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St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Western American Diocese
of the Serbian Orthodox Church
in North & South American
3025 Denver Street • San Diego, CA 92117
telephone: (619)276-5827
Church Officers & Staff
V. Rev. Protopresbyter Bratislav Krsic
email: [email protected]
Rev. Deacon Paul Germain
Nemanja Selezan
Vladan Trifunovic
Dobrila Unheim & Simona Trifunovic
Linda Alemany
Summer greetings to everyone! We pray it will be a blessed, fruitful, and
peaceful time for our St. George parish family and all of our friends, near and
far! In June we are always reminded of the bittersweet history of the Serbian
people with the annual memorial day to Saint Prince Lazar and the Serbian
holy martyrs who gave their lives in defense of our faith during the Battle of
Kosovo against the Ottoman Empire on June 28, 1389. We present the
famous Maiden of Kosovo picture on the cover and the epic poem that
inspired it for you to refresh your minds of this pivotal historical event. In
June, when we commemorate this day, we also honor those who have completed high school, college, or graduate school. In this issue, we are pleased
to showcase most of the 2011 graduates with pictures and brief biographies
that they or their families provided the editor. The talent demonstrated by
these young people is awesome and their words inspiring. We wish them all
God’s blessings on their future endeavors. We are also pleased to announce
the birth of four babies. The joy these little ones are bringing to each of their
families is also inspiring, and their new lives give us hope for the future. Also
we want to remind you again to support your church by becoming a Steward.
Although this is a voluntary act, it will be a life-changing blessing for you and
your family when you prayerfully commit your time, talent, and treasure to the
Lord. This program enables the day-to-day functioning of our presence here
in San Diego. We thank you all for your faithfulness and support. We love you
and pray for you.—In Christ, Father Bratso
Vera Rakic
Jack Milasinovic, Vicki Miljkovic, Tina Zivkovic
Lydia Petric Rhoads, Chair
Miro Copic, President; Sean Wright, Dusanka Urosevic
Mico Lukic, Pete Dopudja,
Jeffrey Wilgus, George Skaljac,
Vojkan Popovich, Miro Copic, Milan Miljkovic,
Velimir Jovanovic, President
Sylvia Ivanovic, President
Mira Jovanovic
Maria (Draskovic) Milasinovic, Director
Nemanja Selezan
Marsha Jovanovic, Editor
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Father Bratso, Cover art
Communiqué of the Holy Assembly of Bishops
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Faith in Action: A Thriving Local Orthodox Community Outreach
The Paralytic - Gospel: John 5:1–15
Saints Constantine and Helene
Vidovdan and Kosovo Battle
The Maiden of Kosovo
Love and Service
From the President
St. George Stewardship Program
Honoring our 2011 Graduates
Church Family News
Kolo Sisters
Morava Folklore
St. George Stewardship List as of May 25, 2011
Continuing Our Legacy as of May 25, 2011
Djokovic Receives Church Award
Draža Mihailović and American kids in 1942
Dražine kosti na Adi?
Communiqué of the Holy
Assembly of Bishops of the
Serbian Orthodox Church
The regular meeting of the Assembly of
Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church
took place at the Serbian Patriarchate in
Belgrade May 16-27, under the presidency of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch
Irinej. Participating in the Assembly
were all the diocesan hierarchs of the
Serbian Orthodox Church, as well as of
the autonomous Archbishopric of Ochrid
headed by His Beatitude Archbishop of
Ochrid and Metropolitan of Skopje
The Assembly began its work with the
joint serving of the hierarchical Divine
Liturgy in the Holy Archangel Michael
Cathedral in Belgrade, led by Serbian
Patriarch Irinej, and served the Invocation of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth
and wisdom, in Whom the Church lives
and always works, especially in the
assemblies of its bishops. Then the president of the Assembly, His Holiness the
Patriarch, in his opening statement to the
Assembly indicated some of the current
questions of the life and mission of the
Church in these times, times of difficult
trials for us and for the world, but also
times of hope and spiritual action.
During this year’s Assembly the joint
celebration of the Liturgy took place
twice—on the feast of the transfer of the
relics of our Holy Father Nicholas on
May 9/22 in Sremski Karlovci on the
patronal feast of the completely renovated Cathedral church of St. Nicholas,
and in Belgrade’s church of the Holy
Apostle and Evangelist Mark on the feast
of the Holy Brothers Cyril and Methodius, Enlighteners and Teachers of the
Slavs, on May 11/24. The most important decision of the Assembly concerns
the liturgical life of the Church—the
establishment of the feast of the wonderworking Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos kept at the Patriarchate of Pec, to be
celebrated every year on the day after the
feast of the Ascension of our Lord. From
this time this feast loses its local and
takes on an all-church character. Beginning with its most important liturgical
Emperor Constantine based the Edict of Milan upon natural law,
appealing to common sense. On the other side, natural law, in the
final analysis, rises to a supernatural source. He bases his
tolerance upon philosophical monotheism, which likewise already
possesses specific Christian characteristics.
The Edict of Milan is penetrated with ideas of respect for freedom
of worship on the one hand, and respect for other people's
personal property on the other. Even by itself, the granting of the
status of a legal entity to the Church is very significant.
Supporting the Church in every way financially and
organizationally, Constantine the Great at the same time did not
consider it necessary to forcefully convert pagans to Christianity,
neither for the sake of peace in society, nor in the name of
religious freedom. However, his tolerance was based not upon
indifference, but upon philosophical monotheism on the one hand,
and upon the evangelical principle of Let both grow together
(Mt. 13:30) on the other.
Without exaggeration, Emperor Constantine
stands at the beginning of Christian civilization and Christian law,
which includes the Christian concept of tolerance.
aspect, the Assembly concerned itself
with the upcoming celebration of the
1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan
(313-2013) in Nis, the birthplace of St.
Constantine the Great, on the local, panOrthodox, and all-Christian levels. The
Assembly also sent a letter to His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
about the earliest possible calling of the
Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox
Church—naturally, after all necessary
preparations, with deep accountability
and in the spirit of complete faithfulness
to the holy ecumenical and local councils
of the past.
Having heard the report of the Holy
Synod on its activities in the period just
ended and the reports of the diocesan
hierarchs, the Assembly made appropriate decisions.
At the meeting of the central body for the
completion of the Church of St. Sava on
Vracar, the Assembly welcomed with
warm thanks the brotherly willingness of
the Russian Orthodox Church and the
great Russian state to help with the interior appointments of the church, and,
after the meeting, a memorial service
was held for the founders, benefactors,
and donors of the church.
The reorganization and restructuring of
certain dioceses in Serbia, in Europe, and
in America and Australia was carried
out, and most episcopal vacancies were
filled, although some dioceses continue
to be guided by bishop administrators.
As bishop of the vacant see of the Diocese of Nis was elected the heretofore
vicar bishop to the Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Coastlands and elder of
Monastery Ostrog, the Bishop of Dioclia
Dr. Jovan, and as bishop of the newly
created Diocese of Krusevac Hierodeacon Dr. David (Perovic), assistant professor at the Theological Faculty of
Belgrade University. The administrator
of the newly formed Diocese of Austria
and Switzerland with its see in Vienna
will be the Bishop of Backa Dr. Irinej,
and Metropolitan Dr. Amphilohije of
Montenegro and the Coastlands will
serve as administrator of the newly created Diocese of Buenos Aires, which
will be comprised of all the congregations and missionary parishes in South
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Continued from page 3.
and Central America. Elected as vicar
bishops to His Holiness the Patriarch
were Protosyngel Jovan (Culibrk) with
the title Bishop of Diplja, and Archmandrite Andrej (Cilerdzic) with the title
Bishop of Remezija. Likewise, the
Assembly asked Bishop Grigorije of
Zahum-Hercegovina to assist Metropolitan Nikolaj of Dabro-Bosnia in carrying
out his archpastoral duties as his deputy.
On the American continent, as the result
of restructuring, the Diocese of New Gracanica-Midwest America was created,
while the Metropolitanate of Libertyville-Chicago ceases to exist. The
Assembly decided that St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, near Chicago,
will attain the status of a stavropigeal
institution, that is, a monastery directly
under the jurisdiction of the Serbian
Patriarch. New York-Washington was
designated as the new see of the Eastern American Diocese. The revised
Statute of the Canadian Diocese was
approved, as was the Constitution of
the Metropolitanate of Australia and
New Zealand.
eral and church schooling in particular.
The Orthodox Theological Faculty of
Belgrade University has been entrusted
with a very important mission—the
translation of the works of the holy
Fathers and Teachers of the Church from
the original languages and their publication with accompanying scholarly introductions and commentaries. Further, the
Assembly expects the advancement of
cooperation between the Serbian Orthodox Church’s institutions of higher learning. Protopresbyter Professor Jovan
Petkovic was elected the new dean of the
Seminary in Karlovci, and it was decided
to resume the work of the Prizren seminary in Prizren itself, while part of its
activities will continue in Nis. The
The creation of new dioceses from the
Archdiocese of Belgrade-Karlovci was
for the present postponed. Likewise,
while aware of the obvious pastoral
reasons for the reestablishment of the
The First Council of Nicaea was a council of Christian bishops
ancient Diocese of Ras, absorbed by
the Diocese of Prizren during the diffi- convened in Bithynia (present-day İznik in Turkey) by the
Roman Emperor Constantine I in A.D. 325. The Council was
cult time of the Turkish enslavement, the first effort to attain consensus in the church through an
and that the permanent presence of a
assembly representing all of Christendom. Its main
accomplishments were settlement of the Christological issue of
bishop in the Ras region would
strengthen the visible and active pres- the relationship of Jesus to God the Father; the construction of
ence of the Serbian Orthodox Church the first part of the Nicene Creed; settling the calculation of the
date of Resurrection; and promulgation of early canon law.
in that part of Serbia, the Assembly
temporarily postponed the resolution
Assembly recommended steps for the
of this question until all necessary condiadvancement of the educational system
tions are met.
in the seminaries of the Serbian Orthodox
Church and steps for the introduction of
With the aim of ensuring the most effectheology into the educational system of
tive organization of church life, the
Serbia on Serbian territory, and recomAssembly enlarged the existing Assemmended the establishment of Orthodox
bly commission for the revision of the
high schools and other schools which
Constitution of the Serbian Orthodox
would work under the jurisdiction of the
Church, wherever that is possible.
As it does every year, the Assembly gave
full attention to church education in genVOICE OF ST. GEORGE • SUMMER 2011 4
The Assembly welcomed the return of
religious services to the Serbian Army, as
well as the decision of the Constitutional
Court of Serbia on the constitutionality of
the law on the return of illegally seized
properties of the Church and religious
organizations. In this regard, the Assembly awaits and seeks the implementation
of the provisions of this law, which has
not yet been implemented even though it
is valid and obligatory, which is unacceptable.
The Assembly welcomes the decision of
the Serbian state authorities to return the
Church’s metrical books, which were
confiscated after the Second World War,
and hopes for the return also of bequests
and donor funds which have not yet
been returned. Expecting and seeking
the complete return of expropriated
church property, the Assembly also supports the return to all organizations and
foundations of properties illegally confiscated from them. The Assembly
regrets that the neighboring Republic of
Hungary refuses to return the former
church building in Budapest’s Baca
Street to the Diocese of Budim.
