St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 927 - October 10 / 23, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 927
October 10 / 23, 2016
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop IRINEJ

Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944


Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith

Recent Services
October 15
Midnight Office was read.
Funeral for +Kathryn Sage was held with burial in St. George Cemetery.
Vespers was read.
October 16
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-four people attended. Five communicants.
October 17
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
October 18
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
October 19
Matins was read.
Third Hour was read followed by Divine Liturgy. Four people attended. One communicant.
Six people came for Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
October 20
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to St. John the Theologian and class.
October 21
Matins was read.

Services this Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

4:00 PM on Tuesday, Saturday.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy
6:30 PM Vespers and Class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va

3:00 Akathist and class.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held on Request. Ask the Priest.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

October 27 - St. Petka. Paraskeva. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
October 30 - Parish Anniversary celebration
October 31 - St. Luke. St. Peter of Cetinje
November 1 - Prophet Joel, Ven. Prohor of Pcinja; Ven. Jovan of Rila
November 5 - St. James the Apostle, First Bishop of Jerusalem. Memorial Saturday.
November 8 - St. Demetrius the Greatmartyr
November 10 - St. Arsenius of Srem, Archbishop of Serbia
November 12 - Sts. King Milutin, Teoktist and Mother Jelena, Con. Varnava of Hvosno.

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

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

Parish Life

Plan to attend the Parish Anniversary celebration on October 30. Banquet following the Divine Liturgy will be at Dolfiís. Make reservations by October 25th..

Thank you to St. George Choir and parishioners for attending and helping with the funeral of +Kathryn Sage.

Bring your children each Sunday for Divine Liturgy and church school

Joseph and Richelle Romanchak have graciously accepted to teach the children.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Paulette Radock and Mildred Bezjak came to class on Thursday.

Listen to the St. George Church weekly radio broadcast on the Uniontown station 590 each Sunday or on the parish website at any time.

Honor Wednesdays and Fridays as fast days.

Honor your patronal feast/saint-Slava.

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest.

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

Pray for the miners and steel workers losing their jobs at a high rate. Pray fn thor their families. Pray for and support workers having their pensions and benefits threatened.

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 questions 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 immeasurable benefit of listening to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Seeking to hear the Lord Jesus Christís messages every day.
Making changes in personal life to conform to the way of Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

October 14 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
October 15 - Funeral service and burial of +Kathryn Sage.
October 19 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va for Vespers and class.

Wisdom of Solomon 15:1

But You, our God, are kind, true, patient and govern all things in mercy.

( The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha. New York, Oxford University Press, 1977 )

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 5:1-11

And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon Him to hear the word of God, He stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And He entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And He sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when He had left speaking, He said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto Him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at Thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. (KJV)

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.

We are blessed to hear the Holy Gospel in the present. This is an opportunity to give thanks to God for the faithful through the centuries. Faithful followers of Christ have preserved and transmitted the Gospel with great effort and sacrifice.

Parish churches and monasteries exist around the world due to the faith, contributions and commitment of believers through the centuries. The Holy Apostles followed Christ with the greatest of commitment and fervor.

Successors to the Holy Apostles, bishops, clergy and monastics, ascetics and believers from around the world have contributed to the preservation and spread of the Gospel. Many believers have been martyred for their Christian faith.

Individuals hearing the Holy Gospel read today benefit by measuring their personal commitment to Christ and Christís Holy Church. Today is a day to give thanks to believers who have sacrificed and contributed through the centuries.

Today is a day for believers to commit to following Christ with fervor. Godís Church has spread and grown through the centuries because of the fervor and willingness of faithful Christians.

The Holy Apostle Peter listened to Christ when Christ told Peter to try again in his efforts to catch fish. Willingness to listen to Christ makes a difference in each life.

The Holy Apostles gave up the comfort of their homes and occupations to follow Christ. They went forth into the world with great zeal because of their love of Christ and their personal convictions about Christ.

The Holy Apostles were blessed to be in the presence of Christ and to learn directly from Him. Christ continues to be available to teach individuals willing to listen and learn.

Godís Holy Church offers the best Christian education. Individuals advance in their knowledge about Christ by attending church regularly. Prayer and reading the Holy Scriptures enrich believersí lives.

In todayís world, a great deal of emphasis is placed on immediate gratification. Churches and monasteries have been built and maintained through the centuries because of the exercise of great patience among believers.

Each century has presented challenges to the Church. During each century the challenges were met by resolute believers. Christ is not to be diminished by those opposed to Him and His Church.

Christ is not to be conquered by the forces of evil. Christ conquered death. Christ fortifies His followers in each century to face the difficulties arising. Today is a day to be strong in faith as the convicted confessors through the centuries.

Appreciation is due the Christians having previously sacrificed greatly. Benefit exists in learning about the sacrifices made for Christ. The best place to learn about the growth and continuation of the Church is by coming to church.

Too often individuals are unwilling to overcome personal lack of knowledge about the Church. Investing in learning about Christ and the Church is the soundest investment. Christian learning is an investment in the Kingdom of God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 10 / 23, 2016
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
The Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council.
Sts. Eulampius and Eulampia, Martyrs.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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