St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 228 - May 5/May 18, 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

May 5/May 18, 2003
Sunday of the Paralytic
No. 228

James l:6

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Services This Past Week

May 11 - Thirty people came for the Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
May 12 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Seven people came for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 13 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 14 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 16 - One person came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 17 - Ten people came to Holy Trinity Mission-Fairmont for Divine Liturgy.
May 17 - Two people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nicholas
May 25 - Sunday of Samaritan Woman
June 1 - Sunday of the Blind Man
June 8 - Fathers of the First Council
June 15 - Pentecost
June 16 - Holy Trinity - Fairmont - Mission Slava
June 16 - Day of Holy Spirit
June 22 - All Saints - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic
June 28 - Vidovdan
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
July 12 - Sts. Peter and Paul.
July 26 - Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. Pray for our homebound parishioners and friends of the parish and for those in hospitals, rehab centers and personal care and nursing homes. Pray for the family members and those providing care.
2. Pray for those living and working in prison.
3. Milosh Krewasky's photos provide a historical record for the Church.
4. Thank you to Tom Hunter for videotaping the Divine Liturgy the past two Sundays. Copies will be of help to homebound parishioners.
5. Shadeland Camp applications are due. Individuals desiring to work or volunteer at Shadeland should see Fr.Rodney.
6. Congratulations to Eric Rose for being part of an award winning band.
7. Congratulations to Joe and Ann Katusa, joyful parents of a new top graduate.
8. Prota Adam Yonitch will be handling any parish emergencies from May 20 through Sunday May 25. His phone is 724-527-2118.

A Thought From Father Rade Merick *

There is one good war. It is the war we remember and celebrate every year as Christians. It is the war between Good and Evil, between Light and Darkness, between Life and Death which God Himself waged on our behalf. This was the true war of liberation, and its legitimacy and the reality of this victory is clear to us to this day.
*(The Path of Orthodoxy, May 2003 )

To Consider

- The paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda.
- The long duration of his paralysis.
- Jesus Christ coming into the paralytic's life.
- The healing of the paralytic.
- The new freedom of the paralytic.
- The new mobility of the paralytic.
- he completeness of the healing.
- The admonition to sin no more

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

- May 12, 13, 14-Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
- May 15 - Spoke on "Ministering to Prisoners" at Late Vocations Program - Orthodox Church in America - Pittsburgh.
- May 15 - Went to Montifiore Hospital in Pittsburgh due to surgery of parishioner.
- May 16 - Went to Brownsville Hospital for meeting concerning parishioner.
- May 16 - Met with parishioner for pastoral purposes.
- May 17 - Served Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity Mission - Fairmont.
- May 17 - Visited parishioner - Healthcare South - Morgantown.

From the Desert fathers

And he (John the Eunuch) said, 'This is a place for asceticism, not for worldly business.

Sunday of the Paralytic

John 5:1-15

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 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.

The Holy Orthodox Church has arrived at the Sunday of the Paralytic. This Sunday is part of the liturgical journey and celebration of the Orthodox Church following Pascha each year.
The liturgical calendar and celebrations of the Holy Orthodox Church have a certain order. The order is followed year after year. The order is followed throughout the world.
Each day of the year, certain Church services are prescribed. Each day certain Scripture readings are prescribed. Each day is a day to liturgically celebrate a specific feast, saint, or martyr.
The lives of Orthodox Christians are enriched by living each day according to the calendar of the Church. When our minds and hearts are connected with the Church each day, we enter into the liturgical year and participate.
Orthodox Christians capable of reading have the opportunity to read the Holy Scriptures each day according to the Church calendar. This enables Orthodox Christians to feel united with the Church. This enables Orthodox Christians to never feel alone or separated from the Church regardless of geographic location.
Regardless of geographic location, Orthodox Christians can remember the feast, the saint or the martyr being remembered by the Church each day. This prayerful unity provides a strengthening of identification with the Church. This prayerful unity gives an order to the daily life of the Orthodox Christian. This prayerful unity shapes the day in the life of the Orthodox Christian.
God has created and established an order to each day. God has established an order for the seasons. God has established an order for the plants and animals. God has established an order for human beings.
As Orthodox Christians, we know that three Sunday's following Pascha each year, the Church will focus on the paralytic. This paralytic was healed as a result of the direct action of Jesus Christ.
The paralytic had a longstanding condition. He was paralyzed for thirty-eight years. The longstanding condition was not too much for God. We know that with God, all things are possible (Mt.19:26)
The healing took place when Jesus told the man: "Rise, take up your bed and walk." Jesus Christ can make each of us spiritually well. Jesus Christ can lift us from paralysis of the mind and paralysis in the heart.
Joy can be found in each day when each day is lived for Jesus Christ. Joy can be experienced each day when our actions are founded in Jesus Christ. Joy can be lasting when Jesus Christ is our goal, our life, and our reason for existence.
The Holy Orthodox Church is celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The joy of the Resurrection permeates the Church. The joy of the Resurrection has permeated the centuries.
Pascha is known as the Feast of Feasts. Death has been defeated. Saint Paul told the Corinthians: "But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep." (I Cor.15:20)
The life of the paralytic changed when Jesus Christ entered his life. The paralytic had a new found freedom in Christ. When Jesus Christ entered the life of the paralytic, the paralytic was empowered to do many things that he could not do for the previous thirty-eight years.
Jesus Christ continues to heal. Jesus Christ continues to empower. Jesus Christ continues to free the enslaved, the imprisoned, and the paralyzed.
To experience the freedom, the empowerment and mobility given by Christ, we must be trusting in Christ. We must believe in Christ. We must live in Christ.
Jesus' parting words to the healed paralytic were " Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you." These words set the direction for repentant believers. If we experience the joy of Christ, if Christ is of help to us in overcoming problems, we must do our best to live according to the teachings and way of Christ.
If Christ helps us and we do not our best to live according to the way and teachings of Christ, we place ourselves in peril.
The joy of the Risen Christ abounds in the Holy Orthodox Church. The celebration of Pascha continues. Christ is Risen!
May each of us know the healing power of Jesus Christ in our lives. May each of us experience the freedom, empowerment and mobility granted by Christ. May each of us be fully appreciative of all that we receive from Christ and live with continued prayers of thanksgiving.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 5/May 18, 2003.
Great Martyr Irene.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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