St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 933 - November 21 / December 4, 2016


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 933
November 21 / December 4, 2016
Twenty-Fourth 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



I Timothy 1:5

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.

Recent Services
November 25
Vespers was read
November 26
Canon for Matins was read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
Six people came for Great Vespers.
Three people came for Confession.
November 27
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty people came. Eight communicants.
November 28
Vespers was read.
November 29
Matins was read.
One person came for Divine Liturgy.
November 30
Matins was read.
Five people came for the Akathist at Waynesburg University.
Eleven people came for Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
December 1
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist and class.
December 2
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins, Divine Liturgy.

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

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

Wednesday
3:30 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University
6:30 PM Vespers and Class in Fairmont, W.Va

Thursday
3:00 PM Akathist and class at St. George Church.

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

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

Important Dates

Today, December 4 - Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple.
December 5 - St. Philemon, Apphia and Archipus, St. Cecilia,
December 7 - St. Catherine the Greatmartyr
December 8 - Apodasis of the Entrance
December 12 - St. Madarije, Bishop of America and Canada
December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called, Apostle
December 17 - St. Barbara, Greatmartyr, Ven. John of Damascus
December 18 - Ven. Sabbas the Sanctified. Childrenís Day.
December 19 - St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker

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

Increase church attendance during the Nativity Fast.

Come to Confession during the week or on Saturday unless you live far distant.

Bring personal life into conformity with the teachings and standards of Christ.

Paul and Carol Adams keep in contact with St. George Church.

Katherine Bozik Stoll and Joanne Bozik Sidgreaves remain connected with St. George Church from far away California.

Merrie Ann Hessellroth is in Minnesota and stays informed about St. George Church

Rich Porter attended the Farmington #9 Miners Memorial on November 20.

Mildred Bezjak, Subdeacon Anthony Miralles and Felecia Williamson came to class on Thursday.

Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock, Felecia Williamson, Dianna Brozich, Lucille Carnahan, Glenda Sethmen, Joyce Kirby, Vanessa Lasobek came to bake rolls on Friday. Mildred Bezjak did preparatory work on Thursday.

Remember the 37 miners of Robena Mine that died on December 6, 1962

Remember the 362 miners of Monongah, W.Va. losing their lives on December 6, 1907

Thank you for all continuing to donate food for the Greene County food bank.

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest.

If you or a family member is in the hospital inform the priest if you want a visit.

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

Pray for miners, steel workers and all other workers threatened with loss of jobs, pensions and benefits.

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.

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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.
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Consider

The purity of the Mother of God.
Praying to the Mother of God for her intercession.
Miracles continuing to be attributed to the Mother of God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

November 25 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
November 30 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist and Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and class.
December 1 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont and Soup Opera in Fairmont, W.Va.

Wisdom of Sirach 2:1

My son, if you draw near to serve the Lord, prepare your soul for temptation.

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


The Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 8:41-56

And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him. And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; pratrouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done. (KJV)

The Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos

Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. (KJV)

The current Gospel readings underscore the importance of focusing on the Lord Jesus Christ. In the Gospel for the Feast of Theotokos, Mary devoted herself to listening intently to the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the Gospel for this Sunday, Jairus directed his appeal to the Lord Jesus Christ to heal his ailing daughter. The woman with the long-standing issue of blood turned to Jesus with concentration and touched Him.

Keeping the Lord Jesus Christ as the direct focus of daily life is the soundest basis for living. Believers find direction for life when looking to Christ. Believers draw strength from Christ.

Jairusí daughter was healed and restored to life. The woman with the issue of blood was healed of her long-standing condition. Believers with lengthy ailments will find in the current Sunday Gospel reason to always have hope.

Christ is the basis for hope in all circumstances. Jairusí daughter was reported dead. Jesus restored her to life. The thief on the cross with Christ turned to Jesus at the last moment of life and found paradise. (Lk. 23:40-43)

Christís Resurrection is the supreme example to always have hope. The Resurrected Christ triumphed over death. No circumstances not even death exist beyond the capability of Christ.

Prayer keeps a person focused on Christ. Prayer strengthens a person in Christ. Prayer enables a person to learn more about Christ. Christ is an exhaustible source of learning.

Learning for life is best based in Christ. Christ said:Ē Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.Ē (Jn. 14:6)

Marthaís sister Mary realized the value of learning from Christ. Mary sat at Jesusí feet and paid attention to Jesus when He spoke. Today interested individuals continue to benefit from Jesusís words and teachings in the Holy Gospel.

The words that come into our ears have an impact on our hearts, minds and souls. The music and images we let into our homes affects the atmosphere of our homes.

Are we disciplined in daily life and welcome Christ into our hearts, minds and souls? Are we careful to cultivate a healthy Christian atmosphere in our homes? Do we regulate the language and behavior in our homes?

Both Gospels proclaimed today benefit the attentive listeners. Both Gospels verify the value of listening to Christ. Christ is the source of health and healing. Christ establishes the direction believers are to travel.

When we depart from the path to the Kingdom of God, we always do well to swiftly return to Christ and seek the necessary direction. Christís words and actions in the Holy Gospel restore hope.

Christís words and actions in the Gospel are instructive. Persons seeking health in Christ will find it. Persons seeking joy in Christ will experience it. The life in Christ is full of love and is all enveloping.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 21 / December 4, 2016
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
The Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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