Similarly, the Assembly regrets that
there has occurred a deep crisis in relations between the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the oldest Christian Church, and
the Romanian Orthodox Church
because of the uncanonical activities of
the latter in the Holy Land. Sadly, neither does the hierarchy of the Romanian
Orthodox Church respect the canonical
order and jurisdiction of the sister
Churches in other places. In our case,
the Assembly is grateful to the Romanian Orthodox Church for its good relationship towards the Serbian Orthodox
Church’s Diocese of Temisvar and for
the support it offers to its administrator,
clergy and monastics, which reciprocates
the Serbian Orthodox Church’s stance of
brotherly love towards the Romanians in
Serbian Banat, but at the same time it
expresses its regret and energetic protest
concerning the uncanonical intrusion of
certain bishops and clergy from Romania
in the territory of two dioceses in eastern
Serbia, without the approval of the ruling
bishops from the Serbian Orthodox
Church. If the noncanonical and unbroth-
erly actions of these individuals do not
end, the Assembly and Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church will take all
canonical and legal steps to stop them, to
protect the established canonical order,
and to prevent the disturbance of the
sacred inter-Orthodox unity, whoever
may be the instigator and organizer of
the activities which endanger that unity.
The Assembly also deeply regrets that
the government of the Republic of Macedonia, despite criticism by international
organizations for its violation of religious freedom and human rights, continues to persecute the canonical
Archbishop of Ochrid Jovan and refuses
to legally register the Archdiocese of
Ochrid, an autonomous Orthodox
Church which is in full union with all
Orthodox Churches throughout the
world. The Assembly Fathers most
strongly condemn the recent violent incident against a bishop, monastic clergy
and faithful of the Ochrid Archdiocese,
and that during the celebration of a liturgical service, in Kavadarci, instigated
and directed by a local schismatic bishop
according to his own public admission.
Those who have such an unchurch-like
mentality, not only because they desire
no dialogue to heal the wounds of schism
but because they aggravate those
wounds, heap injustice upon injustice,
bringing great spiritual harm to the misled faithful and provoking both God’s
longsuffering and human patience. The
ill-begotten are already judged, as the
wise popular saying goes.
The Assembly gave special attention and
consideration to serious difficulties
faced by the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Coastlands and other dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church in
Montenegro. Examples are: threats that
the church of the Holy Trinity on mountain Rumija will be destroyed; the
demolishing of Saint Alexander Nevsky
and the Most Holy Lady Theotokos
churches on Saint Stefan; the unlawful
intention to usurp churches in Cipur and
Krusevac; a statement from the highest
state official by which the right of the
Serbian Orthodox Church to lawfully
exist and function in Montenegro is
denied along with its right to real prop-
erty; the publicly expressed ambitions of
certain Montenegrin politicians to
administer church affairs and through
pressure, and even through open physical threats, to manipulate the identity and
organization of the Orthodox Church in
Montenegro with the open wish to make
the Church an instrument of their own
political aims; the program determination of the Montenegrin party in power,
the Democratic (!) Socialist Party, to
aggressively shape the church life of
Orthodox Christians in Montenegro (fortunately, not disturbing other churches
and religious communities). All this represents the endangerment of essential
human rights and religious freedom, an
active denial of the secular character of
the Montenegrin state and a rejection of
the democratic principles of the separation between the Church and state, as
well as an open reintroduction of a long
ago overcome social categorization, the
category of second class citizenship
based on religious and ethnic identity.
Therefore the Assembly demands that
the state officials of Montenegro respect
their constitution and the rights of every
church and religious organization, and
consequently the rights of Serbian
Orthodox Church, guaranteed by the
domestic and international laws. It
would indeed be a huge embarrassment
and shame to go to Brussels, Strasburg,
and Washington in order to secure these
rights and justice.
The Assembly is also concerned because
of the difficulties that the Republika Srpska, and consequently the Serbian Orthodox Church in Bosnia and Herzegovina,
are facing. The Assembly is convinced
that citizens of the Republika Srpska,
like citizens in other modern democratic
states in general have rights to plebiscitary expression on questions that they
hold important as this right is a clear if
not the only example of democracy. The
Assembly also asks the domestic political structures and foreign relevant factors and policy making centers to respect
the Dayton agreement and in doing so, to
continue building a comprehensive
peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
A particular concern weighing on the
souls of the Assembly members is the
non-existence (and that after so many
years) of conditions for the return of
expelled refugees from Kosovo and
Metohija, a new endangerment of Serbian property and homes, and the lack of
conditions for rebuilding more than one
hundred destroyed churches. The
Assembly reminds the domestic and
international public that any dialogue
about Kosovo and Metohija that would
lead to the violation of the Constitution
of Serbia and the violation of the United
Nations’ resolution 1244 would represent a direct undermining of the United
Nations’ Charter and international order
established after World War II. The
wrong resolutions would not be resolutions at all; rather they would become
long-standing and possibly permanent:
instability, adversities and chaos in Serbia, especially in her south region and in
southeast Europe in general.
The concern and sadness of the Assembly members is made even greater by the
fact that among the Serbian people there
are more deaths than births. This indicates a deep moral, family, and even religious crisis despite the fact that the
majority of our people consider themselves Orthodox Christians. As a result,
the Assembly appeals to the conscience
of parents, teachers, state officials, and
all those who may have impact on the
state of society and the dioceses of the
Serbian OrthodoxChurch and their local
parishes to recommend the establishment of funds for assistance to families
with three or more children to take preventative and pastoral-therapeutic measures in fighting against immorality,
pornography, drugs, and all other spiritual illnesses which directly and indirectly harm man and the future of our
nation and many other nations.
The newly elected Synod members are:
His Grace Vasilije, Bishop of Srem, His
Grace Irinej, Bishop of Backa, His Grace
Jovan, Bishop of Sumadij, and His Grace
Joanikije, Bishop of Budim-Niksic.
Statement of Holy Assembly of Bishops
Саопштење за јавност Светог
Архијерејског Сабора Српске
Православне Цркве
У Београду, у Српској Патријаршији,
одржано је, од 16. до 27. маја 2011.
године, под председништвом Његове
Светости Патријарха српског г.
Иринеја, редовно заседање Светог
Архијерејског Сабора Српске
Православне Цркве. У раду Сабора
узели су учешћа сви епархијски
архијереји Српске Православне
Цркве, као и аутономне Охридске
Архиепископије на челу са Његовим
Блаженством Архиепископом
охридским и митрополитом скопским
г. Јованом.
Свети Архијерејски Сабор је свој рад
започео саборним служењем свете
архијерејске Литургије у Саборном
храму Светог Архангела Михаила у
Београду, на којој је началствовао
Патријарх српски г. Иринеј и извршен
призив Светога Духа, Духа истине и
мудрости, Којим Црква живи и дела
свагда, а посебно на саборима својих
епископа. Потом је Председник
Сабора, Његова Светост Патријарх, у
свом уводном обраћању Сабору
указао на нека од актуелних питања
живота и мисије Цркве у данашњем
времену, времену тешких искушења
код нас и у свету, али и времену наде
и духовне акције.
У току овогодишњег заседања Сабора
Литургија је саборно и свечано
служена још два пута - на празник
Преноса моштију светог оца
Николаја, 9/22. маја, у Карловцима,
поводом славе и генералне обнове
Саборног светониколајевског храма, и
у београдском храму светог апостола
и јеванђелиста Марка на празник
словенских просветитеља и учитеља,
свете браће Ћирила и Методија, 11/
24. маја. Литургијског живота Цркве
тиче се и најважнија саборска одлука установљење празновања чудотворне
иконе Пресвете Богородице која се
чува у Пећкој Патријаршији, сваке
године сутрадан по празнику
Вазнесења Господњег. Од сада тај
празник губи локални, а добија
општецрквени карактер. Почевши од
најважнијег, богослужбеног аспекта,
Сабор се позабавио и питањем
предстојећег свечаног обележавања
1700-годишњице Миланског едикта
(313.-2013.) у Нишу, родном граду
светог Константина Великог, на
помесном, свеправославном и
свехришћанском нивоу. Сабор је
такође упутио писмо Његовој
Светости Васељенском Патријарху г.
Вартоломеју којим се залаже за што
скорије сазивање Светог и Великог
Сабора Православне Цркве - наравно,
после неопходних припрема, са
St Constantine & St. Helen
дужном одговорношћу и у духу
потпуне верности светим
васељенским и помесним саборима из
Саслушавши извештај Светог Синода
о његовим делатностима у протеклом
периоду и извештаје епархијских
архијереја о њиховом раду и о животу
Цркве широм света, Сабор је донео
одговарајуће одлуке.
На заседању Централног тела за
довршење Храма Светог Саве на
Врачару, Сабор је са топлом
благодарношћу поздравио братску
спремност Руске Православне Цркве
и велике руске државе да помогну
подухват унутрашњег уређења Храма,
а после заседања је одслужен парастос
његовим ктиторима, задужбинарима,
добротворима и приложницима.
Извршена је реорганизација и
арондација појединих епархија у
Србији, у Европи, у Америци и у
Аустралији, а већина упражњених
епископских катедри је попуњена, док
су за неке, до даљњег, постављени
епископи администратори. За
епископа упражњене Епархије нишке
изабран је досадашњи викар
митрополита црногорско-приморског
и старешина манастира Острога,
епископ диоклијски г. др Јован, а за
епископа новоосноване Епархије
крушевачке јерођакон др Давид
(Перовић), доцент Православног
богословског факултета Униврезитета
у Београду. Администратор
новоформиране Епархије аустријскошвајцарске са седиштем у Бечу биће
епископ бачки г. др Иринеј, а за
администратора новоосноване
Епархије буенос-ајреске, која
обухвата црквене општине и
мисионарске парохије читаве Јужне и
Средње Америке, одређен је
митрополит црногорско-приморски г.
др Амфилохије. За викарне епископе
Патријарха српског изабрани су
протосинђел мр Јован (Ћулибрк), са
титулом епископ липљански, и
архимандрит Андреј (Ћилерџић), са
титулом епископ ремезијански. Исто
тако, Сабор је умолио Епископа
захумско-херцеговачког г. Григорија
да, у својству заменика, помаже
митрополиту дабробосанском г.
Николају у обављању архипастирских
На америчком континенту, у
резултату арондације, конституисана
је Епархија новограчаничкосредњезападноамеричка, а престала
да постоји митрополија
либертивилско-чикашка. Притом је
манастир Светога Саве у Либертивилу
крај Чикага, одлуком Сабора, добио
статус ставропигијалног манастира,
односно манастира под непосредном
управом Патријарха српског. За ново
седиште Епархије источноамеричке
одређен је Њујорк, односно
Вашингтон. Одобрен је допуњени
текст Статута Епархије канадске,
као и Устав Митрополије
Одложено је, до даљњег,
издвајање нових епархија из
Архиепископије београдскокарловачке. Исто тако, са свешћу
да постоје очигледни пастирски
разлози за обнову древне Рашке
епархије, припојене Епархији
призренској у тешким временима
турског ропства, и да би стално
присуство епископа у Рашкој
области ојачало видљиво и
делатно присуство Српске
Православне Цркве у том делу
Србије, Сабор је привремено
одложио решавање тог питања док се не стекну сви неопходни
У циљу што успешнијег организовања
црквеног живота, Сабор је проширио
састав постојеће саборске комисије за
ревизију Устава Српске Православне
Сабор је, као и сваке године, посветио
пуну пажњу црквеној просвети
уопште и црквеном школству
посебно. Православном богословском
факултету Универзитета у Београду
поверен је веома одговоран задатак превођење делâ светих Отаца и
Учитеља Цркве са изворних језика и
њихово објављивање са пропратним
научним уводима и коментарима.
