St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 945 - February 13 / 26, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 945
February 13 / 26, 2017
Cheese Fare 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



Galatians 1:23

But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed

Recent Services
February 18
Divine Liturgy with Parastos was served at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. Departed from the Mission were remembered in the Parastos. Ten people attended
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
February 19
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-eight people attended. Six communicants.
February 20
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
February 21
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
February 22
Matins was read.
Four people came for the Akathist at Waynesburg University.
Seven people came for the Akathist and class at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
February 23
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist and class

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

Eveningss
6:00 PM Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday.

Wednesday
6:30 PM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

Friday
6::00 PM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at St. George Church.

Saturday
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

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

Important Dates

Tonight, February 26 - Deanery Vespers 5:00 PM at St. Sava Mckeesport.
Tomorrow, 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 at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Canonsburg for Orthodox Churches in the Pittsburgh area.
March 12 - Deanery Vespers, 5:00 PM at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa and Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood.
March 19 - Deanery Vespers, 5:00 PM at St. George Church, Midland, Pa.

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 Mike Christopolus for sending copies of The Sword to the parish.

Seek to end Great Lent as a better Christian.

Individuals planning to commune at the Presanctified Liturgy should honor the fast all week, arrange for confession in advance and abstain from eating and drinking from noon until the time of the service.

Individuals planning to commune at the Divine Liturgy should honor the fast all week, arrange for confession in advance and abstain from eating and drinking from midnight until the time of the service.

Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke is doing research about St. George Church in preparation for a conference he will be participating in at Grove City College.

Thank you to all continuing to donate food goods 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.

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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 fully forgiving in personal relationships.
Seriously examining the self for a better relationship with God.
Keeping Christ first and foremost in the heart and mind.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 18 - Went to Fairmont for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown on the return trip for printing. Went to Uniontown to visit resident of Mt. St. Macrina Rehab facility.
February 20 - Went to Accident, Maryland to bless a home. Went to Morgantown,W.Va. for printing.
February 21 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
February 22 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist. Went to Fairmont,W.Va. for Akathist and class.
February 23 - Went to Pt. Marion and Uniontown.

Wisdom of Sirach 14:21

Whoever ponders the ways of wisdom in his heart will also reflect on her secrets.

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


Forgiveness Sunday

Matthew 6:14-21

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (KJV)

The time for being a serious Christian has arrived. The Church has established Great Lent for believers to repent of sin. Now is the time to return to the path to Godís Kingdom.

Now is the time for serious personal self-examination. Sinful practices and temptations are to be firmly and forcefully rejected. Full and complete love of Christ is to dominate the heart, mind and soul.

The body is to be brought into subjection and disciplined. The mind is to direct the self toward the Kingdom of God. Interests other than serving and following Christ are to be put away.

Christís ways and teachings are to govern personal relationships in the home and in the community. Great Lent is not just for priests and the Churchís hierarchy. Great Lent is for every believer.

Great Lent is for individuals seriously interested in Christ. Great Lent is for persons seeking the salvation of their souls. Now is the time for genuine repentance. Now is the time to begin anew in Christ.

Repentance and Holy Confession offer new beginnings in Christ. Christís forgiveness and mercy are real. Christís love and mercy heal hearts that are hurting and minds desiring personal peace.

Today is the day to forgive family members, friends and others we meet in personal life. Today is the day to begin Great Lent with a fresh mind and great anticipation.

The Lenten journey offers genuine renewal in Christ. Possibilities in Christ exceed the imagination. Christ directs believers to lay up treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not corrupt and thieves do not break in and steal. (Mt. 6:20)

Great Lent offers fullness of joy. Eagerly welcoming Great Lent makes a decided difference in the outcome. Firm intentions for a better life in Christ will influence whether a person is a better Christian at the end of Great Lent.

The Church provides daily structure, instruction and nourishment. Believers must truly be seeking Christ to experience Him during Great Lent. Attentiveness is necessary to see and feel Christís presence and reassurance throughout the day.

Peril is always present in Great Lent. Danger to the soul exists at unexpected moments. Christ offers the necessary strength and direction to avoid the perils and to steadfastly seek the Kingdom of God.

Being immersed in the Gospel and services of the Church make a strong beginning possible. Continuing to begin anew has value throughout the journey. Each believer will experience setbacks. Each person will sin.

Being fully united with Christ and living in Christ is desired throughout Great Lent. The services during Great Lent focus on our personal failures to be consistently true to Christ. Repentance is a dominant theme.

Contemporary life has many traps and dangerous attractions. War occurs between good and evil in our hearts and minds Christians need to struggle to experience peace in Christ.

Christians need to work hard to have loving daily relationships. Too many families are falling apart. Too much crime occurs. Greed and corruption abound in business and government.

Holding firm to Christ begins with each person. Self-control and constant love of Christ are sufficient challenges for each person. This is not a time to blame others or to hold grudges.

Great Lent is the time to take personal responsibility for being faithful to Christ. Enough work exists for each person to correct and control his or her own sinful behavior and tendencies.

Much effort is necessary for each person to ascend the ladder of Christian growth. Experiencing Godís mercy, grace and forgiveness are necessary for personal change and improvement to occur.

Unity with Christ leaves no room for sin. Unity with Christ results in immeasurable joy. Family life improves when Christ is dominant. Communities are better when love for Christ abounds in neighborhoods.

Godís Church offers necessary healing. Godís Church is where to find personal peace. Growth in Christ begins and continues through the nourishment found in Godís Holy Church.

Attentive believers will see and joyfully experience Christ throughout the Lenten journey. Today is the day to be abundantly grateful for the arrival of Great Lent and to begin anew.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 13 / 26, 2017
Forgiveness Sunday.
Venerable Simeon the Myhrrgusher.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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