Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320
August 10 / 23, 2015
Twelfth 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.
Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith,
from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.
- August 15
- Third Hour was read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission
in Fairmont, W.Va. Ten people attended Five communicants. Parastos was held.
- Vespers was read at St. George Church.
- August 16
- Matins was read. Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy.
- August 18
- Matins was read.
- Vespers was read.
- August 19
- Matins was read.
- Seven people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
- Seven people for Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
- August 20
- One person was present for Matins and First Hour.
- Six people came for the Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, She Who Healeth.
- August 21
- Matins and First Hour were read.
Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers
- Third and Sixth Hours and Divine Liturgy.
- 5:30 AM Matins on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday.
- 4:00 PM Ninth Hour and Vespers on Monday, Tuesday, Friday.
- 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
August 14 - Dormition Fast began and continues until the Feast on August 28.
August 28 - Dormition of the Mother of God.
Eastern Diocese Kolo Federation Slava to be celebrated here.
St. George Kolo Slava. Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
Note: August 30 Divine Liturgy at this St. George Church will be at 9:00 AM.
September 11 - Beheading of St. John the Baptist
September 12 - Diocesan Chapel Slava. St. Sava Cathedral, New York City
September 14 - Beginning of Church Ecclesiastical Year.
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael.
September 21 - Nativity of the Mother of God.
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
- Honor the Dormition Fast until the Feast on August 28.
- Anna Mae Knezovich, Norma Hickman and Christina Sivak were among
those contributing their efforts benefitting the recent picnic.
- Seminarian Bojan Banovic is visiting St. George parish.
He is completing his fourth year of studies at St. Sava School
of Theology in Libertyville, Illinois
- Prepare for Confession and Communion during this Fast period.
- Come to Confession on a weekday or Saturday unless you live a
great distance away.
- Bojan Banovic, Paulette Radock, Felecia Williamson, Dr. Richard Romanos
Pearce, Simo and Sava Dragovic attended class on Thursday.
- Please inform Sonia Janson if you plan to attend the Kolo Slava
on August 28.
- Place canned goods or non-perishable food items in the box in the church
hall for the Greene County Food Bank. Help feed the hungry in our area.
- 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.
- Divine Liturgy will begin at this St. George Church at 9:00 AM
on August 30.
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.
Being attentive to the teachings of Christ.
Being fervent in following Christ.
Sharing the joy of the life in Christ.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
August 15 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy and Parastos.
August 17 - Went to Charleston, W.Va. for the UMWA rally to protect minersí
pensions and healthcare.
August 19 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
From the Wisdom of Sirach 30:16
There are no riches greater than health of body,
and there is no gladness above joy of heart.
Orthodox Study Bible
St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, 2008.
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do,
that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good?
there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life,
keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder,
Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false
witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour
as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my
youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect,
go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure
in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying,
he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his
disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the
kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go
through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying,
Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them,
With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (KJV)
The current Gospel is a lesson in eternal life.
Being attached too greatly to material possessions is an impediment to eternal life.
The young man in the current Gospel was not willing to give his earthy possessions
to benefit the poor.
The young man followed initial commandments enumerated by Christ.
The man was not willing to take the last step required for perfection.
Christ wants each person to give his all to the Christian life.
When a person is Baptized and Chrismated the full person is dedicated to Christ.
The full person is placed in the Baptismal waters. The full person is anointed with
the Holy Chrism.
When a person repents and confesses sins, the whole person is affected by
forgiveness. When a person partakes of Holy Communion, the Precious Body and
Blood enter the person and change the whole person.
Being a lukewarm Christian reflects an insufficient commitment to Christ.
The Holy Martyrs of Godís Church verify their personal willingness to give
themselves completely to Christ.
The saints of Godís Holy Church are inspiring examples of full commitment
to the Lord Jesus Christ. The unblemished purity of the Mother of God signifies
her full and enduring love for Christ.
Believers hear the Epistle and Holy Gospel at each Divine Liturgy.
The contents of the Divine Liturgy and other Divine services of the
Church educate believers from the time of Holy Baptism.
Personal reading, Church publications and Christian education classes
are additional ways for Christians to become more knowledgeable about the
life in Christ. Continued growth is an expectation for believers.
Holy Baptism is the entry into the life in Christ. Unity with Christ
is to occur throughout life. The young man in the current Gospel was
willing to do so much but not more.
The young placed more value on his earthly possessions than he placed in
following Christ. The life in Christ involves renewed commitment throughout life.
Too often individuals stagnate. Too many give a little to Christ and no more.
Too often individuals quit putting forth the effort to live in Christ.
Christ does not give up on individuals. Too many individuals give up on Christ.
Following Christ completely is possible.
The Church teaches about the saints and martyrs as examples.
Believers attending church with any degree of regularity come
to know about the lives of the saints and martyrs.
The decision to follow Christ is a personal decision.
The decision to honor Christ throughout the day and night is a personal decision.
Parents may take an infant child for Baptism.
As the Christian child matures in age, he or she makes the decision whether
to continue to honor the Holy Baptism. Each person determines the degree of
personal seriousness that will be applied to the life in Christ.
Individuals do well to assess their personal priorities and values in life.
Individuals do well to examine their personal goals. Personally answer the
questions whether eternal life and the Kingdom of God are priorities in life.
Consider personal willingness to follow Christ in the most serious
and complete manner. Study personal use of time and resources.
Do personal thoughts and actions reflect complete commitment to Christ?
Do personal actions verify love of God and neighbor?
Do the regular contents of the heart and mind reveal Christ is first and
foremost in life? Does love of God emanate from the heart, the mind and the soul?
Is love of neighbor quickly discernible in daily conversation and actions?
Does the personal use of time and talents provide convincing evidence that
God is important in life?
The current Gospel puts the decisions made in life in perspective.
Personal values, desires and objectives have lasting results.
Put Christ first in life. Love Christ, honor Him and follow Christ completely.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 10 / 23, 2015
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Lawrence, Archdeacon and Martyr.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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