St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 271 - March 1/March 14, 2004

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 1/March 14, 2004
Third Sunday of Great Lent - Sunday of the Holy Cross
No. 271

Hebrews ll:13

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on earth.

Services This Past Week

March 7 - Forty-five people attended Divine Liturgy. Four communicants. Parastos for Mildred Brozik. Fifty-three people attended the evening Vesper service held for the Pittsburgh Deanery His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN, Very Reverend Stavrofor Dragoljub Malich, Very Reverend Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov, Very Reverend Lt.Col. Adam Yonitch, Very Reverend Rade Merick, Reverend Father Vladimir Demshuk, Reverend Father Rajko Kosic and Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic participated.
March 8 - One person came for First and Third Hours and Akathist to St. John the Baptist. Three people came for Grand Compline in the afternoon.
March 9 - Two people came for First, Third and Sixth Hours. Two people came for Grand Compline.
March 10 - Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants. Two people came for Grand Compline.
March 11 - One person came for First, Third and Sixth Hours. Two people came for Grand Compline and Canon to the Mother of God.
March 12 - Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants. Two people came for Grand Compline.
March 13 - Akathist for the Departed was read in the morning. Two people came for the Akathist to the Cross and Vespers in the Evening.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Divine Liturgy is held each Sunday at 10:00 AM except on Pascha when it is held earlier.
Monday - Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont at 10:00 AM.
Morning services - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 6:30 AM.
Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts - Wednesday and Friday at 8:00 AM.
Afternoon services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:30 PM. Thursday at 5:45 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 14 - Third Sunday of Great Lent, St. George Church, Midland, Vespers at 5:30 PM.
March 21 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent, St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville, Vespers at 5:30 PM.
March 24 - Nativity of Virgin Mary Church, Clairton, First Vigil at 6:30 PM.
March 25 - Parish Retreat
March 26 - St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa, Akathist at 5:30 PM.
March 28 - St. Nicholas Church, Johnstown, Vespers at 5:30 PM..
April 4 - Entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday, Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville, Vespers at 5:30PM.
April 7 - Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh, Holy Unction at 7:00 PM.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Thank you to all helping with last Sunday evening Vespers.
Thank you to all helping with the baking this week.
Please refrain from planting bushes or shrubs by graves in the cemetery.
Please refrain from placing gravel around graves. It is dangerous for mowing.
Four people came for Adult Class on Thursday when Obedience and Discipline in Great Lent were discussed. Class again this week.
If each parishioner came to one weekday service per month, our parish would benefit.
Honor the fast until the Paschal Divine Liturgy on April ll.
Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.

A Thought from Proto Stavrofor Radovan Milkovich *

The Holy Orthodox Church has for centuries prepared a rich spiritual banquet of prayers, hymns, special worship and appropriate readings from the Holy Bible of both Testaments to help us feast spiritually while we restrict our physical pleasures of food and merriments. All this is intended to help us, to give us a hand along the path of penitence, of reassessment, rethinking and remaking our life...what will you do?
*(Sermons and Speeches, p. 37 )

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

To Consider

The Cross of Christ.
The lenten journey.
The Cross on Holy Friday.
The Cross before the Resurrection.
No Resurrection without the Cross.
The joy of the Resurrection after the pain of the Cross.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Visited parishioner on March 8 at home for Confession and Communion.
March 9 - Went to Washington Hospital. Visited parishioner at Health South Rehab Center in Morgantown, W. Va.
March 11 - Blessed home of one parishioner.
March ll - Attended meeting of Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood held in New Salem.
March 12 - Visited parishioner at home for Confession and Communion.
Attended Diocesan Christian Education meeting, Johnstown - March 13.
Visited resident of nursing home in Johnstown - March 13.

From the Desert fathers

He (Abba Poemen) also said concerning Abba Prior that every day he made a new beginning.

Third Sunday of Great Lent-Veneration of the Holy Cross - 2004

Mark 8:34-9:1

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

The Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross has arrived. Jesus Christ upon the Cross on the holiest of Fridays centuries ago has shaped succeeding centuries.

Christians know of the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross and are forever indebted to Him. Christ suffered, died and rose from the tomb. He brings us hope and eternal joy. He defeated death.

We are in mid-lent. The time remaining has increasing importance. The way we live determines if we are in conformity with the way of Christ. The way we live determines if we honor His death on the Cross. The way we live determines if we have a firm belief in Christ's Resurrection and Second Glorious Coming.

The holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians he determined not to know anything except Jesus Christ and Him crucified (I Cor. 2:2). The Cross is in the midst of the Church. The Cross deserves to be forever in the forefront of our hearts and minds.

Jesus Christ expects believers to follow Him. Jesus Christ expects believers to deny themselves and voluntarily sacrifice in the Christian way of life.

Many temptations come before believers. Choosing to say "no" to temptations and to say "yes" to Christ requires constant vigilance.

The Gospel for this Sunday stresses care of the soul. Each person has the responsibility for his or her soul. As Christians, we have a responsibility to pray for and protect each other.

The Apostle Paul speaks of the members of the Church being part of one body... the body of Christ (I Cor. 12:12)

Now is the time to review our progress. Now is the time to determine the work to do in the days remaining. Worldly possessions and interests can obstruct us from following Jesus Christ.

Being faithful to Christ means being faithful in small matters and in large. In the parable of the nobleman, the servant who was faithful while his master was away heard these words: "Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities." (Lk.19:17)

Each person receives talents and resources from God. Each person has the responsibility to use the talents and resources wisely. Each person is accountable for the talents and resources received.

When we recite the Creed, we are reminded Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead. Each day is a preparation for that judgment.

The Cross reminds us of the sacrifice of Christ. The Cross reminds us of the martyrs for Christ. The Cross reminds us of the sacrifices required of us.

How often do we think about sacrificing for Christ? How often are we grateful to Christ for the sacrifice He made for us?

We live in a society in which the accumulation of wealth is stressed. We live in the midst of a society in which excessive greed seems to rise each day. We live in a society where crimes for the benefit of obtaining material goods take place everyday.

What is the content of our personal prayers? How frequently do we pray? What do we pray for? Do we spend as much time taking care of our soul as we do other matters in our lives? Do we delay taking care of our soul to the point of placing our soul at risk?

Jesus Christ's death on the Cross changed the world. The Church dedicates Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year in remembrance of the Cross. At this time in Great Lent, the Cross of Christ is greatly emphasized.

During Great Lent we are asked to fast. During the year, we are asked to fast each Wednesday and Friday. Fasting helps our concentration. Fasting is a constant reminder of the presence of God.

We have the opportunity to draw near to God. We have the opportunity to follow Christ. We have the opportunity to make sound decisions regarding the crosses in our lives.

Each person faces problems in life. Each person has decisions to make reqarding life. Each person feels his or her cross is the biggest and for each person, his or her cross is the biggest. It is the one the person must deal with. "With God, all things are possible." (Mt.19:26)

When God is the foundation and goal of our decisions, we are headed in the right direction. When we go astray, it is time to return. The Crucified and Risen Christ is the goal and solution for daily life.

St. Mark the Ascetic put life and the Cross of Christ in perspective when he said: "While man can scarcely keep what belongs to him by nature, Christ gives the grace of sonship through the Cross." 1
1 The Philokalia. Vol. 1. Edited by G.E. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware. Faber and Faber: London, 1979, p.127.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Third Sunday of Great Lent. St. Eudoxia, Martyr.
March 1/March 14, 2004

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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