St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 936 - December 12 / 25, 2016


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 936
December 12 / 25, 2016
Twenty-Seventh 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



Romans 4:20

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.

Recent Services
December 16
Vespers was read.
December 17
Midnight Office was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Eight people attended.
December 18
Matins was read
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-one people attended. Eight communicants.
December 19
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read. Nineteen people attended. Nine communicants.
December 20
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
December 21
Matins was read.
Eight people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.
December 22
Matins was read.
Five people came for the Akathist and four for class.
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy

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

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

Wednesday
6:30 PM Vespers and Class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W. Va.

Thursday
3:00 PM Akathist and class.

Saturday
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

Today, December 25 - St. Spyridon the Miracle Worker. Mothersí Day.
December 27 - Sts. Thuyrsus, Leucius, Philemon, Martyrs
December 30 - St. Daniel the Prophet, Ven. Deacon Avakum, and Abbot Paisius, Martyrs
December 31 - St. Sebastian and Companions, Martyrs
January 1 - St. Boniface, Martyr. Fathersí Day.
January 2 - St. Ignatius of Antioch; St. Daniel II of Serbia. Antefeast of Nativity.
January 6 - Christmas Eve morning Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
Christmas Eve - 7:30 PM Blessing of Badjnak

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.

Honor the Nativity Fast until the feast of the Nativity on January 7.

Christmas greetings to Christians celebrating Christís Nativity today.

Lou and Sharon Rodavich are supportive of St. George Church.

Richard Yakubic appreciates listening to the parish radio broadcast.

Mike and Linda Dulick are attentive to St. George Church.

Myra Dragich Bernhart is mindful of St. George Church

Djuro Klipa remains interested in St. George Church.

Fran Borsodi Zajacís work in the Uniontown Herald Standard is very much appreciated.

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Romanos Pierce for having his poems published.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak and Dr. Richard Romanos Pierce came to class on Thursday.

Always give attention to repentance. Take time to read the Bible at home.

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.

If you have any questions about the teachings and practices of the Church, ask the priest.

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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

Christís invitations to draw near.
Willingly accepting Christís invitations.
Experiencing joy in drawing near to Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

December 16 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
December 17 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
December 21 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Vespers and class.

Wisdom of Sirach 5:15

In a great or small matter, do not go wrong

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


The Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
The Sunday of the Holy Forefathers

Luke 12:16-21

Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ consistently invites individuals to draw near and be nourished. The Lord Jesus Christ invites believers to participate in the great supper.

Individuals always have the opportunity to be in communion with Christ. Choices are often made that keep the person from drawing near to Christ. Too often Christís invitations are declined.

Individuals often decide to devote their attention to personal matters far from the way of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christís churches may be nearly empty when athletic stadiums are greatly filled.

Recreational and entertainment arenas are frequently bulging with people. Christís churches are seldom filled to capacity. If every person that experienced Baptism in Godís Holy Church attended regularly, more churches would exist.

If every person prepared each week for Holy Communion, Communion lines would be much larger. If every child in a parish came to church school each Sunday, more class rooms would be necessary across the land.

If every person that once sang in the church choir came each week, choirs would be filling the air with booming voices to the glory of God. Communities are filled with too many people declining Christís invitations.

It is the rare parish church that is filled to capacity when weekday Divine Liturgies are celebrated for major feasts. Few parish churches are filled with believers for Great Vespers on Saturdays or the eve of great feasts.

Christ offers eternal life. Christ offers His Precious Body and Blood. Christ offers Divine teachings in the Holy Gospel. Christ offers royal invitations that far exceed in value any other invitation.

Many individuals place greater emphasis and value on activities and material possessions of far less worth that experiencing Christ. Countless Orthodox immigrants came to the United States through the years.

Only a small percent of descendants of Orthodox immigrants have remained fervent and faithful Christian believers in Godís Holy Church. The need for priests and deacons is constant.

Few men choose to follow Christ into the Holy Priesthood or Holy Diaconate. Few men or women from Orthodox immigrant families to this land have chosen to enter monastic life.

Parishes often struggle to find church school students and teachers willing to attend regularly. The media regularly reports support for local sports teams. Advertisements frequently draw attention to secular music and recreational events.

Parish churches need to experience steady growth. Parish churches regularly offer the experience of the Kingdom of God. Christís Holy Church is the primary path to eternal life.

Christís Holy Church provides necessary nourishment for the soul. Christís Holy Church is where to find peace for the mind and love from God. Christís Church teaches love of neighbor.

Individuals will at times choose to participate in activities that create divisions among people rather than bringing people together in Christ. Physical fitness centers abound with members at all hours of the day and night.

Personal self-defense centers, gun shows and shooting ranges are well advertised and abound in certain areas. Invitations and advertisements to come to Godís Holy Church suffer from lack of acceptance.

Persons willing to fervently follow and adhere to the teachings of Christ are greatly needed if less violence is to prevail. Sufficient numbers of promoters and living examples of Christís peace are lacking in communities

Government and corporations would have fewer corrupt leaders if Christís invitations were more readily accepted by individuals in power. Saying ďyesĒ to Christ is a life-long necessity.

Individual lives develop to their fullest with each positive response to Christ. When individuals decline Christís invitations, the soul is put in peril. Investing in the Kingdom of God increases with each ďyesĒ said to Christís invitations.

Godís Holy Church is very welcoming with love. Godís Holy Church offers the atmosphere of peace that passes all understanding. Superb invitations for fullness and joy in life emanate from Godís Holy Church.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 12 / 25, 2016
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday of the Holy Forefathers.
St. Spiridon, the Miracle Worker.
Mothersí Day.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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