St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 944 - February 6 / 19, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 944
February 6 / 19, 2017
Meatfare 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



Romans 12:6-8

Having gifts differing according to the grace given to us, let us use them; if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith, or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with dilligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Recent Services
February 9
Alfred Ellsworth was received into the Serbian Orthodox Church.
February 10
Matins was read.
February 12
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Five communicants.
February 13
Matins was read.
February 14
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers
February 15
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
Two people came for the Akathist at Waynesburg University.
Eight people came for the Akathist and class in Fairmont, W.Va.
February 16
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist and class.
February 17
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

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

Wednesday
2:00 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University.
6:30 PM Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, W.Va. Vespers and class.

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

Important Dates

February 19 - Meatfare Sunday. Last day to eat meat until Pascha.
February 21 - St. Sava II of Serbia
February 26 - Deanery Vespers 5:00 PM at St. Sava, Mckeesport.
February 27 - Great Lent begins.
March 4 - Mon Valley Orthodoxy Vespers 5:00 PM at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
March 5 - Sunday of Orthodoxy. 4:30 PM All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Canonsburg
March 12 - Deanery Vespers 5:00 PM at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa

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. They were here for nine days.

Linda Porter will give a brief presentation today during Coffee Hour on her experiences at the Washington County Food Bank. The Kolo also donates to Fayette Co. Food Bank.

Coffee Hour donations today will benefit the Greene County food bank.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Joanne Korach, newly departed this life.

Sympathy extended to Dr. Hristos and Dr. Katerina Goseva Popstojanova. Dr. Katerinaís mother recently departed this life.

Congratulations to Stan Brozik for being elected to Diocesan Council.

Congratulations to Sonia Janson for being elected as an alternate to Diocesan Council.

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Romanos Pierce for being chosen to read his poetry at the Climacus Conference in Louisville, Kentucky next week.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Paulette Radock and Felecia Williamson came to class this Thursday.

Welcome to Alfred Ellsworth into the Serbian Orthodox Church. Rich Porter was Kum.

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.

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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 sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, the stranger and the hungry.
Ways to be of help to persons in need.
The need to see Christ in each person.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 9 and 13 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
February 10-12 - Went to Boston for Diocesan Assembly.
February 15 - Went to Waynesburg for Akathist and Fairmont for Akathist and class.
February 17 - Went to Holy Resurrection Chapel in Aliquippa for funeral of +Joanne Korach.

Wisdom of Sirach 13:24

The heart of a man changes the expression on his face, either for good or for evil.

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


The Sunday of the Last Judgment

Matthew 25:31-46

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (KJV)

Todayís Gospel speaks about our daily personal relationships. We are called to be sensitive to each of the people met in daily life. Every person we meet is to be viewed as Christ.

Insensitivity to the sick, the hungry, the stranger and the imprisoned is to our peril. Prayer will increase our sensitivity to others. Reading and studying the Gospel will improve our vision.

Patience and understanding are necessary in personal relationships. Increased love for others brings immense benefit. Being less judgmental of others and focusing on our own personal sin makes a difference.

The present Gospel speaks about Christís return and the Last and Final Judgment. Our personal relationships in the home and community have a direct bearing on the way we will spend eternity.

Each passing day creates a greater sense of urgency. Christís return comes closer with each passing moment. Christís words are to be taken seriously. Constant repentance is necessary for life to conform to Christís teachings.

Christís nourishment satisfies uneasiness in the heart, the mind and the soul. The Gospel is lasting nourishment. Christís mercy, forgiveness and love make a decided difference in each life.

To avoid perilous judgment, willingness must exist within the person to clearly see Christ in every person. Overcoming barriers in personal relationships is possible only in Christ.

Daily relationships governed by the Gospel keep life directed toward the Kingdom of God. Life immersed in the Gospel improves patience and love for seeing Christ in others.

Eternal life awaits the attentive to Christ. Great effort is necessary throughout the day. If it is difficult for us to see Christ in others, looking within ourselves is a necessary first step.

If we examine the lives of the saints, we learn of holiness. If we are attentive to the saints, we discover the possibility of personal peace in daily relationships. The saints are living examples of the benefits of forgiveness and love.

The saints demonstrate the greatest possibilities in life in the most adverse circumstances. Even in situations of great personal danger, records exist of saints heeding and being faithful to the words of Christ.

Christ shows each person the way to eternal life. Christ provides the light to follow in the dark moments of life. Christ nourishes and leads faithful individuals to the Kingdom.

Personal decisions determine whether Chris is seen in each family member, friend and person encountered in daily life. Family discord dissipates when seeing Christ in family members.

Neighborhood peace improves when love governs relationships with neighbors. Violence decreases when Christ is the basis for personal relationships and interaction.

In America, great abundance exists. Great hunger also exists in America. Great numbers of people are imprisoned. Too many people are victims of violent crime.

Unnecessary sickness abounds. Large numbers of individuals feel unwanted and experience depression and despair. Christians have the responsibility of being different.

Christians have the responsibility of faithfully following Christ. Faithfully following Christ is possible only by seriously living in Christ. Christís love, mercy and nourishment make experience eternal life possible.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 6 / 19, 2017
Meat fare Sunday
Sunday of the Last Judgment
St. Photius of Constantinople
St. Boucolus of Smyrna.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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