St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 959 - May 22 / June 4, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 959
May 22 / June 4, 2017
Pentecost


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



Ephesians 1:13

In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit which is the promise of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory

Recent Services
May 27
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Seven people attended.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
May 28
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-seven people attended. Six communicants.
May 30
Two people came for the Akathist for the Ascension
May 31
Matins was read.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Mission for the Akathist for the Ascension and class.
June 1
Matins was read. Three people came for the Akathist for the Ascension.
June 2
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins
Third and Sixth Hours
Divine Liturgy with Vesperal Kneeling Prayers.

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

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

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

Thursday
3:00 PM Akathist followed by class.

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

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled on Request.

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

Important Dates

Today, June 4 - Descent of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost. Holy Martyr John Vladimir, King of Serbia.
June 5 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Pentecost Monday.
June 6 - Pentecost Tuesday
June 7 - Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist
June 10 - Holy Trinity Mission Slava, Fairmont, W.Va. at 10:00 AM

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

Please tell Father Rodney if you plan to attend the Mission Slava in Fairmont next Saturday

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Dusan Rebich departed this life.

Pray for the Copiic Christians recently killed and injured in Egypt while going to a monastery. Pray for their families.

Thank you to Mr. Vince Giacetti and the residents from SCI-Greene that came to do beneficial work at St. George Church on Thursday and Friday.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Paulette Radock and Mildred Bezjak came for class on Thursday.

Remember the union organizing work of St. George parishioner +Eli Z ivkovich of blessed memory that continues to inspire and benefit workers.

Pray for miners, steel workers and workers threatened with job and benefit loss.

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 parish and mission priests.

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Consider

The seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit at Chrismation.
Prayers to the Holy Spirit in church and at home.
The work of the Holy Spirit each day.

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

May 26 - Went to St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church in Alquippa for funeral of +Daniel Menich. Later went to Morgantown,W.Va. for printing.
May 27 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Later visited parish family in Morgantown.
May 28 - Went to Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood for the parish Slava.
May 30 - Went to Trafford for viewing of +Dusan Rebich. Stopped in Uniontown to visit parishioner in rehab facility.
May 31 - Went to Fairmont,W.Va. for Akathist and class.
June 1 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for priniting.

Wisdom of Sirach 28:2

Forgive a wrong done you by your neighbor; Then your sins will be pardoned when you pray.

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


The Feast of Pentecost

John 7:37-52, 8:12

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified. Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee? Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? So there was a division among the people because of him. And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him. Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? The officers answered, Never man spake like this man. Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed. Nicodemus saith unto them, he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them, Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth? They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (KJV)

Jesus invites believers to draw near to Him and drink. Jesus is the source of nourishment for daily life. Jesus is where to find eternal life. At each moment of time individuals draw near to Christ or move away.

Every moment has great importance. A person does not know the last moment of time for earthly life. No person knows when Christ will return to judge the living and the dead.

Every moment is a time of readiness for the end of earthly life. Every moment is an opportunity for seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Jesus offers wisdom and nourishment at every moment of life.

Christians are expected to actively draw near to Christ. Even stationary prayer requires conscious action of the mind and control of the body. Serious Christian minds are united with the daily focus of the Church.

The serious Christian and Godís Holy Church are inseparable. The Holy Spirit is active in each Christian life. The serious Christ mind is attentive to the Holy Spirit.

The Feast of Pentecost inspires and motivates believers to devote greater thought to the Holy Spirit. The Christian mind must be exerted for increasing joy in the Holy Spirit.

Christian growth is intended and expected. Christ makes Himself available to each person in prayer. Christ is available in the Holy Mysteries and Divine services of the Church.

Godís grace and kindness are necessary for individuals to have the effort to draw near. Each person in his or her sinfulness separates the self from God. Godís willingness to forgive and accept the repentant is beyond measure.

At Baptism each person is fully dedicated to Christ. At Chrismation the newly baptized is sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. The personís identity changes .

Baptism and Chrismation change a personís identity forever. Responsibility comes with Baptism and Chrismation. Christians are expected to honor Christ throughout the remaining time of life.

Each person is to work out the way to honor Christ. Godís Holy Church provides the ideal environment for growing in Christ and honoring Christ. Pentecost brings to mind the formation of Godís Holy Church.

The consistent presence of the Church through the centuries from the time of the Holy Apostles to the present merits continued faithfulness. God is consistently faithful.

Christians learn in the Church the ways to be faithful to God. Every moment affords the opportunity for faithfulness to God. The contents of the heart and mind determine the degree of faithfulness to God in each life.

Individuals adopt and commit to conscious goals. Jesus said to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteous. (Mt. 6:33) Putting the Kingdom of God and His righteousness first requires daily discipline.

When Jesus ascended to heaven He did not abandon His followers. He said He would send the Comforter (Jn. 16:7) Now is the time in life to think deeply and carefully about Christ.

Now is the time in life to think about the Holy Trinity. We exist only because of God. We experience life as intended and fully when God is the center of life.

Godís Church is where to grow in sustaining knowledge. Godís Church is where to be nourished. Godís Church is where joy is best experienced. The Churchís feasts afford soul-changing joy.

Experience the joy of Pentecost. Experience the joy of the descent of the Holy Spirit. Be grateful to God for goodness, mercy and lasting love. Be grateful to God for never abandoning sinners and for offering new beginnings in Christ.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 22 / June 4, 2017
Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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