Сабор, даље, очекује унапређење
сарадње међу високошколским
установама Српске Православне
Цркве. Изабран је нови ректор
карловачке Богословије, протојереј
професор Јован Петковић, и донета
одлука да се обнови рад призренске
Богословије у самом Призрену, с тим
да се део њених активности и даље
одвија у Нишу. Сабор је препоручио
мере за унапређење образовноваспитног система у богословијама
Српске Православне Цркве и мере за
улазак богословијâ на територији
Србије у просветни систем Србије, а
препоручено је и оснивање
православних гиманазија и других
школа које би радиле под окриљем
Цркве, где год је то могуће.
Holy Assembly of Bishops
Сабор поздравља враћање верске
канонски поредак и јурисдикцију
службе у Војску Србије, као и одлуку
сестринских Цркава. У нашем
Уставног суда Србије о уставности
случају, Сабор је захвалан Румунској
Закона о враћању неправедно одузете
Православној Цркви за добар однос
према Темишварској епархији Српске
имовине Цркава и верских заједница.
Православне Цркве и за подршку коју
С тим у вези, Сабор очекује и тражи да
пружа њеном администратору,
се настави примена тог закона, који се
свештенству и монаштву, чему
сада не примењује иако је важећи и
одговара братољубиви став Српске
обавезујући, што је неприхватљиво.
Православне Цркве према Румунима у
српском Банату, али истовремено
Сабор поздравља одлуку државних
жаљење и одлучан протест
власти Србије да се Цркви врате
упада појединих
матичне књиге које су јој биле одузете
из Румуније на
после другог светског рата и жели да
у Источној
буду враћене и задужбине и закладе
које до сада нису враћене. Очекујући и
тражећи потпуно враћање отете
Православне Цркве. Уколико не
црквене имовине, Сабор се заузима и
престане неканонско и небратско
за враћање имовине свим
деловање ових лица, Сабор и Синод
поједницима и установама од којих је
Српске Православне Цркве ће
она била неправедно одузета. Сабор
предузети све канонске и законске
жали што је суседна Република
да се оно заустави, да се очува
Мађарска одбила да врати Епархији
канонски поредак и да се
будимској некадашњу црквену зграду
поигравање светињом
у будимпештанској улици Ваци.
међуправославног јединства, ма ко
био инспиратор и организатор
Исто тако, Сабор жали што је дошло
активности које угрожавају то
до дубоке кризе у односима између
јединство. ??Сабор такође дубоко
Јерусалимске Патријаршије,
жали што власти Републике
најстарије хришћанске Цркве, и
Македоније, иако им међународне
Румунске Православне Цркве, због
организације упућују критике због
неканонског деловања ове последње у
Светој Земљи. Нажалост, ни на
другим местима јерархија Румунске
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Православне Цркве не поштује
Continued from page 7
кршења верских слобода и људских
права, истрајавају на прогону
канонског Архиепископа охридског г.
Јована и одбијају да региструју
Охридску Архиепископију, аутономну
Православну Цркву која је у пуном
јединству са свим Православним
Црквама у свету. Саборски Оци
најоштрије осуђују недавно
насилничко понашање према једном
архијереју, свештеномонасима и
верницима Охридске Архиепископије,
и то за време вршења богослужења, у
Кавадарцима, подстакнуто и наручено
од једног тамошњег епископа у
расколу, по његовом сопственом
јавном признању. Носиоци таквог
нецрквеног менталитета не само што
не желе дијалог који би зацелио рану
раскола него ту рану још позлеђују,
додајући безакоње на безакоње,
наносећи огромну духовну штету
заведеним верницима и провоцирајући
Божју дуготрпељивост и људско
стрпљење. Зло рађење, готово суђење,
мудро каже народ.
Сабор је са посебном пажњом
размотрио озбиљне тешкоће са којима
се суочавају Митрополија црногорскоприморска и остале епархије Српске
Православне Цркве које делују у Црној
Гори. Претње да ће бити срушена
црква Свете Тројице на планини
Румији; рушење храма светог
Александра Невског и Свете Госпође
на Светом Стефану; противправна
намера да се Цркви одузму храмови на
Ћипуру и на Крушевцу; изјава са
највишег државног места којом се
Српској Православној Цркви оспорава
и правно постојање и право на
постојање у Црној Гори, а самим тим и
право на имовину; јавно изражене
амбиције појединих црногорских
политичара да уређују црквена питања
и да притисцима, чак претећи силом,
манипулишу идентитетом и
устројством Православне Цркве у
Црној Гори, са нескривеном жељом да
је учине инструментом својих
политичких замисли; програмско
опредељење владајуће црногорске
странке, Демократске (!) партије
социјалистâ, да агресивно обликује
црквени живот православних
хришћана у Црној Гори (срећом,
остављајући на миру остале Цркве и
верске заједнице)... - све то
представља угрожавање елементарних
људских права и верских слобода,
делатно порицање секуларног
карактера државе Црне Горе и
одбацивање демократског начела
одвојености Цркве и државе, као и
отворено увођење давно превазиђене
социјалне категорије, категорије
грађана другог реда, и то на основу
верске и етничке припадности. Стога
Сабор захтева од државних органа
Црне Горе да поштују сопствени устав,
као и права сваке Цркве и верске
заједнице, па и Српске Православне
Цркве, зајамчена домаћим и
међународним законима. Била би
заиста велика брука и срамота да се по
та права и по правду мора ићи у
Брисел, Стразбур или Вашингтон.
Сабор је забринут и због тешкоћа кроз
које пролази Република Српска, а тиме
и Српска Православна Црква у Босни и
Херцеговини. Сабор је уверен да и
грађани Републике Српске, попут
грађана у савремним демократским
државама уопште, имају право на
слободно плебисцитарно изјашњавање
о питањима која сматрају важним јер је
то право најизразитији, ако не и једини
пример непосредне демократије.
Сабор, такође, тражи од свих - како од
домаћих политичких структура тако и
од релевантних страних чинилаца и
центара одлучивања - да поштују
Дејтонски споразум и да тако граде
дугорочни мир у Босни и
Особиту забринутост изазивају у
душама чланова Сабора непостојање и после толико годинâ! - условâ за
повратак прогнаних и избеглих са
Косова и Метохије, ново угрожавање
српске имовине и домова,
немогућност обнове више од стотину
порушених храмова... Сабор подсећа
домаћу и међународну јавност на то да
би сваки дијалог о Косову и Метохији
који би водио ка гажењу Устава Србије
и непоштовању Резолуције
Уједињених нација број 1244
представљао директно подривање
Повеље УН и међународног поретка
успостављеног после другог светског
рата. Погрешна решења не би била
никаква решења него би, нажалост,
постала узрок дугорочне - вероватно и
трајне - нестабилности, несреће и
хаоса у Србији, посебно у њеној
јужној покрајини, као и у Југоисточној
Европи уопште.
Бригу и тугу чланова Сабора увећава
чињеница да је у српском народу више
умрлих него рођених, што сведочи о
дубини кризе морала и породице, па и
вере, без обзира на то што се огромна
већина људи код нас изјашњавају као
верници. Стога Сабор апелује на
савест родитељâ, васпитачâ, државних
чиновника и свих оних који утичу на
стање у друштву, а епархијама Српске
Православне Цркве и подручним им
црквеним јединицама свесрдно
препоручује да оснивају фондове за
помоћ породицама са троје и више
деце, да се и превентивно и пастирскотерапеутски боре против неморала,
порнографије, наркоманије и свих
других духовних пошасти које
непосредно угрожавају биће и
будућност нашег народа и многих
других народа.
За чланове Синода у новом сазиву
изабрани су епископи сремски
Василије, бачки Иринеј, шумадијски
Јован и будимљанско-никшићки
Изјава Светог Архијерејског Сабора
C E L E B R AT I O N * D E D I C AT I O N * P RO G R E S S * V I S I O N
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Greetings to you during this summer, I
pray that it be a blessed, fruitful, and
peaceful time for all of us and our entire
St. George parish family! June marks the
end of the school year. For our high
school seniors, it means graduation. To
them and all other graduates on behalf of
our St. George parish I extend heartfelt
congratulations wishing them God’s
blessing with their future endeavors and
Some graduates will leave to study at a
college or university and some will begin
a fulltime job, while others take a bit of
time to find their way. At this point, the
graduates are legal adults and become
responsible for their own destiny.
Regardless of what lies ahead, high
school graduation marks the official end
of childhood as well as of 13 years of formal education. What does this mean for
the spiritual life?
For Orthodox Christians the ultimate
goal of our life is union with God, which
is called theosis or deification (becoming
God-like). Since our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ unified the human and the
divine natures, we know that we too can
come to experience divine grace and live
in communion with God, a blessed and
holy life.
Just like the saints, we all have the ability
to acquire union with God. This we do
through a synergy or cooperation with
God. This is not automatic, but the
Church guides us on this spiritual path.
Synergy also means “working together”
with God on our salvation. Since we
have free will, God will not force us to
come to Him. Consequently, we must
willfully make a sincere effort to draw
closer to God. St. John Chrysostom
teaches us that “man must first, of himself, desire and attempt to choose and
obey God.” While it is absolutely vital
for us to understand our faith, read the
Gospel, know the teachings of the
Church and lives of the saints, we do not
need formal degrees to acquire the likeness of God.
Church Slava
While all Orthodox Christians must be
educated in their faith, we remember that
some of our saints could neither read nor
write, but did follow the will of God.
Likewise, we need a sincere heart to
approach God. We need to follow the
teachings of the Church, partake of the
Holy Mysteries, pray, fast, and be kind to
others. We must remember that one day
everything in this life will be nothing
more than a memory, but the Kingdom of
God is everlasting. Deification, then, is
our ultimate goal, and this needs a lifetime of preparation. We do not graduate
from our spiritual lives, but rather must
continue to learn, pray, love, and support
the ministries of our Orthodox Church.
Over the years, so many have made St.
George their spiritual home to which
they offer their regular support. Thank
you to all of our volunteers who work
and serve in various roles within our parish. Their efforts and hard work ensure
that the needs and expectations of the
parish are met, and that the resources of
the parish are managed effectively. Their
efforts make St. George a special community of family and faith. I continue to
extend an invitation to all to become
involved in any of our ministries. All are
Thank you all that you do to make St.
George parish the shining light on the
hill, a parish of faith and love. You and
your family are in my prayers. I rely on
your prayers as well.
May the grace of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be
with all of you today and everyday!
In Christ,
Father Bratso Krsic
O Lord God, by Your
Godlike care and might,
raise up my soul
Faith in Action: A Thriving Local Orthodox
Community Outreach
In the spirit of the Apostles and with faith in Jesus Christ, the
local San Diego Orthodox community continues to come
together in “oneness of mind and spirit” through outreach and
mutual love. Some teach that faith alone is enough for one’s
salvation, but we as Orthodox understand the words of St.
James when he wrote, “You see then that a man is justified by
works, and not by faith only” (Jm 4:24). St. Paul also teaches
in many of his epistles about the importance of works as an
offering to God, an obedience to our Lord as He is our example
when He said, “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and
where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me,
him will my Father honor” (Jn 12:26).
So how are we serving Christ; through prayer, worship, good
works and faith to name a few. Even though we live in a beautiful city with many modern conveniences, there are still those
out there that need our help, a kind word and some compassion.
From the unemployed, to the homeless, to those in crisis, San
Diego Orthodox Christians are making great strides to reach out
to those in need both here and abroad. But this outreach also
includes those within our parishes as the collaboration grows
between all jurisdictions. Here is a list of the Orthodox activities now taking place throughout the county that has this missionary spirit.
