St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 958 - May 15 / 28, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 958
May 15 / 28, 2017
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 1st Council


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
Email stgeorge2@windstream.net



I Peter 1:9

Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Recent Services
May 18
Four people came for the Akathist.
May 19
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
May 20
Midnight Office was read.
Vespers was read.
May 21
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Thirty-six people came for Divine Liturgy. Six communicants.
May 22
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
Three people came for the Akathist.
May 23
Matins was read. Vespers was read.
May 24
Paschal Matins was read.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers with Litya.
May 25
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Seven people attended. Four communicants.
May 26
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins
Third and Sixth Hours
Divine Liturgy

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

Afternoons
6:00 PM on Tuesday.
4:00 PM on Friday and Saturday.

Wednesday
6:30 PM at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Vespers and class.

Thursday
3:00 PM Akathist followed by class.

Saturday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Parastos, and Blessing of Graves.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled on Request.

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

Important Dates

May 29 - Holy Hieromartyr Theodore of Vrshac; New-martyr Vukashin
June 3 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Holy Equal to the Apostles, Emperor Constantine and Helen, Venerable Helen of Decani Memorial Saturday. Parastos. Blessing of Graves.
June 4 - Descent of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost. Holy Martyr John Vladimir, King of Serbia.
June 5 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy
June 6 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy
June 7 - Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist

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

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Daniel Menich newly departed this life

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Janet Miralles newly departed this life.

Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock, Subdeacon Anthony Miralles and Mildred Bezjak attended class last Thursday.

Josephine Vuich and son Michael attend Divine Liturgy when in the area.

Sister Anastasia from Monastery Marcha visited the parish this week.

Value God’s Holy Church throughout life and never stray.

Read and heed the Holy Gospel.

If you want your house blessed, notify the parish priest.

If you or a relative are hospitalized and want visited, notify the priest.

Pray for miners, steel workers and workers threatened with loss of jobs and benefits.

Remember and appreciate the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Pray for crime victims.

Pray for peace in the world where violence and terror are a daily fact of life.

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 a question about the teaching or services of the church, ask the priest.

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Appreciate and honor the St. Sava School of Theology, 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 far reaching results of the Ecumenical Councils.
The gathering of the Church in Ecumenical Councils.
The work of the Holy Spirit in the Ecumenical Councils

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

May 19 - Attended memorial dinner for +Naomi Newton Shears.
May 19 - Visited parishioner in nursing facility.
May 19 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
May 23 - Went to Washington Hospital to visit parishioner.
May 23 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. to be with parish family.
May 24 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers.
May 25 - Went to Panihida for +Janet Miralles in Belle Vernon.

Wisdom of Sirach 27:3

If a man does not hold steadfastly to the fear of the Lord, his house will soon be soon overturned.

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


The Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

John 17:1-13

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word., Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. (KJV)

The Holy Gospel is proclaimed in God’s Holy Church. The Church guards the Holy Gospel. The Church is where the Gospel is alive with power and continues to change lives.

The corruption in society has no effect on the Gospel. The decadence and greed rampant in society does not tarnish or diminish the Gospel. The Lord Jesus Christ is experienced through the Gospel.

Christ unites with hearers of the Gospel. Christ invigorates and enlivens persons taking the Gospel to heart. Christ makes new believers experiencing the Holy Gospel.

Christ renews believers that have fallen away. Christ cleanses believers that repent of sins. The Holy Gospel stands in God’s Holy Church as firm measurement of today’s world.

The Holy Gospel puts forth the standards and teachings of Christ. The light of Christ shines through the Holy Gospel. Efforts to dilute the Holy Gospel in no way are successful.

Believers familiar with the Holy Scriptures know that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Heb. 13:8) Believers learn about Christ and are nourished with Christ in the Holy Gospel.

The Holy Gospel serves as a basis for learning throughout life. Learning from the Holy Gospel is never exhausted. Christians come to know and experience Christ through the Holy Gospel.

Every single person taking time to be attentive to the Holy Gospel will benefit. Investing in learning from the Holy Gospel brings lasting benefit. The benefits are realized through the experience.

Thank God for the presence of God’s Holy Church. Thank God for the Holy Gospel in the Church. Thank God for continuing the existence of the Church until the glorious Second Coming.

The Holy Apostle Peter said: “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” (Jn. 6:68) God’s Holy Church is where to go throughout life. We experience Christ fully in God’s Holy Church.

The Holy Gospel gives the lasting direction for every moment of life. In the Acts of the Holy Apostles we read: “For in him we live, and move, and have our being.” (Acts 17:28)

Many directions and pathways are available in life. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (M. 7:14)

Faithfulness to Christ is necessary every moment of life. Repelling erroneous alternatives keeps the faithful person on the path to the Kingdom of God. Supreme love of Christ is needed.

Fear of God keeps faithful believers from falling away. Thankfulness is a basis for drawing near to God. The blessings of God are unending and become known through the Holy Gospel.

Each person has the opportunity to learn and benefit from the Holy Gospel. The choice to learn and follow Christ is completely voluntary. The kingdom of heaven is the pearl of great price worthy of complete attention. (Mt. 13:45-46)

Effort and sacrifice are required in following Christ. Learning from the Holy Gospel entails careful listening and willingness to change. Sinful ways have no place in Christ’s followers.

Greed and corruption have no place in Christ’s followers. Gluttony and sloth deter the vibrant life in Christ. Soldiers for Christ are disciplined and adhere to the teachings of the Holy Gospel.

When a person enters the Baptismal font, the person is completely dedicated to Christ. Every remaining moment of life is to be lived in and for Christ. Faithfulness to Holy Baptism leads to eternal life.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 15 / 28, 2017
The Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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