St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 976 - September 18 / October 1, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 976
September 18 / October 1, 2017
Seventeenth 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



Colossians 2:11-12

In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God who raised Him from the dead

Recent Services
September 23
Vespers was read.
September 24
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by the Divine Liturgy and blessing of a family’s Slava Kolach and Koljivo. Thirty-six people attended. Seven communicants.
September 25
Matins was read.
September 26
Seven people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist of Thanksgiving.
September 27
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Three communicants. Father Sasa Nedic came to serve.
Seven people came for the Akathist to the Cross at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. Father Sasa Nedic came to serve.
September 28
Matins was read.
September 29
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

Afternoons
4:00 PM Monday.

Tuesday
4:00 PM Akathist at Waynesburg University

Wednesday
3:00 PM Akathist followed by class.
6:30 PM Great Vespers and class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

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

Important Dates

October 4 - Apodasis of the Exaltation of the Cross.
October 6 - Conception of St. John the Baptist.
October 6-8 - Hundredth Anniversary of St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, Lackawanna, New York.
October 8 - Hundredth Anniversary of St. Ellien Antiochian Orthodox Church, Brownsville, Pa.

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 +Robert Torbic newly departed this life.

Father Sasa Nedic from Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey visited the parish this week and met with the Executive Board.

The parish Anniversary celebration is scheduled for November 5.

Coffee Hour collection until the end of October will benefit recent hurricane victims.

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

See the bulletin board for dates the Miraculous Icon from Hawaii will be in the area.

Pittsburgh Tri-State Lifeline expressed appreciation for all helping and donating this year for the benefit of the needy people in Serbia.

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

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 services, practices or teachings 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 continuing place of Christ’s Cross in our lives.
Focusing on Christ’s Cross each day.
Always being mindful of the power of Christ’s Cross.

Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

September 23 - Attended Orthodox Christian Fellowship Retreat at Waynesburg University. Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
September 24 - Attended parish family Slava celebration.
September 26 - Served Akathist at Waynesburg University.
September 26 - Paticipated in Executive Board dinner and meeting.
September 27 - Board of Trustees meeting, Served Akathist and had class in Fairmont, W.Va.
September 28 - Blessed one car.
September 28 - Attended Greene County Salute to Veterans, Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. Waynesburg, Pa.

Wisdom of Sirach 44:19

Abraham was the great father of a multitude of nations, and no one has been found like him in glory;

(The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha. New York. Oxford University Press, 1977.)


The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 15:21-28

Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto Him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and besought Him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, help me. But He answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. (KJV)

Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross

Mk.8:34-9:1

When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. And He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.

The Church expects believers to benefit from hearing this Gospel each year. This particular Gospel mentions specific places associated with Jesus. Jesus physically existed in identifiable time and space.

This Gospel lesson focuses on Jesus and the woman of Canaan. This is a lesson of faith and persistence. The persistent mother demonstrates the value of coming to Jesus with personal problems and seeking His help.

Too often individuals having problems turn first to sources other than God. Each day and each work is better when beginning and ending with prayer. When personal problems arise, turning first to God for help is the best action.

The mother identified Jesus as Lord and Son of David. She described her daughter as vexed by the devil. Demon-possessed sons and daughters exist in each generation.

This mother took the initiative to approach Jesus. She wanted her daughter healed. The mother was determined to get help for her daughter. She had strong faith in Jesus for healing to take place.

Jesus’ disciples were not overly welcoming of the mother. Current followers of Christ benefit by determining if they would be welcoming of a person coming forth seeking help with a son or daughter possessed by the devil.

Being vexed by the devil has a certain stigma in society. Possessed individuals are not always treated with the same level of acceptance as those with physical ailments.

When the mother first approached Jesus, Jesus was silent regarding her request. Priests and parishioners set the tone of acceptance and welcome for individuals coming to the parish church.

The present Gospel spurs reflection and provides instruction on responding to the needs of individuals vexed by the devil. Jesus’ interest in lost sheep, sinners and the needy are well documented.

Jesus’ actions in the current Gospel provide cause for careful thought. His words describe His purpose and focus. The interaction of Jesus, His disciples and the woman are recorded in this Gospel lesson.

This Gospel lesson has affected the formation of Christians for centuries. Attentive listeners will find a reason to hope for healing among individuals vexed by the devil.

The current Gospel lesson is a vivid example of Jesus responding to the woman’s plea for mercy and help. The woman did not go away disappointed. Jesus heeded her request.

The mother was direct in her request. Men, women and children make requests to Jesus daily. The mother in the current Gospel lesson obviously came with firm confidence in Jesus.

The relationship between Jesus and the woman moved to a new depth. The woman did not get a simple “yes” or ‘no” when she made her request. More was required of her. The woman had to make a further investment with Jesus.

Jesus wanted to learn more from the woman before He would inform her of His final decision. A certain amount of suspense existed. The woman was held at a distance to mull whether she should respond to Jesus’ statement.

Her patience was tested. Her faith was tested. Often in life believers come to Jesus with a sense of urgency and Jesus responds in a way that requires patience from the believer.

The woman pressed on with Jesus. Her concern for her daughter was of such a degree that she was determined to get the help. The woman’s sincerity was revealed.

In the end, Jesus acknowledged the greatness of the woman’s faith. This mother appeared before Jesus beseeching His help. She came out of concern for her daughter and the daughter finally was healed.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 18 / October 1, 2017
The Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross.
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Father Eumenius, Bishop of Gortyna.
Holy Martyr Ariadne.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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