Orthodox San Diego: This is a group of local Orthodox Christians who gather with our clergy to plan mutual events and outreach activities. This group formed as a result and by
inspiration of the newly convened Assembly of Canonical
Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. Orthodox
San Diego promotes pan-Orthodox cooperation as blessed by
our Patriarchs and Hierarchs. The organization has a Facebook
page to provide up to date information on all the activities
across all Orthodox jurisdictions in San Diego, including service schedules.
FOCUS: The Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to
Serve has a local chapter that is very active feeding the homeless at God’s Extended Hand, the oldest homeless shelter in San
Diego. Many of the local Orthodox Churches participate in a
regularly scheduled monthly rotation for this vital ministry.
This organization does good works throughout North America.
As one of our beloved Fathers says, those that participate get
more out of this experience than those that are being served, for
it is so enriching for our souls to help those in need. There are
plans to extend the ministry of FOCUS beyond volunteering at
the homeless shelter and with God’s will we will see the fruits
of our labor soon. Please see their website for more information
Martha and Mary House: This is a home for women in crisis
who seek shelter during pregnancy and an alternative to abortion. This organization is the only Orthodox women’s shelter
for this purpose in America. Located in Escondido, the house
receives women from any faith and from any place in the world,
with some young women coming from as far as Japan. The tragedy of abortion, which our Patriarch of blessed memory Pavle
commented on in his Paschal encyclical each year, is truly one
of the great evils of our modern age. Abortion does not just kill
the unborn child; it also creates mental and emotional scars
which affect the parents for the rest of their lives. Martha and
Mary House provides counseling and shelter to struggling men
and women who seek alternatives and understanding. For more
information, please see their website at
These are just a few of the many activities that our fellow Orthodox Christians in San Diego are participating in. Amidst this
good work, those that participate are enriched by making new
friends, building a support system for themselves and their families, and creating an avenue to spread the good news to those
seeking the truth. If you would like to participate in any of the
described programs, please let me know and I would be happy
to help.
May God see our good works and bless us with eternal life in
His everlasting kingdom! Amen!
Deacon Paul Germain
The Paralytic - The 4th Sunday of Pascha - Gospel: John
After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to
Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a
pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.
In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame,
paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel
went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the
water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the
water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a
certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.
When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had
been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you
want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I
have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred
up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And
immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and
walked. And that day was the Sabbath.
The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the
Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” He
answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up
your bed and walk.’” Then they asked him, “Who is the Man
who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” But the one
who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had
withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus
found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been
made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”
The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had
made him well.
For Your Information. It is apparent that, despite the hardship
of physical infirmity, the greatest emphasis of well-being concerns the state of the soul and not of the body. The physical pain
and suffering we endure in the current life does not equate to the
importance of the lifting-up of our hearts and minds to God.
Jesus Christ instructs the newly–healed man to “Sin no more,
lest a worst thing come upon you.” What is worse than being
paralyzed for 38 years? Spiritual paralysis! As the paralytic, we
need to ask Christ to heal us of the paralysis in our lives—the
paralysis that keeps us from moving closer to Him!
Recent excavations in Jerusalem have unearthed this pool, used
for cleaning the sheep to be used for sacrifice at the temple,
including its five porches. Certain Fathers of the Church equate
the five porches with the five senses that can act as the doors of
the passions, which in turn are the cause of our spiritual sicknesses: taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing.
For Consideration. What happens in this Gospel reading?
Why does Jesus ask the paralyzed man, “Do you want to be
made well?”
What does this Gospel passage mean to our lives?
To Do Together. The Power of Prayer—Make a list of family
members and friends who are in need of prayers. Also, check
with your parish priest for additional names to be included.
Make a habit of using this list during your prayer time.
Rise and Walk—Look up the definition of the word “paralyze.”
As a family, make a list of things that can “paralyze” us in our
lives. Discuss how we can heal our paralysis through God—just
as the paralytic did in this Gospel.
I Have No Man—Many ill and lonely individuals “have no
man.” Be a servant of God by visiting and/or helping those who
need companionship and help. For example, see if there is a person at your parish who is elderly or has special needs and could
use your assistance, either with simple companionship or aiding
with a simple household chore.
Final Thought. God, in His very benevolence, often allows
misfortunes to befall even the righteous, so that He may, in this
way, manifest to others the latent faith hidden in Him.—St. John
of Damascus
A Closing Prayer. As of old You did raise up the paralytic, O
Lord God, by Your Godlike care and might, raise up my soul
which is paralyzed by diverse sins and transgressions and by
unseemly deeds and acts, that, being saved, I may also cry out:
O Compassionate Redeemer, O Christ God, glory to Your
dominion and might.
Father Bratso Krsic
Stewardship Guide:
How much should I give the church?
Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor
to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly
all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works,
ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good
foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
(1 Timothy 6;17-19)
Stewardship is based on the foundation of “equal sacrifice,” not
“equal giving.” A person who earns several hundred thousand
dollars a year and commits $100 per month is not the same sacrifice as a person that earns $20,000 a year and commits $100 per
Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money
into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor
widow camе and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He
called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to
you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given
to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out
of her poverty put in all she had. (Mark 12:41-44)
When you divide your stewardship pledge into days, it amounts to
a cup of Starbucks, a Big Mac, or a cheap business lunch! We can
do better than that for our church, can’t we?
In 330 St. Constantine founded the new capital of the continuation of the Roman Empire, Constantinople. Today, Constantinople is called Istanbul, Turkey. In 337, on the day of Pentecost,
St. Constantine fell asleep in the Lord.
St. Helene was the mother of St. Constantine. After her son
spread Christianity throughout the Byzantine Empire, St.
Helene took a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. While in Jerusalem, she
found the Holy Cross on which our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ was crucified. Following this miraculous event, St.
Helene built churches in Jerusalem at the sites of the Crucifixion and Resurrection, at the birthplace of our Lord in Bethlehem
and at the site of the Ascension. Today, the original baptism
fount from St. Helene can be found in the Church of St. James
in Jerusalem, the first Church that was established by James the
brother of our Lord shortly after the Resurrection.
Saints Constantine and Helene feast day is celebrated on June 3
each year.
Saints Constantine and Helene
Saint Constantine was born in 272. When he was 34 years old,
his father died, making him the Emperor of Byzantium. In 312,
he went to battle in Italy. While leading his troops, he looked
into the sky and saw a giant cross across the horizon with the
words: "By this shalt thou conquer." The following night, our
Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him in a dream. When he awoke,
he immediately ordered that a banner be made in the form of a
cross with the Name of Jesus Christ. The following day, Constantine entered Rome in victory and was proclaimed Emperor
of the West. He declared himself, as well as his entire Empire,
Constantine’s brother-in-law, Licinus, ruled the eastern part of
the Empire. Licinus, however, did not convert to Christianity.
On the contrary, he persecuted the Christians despite his
brother-in-law’s faith. In 324, Licinus fought a battle against
Constantine’s army, and Constantine won, thus becoming
Emperor of both the West and the East. Given this victory and
Constantine’s faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, persecutions against the Church and Christians were stopped.
St. Constantine strove to make sure that his entire Empire not
only practiced the faith, but understood and lived the faith.
Realizing the importance of ensuring consistency in the Church,
in 325 he convened the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea.
Constantine invited all 1,800 bishops of the Church. Since this
event happened before the Roman Catholic Church split from
what is today known as the Orthodox Church, bishops from
both the East and the West attended. This Council served to
articulate the relationship of Jesus to God the Father, largely
construct the Nicene Creed, calculate the date of Pascha and
develop Canon Law. Furthermore, the Council also addressed
issues and controversies of the time and ultimately helped to
ensure the unity of the faith.
Vidovdan Celebration
Sunday, June 26, 2011
9:30 AM Matins
10:30 AM Divine Liturgy
12:30 PM Banquet & Program
honoring graduates, church school
students & teachers
Program features
St. George Choir
Junior Choir
Other Singers & Performers
from the Parish
Morava Folklore Ensemble
Donation for lunch $15.00
Age 12-16, $10.00
Under 12, free
Vidovdan and Kosovo Battle
From the day of their conversion to Christianity, the South Slavs
celebrated St. Vitus Day on June 28. Although they were Christian, there was a period of cultural transition from pagan customs to Christian traditions. During this time, the largely rural
Serbian population preserved practices related to the pagan god
Svevid or Vid. This god was also commemorated on the same
day of St. Vitus, thus blurring the line between pagan and Christian. However, when the Battle of Kosovo occurred on June 28
1389, these pagan practices came to an abrupt
end, as the entire culture
and history of the Serbian people changed.
At this time in history,
the Ottoman Empire was
flourishing and was
sending armies out to
conquer various lands
and peoples. Going
through present-day
Bulgaria and Macedonia, the Ottoman forces
headed toward Kosovo,
the most important
crossroad in the Balkans. In order to decide
whether to surrender or
fight the Ottomans, the
Serbian ruler Tsar Lazar
was consulted. According to tradition, in a dream Tsar Lazar
was visited by an angel of God, who offered him a choice
between an earthly and a heavenly kingdom. He knew that the
earthly kingdom would mean surrendering to the Ottomans and
that the heavenly kingdom meant sacrificing lives in battle. Tsar
Lazar chose the eternal kingdom of heaven over the temporary
kingdom of earth, giving his life, lives of his sons and of thousands of Serbian soldiers to God. “We die with Christ, to live
forever,” he told his soldiers. This statement reminds the Serbian people today to always place God first in their lives.
The Battle of Kosovo took place in the Kosovo Field, about 5
kilometers northwest of modern-day Priština. Prior to going to
battle, the entire army received the Mystery of Holy Communion. The overwhelming majority of the Serbian troops died in
this encounter. Serbian epic poetry tells of a Kosovo maiden, a
young woman who went looking for her fiancé on the battlefield
amongst the dead and dying. While searching, she gave the
dying soldiers she encountered water, bread, and wine. The
Kosovo maiden became a symbol of compassion, love and
kindness. Remember, most of the soldiers were young—teenagers and men in their early twenties. The Kosovo maiden herself
was likely a teen. Encountering thousands of dead and dying
men is unimaginable to us, especially at such a young age.
The Maiden of Kosovo
Early rose the maiden of Kosovo,
Early rose she on a Sunday morning,
Rose before the brilliant sun had risen.
She has rolled the white sleeves of her robe back,
Rolled them back up to her soft white elbows;
On her shoulders, fair white bread she carries,
In her hands two shining golden goblets,
In one goblet she has poured fresh water,
And has poured good red wine in the other.
Then she seeks the wide plain of Kosovo,
Seeks the noble Prince’s place of meeting,
Wanders there amongst the bleeding heroes.
When she finds one living midst the wounded
Then she laves him with the cooling water,
Gives him, sacramentally, the red wine,
Pledges with her fair white bread the hero.
Fate at last has led her wand’ring footsteps
Unto Pavle Orlovitch, the hero,
Who has borne the Prince’s battle-standard.
From his gaping wounds the blood is streaming,
His right hand and his left foot are severed-And the hero’s ribs are crushed and broken,
But he lingers still amongst the living.
From the pools of blood she drags his body
And she laves him with the cooling water,
Red wine, sacramentally, she gives him,
Pledges then with fair white bread the hero.
When at length his heart revives within him,
Thus speaks Pavle Orlovitch, the hero:
“Oh dear sister, Maiden of Kosovo,
What great need compels thee here to wander,
Thou, so young, amongst the wounded heroes?
What dost thou upon the field of battle?
Dost thou seek a brother’s son, or brother,
Dost thou seek perchance an aged father?”
Answered him the Maiden of Kosovo:
“Oh dear brother! Oh thou unknown warrior!
