St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 278 - April 19/May 2, 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

April 19/May 2, 2004
Sunday of the Paralytic
No. 278


Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.


Titus 2:2

That the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience.

Services This Past Week

April 25 - Thirty-One people came for Divine Liturgy.
April 26 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. One person came for Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers.
April 27 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers.
April 28 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers.
April 29 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to the Resurrection and Akathist to Jesus Christ.
April 30 - Three people came for Matins and First Hour. Three people came for Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers.
May 1 - Two people came for Matins and First Hour. Two people came for Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Morning Services - Monday, Friday, Saturday at 6:30 AM.
Thursday - Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
Afternoon Services - Friday and Saturday at 4:30 PM.
Saturday - Divine Liturgy - Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont at 10:00 AM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Slava Dinner
May 3 - Translation of Relics of St. Nicholas of Ochrid and Zicha.
May 6 - St. George
May 8 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Parish Life

The parish is honored to have His Grace Bishop Dr.MITROPHAN here for the Slava celebration.
Congratulations to honored Kum Joe Hunchuck on this glorious occasion.
Thank you to all parishioners working hard in preparation for the Slava.
Thank you to all guests and visitors and supporters of the parish.
Congratulations to Frances Dragich for her work at Fredericktown Library.
Congratulations to Mike Rogish for continuing to work for the church.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
Remember the sick, the suffering, the homebound, the mentally ill, the imprisoned and those in treatment centers.
Graves may be decorated at this time.
Shadeland Camp applications are available. Counsellors and helpers are needed at Shadeland this summer.
A portion of the proceeds from the Slava dinner will benefit Hilandar Monastery.
Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.
Thomas Kornick and Jennifer Michelli plan to be married on May 22, 2004.

A Thought from St. Nikolai of Ochrid and Zicha

Inflamed with love for Christ the Lord, it was not difficult for this saintly George, for the sake of this love, to leave all; rank, wealth, imperial honor, his friends and the entire world. For this love, the Lord rewarded him with a wreath of unfading glory in heaven and on earth, and with eternal life in His Kingdom. In addition, the Lord bestowed upon him the power and authority to assist all those in afflication and difficulties who honor him and call upon his name.
(From the Prologue of Ohrid. on St. George )

To Consider

The martyrdom of St. George.
The continuing witness of St. George.
The cumulative effect of St. George on succeeding generations.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Visited parishioner at Greene County Hospital on April 21 and April 25.
Attended Shadeland meeting at Diocesan Center on May l.

From the Desert fathers

An old man was asked by a certain soldier if God received a penitent man. And after heartening him with many words, he said to him at the last, "Tell me, beloved, if thy cloak were torn, wouldst throw it away?" He said, "Nay, but I would patch it and wear it." The old man said to him, "If thou wouldest spare thy garment, shall not God have mercy on His own image?"

Fourth Sunday of Pascha 2004
The 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 whenever 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.

Today the Holy Orthodox Church continues to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The present Gospel message is a clear example of the new life possible when Jesus Christ enters our lives.

The paralytic suffered for thirty-eight years. His life is an example of hope. His life is proof that with Christ all things are possible. The paralytic's life has been presented as an example of hope for generations of believers.

Discouragement can come to individuals. Trials and tribulations can enter human lives. Sickness, tragedy and frustrating events test the patience of believers.

Our Lord's words recorded in the Gospel of St. Luke say: "By your patience, possess your souls." (Lk.21:19) It is difficult to be patient. Jesus gives convincing reason for patience in the present Gospel.

Discouragement did not triumph over the paralytic. Jesus entered his life and gave the paralytic the ability to walk. Jesus Christ enters the life of each believer at Holy Baptism. Jesus Christ gives each believer freedom to walk in faith and with confidence in Christ at Holy Baptism.

With the freedom of the life in Christ comes the responsibility to live according to the way of Christ. With the freedom of the life in Christ comes the responsibility to make good use of the freedom.

The paralytic when healed was free to move about. He was no longer confined to a single location. When we experience the healing powers of Christ at the Mystery of Holy Confession or Holy Unction, living in appreciation to and for the glory of God is the reasonable path to take.

When prayers are answered, when Christ helps us face fears, it is time to give thanks. It is time to adhere to the ways of God. It is time to be faithful.

God has blessed the St. George Church more than any single person can enumerate. God has blessed generations of believers through the St. George Church.

God has healed the hearts and minds of believers coming to the St. George Church in faith. God has lifted weighty sins from the shoulders, minds and hearts of repentant believers coming to the St. George Church in faith.

God has healed the sorrowful hearts of believers coming to the St. George Church seeking consolation over the loss of loved ones. God has helped believers in the St. George Church face job losses, illness, marital problems and daily stresses of life.

The St. George Church is a hospital of the soul. The St. George Church is part of the Mystical Body of Christ. The St. George Church reaches out in prayer to believers suffering in all parts of the world.

Believers in the St. George Church are beneficiaries of prayers from Orthodox Christians in other parts of the world.

Today is a day to focus on the miracles of Christ. The miracle of the Resurrection and the miracle of the healing of the paralytic hold our attention today. The miracles experienced by believers in the St. George Church come to mind today.

Each time a believer enters the baptismal fount, he or she experiences new life. Each time a believer partakes of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ, he or she experiences new life.

Each time Christ forgives the sins of a believer, he or she has a new life in Christ.

It is proper to give thanks to God for the miracles experienced. It is proper to give thanks to God for the continued newness of life. It is proper to rejoice in the newfound freedom given by Christ.

The Paschal time is a time of exceeding joy. Parish Slavas and personal Slavas are times of great joy.

Let us never tire of the newness of life in Christ. Let us ever be appreciative of all that comes from God. In the words of the Holy Apostle Paul, "giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 19/May 2, 2004
Venerable John of the Ancient Cave.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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