St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 941 - January 16 / 29, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 941
January 16 / 29, 2017
Zacchaeus Sunday


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 Thessalonians 1:3

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.

Recent Services
January 20
Four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
January 21
Ten people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. One communicant.
Eight people went to the Monongahela River for the river blessing.
January 22
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
Approximately twenty people went for the Monongahela River blessing
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
January 23
Matins was read.
January 24
Four people came to the Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanks.
Nine people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va for the Molieben to St Sava and St. Sava readings.
January 25
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to St. Sava and class

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Tuesday, Saturday.

Wednesday
2:00 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University.
6:30 PM Vespers and Class in Fairmont, W. Va.

Thursday
3:00 PM Akathist and adult class.

Saturday
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va

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

Important Dates

Today - Matins, Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Kolach and Koljivo. St. Sava dinner and program.
Today, January 29 - Feast of Chains of St. Peter. Venerable Romilus of Ravanica.
January 30 - Venerable Anthony the Great
January 31 - St. Athanasius the Great. St. Maximum, Archbishop of Serbia.
February 4 - St. Timothy, Apostle. Ven. Anastasius, Martyr.
February 7 - St. Gregory the Theologian. Ven. Publius.

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

Thank you to all helping with the St. Sava dinner and program.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Paulette Radock and Felecia Williamson attended class on Thursday.

Be mindful of the Church beginning to prepare for the arrival of Great Lent.

Pray regularly for persons known to be ill, suffering or in distress.

Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. (Mt. 6:33)

Listen to the parish radio broadcast each week.

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

If you want your house blessed or want being visited in the hospital, 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

Being attentive to the Church calendar each day.
Becoming of the saints or feast commemorated by the Church each day.
Being attentive to the daily Scripture reading on the Church calendar.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 20 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
January 21 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy and river blessing.
Went to Mon General Hospital and visited three patients.
Went to Slava celebration in Masontown
January 22 - Annual river blessing under Masontown bridge. Went to Slava celebration in Masontown.
January 24 - Went to VA Hospital in Pittsburgh and visited with parish families.
January 25 - Went to VA Hospital in Pittsburgh while parishioner had surgical procedure.
Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist. Went to Fairmont, W.Va for Molieban and St. Sava readings.

Wisdom of Sirach 10:1

A wise leader will educate his people, and the rule of an intelligent man will be well ordered.

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


Zacchaeus Sunday

Luke 19:1-10

among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ identified Zacchaeus from the crowd of people present. Zacchaeus exerted himself to draw near to see Christ. Zacchaeus made an exerted effort to welcome Christ.

Being a serious Christian requires effort. Being a Christian is the highest honor and calling of life. Believers in Christ are expected to honor their Christian identity throughout life.

Zaccheaus realized he had committed wrongs prior to meeting Christ. Zacchaeus took action to correct the wrongs. He confessed to Christ. He told Christ the steps taken to make his life right.

Jesus said salvation came to Zacchaeus’ house that day. Salvation comes though Christ. Every informed person has the opportunity to draw near to Christ seeking salvation..

Every person has the opportunity to welcome Christ into their heart, minds and soul. Every person benefits by making right the wrongs in their lives. Every person does well by being generous to the poor.

Zacchaeus is an example to follow. Every person is a sinner. The Church has chosen this Gospel to motivate attentive listens to repent and follow Zacchaeus’s example.

As Great Lent draws near, serious change for the better is expected of every Christian person. Being baptized into Christ carries the life-long responsibility of living faithfully in Christ.

Christ’s ways and teachings are the fundamental fabrics of the Christian life. Fullness of life is found in Christ. Zacchaeus saw beyond the value of his material wealth.

Zacchaeus perceived the highest value in life as drawing near to Christ. Zacchaeus wanted to be with Christ. Christ recognized the strong desire in Zacchaeus and called Zacchaeus forth from the crowd.

Christ recognizes individuals making serious efforts to right the wrongs in their lives. Christ knows when individuals show concern for the poor and make efforts to help.

Christ drew near to Zacchaeus as Zacchaeus drew near to Christ. Zacchaeus’ life got better. Changes for the better occur in life if Zacchaeus’ example is followed.

Following Christ and drawing near to Christ means to focus clearly on Christ. Each person determines their personal goals in life. Each person determines the highest values in life.

Christ is the ultimate value and goal in life. Christ offers everlasting life. Christ offers the remission of sins. Christ offers endless mercy and love. Christ offers salvation of the soul.

Christian saints and martyrs witness to the value of living in Christ. Saints and martyrs prove that repentance and living firmly in Christ is possible and has enduring value.

Zacchaeus has a lasting identity in the Church because he took steps to live right and to make his life right. The Church uses the example of Zacchaeus to teach each generation the importance of repentance and following Christ.

The path of following Christ is not a lonely path. Christ is present for persons seeking Him. Christ is reassuring and welcoming to persons wanting to right the wrongs in their lives.

Every person honest with themselves will acknowledge they have deviated from the teachings of Christ. Every person can begin immediately to repent of sins and draw near to Christ.

Christ’s love and mercy have a healing effect. Christ’s welcoming embraces give strength and reassurance. Zacchaeus immediately experienced the love of Christ when drawing near.

Christ’s visibility is the bright light to follow in the dark times of life. Christ’s presence is reassuring in life’s most difficult moments. Welcoming Christ into the heart, the mind and the home is transforming.

Individuals seeking the highest and most precious aspects of life find Christ. Zacchaeus did more than simply climb a tree to see Christ. Zacchaeus’ desire to see Christ was a climb from a life in sin to salvation.

Today is the day to make the effort to draw near to Christ. Today is the day to welcome Christ into the heart, mind and soul. Today is the day to share abundance with the poor and right any wrongs committed in life.

Rejoice in welcoming Christ. Seek out and be attentive to Christ. Making the effort will bring results beyond imagination. Let us follow Zacchaeus’ example and draw near in earnest to Christ.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 16 / 29, 2017
Zacchaeus Sunday
Chains of St. Peter

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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