None of my own race am I now seeking,
Not a brother’s son nor yet a brother,
Neither do I seek an agéd father.
Wast thou present, oh thou unknown warrior;
When for three whole weeks to all his army
Prince Lazar the Sacrament was giving
By the hands of thirty holy fathers,
In the splendid church of Samodreha?
When Lazar and all the Serbian army
There the Holy Sacrament have taken,
Three Voyvodas last of all did enter:
First of them was Milosh, the great warrior,
Ivan Kosanchich was close behind him,
And the third, Toplitza Milan, followed.
“I by chance stood then within the doorway
When there passed young Milosh, the great warrior,
In the whole world no more splendid hero;
On the ground his clanking sabre trailing,
Silken cap with proudly waving feathers,
Many-coloured mantle on his shoulders
And around his neck a silken kerchief.
Then he gazes round and looks upon me,
He takes off his many-coloured mantle,
Takes it off, and gives it to me, saying:-‘Here, oh Maiden, is my coloured mantle,
By it thou wilt keep me in remembrance,
By this mantle shall my name live with thee.
Now, dear Maid, must I go forth and perish
There where camps the noble Prince’s army;
Pray to God for me, dear Maid, my sister,
That I may come back again in safety.
And that all good fortune may attend thee
I will marry thee to my friend Milan,
Him whom God has given me as brother,
My friend Milan who is my sworn brother.
In God’s name and good Saint John’s, I promise
I will be a groomsman at the wedding.’
“Ivan Kossanchitch was close behind him,
In the whole world no more splendid hero;
On the ground his clanking sabre trailing,
Silken cap with proudly waving feathers,
Many-coloured mantle on his shoulders
And around his neck a silken kerchief,
On his hand a golden ring is shining.
Then he gazes round and looks upon me,
Takes the golden ring from off his finger,
Takes it off and gives it to me, saying:-‘Here hast thou my ring of gold, oh Maiden,
By it thou wilt have me in remembrance,
By this gold ring shall my name live with thee.
Now, dear maid, must I go forth to perish
There where camps the noble Prince’s army;
Pray to God for me, dear Maid, my sister,
That I may come back again in safety.
And that all good fortune may attend thee
I will marry thee to my friend Milan,
Him whom God has given me as brother,
My friend Milan who is my sworn brother.
In God’s name and good Saint John’s, I promise
I myself will give thee to the bridegroom.’
“Then Toplitza Milan follows after,
In the whole world no more splendid hero;
On the ground his clanking sabre trailing,
Silken cap with proudly waving feathers,
Many-coloured mantle on his shoulders
And around his neck a silken kerchief,
On his hand a golden ring is shining
And upon his arm a golden bracelet.
Then he gazes round and looks upon me,
From his arm he takes the golden bracelet,
Takes it off and gives it to me, saying:-‘Here, oh Maiden, is my golden bracelet,
By it thou wilt have me in remembrance,
By this gold ring shall my name live with thee.
Now, dear maid, must I go forth to perish
There where camps the noble Prince’s army;
Pray to God for me, dear soul, my darling,
That I may come back again in safety;
Then, dear Maid, that good luck may attend thee,
I will take thee for my true belovéd.’
“And then went away these mighty leaders,
And to-day I seek them here, oh brother,
Seek them here, upon the field of battle!”
Pavle Orlovitch then makes her answer:
“Oh dear sister, Maiden of Kosovo,
Dost thou see, dear soul, those battle-lances
Where they lie most thickly piled together?
There has flowed the life-blood of the heroes;
To the stirrups of the faithful horses,
To the stirrups and the girths it mounted,
Mounted to the heroes’ silken girdles,
And the three have fallen there together.
Now return thee to thy fair white castle
Lest thy skirts and sleeves with blood be spattered.”
To the hero’s words the maiden listens,
Down her white face are the fast tears falling;
She returns then to her fair white castle.
From her white throat pour her lamentations:
“Woe is me, what fate I bear within me,
I but touch the young and tender sapling
And the fair green pine must surely wither.”
English translation by Helen Rootham
Love and Service
In our Orthodox Christian faith, love and service are very
important and basic terms. They follow each other in anything
that they do: with love you serve and you serve with love. Saint
Paul reminds us of these important principles of our faith, in the
letter to the Galatians. His words, “For you, brethren, have been
called to liberty not as an opportunity for flesh, but through love
serve one another,” show to us that these two ways of life combine and are a big part of our faith. In the following I will try to
talk about what Saint Paul means in his words “…only do not
use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh.” And when he refers
to having liberty, what are we freed of? Lastly I will say my own
thoughts and experience on the clarification of service that St.
Paul gives us.
First I will refer back to the words “…..only do not use liberty
as an opportunity for the flesh.” This in other words means that
if you are blessed (as we are) to be able to have this great liberty
of choice, then do not waste it on making yourself happy by
doing sinful deeds. Sadly, to many of us, this is what happens we get consumed in having this freedom of doing whatever we
please and do not set limits. The temptation of sin is there and
we cannot help that, but if we pray to God with love we can
achieve many greater things. So St. Paul was trying to warn the
people of Galatia not to follow the sin but to love and serve each
other with the help of our Savior.
When St. Paul says “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty…” we wonder what are we freed from that gives us this liberty. Well, it means almost precisely what it says - we are free
and can do whatever we want. God does not want to keep us as
slaves. He does not choose for us, and therefore we have the
freedom of choice. He does not want to force us do the right
thing; he tries to steer us in the right direction. And here again
St. Paul tries to warn us: he says, in other words, lucky are we!
We get to choose what we want to do, but do not do the wrong
thing by sinning. We cannot always do the right thing, as both
St. Paul and God know, but we can surely try to.
Now I would like to share my own thoughts on the subject of
what true service is and how it relates to my own life. As a child
I grew up in the Church. I knew that there was Divine Liturgy
on Sundays and on other specific days. I knew that there was
Christmas and Pascha. and that there was a church service at the
summer camp which I waited for all year. But most of all I knew
that I loved God and, like to my parents, wanted to do anything
that would please God. I grew up seeing the babas and dedas in
church, wondering why they were there - they looked so tired
and sad. But I started noticing that the sadness in their eyes went
away when the church service started, and so did everyone’s.
The people that worked night shifts would not be tired any longer and the women with children would quite them up and give
them little kiddy prayer books to look at. And each child would
ask what page they needed to be on.
This shows how people first have love for God and for one
another. This also shows service to one another. Referring back,
when I talked about the Babas and Dedas in church, some babas
and dedas can’t drive to church every Sunday so we with our
love lend our service to help them get to church. Or in another
example when all you do is to help someone with a heavy load,
even that is being of service and having love.
The greatest example of love and service in the history of mankind is Jesus Christ. Because of His love for us He came and
lived in our midst on earth, became a man and gave us His service! He healed the sick and raised the dead out of pure love for
us. Christ is the best example of love and service because He did
what no one had ever done - He gave His life for and to us so
that we could live eternally! Another great example of this in
our Serbian church is St. Sava. He was a Serbian prince, He had
everything a man could ever want. but because He loved God so
much St. Sava went to Mount Athos to be a monk. He then when
out into the world and established schools and churches. Leaving behind everything. St. Sava lived a life of a loving holy man.
St. Paul gives all of us something to think about when he tells
us that even with the great freedom of choice in life we must
take control of ourselves and use our love to help one another.
Through prayer, love and service we can try to do our best to be
better Orthodox Christians.
Marija Petrovic, winner of the Oratorical Festival 2011 held on
April 8 and 9, 2011 at the Diocesan Assembly of New
Gracanica-Midwestern Diocese. Marija is an honor student
and a winner of many academic and art awards. Her hope is to
be a biochemist. Marija loves her Orthodox Church and is
very proud of her Serbian Heritage.
From the President...
Dear Parishioners and Friends of
St. George:
We thank our Lord for all the blessings
he bestows on our parish. This year has
been a vibrant and successful one in the
life of our parish. The parish completed
many projects, its most important being
completion of Phase I of the Church Hall
expansion and renovation. Today we
have a brand new section of the hall, with
additional space, remodeled restrooms
and kitchen, and an exterior to match the
architecture of the church.
This year we had a most successful Easter/Pascha celebration in terms of guest
numbers and income. I thank the event
organizers and all those involved in putting together this most impressive Pascha/Vaskrs celebration.
It takes lots of hard work and lots of
financial resources to keep one parish
going. It is through your generous donations and through volunteer work that
determines whether we will have a
vibrant and healthy parish.
On behalf of St. George executive board
I wish to thank all those who have been
and who continue to be involved with
ongoing efforts in strengthening this parish. This is done out of love for the
church and for this community.
Nemanja Selezan, Executive Board
Church Slava Procession
St. George Stewardship Program
A steward is someone who has been
entrusted with another's property and
charged with the responsibility of managing it in the owner's best interest. Stewardship is the act of lovingly
returning to God a portion of His many
gifts with which He has blessed each of
us. Stewardship is a ministry that enables
us to respond to Christ’s love by perpetuating His Church’s mission. Our giving
of time, talent and treasure enables St.
George’s parish to do Christ’s work here
on Earth through our many ministries,
services and outreach programs.
Stewardship is the foundation for all we
do at St. George’s Serbian Orthodox
Church. Many new spiritual programs
and support services are added each year.
St. George’s has a rich tradition of stewardship that the founding families and
long-time members of our parish have
built since 1980’s. Today, each of us has
a responsibility to Christ and to one
another, to continue growing our stewardship that enables us to spread the
Good News of Jesus Christ.
What Does Scripture Say? The Bible
repeatedly challenges us to give generously! As St. Paul writes, “Just as you
excel in everything else…in faith, in
speech, in knowledge, in earnestness,
and in love…see that you also excel in
the grace of giving” (2 Corinthians 8:7).
These words still challenge us today!
We focus on the “treasure” or financial
element of stewardship for two main reasons: First, there is a vital link between
our wealth and possessions, and the
health of our souls. Seventeen of the
Lord Jesus’ 38 parables are about wealth
and possessions. His message is consistent and clear. How we handle our many
blessings from Him, especially our
money, defines how we are doing with
what is really important—Faith, Hope
and Love. Where we invest our treasure
on Earth speaks volumes about where
our “hearts” are. The second reason we
focus on financial stewardship is that it
costs money to operate, maintain and
grow St. George’s parish. Dollars fund
the many ministries and services provided to parishioners and our local community.
Where is Money Needed? We fulfill the
Mission of Christ’s Church by providing
the many ministries and services offered
in St. George’s parish. Most, if not all,
bear a financial expense. A partial list of
these include:
Divine Liturgy and Sacraments
Church School
Bible Study classes
Parish Office
Parish Board
Guest Speakers
St. George’s library and bookstore
St. Innocent’s Orphanage
Project Mexico; Diocese
Local shelters
The Voice, Website, Sunday Bulletin
Facilities Maintenance, Insurance, etc.
Where Does It Go? St. George’s current
operating budget is approximately
$160,000. It costs over $3,000 each
week to open the doors of St. George’s.
Stewardship Goal. The ultimate goal of
St. George’s Stewardship Program is to
fund 100% of the operating budget
through stewardship contributions. This
will enable the use of funds generated
from special events to be directed toward
remodeling of our facilities and building
of new ones, new vital ministries, and
new outreach programs to further
Christ’s work through St. George’s parish.
Stewardship Program: 5% Giving.
St. George’s 5% Stewardship Program
focuses on the treasure or financial element of stewardship. It provides respectful guidance for giving based on
teachings from the Bible. It seeks to
have stewardship contributions fund
100% of St. Paul’s operating, ministry,
and services expenses. It strives to
encourage and motivate purposeful “giving from the heart.”
