St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 943 - January 30 / February 12, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 943
January 30 / February 12, 2017
Sunday of the Prodigal Son


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
February 4
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Ten people attended. One communicant.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
February 5
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Five communicants. Thirty-two people attended.
February 6
Matins was read.
February 7
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
February 8
Matins was read.
One person came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanks.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for Great Vespers. Four people stayed for class.
February 9
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

Afternoons
4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday.

Wednesday
7:30 AM Diving Liturgy
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. Markís Monastery with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Matins, Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.
Today - Holy Three Hierarchs. Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
February 14 - Holy Martyr Tryphon. Forefeast of the Meeting of the Lord.
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord. Divine Liturgy at 7:30 AM.
February 16 - Sts. Simeon and Anna. St. James of Serbia
February 18 - Memorial Saturday
February 19 - Meatfare Sunday

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

Mr. Vince Giacetti brought diligent working residents from SCI-Greene to the church this past week.to do needed painting and repairs.

Linda Porter will give a brief presentation next Sunday during Coffee Hour on her experiences at the Washington County Food Bank.

The Church is in the pre-Lenten period.

Begin preparations for the arrival of Great Lent.

Welcome Great Lent as a period for repentance and growth in Christ.

Pray to be a better Christian at the conclusion of Great Lent.

Stan Brozik and Sonia Janson were scheduled to attend the Diocesan Assembly in Boston this past Friday and Saturday.

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

Godís welcoming love for persons drawing near in faith.
The healing power of Godís love.
The hope God offers for personís returning to God in faith.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 3 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing. Visited one resident of Mapleshire and one resident at Health South.
February 4 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy and Morgantown for printing.
February 6 - Blessed one home in Clarksville.
February 7 - Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh for Clergy Brotherhood meeting.
February 8 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist. Went to Fairmont, W.Va for Great Vespers and class.

Wisdom of Sirach 12:3

There shall be no good things for him who continues in evil things, or for him who does not give alms cheerfully.

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


The Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Luke 15:11-32

And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found. (KJV)

Feast of the Holy Three Holy Hierarchs

Matthew 5:14-19

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (KJV)

Today the Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. The father celebrates the return of the lost son. The father lovingly welcomes the son returning from having squandered and wasted some of his life.

Every person squanders and wastes part of life. We fail daily to use the blessings of God in ways most beneficial and pleasing to God. Every day we too often follow our own minds and ways rather than Godís ways.

Daily we feel we know better. When we follow our own thoughts and not Godís ways, we waste Godís blessings. Now is the time to recognize our erroneous ways and turn back to God before it is too late.

The Church provides this Gospel each year to remind us of Godís welcoming love. Todayís Gospel expresses the welcoming and healing love of God. We as sinners are encouraged to return to Godís ways.

Godís love is present for the returning son and for the faithful son having never left. Godís love is fully present and revealed for both sons. This Sundayís Gospel awakens attentive minds to the unbiased healing love of God.

Change is expected from believers today. Believers are to become more conscious of personal sin. Believers are to begin the return to God from the far country. The welcoming love of God awaits the returning sinner.

The welcoming love of God embraces the younger son radically having departed from the family. The welcoming love of God reassures the elder son having never left the family fold.

Godís love is ever present in the Church for every person. God loves the long time faithful sons and daughters having never the left the Church. God rejoices when prodigal sons and daughters return to the Church from living far afield.

The Church today also rejoices in the celebration of the Three Holy Hierarchs. St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom are giants in the Church serving as inspiration for faithful believers.

Each of the three Holy Hierarchs lived in God-pleasing ways and earned a place in the Churchís liturgical life. In todayís complex and often confusing world, the Three Hierarchs shine the light of Christ to follow.

Believers attentive to the lives of the Three Hierarchs are easily humbled. The Three Hierarchs exemplify enduring and complete love of Christ. They have accomplishments worthy of great study.

The Church takes extensive steps throughout the year to enumerate and express the depth of love for Christ by the Three Hierarchs. Parents do well to teach their sons and daughters about St. Basil, St. Gregory and St. John.

Modern day athletes and entertainers put forth as societal models pale in comparison to the love of Christ evident in the lives of the Three Hierarchs. Parents do well to educate their sons and daughters about these Church giants.

Parents do well to educate themselves about the Three Hierarchs. Each believer taking time to read about St. Basil, St. Gregory and St. John enriches his or her personal life.

Learning more about the saints in Godís Holy Church is part of the process of moving from the far country of sin towards the Kingdom of God. When believersí minds are filled with thoughts about the saints, sinful ways are rejected.

The time is now to increase attentiveness to God. The time is now to quickly return to Godís ways before it is too late. Let us repent and experience Godís welcoming and healing love.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 30 / February 12, 2017
Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
Feast of Three Holy Hierarchs.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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