St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 895 - February 29 / March 13, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 895
February 29 / March 13, 2016
Cheese-Fare Sunday

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.

Galatians 1:23

But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed

Recent Services
March 5
Akathist for the Departed was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Ten people attended. One communicant.
Pomen was held at St. George Church for all persons buried under auspices of the church.
Vespers was read.
March 6
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-two people attended. Two communicants.
March 7
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
March 8
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
March 9
Matins was read.
Ten people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist to the Holy Trinity, Blessing of Slava Kolach and class.
March 10
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
6:00 PM Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew

6:30 PM Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont.

Wednesday and Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

4:00 PM Service

4:00 Vespers and Confessions

Remember St. Mark Monastery and Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, March 13 - Cheese-Fare Sunday. Deanery Vespers at St. Sava Church, McKeesport, 5:00 PM.
March 14 - Beginning of Great Lent
March 19 - Theodore Saturday. Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia
March 19 - Mon Valley Orthodox Vespers 6:00 PM at St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church, Monessen

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

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

Parish Life

Today is the last day Orthodox Christians eat dairy products until Pascha, May 1.

See the bulletin Board for the Sunday evening Lenten Deanery Vespers schedule.

Plan to attend, bake and help with Deanery Vespers at St. George Church on April 17.

June 5 has been chosen as the day for the parish picnic and Outdoor Religious Program.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during Great Lent.

Unless you live far distant, come to Holy Confession on a weekday or Saturday.

Congratulations to Attorney Bernard John on opening his new office.

Congratulations to Professional Counselor Rebecca Mitchell for having a new area office.

Pray for the miners losing their jobs at a very high rate. Pray for their families.

Thank you to all continuing to contribute to the Greene County Food Bank. Todayís Coffee Hour contributions will go to the Greene County Food Banks.

If you want your home blessed, ask the priest.

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

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

Practicing forgiveness each day according to Christís teachings.
Being mindful of the words in the Lordís Prayer on forgiveness.
Practicing forgiveness in the church, at home, at work and in the community.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 4 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
March 5 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy. Blessed one house in Morgantown, W.Va.
March 6 - Attended parish Executive Board meeting.
March 7 - Blessed one house in Newtown area.
March 9 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and class.

Proverbs 13:3

He who guards his mouth keeps his own soul, but he who is hasty with his lips will dismay himself.

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

Cheese-fare Sunday

Mathew 6:14-21

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

The Lord Jesus Christ placed great importance on forgiveness. His words on forgiveness contained in St. Matthewís Gospel have been preserved through the centuries.

This Gospel message is proclaimed each year. On the eve of Great Lent, believers are to begin the Lenten journey in a spirit of forgiveness. Forgiveness is an integral part of Christís teaching and expectations.

Forgiveness of others is connected with the forgiveness believers seek to receive. Believers do well to be conscious of forgiveness shown to others. Believers benefit by being very conscious of forgiveness in the Lordís Prayer.

The present Gospel speaks about fasting. Serious fasting is to begin with the start of Great Lent and continue in earnest until Pascha. The Lenten journey is to be approached with great joy.

The Paschal joy awaits believers investing extensively in Great Lent. The present Gospel inspires investments in the Kingdom of God. The present Gospel places great value in laying up treasures in heaven.

Personal goals and interests need to be compared with the present Gospel. When personal goals and interests do not conform to the present Gospel, necessary changes are in order.

Great Lent is the time to bring life into conformity with God pleasing ways. Great Lent is the time to repent of sin and embrace Christ. Thoughts, words, and personal actions that are not God-pleasing need to be rejected from personal life.

The Divine services of Great Lent provide life-changing nourishment for the soul. The Divine services of Great Lent delineate the many ways believers depart from the path to the Kingdom of God.

Individuals serious about the life in Christ invest heavily in Great Lent. Every day of Great Lent is an opportunity to think carefully about God. Every day of Great Lent offers opportunities for repentance.

Hunger for Christ is satisfied in the Lenten journey. The Divine services offer direct personal experiences with Christ. The Divine services instruct believers about personal sinfulness and inspire personal change.

Personal honesty is tested in Great Lent as a person carefully examines the contents of Lenten services. The will to reject sin, to repent and seek the Kingdom of God is challenged.

Believers wanting to sincerely follow Christ must own up to their personal sins. Believers wanting to love Christ completely will realize how far distant they are from being true to Christ.

To grow in Christ, believers need to desire Christ more than sin. To grow in Christ, believers need to seek Christís help and forgiveness in putting sin behind. Love of Christ greater than love of sin is necessary if progress is to be made.

Fasting and prayer facilitate progress. Individuals seeking to fast and pray minimally will experience minimal results. Great Lent is the wonderful time of year for individuals to become new in Christ through increased prayer and fasting.

The Lenten journey seems long. The journey to Pascha is lifeís best journey. Believers are blessed beyond measure to have the opportunity to begin anew in Christ. Believers are blessed beyond measure to have the Lenten experience.

Taking time to learn more about Great Lent is a most worthy use of time and effort. Reading carefully the words of the Divine services of Great Lent awaken the deepest aspects of the soul.

During this Great Lent take the opportunity to attend Divine services during the week. Expand personal understanding and experiences in Great Lent. Travel to different parishes on Sunday evenings for inspiring experiences.

Prepare for Holy Communion during the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts held on Wednesdays and Fridays. Make a soul-searching confession this Great Lent and really begin anew in Christ.

Begin Great Lent with joyful anticipation. Be conscious every day of the Lenten journey to Pascha. Make an effort to think about other believers around the world making the Lenten journey in Godís Holy Church.

Be very serious about the Gospel applying to every minute of every day of life. Be serious in the effort to love Christ completely. Look with the greatest anticipation to celebrating Christís glorious Resurrection.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 29 / March 13, 2016
Cheese-Fare Sunday.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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