The objective of 5% Giving is to move
all of St. George’s families to pledge 5%
of gross household income. Many members currently give at the 5% level; some
parishioners pledge in excess of 5%. We
pray that all St. Paul’s members will be at
a 5% giving level. The Old Testament
established a standard tithe (one-tenth)
of income as the proportionate amount to
be given back to God. In the end, the
question is not “How much should I
give?,” but rather “Am I giving all I
How Do I Make a Stewardship Commitment? Stewardship pledges are
made for a calendar year by completing
and signing a Stewardship Pledge Form.
Parishioners are asked to fulfill their
pledges by December 31 of the year in
which they pledge. Please complete, sign
and return a St. George’s Stewardship
Pledge Form (on page 14) to the parish
office or drop it in the Sunday offering
basket. If you need to revise your pledge
during the year for any reason, you may
send a note or place a call to the parish
Confidentiality. Pledge amounts and
contributions are held in the strictest of
confidence. Only the stewardship chairperson, office administrator, bookkeeper, and priest review this
Stewardship Giving Options. Contributions toward a pledge can be made
weekly, monthly, quarterly or on an
annual basis. Stewardship envelopes are
provided for weekly offerings. Our
online option is an easy, convenient, and
secure method that electronically transfers monthly stewardship from a checking account, savings account or most
major credit cards automatically
On a quarterly basis, the parish office
will provide a year-to-date update to help
you keep track of your pledge fulfillment. A detailed document is provided
at year-end for tax purposes.
Stewardship Mission Statement. The
aim and purpose of St. George’s Stewardship Committee is to actively engage
people to help people by nurturing a passion within each individual parishioner
to contribute his or her finances, time,
and talent that enables St. George’s to
fulfill its ongoing operating, program
and service needs.
Thank You for your participation and
financial support of the important Stewardship Ministry of St. George Serbian
Orthodox Church. Together, we can continue Christ’s mission for us here on
Earth… to spread the Good News of our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
St. George Church Board
Honoring our 2011 Graduates
High school
Lazar Alemany
Alexandra Grba
Elizabeth Kasic
Ryan Kennedy
Kristina Miljkovic
Ashlee Saathoff
Alexandra Trifunovic
Dane Undheim
Christina Dukovic
Dusan Selezan
Dragan Cvetkovic
Graduate School
Alexandra Trifunovic is the daughter
of Dr. Robert and Simona Trifunovic
and the eldest sister of Stefan, Katarina,
and Natalia. She is the granddaughter
of Proto Velimir and Ljubinka Petakovich & Alexander(†) and Danica Trifunovic. Alexandra was born and raised
in San Diego and has been part of the
St. George community since her birth.
This May, she graduated from La Jolla
Country Day School. Alexandra spent
her lower school education in Escondido at The Children’s Montessori
School and moved to La Jolla Country
Day in the sixth grade. At La Jolla, she
has pursued her many passions such as
singing with the Madrigals Honor
Choir and Glee Club, taking the stage
in the school’s many musical productions such as in the role of Ado Annie in
Oklahoma, competing for the Varsity
swim team, and participating in international and community service trips.
Prior to her senior year, she acquired a
summer internship with Channel 6
News and found her future area of study. Apart from her school life, Alexandra is very
active in the St. George community, assisting with the multiple facets of church events,
acting as the current President of the Morava Folklore group, and singing in the church
choir. Through all her hard work and dedication she has been accepted into the S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in upstate New York
where she will be studying Broadcast Journalism.
Alexandra would like to tell the Stewards of St. George:
Peter Jovanovic
Marko Ivanovic
Thank you for providing me a second home and supporting all my endeavors. I have
struggled greatly with the idea of leaving St. George and all the family I have here. However, what comforts me is knowing that when I return everyone will be there smiling back
at me! Please continue to support the spirit of St. George and the legacy of Morava!
Much Love, Alexandra
Dusan Selezan, son of Vojo and Jelena
Selezan and brother of St. George
Church President Nemanja Selezan,
graduated from SDSU with degree in
civil engineering. He has been accepted
in the SDSU Masters program and will
be continuing his studies there.
Ashlee Saathoff (on right), daughter of Stephanie and Ron
Saathoff, sister of Haylee (on left), and granddaughter of Dorothy Vukotich, graduated from Francis Parker School and will be
attending USC.
Aleksandra Grba graduated from Westview High School in Rancho
Penasquitos (San Diego), June 9, 2011, with a 3.7 GPA (out of 4.0).
She is the daughter of Svetozar and Christine Grba and sister to Stefanie and Michael Grba. Although accepted at several major universities, she has elected to attend Miramar College here in San Diego
to fulfill her general requirements prior to completing her degree and
specializing in forensic science. At Miramar, she also looks forward
to being the lead goalie for the Miramar Jets girls soccer team following an excellent season in goal for FC San Diego GU17 team,
which pitted Aleksandra against some of southern California’s top
teams in the GU19 Premier Elite Division of the Presidio League
this past year. In addition, she played with her high school team,
which won the CIF Division II and made it to the CIF Regional
Quarter Finals. Aleksandra is a former Morava Senior Folklore
Dragan Cvetkovic, son of Nena and Zoran Cvetkovic and
brother of Dana and Svetlana Cvetkovic, studied at California
State University of San Marcos and completed a Bachelor’s of
Arts degree in history and an Associate of Art’s degree in sociology, December 2010. He participated in the spring commencement ceremony in May 2011. Currently, Dragan plans to
pursue a career in local or federal law enforcement.
Cristina Dukovic. On June
11, I graduated from Revelle College at UCSD with
a degree in Italian Literature and a minor in Biology. I am planning to
attend either graduate or
professional school within
the next year. In the meanwhile, I am working at
UCSD Medical Genetics
and Doffo Vineyards. I am
also currently dancing in
Morava Folklore Ensemble, and I am very excited
for our trip to England and
Marko Ivanovic, son of Sylvia and Mirko Ivanovic and brother
of Maria Cano and Gina Sperry, received a Master of Science
Degree in Homeland Security and Conflict Resolution with a
second major in Spanish from SDSU, May 19, 2011. There was
a private ceremony for graduates of this unique program in Mission Trails Regional Park. The program, which was designed by
two SDSU professors, is the first of its kind nationwide. Most
of its graduates come from non-related backgrounds, but have
the common goal to make our world a safer place. Marko was
one of the youngest graduates and was commended because he
Lazar Alemany was born July 7, 1992, in San
Diego. His parents are Arturo and Linda Alemany and siblings are Alexander, Alexandra,
and Arturo, Jr. Lazar was christened at
St. George by Father Bozidar Draskovic and
Father Velimir Petakovic.
Lazar graduated from Francis Parker High
School in San Diego, a school he attended for
15 years. Lazar has been an active member of
his school community. As a freshman, he
founded and presided over the Young Republicans Club. As a junior, Lazar joined theatre
production, which gave him a sense of understanding public speaking. Lazar played alto
saxophone in the school band and was a
member of the school’s debate team and
international affairs program. Lazar was also
involved in a series of extracurricular activities. He played on the soccer team and was a
member of the San Diego Rowing Club in
Mission Bay and belonged to his school’s
golf team. Socially, Lazar was active in the
Laddle Fellowship, a soup kitchen in San
Diego, and with the “Kids Read to Kids Program” at the McGill Elementary School,
is already working as a federal employee for the Department of
Homeland Security. The mission of the Graduate Program in
Homeland Security is to produce leaders from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds who can effectively and
efficiently identify, design, and mobilize the appropriate community resources to prevent, deter, preempt, defend against, and
respond to terrorist attacks and/or other critical incidents and
emergencies on the local, regional, national and international
levels. Finishing this program opens many great opportunities
for Marko.
where he served as a mentor for the afterschool program.
Lazar will continue his undergraduate studies
at Marymount College in Palos Verdes, California.
Lazar gives much credit to his teachers, advisors, and his involvement with different and
unique student types that brought him his
most prized lessons and life experiences, as
well as his extensive travels to such places as
Cuba, Argentina, Istanbul, Turkey, Berlin,
Germany, Spain, England, Ireland, Serbia,
Austria, and many more places that form part
of his multi-cultural ethnic background.
Lazar has the personal commitment necessary to succeed and build a successful career
in whatever field he ultimately pursues.
Lazar has demonstrated initiative and capabilities that will lead him to continue to thrive
in his life’s endeavors.
With God’s blessings before all, his parents
and brothers and sister wish him all the best
in the future.
Kristina Miljkovic graduated from San Pasqual High School.
She will truly miss the friendships she had during these last
four years but realizes old friendships will never go away and
new friendships are just around the corner. She is very happy
this long occurring adventure of high school is over, but in the
end it’s all bittersweet. High school will always be remembered with great happy memories. Now off to a new chapter in
her life. Kristina is planning to go into the Kinesiology program at California State University San Marcos. To pursue her
dreams, she realizes school will get tougher, but she is looking
forward to all the new challenges and excitement. Thank You,
Kristina Miljkovic
Elizabeth Kasic, daughter of Rade and Radmila Kasic, graduated from Valhalla High School in El Cajon, June 15, 2011.
Elizabeth, who was born in Serbia, was named after Princess
Elizabeth of Yugoslavia. She plans to go to nursing school
and become a registered nurse in pediatrics.
Dane Undheim, son of Dobrila and Robert Undheim, graduated Rancho Buena Vista High School on June 8, 2011.
Dane was born on September 24, 1992 and currently lives in
Vista with his parents and sister, Natasha. As a child, Dane
was an easy going, relaxed kid who never got stressed about
anything. He has remained so in his young adult years. He
played soccer, defender, during his elementary and middle
school years and studied martial arts over the course of nine
years during which he earned a Black Belt in Keichu Do
Karate at the age of 16. Dane joined the Morava Senior Folklore Group at the age of 15 and has grown to love dancing
kolo and the camaraderie that goes along with a performance
group. Dane will be attending Palomar College in the fall
where he will complete his general education courses and
then plans to transer to Cal State San Marcos.
Gina Ivanovic and Eric Sperry were married at St. George Church April 30, 2011. Gina is the daughter of Sylvia & Mirko Ivanovic
and sister of Maria Cano and Marko Ivanovic. Eric is in the US Airforce and a recent graduate of a special training program in
which he was at the top of his class. The couple are living in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where Eric is stationed.
Pam Naughton selected for exclusive
trial lawyer honorary society
Pam Naughton, one of St. George’s
choir directors and daughter of Millie
Mrja, was inducted into the Litigation
Counsel of America at the group's
spring conference and induction of fellows. The
Counsel of
America is a
trial lawyer
society composed of less
than one-half
of one percent of American lawyers.
Fellowship in
the Litigation Counsel of America is
highly selective and by invitation only.
Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation,
both at the trial and appellate levels, and
superior ethical reputation.
Pam is a partner at Sheppard, Mullin,
Richter & Hampton, and member of
Sheppard Mullin's white collar and civil
fraud defense practice group. She specializes in internal investigations, complex business litigation, government
investigations and white-collar defense.
According to Guy Halgren, chairman of
the firm’s executive committee, “Pam is
clearly one of the leading trial attorneys
in the city and has been retained by clients to take on some of the most important matters. When people think about
who can handle important matters, her
name comes up.
Halgren has been impressed with her
courtroom presence.“She's tenacious,
articulate and detail oriented. She’s
indefatigable. She doesn't get flustered,
and she’s very confident. We're very
proud to have Pam on the team and part
of Sheppard Mullin,” he says.
