St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 973 - August 28 / September 10, 2017

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 973
August 28 / September 10, 2017
Fourteenth 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

I Thessalonians 1:3

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father

Recent Services
September 2
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia. Five people attended. One communicant.
Vespers were read at St. George Church.
September 3
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-four people attended. Three communicants.
September 4
Vespers was read.
September 6
Matins was read.
Six people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanksgiving.
Eight people came for Vespers in Fairmont, West Virginia. Nine people came for class.
September 7
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
September 8
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours
Divine Liturgy.

5:30 Matins.
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

No additional weekday services this week.

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

Important Dates

September 11 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
September 14 - Ecclesiastical New Year.
September 16 - St. Joanicius, First Serbian Patriarch. Family Festival at Monastery New Marcha.
September 19 - Miracle of Archangel Michael.
September 21 - Nativity of the Theotokos. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
September 22 - Holy and Righteous Ancestor of God, Joachim and Anna.
September 25 - Apodasis of Nativity of the Mother of God.
September 27 - Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross Divine Liturgy at 8:00 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

Thank you to all helping with the parish picnic.

Congratulations to Frank Snyder, a leader of the Labor Day Parade in Pittsburgh.

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

Be faithful in honoring Wednesdays and Fridays as fast days.

Be faithful in reading the Holy Scripture and in daily prayer.

Be faithful in love of God and neighbor.

Pray for the victims and those suffering from the recent hurricane.

Donations continue to be needed for the Greene County Food Bank.

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, ask the priest.

If you want visited at any time you might be 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.

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.



Invitations from God to serve and to seek God’s Kingdom.
Being obedient to God’s commandments and teachings.
Seeking nourishment for the soul from God each day.

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

September 1 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
September 2 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
September 4 - Marched with District #2 United Mine Workers of Amercia, at the Labor Day Parade in Pittsburgh. Stopped at Greene-Washington County Labor Council picnic.
September 4 - Drove to Richfield, Ohio to attend His Grace Bishop IRINEJ’s Name Day Slava on September 5. Returned to parish on September 5.
September 6 - Served Akathist at Waynesburg University. Served Vespers and had class in Fairmont.
September 7 - Attended OCF dinner for Waynesburg University students at faculty advisor’s home.

Wisdom of Sirach 41:12

Have regard for your name, for it will remain with you longer than a thousand chests of gold.

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

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 22:1-14

And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen. (KJV)

Synaxis of Serbian Saints

Matthew 5:14-19

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law until all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

The Lord Jesus Christ continually teaches willing listeners. The words of the Holy Gospel nourish the soul. The heart is purified and enriched by the words of the Holy Gospel.

Christ comes alive in individuals cherishing the Holy Gospel and living by it. Individuals experience Christ through the Holy Gospel. Unity with Christ is achieved through the Holy Gospel. Lives are transformed by the Holy Gospel.

The Holy Gospel is preached in churches with regularity throughout the world. The reading of the Holy Gospel sets in motion a chain of events. Individuals embracing Christ in their lives affect family members, co-workers and friends.

Churches add to the strength of the communities in which they are located. Churches proclaiming the Gospel stand as beacons in times of darkness, as sources of peace in times of turmoil and as reservoirs of community strength.

The Gospel is part of every Divine Liturgy. The importance of the Gospel is recognized by the central place held on the Altar Table and the reverence with which the Gospel is proclaimed.

Each Divine Liturgy is begun with the words: “Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and the Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.” The Gospel is proclaimed in the context of the Divine Liturgy.

The Lord Jesus Christ set the priorities for each Christian when He said: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…” (Mt. 6:33) The way a person lives each day has a cumulative effect on the outcome of the person’s life.

A person never knows when the last moment of life will be. Each day brings believers closer to earthly death and the return of the Lord Jesus. Each day is an opportunity to seriously prepare for Christ’s return and the final judgment.

Heeding the lesson of the present parable is a way to learn more about Christ, the way of Christ and to prepare for His return and final judgment. The present Gospel reading speaks about invitations by the king for the marriage feast.

Every Divine Liturgy is a banquet of the Lord. Everyone baptized into Christ is expected to remain faithful by consistently attending the Divine Liturgy and partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ with regularity.

The invitation to follow Christ exists at every moment of every day. The invitation is accepted or declined at every moment of every day. Churches of God constantly invite individuals to attend the Lord’s banquet.

At each Divine Liturgy the invitation is proclaimed: “in the fear of God and with faith draw near. The Lord said: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.” (John 6:53)

Large numbers of individuals baptized into Christ live an inactive, non- participatory Church life. Efforts by parishes to increase church attendance and participation are not always successful.

It is difficult to convince previously active parishioners to resume attending church on a regular basis. Patterns of infrequent participation in Confession and Communion are not easily changed

Believers fully participating in the life in Christ experience immeasurable joy. Joy radiates in the hearts and souls of believers welcoming the Lord ’s invitations to attend and draw near.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 28 / September 10, 2017
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Synaxis of the Serbian Saints.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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