St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 220 - March 10/March 23, 2003

Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Fr. Rodney Torbic
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

March 10/March 23, 2003
Second Sunday of Lent
No. 220

Mark 2:5
When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you."

Services This Past Week

March 16 - Divine Liturgy - Forty-two people attended. Six communicants.
March 17 - Four people came for Small Compline.
March 18 - Four people came for the Molieben in Time of War. Pomen for George McCloy at Funeral Home in Rosco.
March 19 - Three people came for the Molieben in Time of War. Funeral service for George McCloy in Rosco.
March 20 - Five people came for the First and Third Hours. Four people were present for the Sixth Hour. Fr. Rumen was present for the First and Third Hours.
March 21 - Five people were present for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
March 22 - Nine people came to Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission - Fairmont. One person came for Vespers at St. George Church.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Verify Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy
Mornings - Friday - Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts - 8:00 AM.
Saturday - Morning service - 8:30 AM.
Evenings - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday - 7:00 PM
Evenings - Thursday, Friday - 4:30 PM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 23 - Lenten Vespers - St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church - McKeesport - 5:30 PM.
March 30 - Lenten Vespers - St. George Serbian Orthodox Church - Midland - 5:30 PM.
April 6 - Service at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church - Monroeville - 5:30 PM.
April 7 - Feast of Annunciation
April 11 - Akathist - St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church - Aliquippa - 6:30 PM.
April 13 - Lenten Vespers - St. George Serbian Orthodox Church - Carmichaels - 5:30 PM.
April 16 - Clergy Confession - St. Nikodim Chapel - Mars. Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
April 19 - Lazarus Saturday
April 20 - Feast of Christ's Entry into Jerusalem - Vespers - Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church - Steubenville - 5:30 PM.
April 21 - Great and Holy Monday
April 22 - Great and Holy Tuesday
March 26, April 2 and April 9 - Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts - St. Nikodim Chapel - Mars 10:00 AM.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. May God comfort the family of George McCloy, recently departed this life. Thank you to Sonia Janson for singing at the funeral.
2. Thank you to Aaron Carson, Fred Glumsic, Sonia Janson, Milosh "Serb" Krewasky and Mike "Mac" Rogish for going to Holy Ascension Church on Sunday, March 16 for the Vesper service.
3. Thank you to Mildred "Mickey" Bezjak for coordinating the retreat on March 20 and for attendees Mary Trbovich, Mildred Belch, Marion Luteran and Joe Katusa. Tom Hunter joined the group for lunch. Fr. Rumen was here for the morning session.
4. Adult class this Thursday morning following the morning service.

A Thought From Very Reverend Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich *

Today we live in a spiritually controversial world. We live today, in the main, in a world which is "preoccupied" with life's worldly necessities, with mundane habits and social activities. Contemporary man is often preoccupied with cares about school, careers, jobs, material security, social position, political prestige and influence, and sports, so that very little time remains for the soul. In this great haste there is little time for Christ.
*(The Eucharist as Sacrifice. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern United States, Johnstown, Pa.1993. p.149.)

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology - Libertyville

To Consider

1. Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd.
2. Being in the fold of Christ.
3. Being united with Christ.
4. Returning to Christ.
5. Praying consistently to Christ.
6. Seeking forgiveness from Christ.
7. Seeking healing from Christ.
8. Seeking wholeness in Christ.
9. Seeking unity with Christ.
10. Seeking Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

1. March 16 - Attended Vespers at Holy Ascension Church - Youngwood - Visited Proto Adam Yonitch - Jeanette, Pa.
2. March 18 - Served pomen in Stockdale. March 19 - Served Funeral Service and at graveside - Rosco-Stockdale.
3. Visited patient - Washington Hospital - March 18. Visited patent - Uniontown Hospital - March 18 and March 22.
4. Went to Diocesan Center - March 17, 18, 19.
5. Went to Pa. Dept. of Transporation Meeting - March 19-Masontown.
6. Participated in parish retreat - March 20
7. Blessed one house - Carmichaels - March 22. Served Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity - Fairmont - March 22.

From the Desert fathers

He (Nilus) also said, 'If you want to pray properly, do not let yourself be upset or you will run in vain.'

Second Sunday of Great Lent
Mark 2:1-12
John 10:9-16,

And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, "Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say 'Arise, take up your bed and walk?' But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"---He said to the paralytic, "I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

Jesus Christ comes to us in the Holy Orthodox Church. We experience Jesus Christ in the Holy Orthodox Church. The Church is the body of Christ. The Holy Apostle Pauls stated to the Romans: "so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another." (Rom.12:4)
We must ask ourselves if we are conscious of experiencing Christ in the Church. We must ask ourselves if we are conscious of experiencing Christ in the Holy Sacraments. We must ask ourselves if we are conscious of experiencing Christ when hearing the Holy Gospel.
The Church is the mystical body of Christ. It is good for us to examine our thinking about the Church. It is good for us to be certain that our thoughts are consistent with the teachings of Christ.
Great Lent is a time for a thorough examination of the self. Great Lent is a time for complete reassessment of one's standing in life. Great Lent is an opportunity to be renewed in Christ while time remains to experience renewal.
Men, women and children who seriously confess their sins experience a unity with Christ. They experience the weight of sin being lifted from their shoulders. They experience the wholeness and healing coming only from Christ.
When a person experiences healing and wholeness in Christ, peace comes. Life is not static. When Christ is the foundation of life, when Christ is the center of life, men, women and children go forth confident in Christ.

People living in Christ reveal Christ to others. People living in Christ reveal the love of Christ. People living in Christ shine the light of Christ, the joy of Christ, the peace of Christ.

The paralytic in the present Gospel experienced physical and spiritual healing. Faith made a major difference in his life. Others who believed enabled the paralytic to meet Christ.
The Gospel description of the good shepherd makes us mindful of the relationship between Christ and those who believe in Him and live in Him. The unity between Christ and believers is defined in the Gospel description of the good Shepherd and the sheep.
Great Lent can make believers uncomfortable. Great Lent can make believers uncomfortable in their sins. Great Lent can make believers think about how closely their lives conform to the teachings of Christ.
A serious believer will do a careful examination of the self during Great Lent and quickly realize the great amount of sin in his or her life.
Great Lent is a total experience. Great Lent involves the Divine services of the Church. Great Lent involves the days set aside for repentance. Grent Lent involves preparation for participation in the Holy Sacraments.
We reach out to God in Great Lent if we are serious. We look within and see how sin has crept into our lives. With God's help and a repentant heart, sin can be defeated. Life can be better. If we repent, we live in Christ.
Christ took on flesh. He went to the Cross. The humility of Christ exceeds our ability to humanly comprehend. We can struggle with thinking about Christ taking on human flesh. We can struggle to think about the pain and degree of assent to harm Christ was willing to endure.
The darkness of Holy Friday cast a blackness which is considered in the Church centuries later. The brightness of Holy Pascha is a declaration of joy the centuries have not been able to contain.
The goodness of God is sensed by those who love God. God is merciful. God is generous. God is forgiving.
Two weeks have been completed in Great Lent. The remaining days of Great Lent are distinct opportunites to seek forgiveness from Christ and to experience Christ .
Let us be serious about Great Lent. Let our homes and hearts be true to Great Lent as the Holy Orthodox Church would have us be true to Great Lent. Thanks be to God for all goodness and kindness and complete love.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Sunday of Orthodoxy, 2003.
March 10/March 23, 2003.
St. Quadratus and companions of Corinth, Martyrs

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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