St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 960 - May 29 / June 11, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 960
May 29 / June 11, 2017
Sunday of All Saints


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



Matthew 8:10

When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel

Recent Services
June 2
Akathist for the Departed was read.
June 3
Four people came for Divine Liturgy, Parastos for Departed Buried from the St. George Church and blessing of all graves in St. George Cemetery.
One person came for the Great Vespers.
June 4
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy with Vesperal Kneeling Prayers. Thirty-three people attended. Six communicants.
June 5
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
June 6
Matins was read.
Four people came for the Akathist.
June 7
Matins was read.
Ten people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va for Akathist to the Holy Trinity and class.
June 9
Matins was read. Funeral for +Melena R. Barkman was served at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh with burial at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins
Third and Sixth Hours
Divine Liturgy.

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

Afternoons
6:00 PM on Monday.
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.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled on Request.

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

Important Dates

Today - Sunday of All Saints
June 12 - Beginning of the Apostles Fast. Honor the Fast until July 12.
June 14 - Venerable Justin of Chelije
June 15 - Hieromartyr Erazmo of Ochrid
June 17 - St. Mitrophan, Hieromartyr Joannicius, Holy Martyr George

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 Andrea Janson, Anthony Myers and Kyler for bringing the grass for Pentecost.

Congratulations to Quaker Valley High School graduates Ryan Michael Torbic, Zackary Skolnekovich and Reilly Grace Diggins

Sympathy extended to family and friends of +Charles R. Sweda newly departed. Mr. Sweda transported the bodies of the 37 miners that died in the Robena Mine.

Sympathy extended to family and friends of +Leo Michael Meinert newly departed.

If you want visited when in the hospital, ask the priest.

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 benefits of learning from the lives of the saints.
Being attentive to the saints on the daily calendar of the Church.
The benefits of praying to the saints as intercessors.

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

June 2 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
June 4 - Went to Slava dinner for Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh.
June 4 - Visited parishioner in Allegheny General Hospital.
June 5 - Attended Quaker Valley High School graduation ceremonies.
June 7 - Went to funeral home viewing for +Charles R. Sweda.
June 8 - Went to Allegheny General Hospital where parishioner was having surgery.
June 8 - Went to funeral of +Charles R. Sweda in Masontown.
Julne 8 - Went to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Johnstown.
June 9 - Served funeral for +Melana R. Barkman at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh.

Wisdom of Sirach 29:1

He who shows mercy will lend to his neighbor, and he who makes him strong with a helping hand keeps the commandments.

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


The Sunday of All Saints

Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. (KJV)

The current Gospel emphasizes the importance of Christ being first in our lives. At Holy Baptism we are completely dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ. Our full body is immersed and anointed.

Belief in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed is professed at Holy Baptism. Satan is renounced. The Baptismal service changes a person. A new and complete identity in Christ is established.

Baptism put the person on the road to the Kingdom of God for the balance of earthly life. Efforts and goals of life are to be consistent with the Gospel. Life is to be lived in ways pleasing to Christ.

Christ is the source of nourishment for life. Christ is the basis of learning for life. Christ is the goal of life. Christ is the intended love of life. All that is not of Christ is unnecessary.

If Christ is first in our lives, our thoughts and actions correspond to the way of Christ. When Christ is first in life, the rest of life is in the proper place. Believers are to pick up personal crosses in life and go forth with Christ.

The current Gospel makes clear that believers are to confess Christ. Confessors of Christ show their love of Christ in the way daily life is lived. The Lord Jesus Christ said:” Ye shall know them by their fruits.” (Mt. 7:16)

Today is the Sunday of All Saints. The saints are completely committed to Christ. The saints’ commitment to Christ lives on long after their departure from earthly life.

The saints show the various possibilities of being faithful to Christ. The saints show their love of Christ has enabled them in many instances to overcome great hardships.

The lives of the saints are instructive examples to be studied. The saints offer lasting instructive lessons in faith. Much time may pass before the lasting lessons of certain saints are revealed.

We know from the Gospel “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” (Mt. 5:14) Benefits exist in being mindful of the prayers of ascetics living in remote areas.

The desert fathers and saintly ascetics from Mt. Athos and Meteora inspire and teach individuals seeking to learn more about the prayerful life. Saints teach about the rigors of prayer.

Prayer is work. Greet effort is required to pray consistently and extensively. To benefit greatly from prayer, belief in the value of prayer and the attentiveness of God are required.

The saints’ lives reveal works practiced anonymously for the benefit of many people. God has a way of multiplying the benefit of works done in anonymity. (Mt. 6:4)

The Sunday of All Saints follows Pentecost Sunday every year in the Church’s liturgical calendar. The Church determines there is value in celebrating the Sunday of All Saints throughout the world.

Newness exists each year with the arrival of All Saints Sunday. Believers celebrating Pascha, Ascension and Pentecost are exposed to different paths to Christ when celebrating the Sunday of All Saints.

The differences existing in the lives of the saints are connected in the common bond with Christ. The saints’ love of Christ and commitment to Christ are the common bond of unity.

Today let us rejoice in celebrating the lives of the saints. Let us ponder the countless saints through the centuries. Their lives and intercessory prayers have enriched the world beyond measure.

Life is enriched when time is taken to learn more about individual saints. Joy emanates from the lives of saints having repented of sins and become totally new in Christ.

Individuals may find in the lives of the saints models for use in daily life. Saints having overcome great hardships offer hope for individuals in dire circumstances.

The Sunday of All Saints radiates Christ throughout the world. The Church enriches believers with this celebration each year. Let us be thankful for the Sunday of All Saints and the accompanying blessings.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 29 / June 11, 2017
Sunday of All Saints.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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