Congratulations, Pam!
Habla srpski?
Language classes
to be offered
Serbian Language Classes
Language classes are now offered at
St. George, Mondays at 7PM in the
Social Hall. This is a beginner course.
Intermediate level will be offered in the
fall. Communication is the main function of language, so instead of memorizing all grammar rules, we use so-called
natural approach theory of language
learning. Students will learn Serbian language in this order: Listen, Speak, Read,
Write, Grammar. The class is open to the
public. Please contact Fr. Bratso at 619276-5827 or [email protected] for
more information.
New babies in the parish!
Monika Rakic. Marko & Vera Rakic are proud to announce the
arrival of their precious daughter, Monika. She was born on
May 27, 2011 at 5 pounds 3 ounces and 19.5 inches. Thank you
all for your prayers and well wishes.
Ana Jade Draskovic. We want to introduce the newest member
of our family. She was born on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at
9:18pm at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Ana weighed 7
lbs 6 oz and is 20" long. The labor and delivery went very well.
Baby and mom are healthy and recovering quickly. Alex and
Luka are so happy to finally meet their new baby sister. It has
been fun watching them interact with her. Thanks to everyone
for your best wishes. Love, Dragan, Julie, Alex, Luka and Ana
Cora Ingrid Jovanovic. Ariann & Sasha Jovanovic welcomed
their first child, Cora Ingrid, on June 10, at University Hospital.
Ariann’s mother, Joan Jensen of Plymouth, MN, a professional
midwife and public health PhD, was in attendance. Cora is the
first grandchild for Joan (shown with Ariann and Cora) and for
Sasha’s father, Misha Jovanovic (shown holding the alert baby
girl, who was not even two days old!).
Noah Rahovic Bouzoubaa. Zorica Rahovic gave birth to baby
boy, Noah Rahovic Bouzoubaa, May 18. Noah weighed 7lb
12oz, and was 20in. Mommy says: He is the size of a little birdie
and sounds like a baby chicken. We are good, and father is on
good way to recovery. It's great to hear a baby cry again. Now,
with two boys, I definitely have lost hope I will sleep again, but
I guess it' s about parenthood. Zorica and her boys.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do
not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs
to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Kolo Sisters
Hello my dear Sisters
and Brothers in
Best wishes to all of
you! Summer is here,
and half the year has
gone already. I want
to congratulate all of our graduates on
behalf of Kolo and commend all of you.
May you prosper in all you do! We look
forward to celebrating with all of you on
Vidovdan, Sunday June 26th.
We have had two very successful events
chaired by Kolo: First being a grand Pascha, chaired by Simona Trifunovic and
Tina Zivkovich. Thank you ladies for all
of your time and very hard work, and for
all those who assisted you. Second, thank
you, Snezena Pantovich and Dorbrinka
Jojic, for your hard work and effort that
made our St. George Church Slava so
wonderful, and thank you to the many
who assisted you, as well. Remember
everyone is invited to step forward in
chairing an event. We look forward to
supporting you and yours with your
efforts and talents.
We had a rummage/bake sale June 11,
and we thank those of you who donated
goods, and baked up some of those delicious pastries that our parish is so known
Remember the lyrics of the song “If I
could save time in a bottle”? I often
wonder how much time would I actually
want to save. Would five minutes, an
hour, or a whole day be enough? And
what would I really get out of those extra
moments of time? Should I try to accomplish something from my to-do list?
Should I call that person who has been on
my mind for some time now? Should I
clean up my storage area? Should I pay
all of the bills that are stacked on the desk
and add a little extra? I think most importantly I would want to spend it with those
who are so dear to me, my family and
friends, to tell them how much they mean
to me.
Life doesn't come with roll over minutes,
unfortunately, so I need to create them. I
need to take advantage of the moment at
hand so I am not wasting precious
moments and have regret that I didn't take
the time to acknowledge someone’s presence or efforts. So next time we meet,
when I give you an extra squeeze, you'll
know what I mean!
God is so loving, and He allows us to
spend our time as we wish. I ask for His
mercy for all of us, especially for those
who have fallen asleep in the Lord. He
has given us everything we need to get by
in life, all the tools to get the job done. We
just need to keep those tools in good
working order, our thoughts for one having faith in the Lord, stepping forward in
faith. As I have shared with you before,
He is here today. He was in all of our yesterdays, and He is in all of our tomorrows!
With love your sister in Christ,
Sylvia Ivanovic, Kolo President
St. George Church Slava. His Grace Bishop Maxim presided at the Liturgy co-served by the local clergy: Fr. Bratso Krsic, Fr. Velimir Petakovic,
priest emeritus, and Fr. Milan Vukovic, priest from St. Petka, followed by
the cross-procession or litya around the church with the Gospel readings
and the prayer for the faithful, the church, the city and every city and
country. At the left is the head table with Bishop Maxim talking to slava
kum Nikola Milicevic with his wife Nada. Above is the Slava table with
wine, candle, kolac, zito, and cross.
Morava Folklore
Before our annual folkfest this year, the
senior Morava dancers and a group of
friends and family flew to London and
Zurich to perform. The traveling dancers
Alexandra Trifunovic
Ana Lazetic
Christina Dukovic
Dane Undheim
Heather Skaljac
Kristina Miljkovic
Kristina Zivkovic
Marina Skendzic
Nicolija Jojic
Nikola Zivkovic
Nikolina Lazic
Sava Ninkovic
Stefan Trifunovic
Stefan Zivkovic
Vaso Vasic
Marija Milasinovic, Director
Morava Folklore
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St. George Stewardship List as of May 25, 2011
Adair, Mildred
Alemany, Lazar, Linda and Family
Andolsek, Tonska
Aud, Matthew, Laurie and Family
Basic, Stevo and Stana
Begovich, Michael and Samantha
Belcevich, Milos
Connor, Thomas and Evelyn
Copic, Miro, Laura and Family
Cronemeyer, Jamie and Zorica
Denton, Natalie
Drakulich, Persida
Draskovich, Proto Bozidar and Protinica
Elez, Sladjana
Freeman, Lillian
Fulton, Jeff and Radmila
Germain, Deacon Paul, Natalija and
Gleb, Gavrilov
Gregovich, Ljubica
Grjakovic, Vladimir
Ilic, Boris
Ilic, Petar and Rosa
Irick, Olga
Ivanovic, Mirko and Sylvia
Jojic, Dobrinka
Jojic, Vesko, Julijana and Family
Jovanovic, Milivoj and Verica
Jovanovic, Misha and Marsha
Jovanovic, Toma, Vesna and Family
Jovanovic, Velimir and Mira
Jovanovich, Martha
Kinach, Alex and Seka
Krsic, Proto Bratso and Protinica Lisa
Kukic, Branislav
Kunac, Dusan and Maria
Lukic, Milos
Marin, Andrew
Markley, Scott and Nada
McCarthy, Svetlana
Mikler, Zora
Milicevic, Nikola and Nada
Miljkovic, Milan and Diane
Miljkovic, Stephan and Kristina
Miljkovic, Miodrag and Vecki
Milovancev, Miroslav, Mira and Family
Mitrovich, Jelena
Mitrovich, Predrag
Mrja, Millie
Naughton, Pamela and Family
Nedel, Naden
Nedic, Sava and Spomenka
Orlic, Petar
Pantic, Toma and Jelena
Pantovic, Dole and Snezana
Pantovich, Nada
Pantovic, Rajko, Linda and Family
Papac, Wayne and Sandie
Perisic, Milan and Beth
Petakovich, Proto Velimir and Protinica
Petric, Alex
Petric, Milovan and Jelena
Plavsic, Mara-Seja
Popovic, Darko and Tatiana
Popovich, Dolly
Popovich, Vojkan and Nada
Potkonjak, Michael, Sheila and Family
Pugh, Zachary and Milica
Purlia, Savo and Gloria
Radojevich, Protinica Nadezda
Radovanovic, Darko and Guillermena
Radovanovic, Dragoslav and Ljiljana
Raicevic, Vladimir and Silvana
Rakic, Marko and Vera
Rebeiz, Gabriel and Kimberly
Rhoads, Howard and Lydia
Ruzic, Stevan and Marija
Savchuk, Nikolay Olga
Selezan, Nemanja
Serdar, Sophie
Skaljac, George and Bernadette
Smith, Justin, Zorana and Family
Srbich, Dr. Alexander + and Jeannette
Tepavcevich, Ladislav+
Thickstun, Kathryn
Topalovic, Vojkan, Maja and Family
Trifunovic, Dr. Robert, Simona and
Undheim, Robert and Dobrila
Vasic, Branko, Ruja and Family
Vasic, Milica
Vlasovich, Milanka
Vucelic, Milojko and Inge
Vukotich, Dorothy
Vukotich, John and Jean
Vuksanovic, Dusan
Yancey, Peter
Krsic, Anastasija
Krsic, Luka
Krsic, Nikolaj
Leff, Dylan
Milasinovic, Mateja
Milasinovic, Stefan
Milicevic, Marija
Milicevic, Marko
Petric, Alex
Trifunovic, Luka
Trifunovic, Kaya
Continuing Our Legacy as of May 25, 2011
Alemany, Lazar and Linda
Andolsek, Tonska
Aud, Matthew and Laura
Bacinski, Maja
Barron, Zorka
Basic, Stevo and Stana
Batinica, Boris
Batricevich, Slobodan and Branka
Belcevich, Milos
Begovich, Michael and Samantha
Benesh, Kathryn+
Bosnak, Mara and Les Lambert
Bozinovska, Jadranka
Cedic, Dorde
Copic, Miro and Laura
Cucuk, Gavrilov and Ratka
Cucuk, Nick
Cronemeyer, Jamie and Zorica
DeGranda, Boris and Danila
Denton, Natalie
Djujic, Donna
Djukovich, Mitchell and
Drakulich, Persida
Draskovich, Proto Bozidar and Protinica
Driscoll, Josephine
Dyke, Tom
Economy Restaurant Supply
Emery, John
Frank, Nick
Gajic, Natasa
Gavrilov, Gleb and Svetlana
Germain, Deacon Paul and Natalija
Germain, Ann
Goich, Mike and Mara
Gregovich, Ljubica
Hartwell, John
Hess, Daniela Radovic
Ilic, Petar and Rosa
Ilic, Tanya
Ilic, Milan and Milica
Ilic, Milica
Ilich, Dragutin and Vera
Irick, Olga
Ivanovic, Marko and Sylvia
Jankovic, Slavko and Veselin
Jedrysik, Ben and Kimberlie
Jojic, Dobrinka
Jorling, Joe and Nina
Jovanovic, Dragoslav
Jovanovic, Drasko and Ranica
Jovanovic-Vuskovic, Natasa
Jovanovic, Nenad
Jovanovic, Marsha and Misha
Jovanovich, Martha
Jovanovich, Ratko and Svetlana
Kasic, Rade and Radmila
Kennedy, Ken and Sonia+
Kinach, Alex and Seka
Krsic, Proto Bratso and Protinica Lisa
Koruga, Milenko and Jelena
Kukich, Branislav
Kukulj, Dragan and Lillian
Kunac, Dusan and Maria
Kurkjian, Harold and Betty
Lazic, Sava and Dobrinka
Leff, Craig
Lukic, Milos
Marin, Michael and Christina
Masic, Milenko and Milanka
Markovic, Predrag and Maja
McKenzie, Sally
Miladinovich, Miroslav
Milanovich, Jennifer
Milasinovic, Zeljko and Marija
Milicevic, Nikola and Nada
Milicevic, Jim and Melanie
Miller, Mark and Stephanie
Milosevich, Alexsandra Babic
Medigovich, Milica
Miladinovich, Ljubisav and Radmila
Miljkovic, Miodrag and Vecki
Morava Youth Group – San Diego
Mrja, Millie
Nedic, Ivana
Nedic, Sava and Spomenka
Nedic, Milosh and Karen
Nikolic, Dragan and Gordana
Papich, Michael
Pavlovich, Maria
Petakovich, Proto Velimir and Protinica
Petric, Alex
Plavsic, Mara-Seja and D.Dee
Plavsic, Rade and Jelena
Popovich, Ella
Popa, Cornelia
Purlia, Savo and Gloria
Radich, Jovan
Radojevic, Dan and Vesna
Radojevic, Protinica Nada
Radovanovic, Dragoslav and Ljiljana
Rakic, Marko and Vera
Rhoads, Howard and Lydia
Ruzic, Stevan and Marija
Savchuk, Nikolai and Olga
Selezan, Nemanja
Serebryanova, Elena and Tatiana
Sigmreanu, Valentin and Mariana
Simikich, Ratko and Cheryl
Smith, Justin and Zorana
Smolan, Thomas
Srbich, Dr. Alexander+ and Mrs.
