.
July 22 - Served pomen in Fredricktown at funeral home for +Mary Trbovich.
July 22 - Served Vespers and had class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Six people came including one new person.
July 23 - Went to Fredericktown for funeral.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 26:4

The good heart of a rich or a poor man is a cheerful face at all times.

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

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Mt. 14:14-22

And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick. And when it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto Him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to Me. And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, He blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children. And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship, and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. (KJV)

Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils

John 17:1-13

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given Him. And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou Me with thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was.I have manifested Thy name unto the men which thou gavest Me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever Thou hast given Me are of Thee. For I have given unto them the words which Thou gavest Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine. And all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy name: those that Thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ fed more than five thousand in the current Gospel of St. Matthew. The Lord Jesus Christ feeds souls hungry for authentic soul satisfying nourishment through the centuries.

Individuals coming to Christ in search of satisfying the hunger of their souls are never turned away. The Lord Jesus Christ is always present to hear and answer prayers. The Lord Jesus Christ is always present to hear concerns and problems.

The Lord Jesus Christ taught His disciples a lesson in the current Gospel. Jesusí disciples wanted to send the multitude away. Jesus demonstrated He had more than sufficient resources to feed everyone.

Many people have hunger in their souls today. Some try to satisfy the hunger with pills. Drugs are often legally prescribed or illegally gotten on the streets. Some individuals try to satisfy the hunger by overeating food.

Some people drink alcoholic beverages in excess to find peace of soul. The best way to satisfy the hunger of the soul is to turn to Christ in prayer. The best way to feed the soul is to come to Godís Holy Church.

Reading and listening to the Holy Gospel nourishes and satisfies the soul. Holy Confession and Holy Communion satisfy the hunger of the soul and bring peace.

Multitudes of people turn to Christ in each century. Christ is always sufficient for individuals turning to Him in faith. Christ is always available and attentive regardless of how many people come to Him in faith and in prayer.

The multitude in the present Gospel was not turned away by Christ. The multitude was not told go elsewhere. Jesus does not turn believers away. There is no need to go outside Godís Holy Church to feed the inner hunger of the soul.

There is no need to engage in activities that have nothing to do with the Holy Gospel and Kingdom of God. Tormented minds and hearts are best healed in Godís Holy Church. Hungry souls are best fed by Christ in Church.

Jesusí healing power is not time limited. Jesusí healing power did not end when He ascended. The records of Godís Holy Church document healings taking place through the centuries.

In todayís busy world, turn to the Lord Jesus Christ to nourish the hunger of the soul. Turn to the Lord Jesus Christ to heal hurt in the heart and mind. Turn to the Lord Jesus Christ for personal peace.

Individuals do well to look within the self. Hearts and minds may be full of clutter keeping Christ out. Wearied and worried hearts and minds may not turn immediately to Christ for help.

Fasting and prayer make room in the heart and mind for Christ to enter and dwell. Always make room for words of the Holy Gospel. Always have time for Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

Christ spoke about eternal life in the Gospel of St. John. Eternal life is the desired goal of all Christians. Repentance and unity with Christ keeps the believer on the road to eternal life.

Christ is the incomparable source of nourishment for lifeís journey. Christ is the best and most satisfying nourishment for lifeís journey. The Holy Gospel is inexhaustible nourishment and provides specific directions for lifeís journey.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 13 / 16, 2015
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday of the First Six Ecumenical Councils.
Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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