St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 934 - November 28 / December 11, 2016


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 934
November 28 / December 11, 2016
Twenty-Fifth 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 John 5:4

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Recent Services
December 3
Midnight Office was read.
Third Hour was read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Thirteen people attended. Two communicants.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
December 4
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read following Divine Liturgy. Nine communicants.
Parastos was held.
December 5
Vespers was read.
December 6
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
December 7
Matins was read.
Six people came for the Akathist at Waynesburg University.
Seven people came for Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
December 8
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist and class.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Divine Liturgy. Welcome Father Momir Zalcik serving today.

Friday and Saturday
4:00 PM Vespers.

Saturday
5:30 AM Midnight Office.
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

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

Important Dates

December 12 - St. Madarije, Bishop of America and Canada
December 13 - St. Andrew the First Called, Apostle
December 15 - St. Tzar Uros; Ven. Joanikije of Devic
December 17 - St. Barbara, Greatmartyr, Ven. John of Damascus
December 18 - Ven. Sabbas the Sanctified. Childrenís Day.
December 19 - St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker. Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM.
December 20 - St. Ambrose, Ven. Grigorije of Gornjak
December 22 - Conception of Theotokos by St. Ana
December 23 - St. Jovan of Serbia
December 25 - St. Spyridon the Miracle Worker. Mothersí Day.

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

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

Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock and Felecia Williamson came to class on Thursday..

Sympathy extended to the family of +Mary Brdar Jovonovich newly departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Marion Semosky newly departed this life.

Stan Brozik attended the Central Church Council meeting in Chicago on December 9-10

Rich Porter, Lt. Col. Willie Spens and Frank Snyder attended the Robena Mine Memorial.

Lt. Col. Willie Spens, Rich Porter and Dr. Ivko Dmitric audited the parish finances.

Patricia Cekoric is supportive of St. George Church.

Mim Bizic is helpful to St. George Church.

Teddie Shlosky Stanchie remains connected with St. George Church.

Judge Farley Toothman and Judge Lou Dayich are mindful of the St. George Church.

Linda Porter is collecting for flowers to decorate the church for Christmas.

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 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 importance of reading the Holy Gospel regularly.
The nourishment derived from reading the Holy Gospel.
The peace experienced when reading about Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 2 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
December 3 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
December 3 - Attended event in Masontown honoring dedicated parishioner.
December 5 - Went to United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, W.Va. while parishioner had surgery.
December 5 - Stopped in Fairmont funeral home to pay respects to the Denoon Family.
December 6 - Participated the Robena Mine Memorial held by the United Mine Workers of America.
December 7 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist and to Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist and class.

Wisdom of Sirach 3:1

Give heed to me, O children, for I am your father, and do what I tell you, that you may be saved.

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


The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 12:25-37

And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Mt. 6:33). The Holy Gospel proclaimed at each Divine Liturgy is nourishment for the journey to the Kingdom of God.

The proclamation of the Holy Gospel is instruction for seeking the Kingdom of God. Discipline and concentration are necessary. The heart, the mind and soul are to be receptive to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Each person coming to the Holy Divine Liturgy benefits from concentrating on the Lord Jesus Christ. Cares and concerns of the world are to be set aside as we enter into the experience with Christ.

Christ speaks directly to each person in the Divine Liturgy. Christ is present to be experienced in the Divine Liturgy. In the current Gospel, Christ provides specific directions for eternal life.

The lawyer in the current Gospel posed the question to Christ as to what he must do to inherit eternal life. Complete love of God and love of neighbor as love of self were mentioned.

The healing actions of the Samaritan are the instructive example in the current Gospel. Believers are to be attentive to the suffering in their midst. Believers are to take action to alleviate suffering.

Christ is the greatest of all healers. Christ is receptive to sufferers turning to Him. Each person receptive to Christ benefits from Christís healing power. Each person helping the suffering person in their midst shares Christís healing power.

Christís love benefits every person. Believers conscious of Christís love are to share it with great joy. Recently an Orthodox Archbishop encouraged attentive believers to share their experiences of Christís healing power.

When Christ heals us of our sufferings we show our gratefulness to Him by living in ways pleasing to Him. Abiding by Christís teachings and example bring us into conformity with Christ.

Everything done in this earthly life is to be motivated and measured by seeking first the Kingdom of God. All that is not in compliance with Christ is to be cast aside.

The Nativity Fast creates a consciousness among believers to seek first the Kingdom of God. The Nativity Fast directs the mind to Christ and Christ taking on human flesh.

At the feast of the Nativity church choirs proclaim with great joy: ďGod is with us!Ē God is always with us. Too often we are not attentive to the presence and healing power of God.

Too often our minds are not sufficiently focused on God. Too often we seek goals other than the Kingdom of God. Too often we ignore the suffering in our midst.

In the current Gospel the priest and Levite passed by the injured man along the road. They did not stop to render help. The Samaritan took time to help the injured man and to provide for his care.

Christ instructed the lawyer in the current Gospel to act as did the Samaritan. Christ teaches attentive believers to act as did the Samaritan. Each person decides daily whether he or she will abide by Christís teaching.

This land is full of people who are suffering. Our communities and neighborhoods are full of suffering people. Do we take time and make the effort to help their healing as did the Samaritan?

Christ is to be followed completely. When we become aware of suffering we are to help as best we can. The current Gospel is proclaimed by the Church each year reminding believers to help their neighbors that are suffering.

All suffering is not external. Let us be mindful of our neighbors suffering internally because of illness, trauma or tragedy in their lives. Let us be attentive as Christ is attentive to internal hurts as well as external.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 28 / December 11, 2016
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
Ven. Stephen, Martyr.
St. Hristo, Martyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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