Starr, Tatyana
St. Angelina
St. George – San Diego Choir
St. George – San Diego Kolo
St. George – San Diego Sunday School
St. Paul. Syrian Orthodox Church
Sutter, Cameron
Thickstun, Kathryn
Topalovic, Vojkan and Maja
Trifunovic, Jelena
Trifunovic, Katarina
Trifunovic, Robert and Simona
Trifunovic, Stefan
Trifunovic, Vladan and Milica
Undheim, Natasha
Undheim, Robert and Dobrila
Urosevic, Branko
Vallin, Becky
Vanduk, Joann
Vasic, Alma
Vasic, Branko and Ruja
Vasich, Milan and Milica
Vasilia, Laurentiv and Daniela
Vihorov Trust Fund
Villa, Brian
Vlasovich, Milanka
Vukotich, Danica
Vukotich, John and Jean
Vukotich, Stefan and May
Vunduk, Ilija and Joann
Vuskovic, Ivo
Vuskovic, Natasha Jovanovic
Weiner, Marijana Benesh
Wright, Sean and Svena
Zivkovic, Jovan and Tina
Djokovic Receives Church Award
Belgrade, April 28—His Holiness Serbian
Patriarch Irinej today bestowed the Order of
St. Sava First Degree upon Novak Djokovic,
internationally-famous Serbian tennis star.
On the recommendation of His Grace Bishop
Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Djokovic
received the highest award of Serbian Orthodox Church in recognition of his active love
for the Church, shown through his help
towards the Serbian people and their holy
places, particularly in Kosovo and Metohija.
This young Serb is not only an outstanding
athlete, but a true ambassador of the Serbian
people on the world stage, witnessing to the
evangelical message of peace and love
among peoples through his charm, warmth
and sincerity, and lending his support to those
in need both in the Serbian lands and throughout the world.
How Draža Mihailović was presented
to American kids in 1942
In doing research for this issue of the Voice,
the editor discovered a very interesting web
page called Serbian History 101 with Baba
Mim, which belongs to Milana ("Mim")
Karlo Bizic. Not the greatest web design, but
is this site loaded with info about “The
Serbs”! I started checking some of her links
and was surprised to find out that she had
“dug up” a comic book representation of the
Serbian hero (villain to the Communists, of
course) “Draja Mihailovitch.” Distributed in
1942, before Churchill convinced the US to
side with Tito, General Mihailovic and his
story were presented in classic comic book
style, with both Serbs and Germans blabbing
like G.I. Joes. When I shared this find with
husband Misha, he thought I was talking
about the recent excavation of a site thought
to be where Draza was executed by the Communists and his body dumped. What a strange
coincidence that I would find this treasure at
the same time as that this excavation was taking place. If you want to see the comic book,
visit Mim’s web page (
draza_comic_book_1942). The article from
Vreme describes the excavation at Ada Ciganlija in Belgrade.
Marsha Jovanovic, Voice editor
Dražine kosti na Adi? Petnaest
Fragmenata Kostiju Nađeno Pored
Zida Nekadašnjeg Zatvora Na Adi.
Sledi Dnk Analiza I Dalje Istraživanje
Petnaest sitnih fragmenata kostiju za
koje se pretpostavlja da su delovi ljudskih šaka i ruku; nekoliko komada
metala i žice, za koje se pretpostavlja da
su deo "lisica"; komadi stakla kao i tragovi sagorevanja nađeni su u subotu 18.
juna oko 14.15 časova na dubini oko
metar na mestu uz nekadašnji severni zid
zatvora na Adi Ciganliji.
Nisu se pokazale tačnim pretpostavke da
su ostaci zatvora i neobeležene rake
uništeni nivelacijom terena prilikom
uređenja Ade Ciganlije. Kosti su nađene
već na početku otkopavanja probne
sonde, nakon što je Komisija za tajne
grobnice ubijenih posle 12. septembra
1944. skenirala teren i locirala mesto na
kome se nalazila jama kraj koje je prema
iskazu nekih svedoka 16. i 17. jula 1946.
u 2 časa ujutru streljan komandant
Jugoslovenske vojske u otadžbini Dragoljub Draža Mihailović.
Policija je došla sat nakon otkrivanja
kostiju i policijskom trakom obeležila
mesto gde su kosti otkrivene, a narednih
dana bi tamo trebalo da odu ekipe forenzičara i nastave otkopavanje. Iskopavanje je započeto desno od ulaza na Adu,
uz biciklističku stazu, neposredno pored
mesta na kome odnedavna stoji krst sa
imenom Dragoljuba Mihailovića.
Da li su pronađene kosti zapravo posmrtni ostaci đenerala Draže treba da
pokažu dalja istraživanja i DNK analiza.
Istoričar Srđan Cvetković, sekretar
Komisije za tajne grobnice obavestio je o
ovom otkriću zamenika državnog
tužioca Slobodana Radovanovića, koji je
predsednik Komisije za utvrđivanje
činjenica o pogubljenju i grobnom mestu
Dragoljuba Mihailovića. Ta komisije je
ranije zaključila da je Komandant
Jugoslovenske vojske u otadžbini general Dragoljub-Draža Mihailović ubijen
je 17. jula 1946. godine i sahranjen na
Adi Ciganliji, pored nekadašnjeg starog
zatvora koji je kasnije srušen.
Komisija inače nije našla zapisnik o
izvršenju smrtne presude Dragoljubu
Mihajloviću koju je 15. jula 1946.
izrekao Vrhovni sud Federativne Narodne Republike Jugoslavije – Vojno veće
- sastavljeno od pukovnika Mihaila
Đorđevića kao predsedavajućeg i sudija
- potpukovnika Milije Lakovića i
Mihaila Jankovića, i sekretara poručnika Todora Popadića. Suđenje je
održano u Točideru u Beogradu, od 10.
juna do 15. jula 1946. Državna komisija
za tajne grobnice ubijenih od 12. septembra 1944. godine, koju je ustanovila
Vlada Republike Srbije, konstituisana je
inače 12. novembra 2009. godine. Njen
zadatak je da istraži, pronađe i obeleži
sve tajne grobnice u kojima se nalaze
ostaci streljanih od septembra 1944; kao
i da utvrdi tačan broj streljanih. Do sada
objavila više preliminarnih izveštaja –
do kraja novembra 2010. evidentirala je
na osnovu prijava građana i svedoka, 190
lokacija tajnih grobnica, a najavila je
dalje popisivanje stradalih lica
istraživanje grobnica terenskim
istraživanjima u Beogradu, Moravičkom
okrugu, Jugu Srbije, u Vojvodini...
Više javno tužilaštvo u Zaječaru bi
trebalo u koordinaciji sa Tužilaštvom za
ratne zločine RS uskoro da pokrene
postupak zvanične ekshumacije. Poslednji izveštaj Komisije od 18.aprila 2011.
govori o broju stradalih u Moravičkom
okrugu: stradalo 1431 lice 353 nestala,
od toga u Čačku 847 (770 stradalih uz 77
nestalih) , Gornjem Milanovcu 459 (312
stradalih i 147 nestalih), Lučanima 350
(244 i 106) i Ivanjici 128 (105 stradalih i
23 nestalih). Kao mesta sa najviše žrtava
u tom kraju odskaču Preljina sa 40, Atenica sa 29 stradalih, Gornja Gorevnica sa
29, Donja Trepča 26, itd. Najveće potencijalne lokacije masovnih grobnica u
Čačku su kraj Morave i stadiona Borca,
u Gornjem Milanovcu kod Gradskog
groblja, u Guči na obali Belice, u Ivanjici
kod Varoškog groblja.
Milan Milošević in Vreme, 18 June 2011
OCTOBER 15-16, 2011
Planning has begun for the St. George Serbian Festival 2011. In order to make this a
successful event we need your assistance. This year the Festival will take place on
October 15 & 16th – 2 days once again. So save the date
We will once again be having a silent auction. Start looking to see what you can
contribute to this event. Suggestions are: timeshares, mileage points, electronics, golf
clubs, artwork, professional services, etc. can be offered and would be much appreciated
for our silent auction. We are also looking for someone to chair this activity.
Please, please, please ladies (and gentlemen) bring traditional home made torte to be sold
at the festival. This was a huge success in previous years. We received so many
compliments on all the wonderful torte that everyone so graciously made and donated.
Any kind of Serbian torte – any size, any shape. With a 2 day event – we need many.
A meeting will be scheduled in July for people who would like to chair positions. We
need help with the Pijaca, the kitchen, the bar, clean-up, the carnival, the silent auction,
etc. We can not do it alone and encourage everyone to get involved. Clean-up this year
will be big and will require maybe even a vacation day off from work on Monday so that
you can come and assist. Plan early!!! We definitely need someone to work on getting a
large crew there for Sunday afternoon clean-up to put things away properly. So once
again, let’s pull together and make this the BEST YEAR EVER!
If you have any questions please feel free to give me a call at 760-533-6713 or Simona
Trifunovic, Co-Chair at 760-224-2375.
Thanks for everyone’s support.
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Fr. Bratso encourages you to:
• Send your email address to: [email protected] if you would
like to be placed on a church information email list so that you get
updated announcements of important changes or events during the
month between monthly and quarterly mailings.
• Let him know when people are sick so that he can call or visit them
if they want him to do so, and add their names to the weekly prayer
• Call him at any time; with questions, with concerns, with
suggestions. If it’s important to you, it’s important to him!
Wanted: a new Voice Editor!
Anyone interested in taking on the responsibility of writing/
editing/publishing the Voice of St George, please contact
either Father Bratso or the current Voice Editor who has been
doing the job for many years and would welcome a replacement! The software used is Adobe Framemaker, Photo Elements, and other assorted design programs. However, a new
editor could choose the software he/she is most comfortable
using. Father Bratso creates the cover and provides most of
the content, and both he and I would help you get started.
Please consider this important service. It is a demanding job,
but is well worth the blessings!
Our Bookstore has many items on sale!
Don’t forget to shop in our church bookstore. We have many
items: gold crosses, gold chains, prayer books, books on various
topics, tapes, video tapes, DVDs, icons, prayer ropes, etc.
Stewardship Pledges
Did you forget to submit your stewardship card or perhaps misplaced it somewhere, or do you simply need some more offering
envelopes? Call our church office 619-276-5827 and we will
immediately send you a stewardship cards and envelopes.
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