St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 961 - June 5 / 18, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 961
June 5 / 18, 2017
Second Sunday after 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



Luke 17:17-19

And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. (KJV)

Recent Services
June 5
Three people came for Divine Liturgy.
June 6
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
June 10
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy with Blessing of Slava Kolach and Koljivo.
Eighteen people attended the Slava at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont. One communicant.
Vespers was read.
June 11
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-four people attended. Five communicants. Blessing of one Slava Kolach and Koljivo.
June 12
Matins was read.
Three people came for the Akathist to Sts. Peter and Paul.
June 13
Matns was read.
June 15
Matns was read.
June 16
Matns was read.
June 17
Midnight Office was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins
Third and Sixth Hours
Divine Liturgy.

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 - Venerable Peter of Korish.
June 25 - Vidovdan. Covered dish dinner and program.
June 26 - Aposles Bartholomew and Barnabas.
June 28 - Holy Saint Lazarus and All Serbian Martyrs. Vidovdan.
July 2 - St. John of Shanghai.
July 4 - Venereable Anastasia of Serbia.
July 7 - Nativity 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 family and friends of +Matushka Barbara Oleynik newly departed.

Stan Brozik, John and Felecia Williamson, Rich Porter and Lt. Col. Willie Spens attended the Slava at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. last Saturday.

Plan to attend the Vidovdan covered dish dinner and program next Sunday.

The Pittsburgh Tri-State Lifeline Committee is grateful for the $67,000 raised in recent events in Pittsburgh and Johnstown that will help needy children in Serbia.

Continue to honor the Apostles Fast until July 12.

Treasure the joy in reading and listening to the Holy Gospel.

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest

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

Benefits of honoring the Apostles Fast in entirety.
Benefits of learning about the lives of the Holy Apostles,
Benefits of the intercessory prayers of the Holy Apostles.

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

June 10 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
June 11 and 12 - Went to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. to visit patient.
June 14 - Went to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in New Salem for Panahida for +Matushka Barbara Oleynik.
June 15 and June 16 - Went to St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Canonsburg for Funeral Service and Divine Liturgy for +Matushka Barbara.
June 16 - Went to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in New Salem for burial service.

Wisdom of Sirach 30:24

Envy and anger will shorten your days, and worry will bring premature old age.

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


The Second Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 4:18-23

And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. (KJV)

No greater joy exists than to following the Lord Jesus Christ. This joy is found in the experience with Christ. The proof is in the experience. Christ leads the way for those willing to follow.

The Gospel describes Peter, Andrew, James and John immediately leaving their way of life to follow Christ. Peter, Andrew, James and John quickly concluded Jesus was worth following.

The Gospel states Christ preached the gospel of the kingdom. Christ healed sickness and diseases. Peter, Andrew, James and John would be blessed to witness the healings. They would hear Christ preaching.

Being present with Christ changed the Apostlesí lives. Listening to Christ and seeing the miracles performed made them first-hand witnesses. The Apostles were strengthened from their experiences with Christ.

Individuals seeking a better way of life will find betterment in following Christ. The proof is in the experience. Seriously reading, listening to and living by the Holy Gospel makes a decided difference.

Living by the Gospel changes personal life. The Church proclaims Christís teachings. The Church proclaiming the Gospel teaches attentive listeners Christís standards, goals and practices for daily life.

The Gospel proclaims the accounts of Christís miracles. Individuals immersed in Godís Holy Church learn of authentic miracles. The Gospel is the richest treasury to explore and experience.

Casual Christians fail to experience the fullness of the life in Christ. Too often unhealthy daily choices are made. Too often individuals depart from the way of Christ.

Peter, Andrew, James and John followed Christ straight away. They did not hesitate to follow Christ. Attentive ears and open hearts willingly and joyfully receive Christís message.

The Church wants believers of each generation to know of the calling of the Holy Apostles. The Church wants believers to know the immediacy with which Peter, Andrew, James and John followed Christ.

Each moment is a calling from Christ to forsake ways that hinder care of the soul. Each moment is a calling from Christ to seek nourishment for the soul and peace for the heart.

The Holy Gospel is widely available in todayís world. Individuals are free to examine the Gospel with great care and attention. The challenge for each person is to take the Gospel seriously.

Contemporary society offers many paths to take in daily life. Following Christ in Godís Holy Church is the supreme choice with a proven record through the centuries.

The merits of following Christ have withstood challenges and attacks. Persecutions through the centuries have not diminished the value of following Christ. Christís kingdom and His miracles prevail.

Individuals are barraged with advertising to engage in activities and ways contrary to the life in Christ. Following the path of Christ requires discernment. All that is not of Christ needs to be cast away and excluded from daily living.

Each decision needs to be measured against the teachings of Christ. Each thought and contemplated effort require being weighed with great care. Peril to the soul can come quickly.

Too many lives are being lost. Too many injuries are occurring because of poor decision making. Too many souls are in peril because erroneous choices are made. Care for the soul must always be the priority.

Peter, Andrew, James and John were attentive when Christ spoke. Every person hearing the Gospel decides if he or she is will conclusively follow Christ. Every decision brings a person either closer to Christ or further from Christ.

In the Divine services, listeners decide whether to heed the call to: ďLet us attend.Ē Believers decide if they will ďin the fear of God and in faith draw near.Ē Peter, Andrew, James and John did not hesitate to be attentive to Christ.

Too often believers do not follow Christ with fullness of conviction. Too often believers are lukewarm in faith. Peter, Andrew, James and John are examples for contemporary Christians to seriously consider.

The Gospel strengthens believers for daily life. The Holy Gospel is nourishing. Let us learn from the Holy Apostlesí immediate conviction and fully follow Christ with certainty.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 5 / 18, 2017
The Second Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Hieromartyr Dorotheus, Bishop of Tyre.
Venerable Peter of Korish.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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