St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 946 - February 20 / March 5, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 946
February 20 / March 5, 2017
Sunday of Orthodoxy


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



Matthew 17:20

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Recent Services
February 25
Matins was read.
Vespers was read
February 26
Vespers was read.
February 27
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-four people attended. Eight communicants.
February 28
Matins was read
Three people came for Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew.
February 29
Matins was read.
Seven people came for Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew.
March 1
Matins was read.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant.
March 2
One person came for Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew.
March 3
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins
Third and Sixth Hour.
Divine Liturgy with Procession. Sunday of Orthodoxy.

Monday
5:30 AM and 6:00 PM.

Tuesday
5:30 AM and 6:00 PM.

Wednesday
5:30 AM, 2:00 PM at Waynesburg University.
6:30 PM at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

Thursday
5:30 PM, 3:00 PM Akathist and class.

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

Important Dates
Today - Sunday of Orthodoxy for Pittsburgh area. 4:30 PM at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Canonsburg, Pa.
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.
March 26 - Deanery Vespers, 5:00 PM at Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville,

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

Paulette Radock attended the Lenten Retreat at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Belle Vernon on February 25.

Dr. Richard Romanos and Blenda Pierce and Thomas and Rosemary Weisdock participated in the Climacus Conference in Lexington, Kentucky last week.

Paulette Radock, Aaron Carson, Milosh Serb Krewasky and Josephine Gresko attended Deanery Vespers in McKeesport on February 26.

Stan Brozik visited the Serbian Orthodox Church in Phoenix, Arizona last week.

Believers are to abstain from meat, dairy products and fish with backbones and blood during Great Lent. Honor the fast in a spirit of joy.

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

Honor the Fast throughout Great Lent. Abstain from meat, dairy products and fish.

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

Christ taking on human flesh and being visible in earthly life.
The immeasurable benefits of icons in the Church and in our lives.
Miracles associated with icons throughout the world and the centuries.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 24 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
February 25 - Went to Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Belle Vernon for Lenten Retreat.
February 26 - Went to St. Sava Church in McKeesport for Deanery Vespers.
February 26, 27, 28, March 1 and 2 - went to Oliver to visit parishioner.
March 1 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Presanctified Liturgy.

Wisdom of Sirach 15:17-18

Life and death are before mankind, and whichever he chooses, it will be given to him. For great is the wisdom of the Lord; He is mighty in power and sees all things.

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


Sunday of Orthodoxy

John 1:43-51

The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man (KJV)

One week of Great Lent is complete. The Lenten journey is underway. Believers are expected to make a concerted effort to be renewed in Christ. Christian minds and hearts are to focus on repentance.

Examining the heart and expelling all that is not of Christ is proper throughout the year. Great Lent intensifies interest in repentance and renewal in Christ.

Serious and attentive believers heed the teachings of the Christ. The Church teaches truths and the benefits of seriously investing in Great Lent. This is a special time in the Church.

Today is the Sunday of Orthodoxy. Christ taking on human flesh and being visible in earthly life has led to the presence of icons in Godís Holy Church. Icons enrich the Christian experience.

Icons benefit believers in prayer. Believers learn from the presence of icons in homes, churches and holy places throughout the world. Countless miracles are associated with icons through the centuries.

Images of Christ, the Mother of God and the saints are always present in Orthodox Churches. The Orthodox Church has defined and defended the propriety of icons. Joy is associated with the presence of icons in Godís Holy Church.

Standing in prayer before holy icons in the home, in church or in other locations dedicated to God offers hope, leads to personal peace and alleviates concerns.

Every home should have an icon of Christ, the Mother of God and of the family patronal feast or saint. Icons in the home improve the atmosphere of the home and direct the mind to thoughts of holiness.

Each home is a small church and an extension of the parish church. Daily life in the Christian home is better when conforming to and consistent with the ways and teachings of Christ.

Believers determine the way to live in the home and the community. Believers select the images permitted to enter and remain in the home. Profane images have no place in Christian homes.

Hearts and minds influence the way life unfolds. When the heart and mind are polluted, corresponding behavior follows. When Christ is the primary interest, interest, following Christ occurs throughout the day.

Great Lent motivates believers to assess and review their relationship with Christ. Lenten services help believers learn more about personal sins. The Church is where personal change and transformation in Christ are most likely to occur.

Great hope and joy exist in Great Lent. Beginning anew in Christ is possible for every person. In the present Gospel, Christ told Philip to follow Him. Philip told Nathaniel to come and see. Christ told Nathaniel of the experiences that were before him. Individuals following Christ in hope will experience immeasurable joy. Placing trust in Christ is necessary.

The faithful Holy Apostles that followed Christ were able to witness the Resurrected Christ. (Mt. 28:16-20) (John. 20:20-21,) The Apostles in their prior earthly lives would never have imagined being witness to the Resurrected Christ.

Believers today have opportunities for the richness of life in Christ. Believers today trusting completely in Christ and following Him are invigorated by the indomitable hope emanating from the Resurrected Christ.

Great Lent is underway. The Feast of Feasts, celebrating Christís Resurrection lies ahead. Christians investing seriously in Great Lent and participating fully in Holy Week benefit exceedingly.

Jesus once said: ďLay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal (Mt. 6:20)

Investing in Great Lent is a way to lay up treasures in heaven. Attending the Divine services is a personal investment in a better life in Christ. Increased prayer is a direct personal investment in the life in Christ.

Fasting and almsgiving bring life more into conformity with the ways of Christ. The nourishing, loving and forgiving Christ is present throughout Great Lent.

Individuals determine the nature of their Lenten journey. Let us learn from the faithful Holy Apostles and place complete trust in following Christ. Let this Great Lent be a new and serious beginning in following Christ.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 20 / March 5, 2017
Sunday of Orthodoxy.
St. Leo, Bishop of Catania.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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