St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 279 - April 26/May 9, 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 26/May 9, 2004
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
No. 279


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


Matthew 17:20

So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you."

Services This Past Week

Sunday of the Paralytic - Fifty-nine people attended the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Three communicants.
Monday of the Paralytic - Three people came for Matins and First Hour and Reading of the Lives of the Saints. One person came for Akathist to St. Panteleimon and Akathist to the Resurrection.
Wedneday of Mid-Pentecost - One person came for Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers.
Thursday of Mid-Pentecost, St. George Day - Six people came for Divine Liturgy.
Friday of Mid-Pentecost - Two people came for Matins, First Hour and Reading of the Lives of the Saints. Three people came for Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers.
Saturday of Mid-Pentecost - Three people came to St. George Church for Matins, First Hour and Reading of the Lives of the Saints. Seven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Two people came to St. George Church for Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Sunday of Samaritan Woman, Today - Divine Liturgy today and every Sunday at 10:00 AM. Earlier on Pascha.
Morning Services - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 6:30 AM.
Monday - Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
Afternoon Service - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:30 PM. Thursday at 6:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 10 - Burning of the Relics of St. Sava.
May 12 - St. Basil of Ostrog

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

Parish Life

Congratulations to Jennifer Michelli, new graduate of Duquesne University.
Thomas Kornick and Jennifer Michelli plan to marry on May 22, 2004.
Five people attended Adult Class on April 29 when "Ministering in Nursing Homes" was the topic. Adult Class this week following the evening service on Thursday.
Graves may be decorated at this time.
In addition to attending on Sundays, if each parishioner came to church one additional weekday service per month, the parish would benefit.
Prayerfully remember all Mothers, living and departed this life.
Remember the men and women serving in the military forces and their families.
Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
Remember the monks at Hilandar Monastery
Dean Very Reverend Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov visited the parish on May 3 for the Dean's annual review.

A Thought from Hieromonk Damascene *

In traditional Orthodox societies, monasteries have always been an integral part of the spiritual life of people in the world. In making periodic pilgrimages to monasteries, Orthodox laypeople would be spiritually recharged. From monasteries they would bring the leaven of otherworldliness to their daily lives in the world.
*(Father Seraphim Rose St. Herman of Alaska Press, Platina, California, 2003, p.608) )

To Consider

Remember the blessings of Mothers to each newborn child.
Remember the sacrifices of each Mother for each child.
Remember to honor each Mother.
Remember to give thanks for each Mother.
Remembers of the prayers of Mothers benefitting children of this world.
Remember the contributions of Mothers to the Holy Orthodox Church.
Remember the Theotokos, the Mother of God, setting an example for all.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 2 - Attended parish Slava celebration.
May 3 - Held parastos for Mildred Seja Woatich.
May 3-5 - Travelled to St. Vladimir's Seminary, Crestwood, New York for the annual Orthodox Christian Education Commission Meeting.
May 6 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.

From the Desert fathers

He (Poemen) also said, 'A man who stays in his place in life will not be troubled.'

Fifth Sunday of Pascha 2004
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

John 4:5-42

So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink." For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him. "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, Samaritan woman?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.' The woman said to Him, 'Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?' Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman said to Him, "Sir give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw." Jesus said to her, "Go, call you husband, and come here." The woman answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, 'You have well said, 'I have no husband, for you have had five husbands and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly." The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship. Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. The woman said to Him, "I know the Messiah is coming(who is called Christ). When He comes, He will tell us all things." Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He." And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, "What do You seek?" or "Why are You talking with her?" The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, "Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?" Then they went out of the city and came to Him. In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, "Rabbi, eat." But he said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know." Therefore the disciples said to one another , "Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?" Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then come the harvest? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest. And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true, 'One sows and another reaps. I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored: others have labored, and you have entered into their labors. And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified ,"He told me all that I ever did." So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay away with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, "Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world."

The Samaritans said: "...for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world." Each Orthodox Christian at Holy Baptism professes belief in this same Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.

Each Orthodox Christian at Holy Confession and Communion reunites with Jesus Christ the Savior of the world. At each Divine Liturgy, when listening to the Holy Gospel, each Orthodox believer hears the words of the Lord Jesus Christ the Savior of the world.

Believers are expected to put belief in Christ into action. Believers are expected to be faithful to Christ in prayer. Believers in Christ as the Savior of the world are expected to live consistent with this belief.

God discerns, God knows the believers living faithful to Christian teachings. God knows believers living faithful to the Holy Commandments. God knows believers living faithful to the practices of the Holy Orthodox Church.

Believers experience freedom in and draw strength from the teachings and way of Christ. Believers experience freedom in and draw strength from the Holy Orthodox Church to grow in Christ. Believers experience Christ directly in the Holy Mysteries in the Holy Orthodox Church.

The Holy Gospel read at each Divine Liturgy brings the Word of God to the listeners. The Holy Gospel read at each Divine Liturgy gives lasting lessons for attentive listeners.

The present Gospel message about the Samaritan woman and each Gospel lesson read throughout the year, year after year, provide renewable instructions for serious believers.

The time Jesus spent with the Samaritan woman has had value through the centuries. The time each believer in each century spends with Christ in prayer, in worship, in the Holy Mysteries, holds lasting value through the centuries.

Experience with Christ is cumulative and permanent. Experiencing Christ changes each life. If we "put on Christ" at Holy Baptism and fall away into sin, the degree of departure has a point of measurement. If we "put on Christ" at Holy Baptism and build upon this starting point and remain faithful, measurement still occurs and is more favorable.

Each prayer, each experience with Christ has an affect on others and upon the world. Each prayer, each experience with Christ puts in motion a greater "Christianization" of the world.

The monasteries on Holy Mount Athos are relatively small in number. The monasteries on Holy Mount Athos shine the light of Christ throughout the world and throughout the centuries. The monasteries on the Holy Mountain prove the value of serious and extensive prayer and commitment to God.

Individuals are willing to support and travel great distances to true centers of prayer. Each parish church, each monastery is established solely for the purposes of God, for purposes of praying to and giving glory to God.

Now is the time to live consistent with the Baptismal commitment. Now is the time to live consistent with the joyful proclamation" Christ is Risen!' Now is the time to radiate with the joy of the Resurrected Christ.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 26/May 9, 2004
St. Basil of Amasia, Hieromartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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