St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 230 - May 19/June 1, 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 19/June 1, 2003
Sunday of the Blind Man
No. 230

Hebrews 10:22

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Services This Past Week

May 25 - Thirty two people came for services last Sunday.
May 27 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Five people came in the evening for the Akathist to the Resurrection and the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection.
May 28 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Nine people came in the evening for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 29 - Two people came for the Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers.
May 30 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. A burial service was held in the St. George Cemetery for Milan Mike Matovich. The funeral service was held earlier in the day at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church of Steelton - Oberlin, Pennsylvania.
May 31 - Nine people came for the Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia. Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday - Matins and First Hour at 6:30 AM.
Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday - Akathist and Vespers - 7:00 PM.
Thursday - Divine Liturgy - 7:00 AM - Please note time change from previous announcement.
Friday - Ninth Hour and Vespers - 4:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

June 3 - Holy Equals to the Apostles Emperor Constantine and Helen, his mother.
June 4 - Apodasis of Pascha
June 5 - Feast of the Holy Ascension - If you want to go to Monastery Marcha, contact Fr. Rodney by Monday (tomorrow) evening. We will be leaving here by van at 8:45 AM, immediately following Divine Liturgy for visit to the Monastery, returning in the evening.
June 7 - The Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist.
June 8 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
June 14 - Commemoration of the Dead - Blessing of Graves
June 15 - Pentecost
June 22 - Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. May God give comfort and strength to the family of +Milan Mike Matovich.
2. Thank you to Mildred Belch, Mary Trbovich, Pete Smargie, Milosh "Serb" Krewasky, Fred Glumsic and Stan Brozik for help regarding Mike Matovich's funeral.
3. Friday was the first time for Protopresbyter Srboljub Jockovich of the St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church of Steelton and for a number of parishioners from Steelton, Youngwood, Pittsburgh and Steubenville to come to the St. George Church.
4. Pray for parishioners and friends who are homebound, in care homes, in hospitals, rehab centers and prisons.
5. Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood, is celebrating the parish Slava today.
6. The flags in the cemetery reflect the dedicated service of the many veterans from this parish.

A Thought From Father Stevan Stepanov *

Because of what happened that first Resurrection Sunday, you and I can walk in freedom and dignity and joy. That, my friends, is just what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. He, voluntarily, paid the ultimate price for all who would believe, that we might be free from the inescapable penalty of death. Death has been overcome, but so has life. You and I can be free as that bird delivered from its cage. We can walk in dignity and joy, with purpose and power. Christ is stronger than sin and the grave! That's what Pascha-Easter is all about. It is about giving us new life today and forever.
*(St.Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church Bulletin - Pascha - 2003 )

To Consider

1. The healing of the man born blind.
2. Sin is exposed and made visible by Jesus Christ.
3. Following Jesus Christ requires departure from sin.
4. Orthodox Christians are expected to practicing Christians everyday.
5. We are expected to grow and mature as Orthodox Christians.
6. Learning never stops for active believers.
7. While we have a mind, let us use it for the glory of God.
8. Repentance is necessary daily.
9. God knows the content of our hearts and our minds.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

1. Went to Diocesan Center, Mars - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
2. Took parishioner to Eastern Orthodox Foundation, Indiana, Pennsylvania - Thursday.
3. Visited two parishioners at Mt. St. Macrina Manor - Thursday.
4. Visited resident of SCI - Greene - Friday.
5. Served Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity Mission - Fairmont - Saturday.
6. Visited parishioner at Health - South Rehab Center - Morgantown - Saturday.
7. Visited Holy Trinity Orthodox Church and St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Church in Kansas City.

From the Desert fathers

He (Hierax) also said, 'I have never uttered, or wished to hear, a worldly remark.'

The Sixth Sunday of Pascha
Sunday of the Blind Man

John 9:1-28

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him saying: "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam"(which is being translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, "Is not this he who sat and begged?" Some said, "This is he. Others said, "He is like him." He said, "I am he." Therefore they said to him, "How were your eyes opened? He answered and said, "A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam and wash' So I went and washed, and I received sight." Then they said to him, 'Where is He?" He said, "I do not know. They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see." Therefore some of the Pharisees said, "This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath." Other said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?" And there was a division among them. They said to the blind man again, "What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet." But the Jews did not believe concerning him that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind?" How then does he now see?" His parents answered them and said, "We know that his is our son, and that he was born blind; but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself." His parent said these thing because they feared the Jews, for the Jew had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, "He is of age; ask him." So they again called the man who was blind and said to him, "Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner." He answered and said, "Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see." Then they said to him again, "What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?" He answered them, "I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?" Then they reviled him and said, "You are His disciple, but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from." The man answered and said to them, "Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes!" Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshipper of God and does His will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. It this Man were not from God, He could do nothing." They answered and said to him, "You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?" And they cast him out. Jesus heard they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, "Do you believe in the Son of God? He answered and said, "Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?" And Jesus said to him, "You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you." Then he said, "Lord, I believe! And he worshipped Him.

Today we come to the Sunday of the man born blind. We learn from the beginning of the world it been heard unheard of that the eyes of a man born blind could be made to see.
Jesus Christ does things no one else can do. Jesus Christ is not limited. Jesus Christ defines limits. Jesus Christ changes limits. Jesus Christ causes believers to reconsider and to rethink their perceptions and understandings.
Life is completely redefined when viewed according to Jesus Christ. The values, standards and practices in life established and defined by Jesus Christ cause believers to live in ways that may be counter to popular trends.
The present Gospel identifies Jesus Christ as the Son of God. To what extend do we consider the divine in our daily life? To what extend do we consciously think about God as we go about our daily activities?
How often is God in the forefront of our minds? How often does God hold first place in our hearts? How frequently is God mentioned prayerfully on our lips?
Do our daily lives reflect appreciation to our Creator? Do our daily lives express appreciation for the sight we receive from God? When we look about during the course of the day, do we see God at work in our lives?
We call ourselves Orthodox Christian. Indeed, by Baptism and Chrismation, we are Orthodox Christian by identity. Specifically, we are Serbian Orthodox? How often do we turn our thoughts to St.Sava? How often do we turn our thoughts to the suffering people in Kosovo?
Have we considered the countless men, women and children who have died witnessing to Orthodoxy?
The man healed by Jesus Christ and given the opportunity to see for the first time in his life was grateful to Jesus. He worshipped Jesus.
Jesus Christ died for us upon the Cross. He gave us the opportunity for newness of life. Do our lives reflect the joy of Holy Baptism? Do our lives reflect the joy of the Resurrection of Christ?
Jesus defeated death. The Holy Orthodox Church is in the Paschal period of celebration. Do our daily lives witness to Jesus Christ's Resurrection? Does our life and world view reflect the firmness of belief in the Resurrection? The healing of the man born blind is cause for serious thinking. Jesus Christ came that we may see He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (Jn.14:6).
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 19/June 1, 2003.
Hieromarty, St. Patrick of Prussa.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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